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Painting the town orange: WAHS looks sell 10K paws for summer adoption effort

orange pawsReprinted with permission by Today’s News Herald, Lake Havasu City By JAYNE HANSON

Western Arizona Humane Society is picking up speed to ‘paint the town orange’ during its summer pet adoption effort and also is on track to meet its goal of 700 lives saved through adoption at its two shelters in Lake Havasu City and Kingman,


WAHS is participating in the American

Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rachel Ray $100K Challenge.

WAHS president/CEO Victoria Cowper said Thursday, there have been 330 pets adopted since the effort began between the two cities.

“We are up 12 percent for adoptions over last year’s adoptions,” Cowper said.

In all, 181 dogs and 149 cats have been adopted since June 1.

Combined with the shelters’ 71 return-to-owner transactions, which count toward the life-saving goal, the grand total is 401, more than halfway to the goal of 700. If the goal is met, WAHS is eligible for monetary grants through ASPCA/Rachel Ray ranging from $1,000 to as much as $25,000.

The agency can’t count adoption cancellations, if an adopted pet is returned for whatever reason. So far, there have been 25 cancellations, Cowper said.


WAHS is set to sell 10,000 orange paws, each is $1. Businesses in Havasu and Kingman, including the WAHS shelters, will sell and display the paws until August 31. In Havasu, there are at least 25 participating businesses.

The proceeds generated from the challenge are used to sponsor pet adoptions at the animal shelters in the two cities.


The challenge includes an element of popularity, too.

“We want everyone to go to our Facebook page and like us,” Cowper said. “And then on August 15, we’ll provide the link to the ASPCA voting page.”

The votes, which is a qualifying element for the challenge, will be collected from Aug. 15 -31.


Thursday, WAHS is hosting “Yappy Hour” at the Hampton Inn, 245 London Bridge Road, in Havasu. Dogs are welcome, and the event is free. The event includes drink specials and pet adoptions with a portion of the proceeds benefiting WAHS.

Every Saturday, WAHS hosts pet adoptions from 10 a.m. to noon at PetSmart, at The Shops at Lake Havasu.

During the month of July, WAHS is waiving adult dog and cat adoption fees for U.S. military veterans and their families, and the families of active-duty U.S. military service men and women. Also in July, adult cat adoptions fees are $17.76 to coincide with the nation’s Independence Day.

In August, WAHS will open its doors 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays for adoptions only. On those days, owner-relinquished pets won’t be accepted, and no return-to-owners will be processed.

Also in August, a Purina pet adoption program for senior citizens covers adoptions fees for individuals who are 55 years old and older. The program is based on a $1,000 grant. The program is available through the month of August or for as long as the funds are available.


“We always need volunteers,” Cowper said.

WAHS volunteers help out with a variety of tasks including dog walking, staffing the PetSmart adoptions on Saturdays, answering telephones and more.

Anyone interested can call WAHS 928-855-5083. The animal shelter is at 1100 Empire Dr., in Havasu.

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