April 7, 2005
Mr. Darcey is a 10-month-old black tabby cat whose family moved away. Kitty is a 2-year-old tortoise shell longhair who just had a litter of kittens.
And Sheba is a petite 3-year-old chocolate-point Siamese who came from another shelter.
These are just some of the cats that played in kennels alone Wednesday waiting for someone to adopt them.
The Arizona Humane Society opened its only East Valley adoption center Wednesday inside a Chandler PetsMart, 855 N. 54th St. A second East Valley adoption center will open next Wednesday at a Gilbert PetsMart, 4920 S. Power Road.
The adoption centers are made possible through PetsMart Charities, which partners with and provides financial support to more than 2,700 animal welfare groups by offering adoption centers in PetsMart stores.
Arizona Humane Society employees will be on hand during the adoption center’s hours to answer questions and help prospective pet owners adopt a cat or dog. A variety of dogs and cats are available each day in varying breeds and ages, said Alexis Boyle, a Humane Society marketing and community relations coordinator.
"This is 60 to 80 more animals we can adopt out each month," said Boyle, speaking on the average number of animals adopted at off-site adoption centers. "We get anywhere from 80 to 100 animals a day at the Humane Society. That’s 30,000 to 40,000 animals available each year that need to be adopted."
The Arizona Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization that runs completely on donations.
Adoption fees include spay or neuter surgery, a first set of shots, a follow-up veterinary exam, a heartworm test for dogs or a feline leukemia/FIV test for cats, a collar with an Arizona Humane Society identification tag, and a leash for dogs or a carrier for cats.
Karin Kammerzell of Ahwatukee Foothills was shopping in the store Wednesday to buy cat food when she spotted the new adoption center. Her family wants to adopt a puppy, so she came to check out what pets were available.
"I want to go through the Humane Society and this location will be much more convenient to come back to," said Kammerzell, who wants to bring back her two kids to help pick out the dog.
PetsMart doesn’t sell dogs or cats, and promotes animal adoption. With several people inquiring where to adopt animals in the East Valley, the Chandler PetsMart operations manager Alphonso Parks said the adoption center is needed.
"We’re very, very happy to have them here," said Parks of Tempe, who has three dogs and a cat at home.
Adopt a pet
Hours for East Valley adoption centers are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Those adopting an animal must fill out an application, bring proof of address and, if renting a home or apartment, the landlord’s pet policy. Costs range from $35 to $90 depending on the age of a dog or cat.
For information on the Arizona Humane Society, call (602) 997-7586 or visit