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Welcome and Thank You

for your interest in the future
of Animal Welfare in Northern Arizona

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Thank you for your interest in 'unleashing the potential' at this historic time when we are poised to improve animal shelter services in our region. Paw Placement 2.0 aspires to create a place where lost, homeless and sick pets are never euthanized because of a lack of time, space or resources, or because they suffer from conditions that are treatable.

We can evolve from 'animal control' to 'animal care' and dramatically improve the outcome for these beloved companions. By implementing advances in technology and best practices - in a state-of-the-art facility that is already built and available - we can provide the type of animal shelter that our region deserves.

If you'd like to learn more, please join us by providing your name, email and phone below. We'll keep you apprised of our progress and how you can help. We also have FAQs about our effort further down this page that explain the 'why' and 'how' we plan to improve animal welfare services in Northern Arizona.

So glad you are joining us on this mission.

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Some FAQs about why a modern animal shelter is needed...
and how, together, we can make it happen. 

Why do we need to modernize the regional shelter? Isn’t the one we have adequate?

Our current shelter was built in 1972 according to the standards and guidelines of that time. We’ve learned a lot about best practices in animal welfare since that time. Modernizing our shelter services will enable our community to care for animals in a safer, more humane way. Most cities around the country are updating and modernizing their shelters and we need to do the same. Citizens of Flagstaff and Coconino County are an animal loving bunch and a state-of-the-art facility will reflect the love and compassion we feel toward lost and homeless animals.

Why are you fundraising? The current budget for animal welfare services in both the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County is lower than the national average (we spend $3.00 per capita and the national average is $8.00 per capita). Donor support will help us fill the gap as we work to develop and implement the modernized animal welfare programs and services that our region needs and deserves. More importantly, with donor support we can do a better job of easing animal suffering, finding forever homes for homeless cats and dogs, and helping to decrease the numbers of unwanted animals coming through the shelter’s doors.  

How did we get to this point? Paw Placement of Northern Arizona (PPNAZ) has been working for the last several years to make improvements in the way that animal management services are conducted at the current shelter. These efforts have been met with a lot of resistance and PPNAZ now feels it is time for a change of management in addition to an upgrade in the facilities and the care for lost and homeless animals.

We have also been working with city and county officials to improve the next Request For Proposals (RFP) by raising the standards of required care for the animals. This would include stricter guidelines on staff training, medical care protocols and requiring more vigorous inspections of the conditions at the shelter and of the care being provided.

PPNAZ is planning to bid on the next contract once the RFP is issued. Every donation - big and small - will help bring modern and up-to-day animal care services to Flagstaff. If you are interested in donating, please pledge your support here.

Together we can unleash the potential for exceptional animal welfare.