Flagstaff has a huge community that includes hundreds of dog lovers. This is made evident by the outstanding numbers of organizations that are dedicated to rescuing and rehoming furbabies from the area. The entire community of this city has come together to support the many events and service facilities that provide aid to homeless animals, showing that they truly care about the local paws and claws that cry for help!
Organizations such as Paw Placement of Northern Arizona offer homeless pets a second chance at life, love, and happiness every day. Their facility offers everything from low-cost spay/neuter programs to programs that assist in finding temporary housing for pets when owners are hospitalized, showing that they truly want to find the best way to keep pets in loving homes.
Another great facility we discovered is High Country Puppy Rescue. This 501(c)3 charity organization takes in pups from all walks of life, all across the state! They work tirelessly to ensure that the young pups of this world get a solid paw on the ground and find their fur-ever homes with families who understand the needs of a growing pupper.
Wildhorse Ranch Rescue in Gilbert, Arizona was founded in order to help the many homeless dogs, cats, horses, and even wild burros of the area! They not only take in abandoned dogs and cats, but also strive to find homes for the wild burros of the region that come to them through the BLM roundups.
In addition to these animals, the Ranch Rescue Organization helps to save horses from auctions that may otherwise end up at the slaughterhouse through no fault of their own. They realize that families can fall on hard times and they offer to take in animals and place them in safe, loving homes, after receiving any necessary veterinary care they may need.
All of these outstanding foundations hold firm beliefs that education, acceptance, and love are the most important factors in providing animals with the lives they deserve. From treating injuries to taking in strays, they work around the clock to bring a bright light into dark, little lives. Volunteers abound and the shelters are always happy to see donations and smiling faces.
While you're there, if you happen to fancy a new family member, check in with one of the region's shelter stands and arrange a meet and greet with some of the adoptable lads and lasses they have along for the festivities.
Some of the clinics available each year include low-cost spay/neutering, microchipping, and even some great obedience seminars! Education is the word of the day and every shelter will be promoting owner education and awareness.
Registration for the event is typically held at 3:30pm, but be sure to check the newest event flyer for full details if you wish to bowl. It's always a great idea to get out there and do something for the animals in the community. Why not have some fun with other concerned folks while you're at it?
Don't forget to grab some food and take part in the mini-events that take place, too! There is usually a silent auction, buffet for a fee, and raffle prizes galore. All of the proceeds go to support the Humane Society and donations are always welcomed as well!
Bring a bike, truck, car, or anything you need to make the trip, as the event is filled with great people with interesting experiences, with all proceeds going to the Verde Valley Humane Society and one other selected shelter each year. Simple donations are readily accepted as well and are always appreciated as these "hardened" men and women ride from stop-to-stop to bring awareness about the homeless pet population of the area, doing their best to support those furbabies to find new homes.
Registration for those who wish to participate in the run is held in the morning and a list of run stops is available through their Facebook page. There you'll also find more information regarding the event times, dates, and any additional mini-events that may be hosted alongside this pawsitively outstanding event.
The trails are kept up by the Rails to Trails Conservancy, as well as local groups who truly care about keeping these historic venues open and clean for everyone, two and four-legged alike. Don't forget to bring your furbaby for a walk or jog and have some fun meeting other fur-ever families along the trail!