Celebrate the Holidays in Arizona! Run/Walk in a Sea of Santa’s at the 12k’s of Christmas® December 10, 2016 Gilbert AZ.

This unique family festival celebrates health, fitness and the joy of Christmas, while supporting Friends of Animal Care & Control.

The event includes a 12k run, 6k run/walk and a 1.2k Santa “Sled Run”, plus a Christmas Bazaar, Santa’s Pet Village with pet adoptions, and live Christmas entertainment in the park.

FREE admission to Christmas Bazaar and Santa’s Pet Village
Fee for Runners and Walkers
Register at: http://www.12krun.com/

SNIFF 2016


Animal lovers from across the Valley will gather to sip, shop, socialize and save lives at SNIFF 2016, an after-work event featuring a wine and spirits raffle, live and silent auction, adoptable dogs, and more. Select the VIP level – available only through November 1 – and receive one entry in the VIP raffle, along with a premium takeaway bag that includes treats for you and your pet, and a full bottle of wine to take home.

SNIFF 2016 benefits Friends of Animal Care and Control. SniffAZ donations are 100% dedicated to funding Maricopa County’s Spay and Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP). Spay/Neuter prevents unwanted litters and helps to keep companion animals out of the system. In addition to critical fundraising, SniffAZ also promotes adoptions of animals from MCACC.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Gainey Ranch Golf Club | 7600 E. Gainey Club Drive | Scottsdale, AZ 85258

$50 per person
$75 VIP ticket – Limited VIP tickets available – VIP deadline is November 1
$75 at the door
Tickets on sale starting Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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To purchase tickets or find more information about this event which sold out last year, please visit www.sniffaz.org

Facebook: facebook.com/sniffaz/ | Twitter: @Sniff_AZ | Instagram: instagram.com/sniff__az

About SniffAZ
SNIFF events are presented by SniffAZ, Inc. – a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the need for spay and neuter of companion animals and to generate funding for the organizations that deliver spay and neuter services in Maricopa County. Donations and contributions are deductible to the full extent provided by law. Founded in 2011, SniffAZ is run entirely and organized solely by volunteers. In just four years, this local grassroots non-profit has donated $175,000, equating to 2,600 free spay neuter procedures.

For more information about SniffAZ and SNIFF 2016, visit www.sniffaz.org

Strut Your Mutt – Team Friends

Strut Your Mutt Flyer Team-1



Get excited, Phoenix, because Strut Your Mutt is no ordinary dog walking event. This fundraising festival includes interactive games and activities for you, your dog and your whole family! Register today and break those sneakers in for a day of lifesaving milestones.

Join Team Friends and help us reach our goal of saving an additional 75 lives during this one-day event!

Register by visiting our Friends Strut Your Mutt Team Page!

To learn more information on Best Friends visit Strut Your Mutt’s national campaign page.

Cora and her Pet Parents


Cora, was abandoned by her owners when they moved out of their apartment and left her behind. Luckily for her, caring neighbors took her in and decided she would live with them for the rest of her years.
These same caring people brought Cora to a spay/neuter clinic, funded by supporters of Friends. You see, when you donate to Friends, you’re not only reducing the number of unwanted litters born each and every day, you’re helping the informal rescue community give the pets in their care a new lease on life!

Alicia and Little Boy

We met Alicia and Little Boy at a spay/neuter clinic last week. The day prior, Alicia’s car broke down and she worried they were going to miss their appointment. Together they took 3 buses and traveled over 2 hours!

Many of our voucher recipients have to make difficult decisions every day about which bills to pay but the love they receive from their pets helps them get through even the toughest day. Sound familiar? Our struggles may be different but there is one thing we have all have in common – the unconditional love of (and for) pets.

Victor and Oso

Victor brought his beloved dog Oso to a clinic last week where he received free vaccinations and a voucher for a free neuter.

Responsible pet ownership means different things to different people – to us it means doing the best you can for your pet and loving him unconditionally.

When you support Friends, you help us help people and pets…like Victor and Oso.

Meet “Roo” the 2-legged dog to be reunited with owner

From FOX10 Phoenix

POSTED:OCT 13 2015 09:28AM MST

UPDATED:OCT 14 2015 10:44AM MST

PHOENIX – UPDATE: Later in the day Tuesday, an owner stepped forward for Roo, whose real name is Lily. MCACC officials say the woman had pictures of Lily as a puppy and they had no doubt this is her dog.

Melissa Gable stated, “Lily’s owner is a young woman from Scottsdale. She was out of town and asked her friend to watch Lily. The friend took Lily to the park (and thinking she wouldn’t get too far), left her alone for a few minutes. When she returned, Lily was gone. We think someone saw Lily and thought she was a stray, picked her up and took her to the veterinary clinic where she was dropped off… I will be contacting all those who offered to donate and let them know the circumstances. Because Lily will get the ‘wheels’ she needs, potential donors can decide if they’d like to donate to our cause, or wait to help another animal.”

Lily will stay at the shelter for spay surgery on Thursday.

“In the end, Lily’s owner has learned a valuable lesson about the importance of making sure pets are licensed and wearing ID at all times. And even if a dog only has two legs, she can still wander off and go missing!” said Gable.

A special dog is in need of a loving, forever family. Her name is Roo and she was born with a birth defect. Roo isn’t like many other dogs, she doesn’t have front legs.
“We think that it’s a birth defect,” said Melissa Gable with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

Photo Roo the 2 legged dog to be reunited with owner
The 1-year-old pitbull mix was found last week, Gable says Roo can get around just fine, it just takes a lot of effort.

“She’ll stand and kind of hover over the ground and walk that way. She still gets around, she just doesn’t run like most dogs would,” said Gable.

They are hoping someone can donate a cart to help make Roo’s life a little easier.

“It’s a lot of work for her to move from one place to another, if she had a cart that would make her life so much easier,” said Gable.

Roo’s forever home will have to be one with patience and love.

“We want to make sure they’re going to follow up with her vet care, and just give her a good life, don’t exploit her, don’t show her off as a dog that has two legs. Treat her like a normal dog and make sure that she’s getting the love and attention that she needs,” said Gable.
Roo will be up for adoption next Wednesday. If you’d like to adopt her, they ask that you send in an essay in describing why you think she would be a perfect match for your family.