Arizona Humane Society waives adoption fees this weekend

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – At full capacity and with hundreds of animals waiting for adoption, the Arizona Humane Society is waiving its adoption fees this weekend in exchange for a monetary donation of any amount.

According to Bretta Nelson of the Arizona Humane Society, the organization is caring for more than 1,000 animals. Nearly 800 of them are waiting for forever families to take them home.

There are so many animals that not all of them are on the adoption floor. There’s simply not enough room.

Nelson said kittens are coming in by the dozens and adult dogs are coming in as multiples. She said one woman alone dropped off eight adult dogs Thursday.

Because AHS is determined to find homes for as many adoptable animals as possible and because its shelter is practically bursting at the seams, the organization is waiving all adoption fees for animals adopted Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

That means you can add a pet to your family for a monetary donation of any amount. It’s your call how much you choose to give.

Adoption fees are usually $160 for puppies, $110 for dogs, $75 for kittens, $50 for cats, rabbits and ferrets, $20 for guinea pigs and $10 for small critters.

The fee waiver applies to all of the cats, kittens, dogs, puppies and critters currently in the care of AHS. You can go to the Sunnyslope facility, the Campus for Compassion, Petique at Biltmore Fashion Park or Petopia in Desert Sky Mall.Adoption hours are Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Even though the usual fees are waived, the procedures are not.

Adopters must complete the standard screening process. You must be at least 18 years old, provide valid photo identification and a verifiable home address. If you rent your home, you must provide a copy of the lease and your landlord’s contact information so AHS staff can verify that pets are allowed on the premises.

There is a limit of two pets per household and no rain checks will be given.

To see some of the pets that are available for adoption, visit

In the meantime, 3TV has teamed up with AHS to raise money and awareness of pet overpopulation. It's called Project 121 because AHS take in an average of 121 homesless animal every day -- every day -- at its shelters and that's far too many.

AHS receives no federal or state funding. Initiatives such as Project 121 are critical to the survival of AHS, which relies solely on private donations to care for the 44,000 animals the organization serves annually.

You can get involved by adopting a pet or donating to the Project 121 campaign. To learn more or to make a contribution, visit You also can make a donation at any AJs Fine Food Store, which has named AHS their PIN pad donation partner through Saturday, Aug. 27 to generate donations at the point of purchase for AHS' programs and services.

Tune to 3TV on Aug. 27, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the Project 121 Pet Telethon, a 121-minute broadcast featuring amazing stories of animals.