PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The #LovePup Foundation in Phoenix is the non-profit pet rescue behind countless stories of puppy love stories around Arizona.

Hannah Kress has one of those stories to tell. Her "tail" began with a link to an Instagram post that read, “Lucy is three years old; Old English Bulldog… in great health and ready for a new home right now!! #LovePup.”

“My boss sent me the link that #LovePup had posted on Instagram, and she said, ‘This is your dog!’” Kress remembers.

Kress immediately contacted the #LovePup Foundation,  and twelve hours later, she met Lucy. It was love at first sight for both of them. “I knew she was my dog the second I met her,” said Kress. “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.”

Kress adopted Lucy that same day. “She’s super cute and super slobbery,” said Kress. “We call her my little shadow.” Three years later, Kress remains grateful for the #LovePup Foundation for rescuing Lucy.

The #LovePup Foundation is a non-profit rescue that provides dogs with medical attention, shelter, and food until they are adopted out. It was founded by 104.7 KISS FM’s Johnjay Van Es and his family. “It’s all about saving dogs,” said Johnjay. Right now, the Van Es family is housing 19 adoptable dogs in their home!

Johnjay says uniting rescue dogs with their new families is all the reward he needs. “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 February, 3TV and CBS 5 are partnering up with Safeway and Albertsons to raise funds for #LovePup, Almost There Rescue, The Arizona Pet Project, Desert Tails Shelter, Fix. Adopt. Save. and PAAC911.

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Scroll down to learn more about the organizations we support.

Almost There Rescue

Almost There Rescue specializes in large-breed pregnant dogs and their puppies. Their 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.

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.


Short for Phoenix Animal Care Coalition 911, PACC911 brings together over 100 animal welfare organizations throughout Arizona. PACC911 aids their partners by assisting with some of the behind-the-scenes work that comes with animals.


The #LovePup Foundation is non-profit founded by Johnjay & Blake Van Es that rescues dogs in need. It's also a resource for the animal welfare community. The organization was born out of a love for dogs and finding every one of them a loving home.

Home Fur Good

The staff and volunteers at Home ‘Fur’ Good provide its animals with a clean and comfortable place to sleep, nutritious food to eat, excellent medical care, daily exercise, and an overdose of love and affection. They work very hard to find each cat and dog a ‘fur’ever home

Arizona Small Dog Rescue

Arizona Small Dog Rescue is made up of a group of volunteers who have dedicated their lives to rescuing and saving homeless, unwanted, abandoned, neglected, and abused small dogs. They save most of the animals from kill shelters around the valley, but also accept owner surrenders and stray surrenders.

Mini Mighty Mutts

This all-volunteer small dog rescue organization is funded by private donations and adoption fees. They rescue small breed dogs who have been abandoned, abused, neglected or left behind by their former owners. Their belief is that companion animals are living beings who are not merely "pets" but family members

Animals Benefit Club (ABC)

Animals Benefit Club is a private no-kill animal rescue and shelter that specializes in the most severe abandonment, neglect and abuse cases. Many animals within the facility were rejected for treatment and rehabilitation by other facilities and arrive severely ill or injured. ABC gives them a chance at a normal life and a happy, forever home.

Brittany Rescue AZ

Brittany Rescue AZ is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehoming purebred Brittanys, Brittany mixes and other sporting breed dogs. They do their best to match their dogs with the right family.

Boxer Luv Rescue

Founded in 1998 by Trish Spencer, Boxer Luv Rescue (BLR) is dedicated to Boxers and Boxer mixes in need throughout Arizona. The all-volunteer organization has saved the lives of more than 10,000 rescue dogs since they opened. The vast majority of dogs in BLR are rehabilitated in foster homes, where they are medically treated, and given time to heal from their physical and emotional wounds before being ready for adoption to qualified families and individuals

The Pet Knot

The Pet Knot was created to "tie the knot between people and pets," hoping to make a dent in the urgent pet over-population crisis. The organization promotes animal adoptions through online, in-store, and boutique-like options for adopters.

Saving Paws Rescue AZ

Saving Paws Rescue Arizona is an all-volunteer charitable organization in Phoenix. They are dedicated to providing veterinary care, evaluation and adoptive homes for German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois dogs who are left in pounds to await uncertain fate, are owner surrenders (such as divorce, death, etc.) or are from abusive or negligent situations. We help provide a safe harbor for these dogs that might otherwise be destroyed.

Help a Dog Smile

Help a Dog Smile's motto is "WE turn homeless dogs into happy dogs." This small organization finds loving homes for stray dogs and dogs on euthanasia lists at kill shelters throughout the state.

Rotten Rottie Rescue

This foster-based program in Gilbert is Arizona's only dedicated . The organization is a small rescue focused on purebred Rottweilers. They take in Rottweilers that find themselves homeless and end up in the pound, or rotties that are about to be turned over to the pound because their owners can not keep them.

Saving Orphan Souls Rescue (S.O.S)

Saving Orphan Souls Rescue was started in January 2016 out of their love for animals, and in memory of Louie Arnold and Lana Abigail, the founder's first two schnauzers. It is a dual cat/small dog rescue that focuses on injured, abused, strays and unwanted animals here in Arizona, providing them with forever loving homes.

Independence Day Animal Rescue (IDAR)

Independence Day Animal Rescue is foster-based non-profit rescue organization committed to helping animals who have been sick, neglected, abused or abandoned. Relying solely on donations from those who love animals as much as they do, volunteers and foster families take great pride in providing emotional and physical care until the durry friends are adopted to well-deserved and loving homes.

Healing Hearts Animal Rescue

Healing Hearts is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused, neglected and abandoned animals. Healing Hearts Animal Refuge is their animal ranch facility which houses rescued abused, abandoned and neglected animals. They take on some of the most severe abuse cases, and also work with horse and livestock owners who can no longer properly care for their animals. The goal of Healing Hearts is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the State of Arizona and to serve those animals who are the victims of abuse.

Save the Cats AZ

Save the Cats Arizona is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable cats in the community. The volunteer-based, non-profit, no-kill rescue operates a cage-free cat sanctuary as well as an adoption program. Their mission is to find every cat his or her perfect forever home through socialization, patience, and unconditional love.

Fearless Kitty Rescue

Fearless Kitty Rescue is a no-kill rescue committed to finding homes for homeless and abandoned cats of all ages. The rescue was founded on the belief that every cat and kitten should have a chance at a happy, healthy, and FEARLESS life. When the cats are not in loving foster homes, they are kept at Kittyville, their free-roaming adoption center in Fountain Hills.


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