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Adoptions Saturday & Sunday at PetSmart

Saturday (11am - 3pm) @ PetSmart, 17035 N 7th Ave. in Phoenix. Go to Map
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  • 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: April 20, 2015


Spring is in the air and adoptions are here!
















Not Pictured: Kizi, Jocelyn, Joss, Nexus, Querly and Quenby!!!

Featured Pet: Silly Lilly

Ready to play??? Lilly is!!!

Lilly is such a happy go lucky girl and a volunteer favorite. Her two favorite activities are playing and snuggling. She likes a lot of attention so we recommend that she goes to a home that already has another dog around her age and size so she has someone to play with. This sweetheart is looking for a home with a lot of love as she loves kids, dogs and her people. She can play fetch and loves her toys. When she gets tired, she will snuggle in right next to you for belly rubs and kisses.

She spent the first six months of her life living in a very small crate for 10-12 hours a day. She has now become part of our Rescue and is enjoying freedom, a loving home atmosphere and other doggies to play with. She has been spayed, microchipped, and is up to date on shots.

It takes her a couple of minutes to warm up to new people, but once she does, she will be forever attached to you. This darling girl wants to love and trust someone so much. Is that person you? Will you make a difference in this tiny girl’s life? She is only one year old will hopefully be around for the next 12-15 years.

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

If you want to meet her, please fill out an on-line application at and we will contact you so that you can meet this darling girl.


Education: Weekly Wellness Checks

Most pet parents are very busy and don’t know their┬ádog has a health problem until it has turned into a serious issue. Spending 5 – 10 minutes a week doing a basic wellness check can save you money at the vet and can keep your dog in optimal health. Here’s what you should be checking once a week:

Ears – Fold each ear back and look dark colored build up and/or swollen, red skin. If your dogs ears have these symptoms, it’s most likely an ear infection that can be easily treated with perscription ear drops.

Eyes and Nose – Frequently sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes, or itchy eyes could mean a lot of things. Dogs get colds and seasonal allergies just like we do, so it’s best to bring your dog in for a vet check up if you notice these symptoms.

Teeth and Gums – Gently lift up your dogs lips to check for tartar build up and gum color. Most dogs need to get their teeth professionally cleaned by a veterinarian once a year. Excess tartar build up, bad breath and red inflamed gums are signs that it’s time for a teeth cleaning. Additionally, your dogs gums should always be pink and moist. A pale color and tacky feeling are most likely symptoms of dehydration and that your dog is not feeling well.

Body – When you are petting your dog, pay attention to any new lumps or bumps. As dogs age, they can develop lumps and bumps anywhere on their bodies. These are most likely benign cysts, but you will need to have your vet confirm what it is. If your vet has already confirmed that it is benign, you will just need to keep an eye on it and tell your vet if it changes in size or shape.

Booty – Dogs don’t drag their bottoms across the floor for the fun of it. If your dog is doing the “booty scootin’ boogie” on a regular basis, something back there is bothering him and it’s best to have the professionals check it out.

Toes – Check your dogs toenails regularly to make sure they are at a short and comfortable length. If the toenails are starting to curl under, it’s time to get them trimmed. Overgrown toenails can cause serious pain and make walking difficult.

Remember, these are just the basics and do not replace taking your dog to the vet for an annual exam and vaccinations.