Last dog standing: Only dog left at AHS after adoption event finds home

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- An adoption event at the Arizona Humane Society last weekend was so successful that there was only one dog left at the kennels.

Now, that dog, too, has found a new home.

Nearly 2,000 pets in the Valley were adopted last weekend as part of "Maddie's Pet Adoption Days," the largest free adoption event in the country.

A dozen shelters teamed up to pull off the event. The Humane Society alone adopted out 513 cats, dogs and other critters.

The dog kennels were empty, except for one pooch: Madeline. The owner of the 4-year-old dog got sick and had to surrender her.

"She's just been a complete angel; now a staff favorite," Nelson said. "We just want to see her end up in a good home before she ends up in one of our homes."

And that's exactly what happened. Kim and Eli Beckman saw Madeline on the news and rushed to the AHS shelter Tuesday to meet her and take her home with them.

There are still plenty of cats looking for a new home. Already, AHS has 100 new cats from the weekend.

And what's sad is that Nelson said the shelter will likely reach capacity for dogs again very soon.