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Pupdates Hot Off The Press: November 18, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!









Featured Pet: Watson

Meet Watson!

He is a gorgeous border collie/aussie mix!  At only one year of age, this sweet fellow has lots of energy and would be an ideal fit for an active family. Wilson loves kids, dogs and cats.  He is housed trained and very friendly.  Throwing the ball, playing tug of war and hiking all sound great to this guy! He also LOVES to give hugs and sit in laps.

The adoption fee of $250 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 great guy.

Education: Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together family and friends, but it also can carry some hazards for pets. Holiday food needs to be kept away from pets, and pet owners who travel need to either transport their pets safely or find safe accommodations for them at home. Follow these tips to keep your pets healthy and safe during the holiday.

Poison Risks

Overindulging in the family feast can be unhealthy for humans, but even worse for pets: Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest. Poultry bones can damage your pet’s digestive tract. And holiday sweets can contain ingredients that are poisonous to pets.

Keep the feast on the table—not under it.  Eating turkey or turkey skin – sometimes even a small amount – can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, and many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets – including onions, raisins and grapes. If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for them.

No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.

Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating.

Put the trash away where your pets can’t find it.  A turkey carcass sitting out on the carving table, or left in a trash container that is open or easily opened, could be deadly to your family pet. Dispose of turkey carcasses and bones – and anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags and packaging – in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container outdoors (or behind a closed, locked door).

Be careful with decorative plants. Don’t forget that some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas and more. The ASPCA offers lists of plants that are toxic to both dogs and cats, but the safest route is simply to keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.

Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately. You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435. Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

Precautions for Parties

If you’re hosting a party or overnight visitors, plan ahead to keep your pets safe and make the experience less stressful for everyone.

Visitors can upset your pets. Some pets are shy or excitable around new people or in crowds, and Thanksgiving often means many visitors at once and higher-than-usual noise and activity levels. If you know your dog or cat is nervous when people visit your home, put him/her in another room or a crate with a favorite toy. This will reduce the emotional stress on your pet and protect your guests from possible injury. If your pet is particularly upset by house guests, talk to your veterinarian about possible solutions to this common problem.

If any of your guests have compromised immune systems (due to pregnancy, some diseases, or medications or treatments that suppress the immune system), make sure they’re aware of the pets (especially exotic pets) in your home so they can take extra precautions to protect themselves.

If you have exotic pets, remember that some people are uncomfortable around them and that these pets may be more easily stressed by the festivities. Keep exotic pets safely away from the hubbub of the holiday.

Watch the exits. Even if your pets are comfortable around guests, make sure you watch them closely, especially when people are entering or leaving your home. While you’re welcoming hungry guests and collecting coats, a four-legged family member may make a break for it out the door and become lost.

Identification tags and microchips reunite families. Make sure your pet has proper identification with your current contact information – particularly a microchip with up-to-date, registered information. That way, if they do sneak out, they’re more likely to be returned to you. If your pet isn’t already microchipped, talk to your veterinarian about the benefits of this simple procedure.

Watch your pets around festive decorations. Special holiday displays or candles are attractive to pets as well as people. Never leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle; it could result in a fire. And pine cones, needles and other decorations can cause intestinal blockages or even perforate an animal’s intestine if eaten.

Travel Concerns

Whether you take your pets with you or leave them behind, take these precautions to safeguard them when traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday or at any other time of the year.

Your pet needs a health certificate from your veterinarian if you’re traveling across state lines or international borders, whether by air or car. Learn the requirements for any states you will visit or pass through, and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to get the needed certificate within the time frames required by those states.

Never leave pets alone in vehicles, even for a short time, regardless of the weather.

Pets should always be safely restrained in vehicles. This means using a secure harness or a carrier, placed in a location clear of airbags. This helps protect your pets if you brake or swerve suddenly, or get in an accident; keeps them away from potentially poisonous food or other items you are transporting; prevents them from causing dangerous distractions for the driver; and can prevent small animals from getting trapped in small spaces. Never transport your pet in the bed of a truck.

Talk with your veterinarian if you’re traveling by air and considering bringing your pet with you. Air travel can put pets at risk, especially short-nosed dogs. Your veterinarian is the best person to advise you regarding your own pet’s ability to travel.

Pack for your pet as well as yourself if you’re going to travel together. In addition to your pet’s food and medications, this includes bringing medical records, information to help identify your pet if it becomes lost, first aid supplies, and other items. Refer to our Traveling with Your Pet FAQ for a more complete list.

Are you considering boarding your dog while you travel? Talk with your veterinarian to find out how best to protect your pet from canine flu and other contagious diseases, and to make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccines.


Pupdates Hot Off The Press: October 15, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!

Tabitha (Left)


Sydney (Right)


Daisy (Right)

Solo (Right)

Sunny and Sammy Together!



Una Tuna

Noah (Left)

MickeyD (Middle)

Prescott (Left)



Featured Pet: Violet

Meet Violet!

When our rescue was asked for help, we gladly welcomed little VIOLET into our group.  She is a delightful, sweet, fun-loving gal who gets along with everyone.  Violet is cuddly yet also enjoys playing a game of fetch.  She is using the doggy door in her foster home, has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped.  She is between 2-3 years old, 12 lbs.  She is ready to go!

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

If you want to meet her, please fill out an online application at and we will contact you so that you can meet this sweet little gal.

Education: Evacuating with animals

Over the last few months, we have seen that disasters can happen any place at any time. When you have animals, you need to think of their safety like you would for any other family member. The Humane Society of the United States has great tips for how to evacuate with animals:

Start getting ready now

ID your pet

Make sure that cats and dogs are wearing collars and identification tags that are up to date. You’ll increase your chances of being reunited with pets who get lost by having them microchipped; make sure the microchip registration is in your name. But remember: The average citizen who finds your pet won’t be able to scan for a chip, but they will probably be able to read a basic tag!

Put your cell phone number on your pet’s tag. It may also be a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area—in case you have had to evacuate.

Put together your disaster kit

Use our checklist to assemble an emergency kit for yourself and your pet.

Find a safe place to stay ahead of time

Never assume that you will be allowed to bring your pet to an emergency shelter. Before a disaster hits, call your local office of emergency management to see if you will be allowed to evacuate with your pets and verify that there will be shelters in your area that take people and their pets.

Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to find out if they accept pets. Ask about any restrictions on number, size and species. Inquire if a “no pet” policy would be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of animal-friendly places handy, and call ahead for a reservation as soon as you think you might have to leave your home.

For help identifying pet-friendly lodgings, check out these websites:

Make arrangements with friends or relatives. Ask people outside your immediate area if they would be able to shelter you and your pets—or just your pets—if necessary. If you have more than one pet, you may need to arrange to house them at separate locations.

Consider a kennel or veterinarian’s office. Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinary offices that might be able to shelter animals in disaster emergencies (make sure to include their 24-hour telephone numbers).

Check with your local animal shelter. Some shelters may be able to provide foster care or shelter for pets in an emergency. But keep in mind that shelters have limited resources and are likely to be stretched during a local emergency.

Plan for your pet in case you’re not home

In case you’re away during a disaster or evacuation order, make arrangements well in advance for someone you trust to take your pets and meet you at a specified location. Be sure the person is comfortable with your pets and your pets are familiar with them. Give your emergency caretaker a key to your home and show them where your pets are likely to be (especially if they hide when they’re nervous) and where your disaster supplies are kept.

If you have a pet-sitter, they may be able to help. Discuss the possibility well in advance.

If you evacuate, take your pet

Rule number one: If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. You have no way of knowing how long you’ll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able—or allowed—to go back for your pets. Pets left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost or killed.

Pledge to take your pet with you when disaster strikes »

Rule number two: Evacuate early. Don’t wait for a mandatory evacuation order. Some people who have waited to be evacuated by emergency officials have been told to leave their pets behind. The smell of smoke or the sound of high winds or thunder may make your pet more fearful and difficult to load into a crate or carrier. Evacuating before conditions become severe will keep everyone safer and make the process less stressful.

If you stay home, do it safely

If your family and pets must wait out a storm or other disaster at home, identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together.

  • Close off or eliminate unsafe nooks and crannies where frightened cats may try to hide.
  • Move dangerous items such as tools or toxic products that have been stored in the area.
  • Bring your pets indoors as soon as local authorities say trouble is on the way. Keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers, and make sure they are wearing identification.
  • If you have a room you can designate as a “safe room,” put your emergency supplies in that room in advance, including your pet’s crate and supplies. Have any medications and a supply of pet food and water inside watertight containers, along with your other emergency supplies. If there is an open fireplace, vent, pet door or similar opening in the house, close it off with plastic sheeting and strong tape.
  • Listen to the radio periodically, and don’t come out until you know it’s safe.

After the disaster

Your home may be a very different place after the emergency is over, and it may be hard for your pets to adjust.

  • Don’t allow your pets to roam loose. Familiar landmarks and smells might be gone, and your pet will probably be disoriented. Pets can easily get lost in such situations.
  • While you assess the damage, keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers inside the house. If your house is damaged, your pets could escape.
  • Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Try to get them back into their normal routines as soon as possible. Be ready for behavioral problems caused by the stress of the situation. If these problems persist, or if your pet seems to be having any health problems, talk to your veterinarian.
  • If your community has been flooded, check your home and yard for wild animals who may have sought refuge there. Wildlife can pose a threat to you and your pet. Check out our tips for humanely evicting wildlife.

Be ready for everyday emergencies

You can’t get home to your pet

There may be times that you can’t get home to take care of your pets. Icy roads may trap you at the office overnight, an accident may send you to the hospital—things happen. But you can make sure your pets get the care they need by making arrangements now:

  • Find a trusted neighbor, friend or family member and give them a key. Make sure this backup caretaker is comfortable and familiar with your pets (and vice versa).
  • Make sure your backup caretaker knows your pets’ feeding and medication schedule, whereabouts and habits.
  • If you use a pet-sitting service, find out in advance if they will be able to help in case of an emergency.

Heat wave

High temperatures can be dangerous. Learn more about hot weather safety for pets.

The electricity goes out

If you’re forced to leave your home because you’ve lost electricity, take your pets with you to a pet-friendly hotel. If it’s summer, even just an hour or two in the sweltering heat can be dangerous. If you stay at home during a summer power outage, ask your local emergency management office if there are pet-friendly cooling centers in the area.

If it’s winter, don’t be fooled by your pets’ fur coats; it isn’t safe to leave them in an unheated house.

Plans aren’t just for pets

Disaster plans aren’t only essential for the safety of pets. If you’re responsible for other kinds of animals during natural disasters, disaster plans for feral or outdoor catshorses and animals on farms can be lifesavers.


Pupdates Hot Off The Press: September 4, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!



Rusty (Left)

Stella (Left)




Featured Pet: Prescott

Meet Prescott!

He is a 8-months-old, 7-pound white chihuahua puppy with a bit of terrier in him.  He has the cutest bearded face and a tiny spot on his back in light tan.  Prescott is an outgoing puppy who loves to play with other dogs. He is respectful of older dogs but does want to play with them.  He is cautious around bigger dogs but he does warm up to them over time.

Prescott is kennel and dog door trained.   He does get distracted playing with other dogs outside and can “forget” he has business to do out there. So, he still needs some guidance.  Prescott is a people person dog, he likes all folks from tiny tots to adults.

Prescott is also working on his commands.  He knows stay, stop and he comes a running when called.  He would love to sit on your lap and snuggle with you as well.

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: Training is for adult and senior dogs too

Training is needed for every dog, not just puppies. When you adopt an adult or senior dog from a foster based organization like ours, your new dog will have already started learning the basic house rules at his foster home. The foster will also be able to tell you areas that still need to be worked on.

Adult dogs are often easier to train than young puppies because they have more self-control. It’s also important to keep training your dog as he matures. It will keep his mind sharp and offer the mental stimulation and structure that he needs. The following tips will help you train your adult dog.

Be Patient
If you have just brought an adult dog into your home, allow him some time to adjust.
An adult dog comes with his own history which can make him nervous about his new surroundings. Don’t give up on your new dog after only a few days. Your adult dog may need a period of adjustment which can take anywhere from a few days to a month or so. Once your adult dog realizes he has found his forever home, he will soon settle into being part of the family. There may be some unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to training a shelter dog.

Use a Crate for Housetraining
Don’t assume an adult dog is house trained or well-behaved in the house. Treat your adult dog just as you would a new puppy. Keep him in a crate when you are not able to supervise him. When you release him from the crate, take him immediately to the place outside where you want him to relieve himself.

The good news is that adult dogs have more control over their bladders and bowels than young puppies. The house training process usually goes much more quickly with adult dogs than with puppies or adolescent dogs who don’t have this control yet.

Enroll in an Obedience Class
Your adult dog is perfectly capable of learning new things. Even if he has never had any obedience training in the past, your adult dog will benefit from learning basic commands, such as walking on a loose leash and lying down. An obedience class is a great place to work on this training.

An obedience class is also a great place for your adult dog to socialize with other dogs and people. It will allow you to see how he reacts to other dogs and strangers in a safe environment with a professional dog trainer on hand to offer advice.

Set Rules and Boundaries from the Beginning
An adult dog may have been able to do things in his previous home that you don’t want to him to do in yours, such as jumping on guests or lying on the furniture. Start teaching your adult dog the rules for your home right now. It may take some work at the beginning, but teaching your adult dog basic commands and working on solving his behavior problems from day one means your dog will soon settle into being a happy and healthy part of your family. It’s also valuable to teach your adult dog self-control: nothing in life is free.

Keep It Positive
Because you probably don’t know for sure the type of experience your adult dog has had with training in the past, positive reinforcement methods are your best bet. Using tasty treats and plenty of praise are effective training methods for dogs of all ages and breeds. Keep things fun and upbeat rather than punishing your adult dog. This is a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.


Pupdates Hot Off The Press: July 22, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!

Princess Polly

Little Pilikia






Featured Pet: Rusty

Meet Rusty!

Hi my name is Rusty.  I am about 1 year old and I weigh 9 pounds.  I am part Dachshund, part Corgi and maybe a bit Chihuahua as well.  All of those breeds makes me a very cool looking dude.  I have big bright hazel eyes and floppy ears and short legs. My foster mom says I am an ideal puppy/adult dog.  I am still active like a puppy but I am almost house trained and I don’t chew on furniture or take things I am not supposed to have.

I probably am not a good fit for an apartment yet.  I barked at noises.  My foster mom and I am working on that.  She is hoping I learn when to bark and when it is okay and I don’ have to bark. Once I am more familiar with all the new sounds I will settled down.  I already stopped barking at the dogs next door.

I like to play with other dogs and I am starting to play with toys. I warm up quickly, especially if you play with me or give me some peanut butter. I sleep in a dog bed or in your bed at night and can sleep in a kennel but I prefer to be outside of the kennel.

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: Why is your adoption process so strict?

This is a question that everyone in Rescue has heard over and over again. The best way to answer it is to explain the difference between a no-kill Rescue group and the pound. The pound adopts dogs and cats out to anyone who can pay the adoption fee, no questions asked. They do this because they euthanize animals for capacity. They intake far more animals than they are able to adopt out, and they have to intake no questions asked. No-kill Rescues like Help A Dog Smile operate far differently.

We can’t intake nearly as many animals as the pound, but we give 110% to every animal in our care. One of the benefits to not having a facility is that each of our animals is in a loving foster home. Our foster parents work tirelessly at ensuring our animals are safe, healthy, happy and well adjusted to living in a home. Because our animals are in foster homes, we get to really understand what kind of homes they would be best suited for. That’s where the strict adoption process comes in.

Unlike the pound, our goal is not to move inventory, it is find the best home for each animal in our care not matter how long it takes. We are all guilty “falling in love with a face”, but sometimes the cute face may not be attached to the animal that is the best fit. That’s where our volunteers and fosters come in… We want to make sure that every adoption we do is to a forever home, so our job is to match animal personalities to adopter homes and lifestyles. Applications, home checks and meet and greets aren’t the easiest way to conduct adoptions, but they are they best way to ensure all parties are happy. There is no better feeling than getting an update from an adopter stating the once homeless animal is now a cherished family member.

Pupdates Off The Press: June 10, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!

Eddie (Right)

Leroy Brown




Featured Pet: Oasis

Meet Oasis!

Oasis is a little six pound sweetie who truly was saved through a string of events! She is a little doll who loves to be held and follow her person around. She is a quiet little one who does not bark when left alone and loves to carry big dog toys around with her. For some reason she intensely dislikes cats. She would also be a great ‘only dog’ as she truly loves people more than dogs. Oasis just wants and deserves a home where she will be treasured forever. Her time on the streets was no fun and how she is even alive is a mystery.

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

If you want to meet her, please fill out an online application at and we will contact you so that you can meet this beautiful girl.

Education: Watch out for heatstroke

Heatstroke signs:

Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

What you should do if your dog gets heatstroke:

Remove your dog from the hot area immediately. While transporting him immediately to your veterinarian, lower his temperature by placing cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, under the forelimbs, and in the groin area. If possible, increase air movement around him with a fan. Be careful, however, as using very cold water can actually be counterproductive. CAUTION: Cooling too quickly and especially allowing his body temperature to become too low can cause other life-threatening medical conditions. The rectal temperature should be checked every 5 minutes. Once the body temperature is 103ºF, the cooling measures should be stopped and your dog should be dried thoroughly and covered so he does not continue to lose heat. Even if your dog appears to be recovering, take him to your veterinarian as soon as possible, he should still be examined since he may be dehydrated or have other complications. Allow free access to water if your dog can drink on his own. Do not try to force-feed cold water; as he may inhale it and could choke.

How to prevent heatstroke:

Heat stroke can be prevented by taking caution not to expose a dog to hot and humid conditions. This is especially applicable for dogs with airway diseases and breeds with shortened faces (e.g., the Pug, Bulldog, Shi Tzu).  Also, while traveling in cars, make sure that the dog is well ventilated by placing it in a wired cage or in an open basket, and never leave your dog in a car with the windows closed, even if the car is parked in the shade. When outdoors, always make sure your dog is in a well-ventilated area with access to plenty of water and shady spots.

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: May 7, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!

Daisy and Bea (Mommy and baby) together!



Puppy Paco

Norman and Melody together!

Oden (right)


Featured Pet: Princess Polly

Meet Princess Polly!

Princess Polly is truly a gem! And look how she tolerated her Easter outfits!!  This little angel was an owner surrender at the Pound because they ‘had too many dogs’…. so sad, because this one is so sweet and deserves all the love and attention she can get. Princess Polly is possibly an Italian greyhound-Chihuahua mix, spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and ready to go!  She is 12 lbs, 2 years old, with the nicest, whitest teeth!  She loves to run in the yard but also very content to cuddle with her foster mom. Gentle, easy-going…house trained.

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

If you want to meet her, please fill out an online application at and we will contact you so that you can meet this beautiful girl.

Education: What does being a dog foster entail?

Our fosters are the heart and soul of our Rescue, and we simply would not exist without them. We do not have a facility, so the more fosters we have the more dogs we can save. Here’s a Q&A on what it means to be a HADS foster parent.

Where do the dogs come from? We get our dogs from all over. They come from the kill shelters, owner surrender, and strays with no owners.

What do foster parents pay for? Nothing. We provide the toys, treats, food and medical treatment.

Who takes my foster dog to the vet? We have vet partners all over the Valley, so there should be one convenient for you to get to. If you need help with vet transport, we have willing volunteers all over the Valley as well.

What are my responsibilities as a foster parent? You help your foster dog get ready for adoption by giving love, structure and discipline. By having the dogs in our homes as opposed to a shelter, they become adjusted to living in a home environment, learn basic rules and commands, and we get to learn more about their personalities. The more we know about their unique needs, the easier it is for us to match them up with adopters who are looking for those same traits. Fosters are asked to bring their dogs to our weekend adoption events from 11am – 2pm…Saturdays at Petsmart 7th Ave and Bell and Sundays at Petsmart Desert Ridge; come to one or both events.

Do I get a say in who adopts my foster dog? Absolutely! We will send you all the applications that we receive for your foster dog and work with you on picking the best match. You are also welcome to stay with your dog at our adoption events to speak with potential adopters first hand.

I’m interested in becoming a foster, what do I do now? Fill out the contact form on our website and one of our volunteers will get back to you within 24 hours.

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: April 2, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!

Otis (now Henry)




Olive (left)

Oscar (left)

Oakley (left)


Featured Pet: Olani

Meet Olani!

Olani is a very sweet 1.5 year old female that appears to be a cattledog with maybe some boxer  or catahoula mixed in. She loves loves loves all people and is crate trained and uses a dog door without fail! She loves to go for walks and just trots along nicely. We suspect that she would love an active family that would play with her in the yard and take her for long walks:) She adores children and is very gentle with them. We have yet to see her jump. She would make a great only dog as she is far more interested in people than other dogs:) She loves riding in the car and is the perfect passenger, she just lays down and takes a nap!

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 guy.

Education: How hot is too hot to leave your dog in the car?

It’s officially time to leave Fido at home when you’re out running errands. If you see a dog left in a car,  call 911 immediately; every minute counts.

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: March 5, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!






Muffin (Left)



Featured Pet: Gunner

Meet Gunner!

Little GUNNER is a spunky guy who was found by a good samaritan  huddled in a corner of a shopping plaza in the hot Phoenix sun!  When no owner could be found, we welcomed him into our Rescue and provided him a safe, warm bed with lots of good food and other doggies and kitties to play with.  And he loves to play, play, play!  Although he was  a bit shy at first, he has learned to trust, warms up quickly and loves to give big kisses!  We  think he may have some Basenji in him as he is quite the yodeler and will gladly sing along with our volunteers! He also has the cutest curly tail.  GUNNER has been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated and he is crate and house trained to use a doggy door.   This little guy is about a year old and would love to find his forever home with someone who will treasure him for many, many years.  He would love daily walks, a yard to run in and another furry companion to play with in his forever home.

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 guy.

Education: Introducing your new dog to other dogs in the home

Introduce on neutral territory.

It’s best to let dogs become familiar with each other on neutral territory: outdoors. Each dog should be walked separately on a leash, and each walker should have a bag of high-value treats or food broken into small pieces. At first, walk the dogs at a distance where they can see each other but are not too provoked by each other’s presence. If the dogs are not showing any negative behaviors, reward them with treats just for seeing each other. For example, when the dog you’re walking looks at the other dog, you can say “Good boy!” in a happy, friendly voice and give him a treat. Repeat often.

Pay attention to each dog’s body language.

Watch carefully for body postures that indicate a defensive or wary response, including hair standing up on the dog’s back, teeth baring, growling, a stiff-legged gait or a prolonged stare. If you see such postures, either when the dogs are at a distance or near each other, immediately and calmly interrupt the interaction by interesting the dog in something else. If the dogs seem relaxed and comfortable, you can shorten the distance between them. Again, offer treats to the dogs any time they look at each other in a relaxed manner.

Let the dogs determine the pace of the introduction.

It’s possible that the dogs will just want to play with each other by the middle of the walk. It’s also possible that it will take more time before the dogs are comfortable enough to walk side by side. The most important thing is to take this introduction slowly. The more patient you are, the better your chance of success. Do not force the dogs to interact.

Once the dogs are able to view each other at a close proximity, allow one dog to walk behind the other, and then switch. If the dogs remain comfortable, allow them to walk side by side. Finally, let the dogs interact under close supervision. If one or both dogs show any signs of stress or agitation, proceed more slowly with the introduction.

Monitor closely in the home.

When first introducing the dogs in the home, use a sturdy, tall baby gate to separate them. Observe how they interact through the gate. Reinforce positive behavior by providing high-value treats to the dogs for positive interactions.

Make sure that there are no toys, food or treats left around the home that the dogs could potentially fight over. Also, be aware of situations that could lead to conflict—for example, when the dogs get overly excited. Closely monitor the dogs when they are together, rewarding them with treats, until you are 100% confident they are comfortable and safe with each other.

For help with introductions that don’t seem to be going well, contact a professional trainer or animal behaviorist.


Pupdates Hot Off The Press: February 5, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!




Tia Mia






Morris and Mackenzie TOGETHER!


Featured Pet: Leroy Brown

Meet Leroy Brown!

Leroy Brown is a 1 year old chihuahua and papillon mixed bred dog.  He is a  little guy weighing in at 8 pounds. Leroy is crate and leashed trained. He is timid when you first meet him because someone wasn’t very nice to him before he came to us. He has a tremendous amount of love to give once he feels comfortable. Give him patience and he’ll give you his whole heart.

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 guy.

Education: Ways you can help our dogs smile

Foster: We are always in need of loving fosters since we don’t have a facility. Fosters give dogs a safe space live and learn while they wait for their furever homes. We need fosters for all breeds and ages. You provide the love and we’ll provide all the supplies.

Volunteer at adoption events on the weekends: We do Petsmart adoption events every Saturday and Sunday and we would love a few more helping hands. Our event volunteers help with set up, clean up, dog walking and talking to public about our dogs.

Administrative support: Do you have limited time, but still want to help? We could really use your help with our paperwork. Administrative volunteers are needed to enter adoption contracts and medical information into our database.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities please use this link to reach out to us,

We would like to extend a HUGE ‘Thank You’ to all of our fosters and volunteers. We wouldn’t be able to exist without their help. Our fosters and volunteers have careers, spouses, kids and their own animals, and they still find the time to help us. They are truly extraordinary people.

Speaking of extraordinary people…We want to highlight one of our amazing volunteers, Holly Hassett. Holly serves on our Board, fosters adult doggies and puppies, helps out at both of our adoption events every weekend, reviews adoption contracts, enters information into our database, and washes our dirty laundry after adoption events. She’s a hero and we are so lucky to have her as a volunteer!


Pupdates Hot Off The Press: January 1, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!

Jenna (left) adopted by the same family that adopted Honeybear!


Mommy Annie and her baby Jimbo adopted together!


Kix (left)

Joy and Jolly




Jersey Boy


Featured Pet: Gunner

Meet Gunner!

Little Gunner is a spunky guy who was found by a good samaritan  huddled in a corner of a shopping plaza in the hot Phoenix sun!  When no owner could be found, we welcomed him into our Rescue and provided him a safe, warm bed with lots of good food and other doggies and kitties to play with.  And he loves to play!  He also has a great singing voice and he loves to show off his skills. Although he can be a bit shy at first, he warms up quickly and loves to give big kisses!  He has been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated and he is crate and housetrained.  His foster mom is teaching him how to use the doggy door as well.  This little guy is under a year old and would love to find his forever home with someone who will treasure him for many, many years.  He would love daily walks, a yard to run in and another furry companion to play with in his forever home.

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 guy.

Education: A Year in Review

Wowzers! Where did 2016 go? Rescue is a 24/7 job and time flies when you’re saving lives!

We finished the year with 94 successful adoptions! 85 dogs and 9 cats are thriving in their furever homes thanks to our amazing volunteers, fosters, adopters, and supporters.

Speaking of our supporters, we would like to extend a super special ‘thank you’ to everyone who made monetary donations to us. Last year, we took in several dogs that needed hip surgery, a little Champ who got hit by a car, and several litters of puppies. We wouldn’t have been able to help these doggies without your financial support.

If you’re looking to make a tax-deductible monetary donation to a charity, please consider a small, volunteer based charity in your community like Help A Dog Smile. We are a small group of guys and gals on a mission to help animals get healthy, happy and find their furever homes. The best part of our group is that we are 100% volunteer based. That’s right, no salaries here! Our volunteers have careers, children, spouses and pets, and they selflessly open their hearts and homes to help those that can’t help themselves.

We are super excited to help more animals smile in 2017!