PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Hannah Kress’ pet adoption story began with a link to an Instagram post that read, “Lucy is 3 years old; Old English Bulldog…in great health and ready for a new home right now!! #LovePup.”
Hannah said, “My boss sent me the link that LovePup had posted on Instagram and she said, ‘This is your dog!’”
Immediately, she contacted the #LovePup Foundation and twelve hours later Hannah and Lucy met for the first time.
“I knew she was my dog the second I met her,” said Hannah. “She just came running to me, and it was just one of those feelings that you knew she was supposed to come home with me.”
Hannah adopted Lucy that day.
“She’s super cute and super slobbery,” said Hannah. “We call her my little shadow.”
It’s been three years since this social media match was made. Through it all, Hannah has remained grateful for her experience with the #LovePup Foundation, the organization that rescued Lucy.
Founded by 104.7 KISS FM’s Johnjay Van Es and his family, the #LovePup Foundation is a non-profit dog rescue organization in Arizona.
“It’s all about saving dogs,” said Johnjay.
The non-profit rescue provides dogs with medical attention, shelter and food until they are adopted out.
Currently, the Van Es family is housing 19 adoptable dogs in their home.
For Johnjay, uniting rescue dogs with their new families is the reward.
“When that dog meets that family for the first time, it’s literally magic,” said Johnjay. “The first time I saw that happen, I was like, ‘I’m supposed to do this. I’m supposed to connect people with their pets.’”
At Arizona’s Family, we want to support Valley animal welfare organizations like the #LovePup Foundation.
Through the month of February, 3TV and CBS 5 are partnering with Safeway and Albertsons to raise funds for #LovePup, Arizona Humane Society, Almost There Foster Care, The Arizona Pet Project, Community Paws, Desert Tails Shelter, Fix. Adopt. Save., Nagi Foundation, PACC911 and Soldier’s Best Friend.
Donate at the register’s pin pad and help save the lives of thousands of homeless animals.
Scroll down to learn more about the organizations we support.
ARIZONA HUMANE SOCIETY
Since 1957, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) has made it their mission to save Arizona’s most vulnerable animals. What started as a small shelter has transformed into the state’s largest animal welfare protection agency. AHS’ lifesaving programs include the Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™, Mutternity Suites, Kitten Nursery, Bottle Baby Kitten ICU and Parvo Puppy ICU.
ALMOST THERE FOSTER CARE
Almost There Foster Care (ATFC) specializes in large-breed pregnant dogs and their puppies. ATFC’s mission is to give their dogs the time and space to grow and become socialized with adults, children and other dogs. Additionally, the non-profit offers each of their dogs training and has then altered, microchipped and vaccinated.
THE ARIZONA PET PROJECT
In 2018, The Arizona Pet Project provided 2,696 spay and neuter surgeries through their free program. Established in 2001, The Arizona Pet Project’s mission is to reduce the number of dogs and cats entering Arizona shelters by providing the resources needed to keep pets and their families together.
Operating in Buckeye, Arizona, Community Paws’ mission is to provide education and awareness to the public regarding responsible pet ownership. In 2018, the organization partnered with Chewy.com to redistribute pet food deemed unacceptable for resale to animal rescues and charities in need.
DESERT TAILS SHELTER
Desert Tails is a no-kill shelter in Scottsdale, Arizona. The non-profit focuses on finding second-change dogs a home. Desert Tails’ efforts are supported by local volunteers and fosters, along with their community initiatives.
FIX. ADOPT. SAVE.
Helping to end pet homelessness in Maricopa County since 2012, the Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative brings together six local animal welfare groups, the Alliance for Companion Animals, to increase adoptions, spay/neuter services and fostering, while raising awareness to the homeless animal situation.
The Nagi Foundation’s mission is to unite the Native American community with animals. The foundation provides a variety of animal services, educational programs, behavioral health supports, and family resources that coincides with traditional values and core principles of First Nations’ communities.
In 1999 Phoenix Animal Care Coalition 911 (PACC911) set out to unite the pet rescue community. Now 100 partners strong, PACC911 focuses on large adopt-a-thons where upwards of 10,000 animals have found their loving homes. In 2012, their medical relief programs assisted partners with medical funds, saving 4,500 animal victims of cruelty or medical neglect.
SOLDIER'S BEST FRIEND
Touching two lives at once, Soldier’s Best Friend provides United States military veterans living with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury with Service or Therapeutic Companion Dogs, most of which are rescued from local shelters.