PHOENIX -- If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. On this Black Friday, for the first time in years, the Arizona Humane Society remained open for adoptions.
All four AHS locations were open until 6:00 p.m. Friday with some great deals to help adopt out animals to their forever families.
Adoption fees for some pets were slashed, with rates for older animals starting at just $20. The first 50 adopters also received free microchips, and each family received a free gift bag.
But the best gift was seeing smiles on faces of those who took home a new furry friend. Young Caden Smith brought home a four-year-old dog named "Sheena."
"All the hoopla with Christmas is good and well, but I believe the gift of giving is better than the gift of receiving," says Caden's dad.
"Her name is Daisy and she is playful and sweet, but she gets kind of shy," says young Claire Sampson, who took home a cat.
In the past, the Humane Society has discouraged giving pets as Christmas presents. But that's no longer the case.
"Recent studies have shown that those pets aren't any more likely to return to the shelter, and the people are just as loyal to those pets," staffers tell us.
The staff advises not buying a pet as an "impulse purchase," but instead, think it through carefully before bringing an animal home.