It is with utmost excitement we share with you that The Arizona Pet Project was selected by The Humane Society of the United States to bring the “Pets for Life” program back to Arizona!
To put it in their words, Pets for Life embraces the human component of the human-animal relationship by approaching people in a respectful way and recognizing that people’s love for their pets transcends socioeconomic circumstances and cultural differences.
Amanda Arrington, senior director of Pets for Life, explains why our team was a natural fit. “The Arizona Pet Project has demonstrated an impressive initiative to address the inequity in access to pet resources that people in underserved areas experience. The Humane Society of the United States is proud to support The Arizona Pet Project in working towards a more just and fair animal welfare movement.”
So what does this partnership mean for our South Phoenix Community?
Here’s what our CEO, Leanna Taylor says, “In 2021, we opened the first-of-its-kind bilingual Pet Support Center in South Phoenix to boost resources for pets and their families in our community. Opening a center in the middle of a pandemic was bold. Still, we knew the need was great and that if we built it, community members and funding partners would join us. A year later, we are thrilled to have the Humane Society of the United States assisting us in expanding outreach and services to families and pets in an under-resourced area”.
This spring, we brought on a new team member, Patty Guillen, who will serve as our community organizer in support of the program. Using a grassroots, door-to-door approach, Patty will meet our neighbors already doing the hard work and provide them with support. She will also connect families with resources, services, and supplies.
Whether providing families with pet food and other essentials or scheduling services, including preventative or sick and injured veterinary care, The Arizona Pet Project connects communities with pet resources they would not have access to otherwise.
The Arizona Pet Project shares the Pets for Life philosophy and can’t wait to bring you the stories of families and pets we meet through this program.
Stay tuned for more stories about our Pets for Life program from our team!
Together, we can bring affordable and accessible veterinary and pet wellness services to families facing systemic poverty.