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Let’s Play Santa Paws!

Each act of giving — no matter how big or how small — adds more brightness to the world. Pets give love freely, without conditions. That’s why so many homes shine so brightly with a pet in them!

While there are many pawsome animal rescue organizations in Arizona – many smaller groups struggle to get the support they need.

This holiday season, members of the AZPetVet family are banding together to play not-so-secret Santa Paws for two very small community-based organizations that make a big difference for pets in need.

Grandpaw’s Pantry provides pet supplies to rescued ‘pets to be’ — animals that are waiting to find their people and forever homes.

Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds supports the needs of homeless animals in Maricopa County.

We’re collecting donations for these organizations at AZPetVet locations until December 31, 2017. Let’s unleash some love and help them kick off the new year right!

Here’s how you can help:

Grandpaw’s Pantry is a nonprofit founded by a delightful youngster named Sonya, who’s also the enthusiastic owner of several rescue pets. In her words, “I want to encourage people to open their hearts and their homes and consider rescue pet adoption. I also want to be an animal advocate for the many dogs and cats and other animals in desperate need.”

Grandpaw’s Pantry Mission:

ENCOURAGE rescue pet adoption of dogs and cats
EDUCATE regarding responsible pet ownership
PROVIDE pet supplies and resources to pets in need
ADVOCATE for all animals in need of safety, shelter, care and protection 

What They’re Wishing For:

  • Pet Collars/Leashes (all sizes)
  • Unopened Food (dry & canned)
  • Pet Beds (dog & cat)
  • Pet Toys (dog & cat)                
  • Pet Blankets
  • Food Bowls
  • Nylabone Dog Treats
  • Litterboxes & Scoopers
  • Cat Litter

AZPetVet Donation Collection Locations
Arrow Animal Hospital
Arrowhead Ranch Animal Hospital & Grooming
Fletcher Heights Animal Hospital & Grooming
Las Sendas Animal Hospital & Grooming
Roadrunner Animal Hospital & Grooming
Surprise Animal Hospital & Grooming
Westbrook Animal Hospital

Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds

Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds helps by providing food, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchips, and county licensure to pets owned by homeless people. 100% of the proceeds and donations benefit homeless-owned pets.

What They’re Wishing For:

  • Bottled water
  • Blankets
  • Cat and dog food                                
  • Cat litter and scoopers
  • Cat treats (no catnip)
  • Clothes and booties
  • Collapsible bowls
  • Dog harness and leashes
  • Dog toys
  • Food bowls
  • Litter boxes
  • Nail trimmers
  • Natural jerky treats
  • Pet strollers
  • Pet wipes
  • Puppy pads
  • Transport kennels and soft sided pet carriers

AZPetVet Donation Collection Locations
Animal Hospital at Anthem & Grooming
Arrow Animal Hospital
Beardsley Animal Hospital
Bell Ridge Animal Hospital, Boarding & Grooming
Dobson Ranch Animal Hospital & Grooming
Dove Valley Animal Hospital
Goodyear Animal Hospital & Grooming
Happy Valley Animal Hospital
Madison Animal Hospital & Grooming
Norterra Animal Hospital & Grooming
North Buckeye Animal Hospital & Grooming
Sarival Animal Hospital & Grooming
Scottsdale Hills Animal Hospital
Signal Butte Animal Hospital & Grooming
White Tanks Animal Hospital & Grooming

Let’s Have a Pet-Safe Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to the entire AZPetVet family!

This year, as you celebrate the holiday with family and friends, remember that temptations abound for everyone – including your pets. There’s no need to leave your pets out of the festivities – just be careful about the types of food they eat and make sure they do not overindulge.

No under the table treats please! Fatty foods can cause some nasty digestive problems for your pets, so be sure to keep them out of reach.

Your trash container is also going to be filled with a variety of scraps, foil, plastic wrap, and food waste that could harm your pet if they get into it. Keep all trash containers well covered and away from pets – behind closed doors if possible.

Here are the DOs and DON’Ts for pets and holiday foods:

The NO NO List
 – Turkey – while small amounts of skinless meat can be safe, it’s best to avoid
– Stuffing – chock full of ingredients that can harm your pet
– Mashed potatoes – too much butter and other fats
– Candied yams – too much sugar, butter and other fats
– Gravy – far too rich for pets’ tummies
– Candy – especially chocolate
– Pie or other desserts

 – Green beans (plain, steamed or boiled)
– Baby carrots (raw or cooked)
– Apple slices (small, thin slices)
– Celery – add a smear of natural, unsalted creamy peanut butter
– Plain pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

If you see sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.

If you believe your pet has been poisoned or has eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately.

ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435

#LovePup Family Fest with iHeart Radio!

In September, we were proud to sponsor an adoption event called the LovePup Family Festival in partnership with the LovePup Foundation and iHeart Radio. Taking place at Vertuccio Farms in Mesa, AZ. Paired with incredible music acts, food trucks, kid-friendly activities and more, the primary event focus of pet adoption was a huge success. With more than 10,000 folks coming out to enjoy the evening, and several rescues on-site with adorable, adoptable dogs from across the Phoenix metro area, many pups were adopted and found their forever homes!

As our way of saying thank you for adopting these wonderful canine companions, AZPetVet provided the new owners with a certificate for a Free Wellness Exam and Fecal Test. We know that routine health and wellness checkups are just as important to our pets as they are to us humans, and wanted to help these new owners ensure that the newest member of their family was receiving first rate care!

We are thrilled by the impact the event had on the community, and look forward to participating again in the future!

StandDown – Assisting our Veterans

First, a bit of terminology:

StandDown: A military term that refers to the short period of time given to a soldier to leave an active combat area, allowing them to obtain rest and build up strength before returning to duty.

StandDown Events: Typically one-to-three day events held annually, organizations within a community come together to serve United States military veterans and their families who are experiencing – or are at risk of – homelessness. These events help connect our veterans with the critical support services they need in order to help them gain – and maintain – stable housing. In addition, the events offer many other areas of support which can include everything from benefits assistance, to id’s and drivers licenses, social security, substance abuse assistance, employment and education opportunities, haircuts and hygiene, and more.

In February, team members from AZPetVet joined the ranks of volunteers at the Maricopa County StandDown annual event, offering Pet Care services to our veterans. Armed with a bevy of food, toys, crates, blankets, and more, our team was honored to spend time with our veterans and to assist with their beloved canine and feline companions. A heartfelt thank you to all the veterans for your service to our country!

2016 Holiday Drive

While many of our individual hospitals have organizations that they have supported for years, our 2016 holiday season marked one of our largest group efforts to-date. Our primary recipient for the season was Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds, with a few other individual organizations included in the mix. With the incredible participation of our teams and our clients, in total we collected more than 2,500 items!

Here are just a few statistics:
* 500+ collars, leashes, and pet clothing items
* 200+ pet beds and blankets
* 35 soft-sided/hard-sided carriers
* 120 food bowls
* Over 1,000 pet food items and treats (WOW!)
* Over 300 toys
* Towels, wipes, cases of water, and much more

It took 8 vehicles filled-to-the-brim to deliver the items just to our primary recipient!

In response to the amazing participation from the AZPetVet clients and staff, the ownership teams at the hospitals taking part in the drive joined in with their part to help make a big impact this season…with a cash donation of $5,950 in total!

With so many wonderful organizations doing great work, we are honored to participate in giving back to our community. So a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the season a little bit brighter!