Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - September 24 


Update: A second accuser emerges with misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Also on the Monday rundown: We take you to a state where more than 60,000 kids are chronically absent from school; and we'll let you know why the rural digital divide can be a twofold problem.

Daily Newscasts

Arizonans Encouraged to Find New "Family Member" During Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

PHOTO: Dogs can be adopted for as little as $20 at the Arizona Humane Society throughout October during "Adopt A Shelter Dog Month." Photo credit: Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
PHOTO: Dogs can be adopted for as little as $20 at the Arizona Humane Society throughout October during "Adopt A Shelter Dog Month." Photo credit: Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
October 14, 2014

PHOENIX - Arizonans are being encouraged to consider adding a new member to the family during "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," running throughout October.

Bretta Nelson, public relations manager with the Arizona Humane Society, says her organization is holding special events throughout the month to promote shelter dog adoptions. She says adopting a shelter dog has benefits over going to a breeder or a retail pet store.

"You could easily go to a pet store and spend thousands of dollars," says Nelson. "But it's not going to include all the things a shelter pet would include. We know so much about the dog's history. They've been spayed or neutered. They've received their first vaccinations. At the Arizona Humane Society you get a free follow-up vet exam."

Nelson says the Humane Society's focus this month is on urging people to consider adopting a chihuahua. The breed makes up about half of the organization's dog inventory. She says pit pulls are the second most populous breed at the Humane Society.

Nelson says Arizonans appear to be gaining a better understanding of the value in adopting a shelter pet.

"I do think that people are turning to shelters more often to rescue homeless animals," she says. "I think they truly understand the need. I think they realize that 25 percent of animals in shelters are purebred."

Nelson says during Adopt a Shelter Dog Month adoptions are priced as low as $20. She adds that the Arizona Humane Society has upwards of 250 pets looking for new homes.

More information on the Arizona Humane Society's pet adoption events are available at the organization's website and www.azhumane.org.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - AZ