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Summer Adoption Schedule

We have adoptions Saturday & Sunday at PetSmart at the following times. If you are interested in a specific pet, please fill out an application. Thank you!
Saturday (except every third Saturday of each month) (12pm - 3pm) @ PetSmart, North Phoenix, 17035 N 7th Ave. in Phoenix. Go to Map
Sunday (12pm - 3pm) @ PetSmart, Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd in Phoenix. Go to Map

  • Adopt

    If you are in need of a loving, furry family member, look no further. Help A Dog Smile has several dogs looking to transition from homeless dogs to happy dogs. Meet your match today! More

  • Donate

    We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non profit organization. Every dollar you can spare helps save dogs' lives by funding vet care, food, and boarding. The dogs appreciate your support. More

  • About Us

    Help A Dog Smile officially incorporated in September 2012. We are a group of dedicated volunteers that have been working together for years to find forever homes for stray dogs. More

  • Partners

    Without our veterinary, boarding, and adoption partners, we could not do this life-saving work. Please support their businesses so we can keep rescuing dogs and finding homes. More

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: February 10, 2018

The first adoptions of 2018!!!

Bella (Left)





MickeyD (Right)




Zephyr (Left)

Featured Pet: Joe Jr

Meet Joe Jr!

Joe is a very good looking tri colored 2-year-old Chihuahua mix. He came to our rescue because his owner could no longer care for him. Joe is a bit tentative when first meeting new folks but he warms up quickly.  Joe loves to play with other dogs, sit on laps and run around the yard or house. Joe would love to once again have a home of his own where he can be cherished as a family member.

Joe likes kids but he is a bit shy and cautious when first meeting people, so we do not think he will be a good fit in a home with small children.

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet him, please fill out an online application at and we will contact you so that you can meet this handsome fella.

Education: Help for pet parents experiencing financial hardship

Because our pets are a life-long commitment, it’s not unheard of for a dog or cat mom or dad to face financial hardship at some point in the life of their fur-children.

We can all agree that before bringing an animal into your heart and home, it’s important to be prepared for the financial responsibilities – veterinary care, quality food and treats, preventative measures, etc. – that come along with pet parenthood. However, over the course of that 15-20+ year commitment, things happen. Jobs are lost, injuries or accidents make it impossible to work, economies take a hit.

Unfortunately, in many cases of financial hardship, it’s the family pet that suffers.

Fortunately, there IS help available! Below is a list of national and state-specific organizations that assist pet parents in need of financial assistance. These organizations understand that the very best place for a pet is with the family that loves them.

 Some provide help paying veterinary bills, some help with food, some offer free or low-cost spay and neuters, while others assist pets that meet specific requirements. All are valuable resources for pet parents who may be facing financial hardship but have committed to providing the very best life-long home for their pet.

Please remember, this is only a list of known available resources. Each organization has its own rules and requirements. You will need to research each organization separately to determine if you qualify for assistance.

National Resources for Pet Owners in Need:

The Big Hearts Fund: for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease
Brown Dog Foundation: prescription medications
Canine Cancer Awareness
Care Credit: Provides a line of credit to parents of pets in need of veterinary care. Online application.
Cats In Crisis
Companion Bridge: an online community for those with animals that require significant medical care to solicit physical, emotional, and financial help
CorgiAid: Financial assistance for Corgi and Corgi-mixes
The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund
Fetch a Cure: Support and assistance for pets with cancer
The Gandalf Fund: financial assistance for working and retired assistance dogs in the event of catastrophic illness or accidental injury.
God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity
HandicappedPets: Support for handicapped and special needs pets.
Harley’s Hope: services for low-income pet owners, service animals, seniors, and pets living in short-term foster care.
Hearts United for Animals
Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation: for pets under the care of a board-certified veterinary oncologist.
Labrador Lifeline: Financial assistance for owners of Labrador Retrievers
Land of Pure Gold Foundation: financial aid for Working Dogs (Assistance, Detection, Search & Rescue, Enforcement, Military and Animal-Assisted Therapy Dogs) who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Magic Bullet Fund: cancer-specific
The Mosby Fund
The Onyx & Breezy Foundation
Paws 4 A Cure
The Perseus Foundation: support for pets diagnosed with cancer
Petkey: worldwide lost & found pet recovery database.
The Pet Fund
Pets of the Homeless: pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless
Pit Bull Rescue Central: resource for owners and caretakers of American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and any mixes thereof.
The Riedel & Cody Fund: for pets suffering with cancer
RedRover Relief
Rose’s Fund
Shakespeare Animal Fund
Special Needs Dobermans: Financial assistance for senior and special needs Doberman Pinschers.
Tipper & Squirt Care for Cushings Fund: financial assistance for families struggling to pay medical care costs associated with Cushing’s disease.
Top Dog Foundation “Bentley Grant”: for senior dogs
Vetary: Provide simplified financing/credit to owners of pets needing veterinary care, instant online approval.

Altered Tails Barnhart Clinic: Phoenix and Mesa (low-cost spay/neuter clinic)
Animal Guardian Network: Cave Creek (pet food)
Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA: Phoenix (low-cost veterinary clinic)
Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry: Phoenix (pet food)
Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry: Pet assistance for disaster victims and veterans, seniors, domestic violence victims, functionally disabled people with service animals, homeless and near homeless people; special programs include pet food and supplies, temporary housing for emergencies.
Lost Our Home Pet Foundation: Scottsdale (pet food, temporary foster program)
Payson Humane Society: Payson (spay/neuter assistance)
Pets In Need Action League: Casa Grande (pet food pantry)
Scottsdale P.E.T.: Scottsdale (pet food pantry)


A vast majority of these amazing organizations operate on donations. Please consider contributing to an organization in your area.