Hialem, hard to pronounce, easy to love.

I was reading some of the notes and comments on Hialem and I am sitting here baffled that she has not been adopted yet. How is it possible that a dog this cute, calm, gentle, and friendly is still available at MCACC west?  The only thing I can think of is that maybe we are all pronouncing her name wrong and therefore, when ALL of the potential adopters are asking about her maybe the shelter doesn’t know which dog? IDK but guys, that is the only plausible reason I can come up with because she is literally perfect and there should be a line out the door to meet her. Also, I am trying to make myself feel better that I might be the only person struggling with pronunciation here….

Last Saturday, Hialem had a day foster outing with two of the One Love volunteers. From start to finish they were just RAVING about their experience with her. They took her out to the local farmers market and said she was calm and comfortable in the busy environment.  SO, if you are hoping to adopt a dog that you can take to a restaurant and sit on the patio…HIALEM could be the pup for you!

During her outing at the pet store, she gave ZERO cares about a cat lurking nearby…proof in the picture below thanks to Emily & Justin with One Love.

One of the most endearing and precious characteristics of Hialem is her “awkward” face look:

Hialem is listed as dog friendly, kid friendly, easy to walk on a leash, well-mannered in the house, comfortable in public settings, good car-rider, and a great breed ambassador. She is a spry 7 years old.  Which, if you ask me is really the best age.  So, the time has come for Hialem to find her forever home and we need your help to do it.  She is at MCACC west and her ID is A3764121. Ready, set, ADOPT.

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______ Mia!______

We cannot even begin to contain our excitement about this week’s featured dog…Mia. First of all, SHE IS SO CUTE….amiright or amiright? (I hope Vicki & Mel are reading this and know that I am referencing the book we just finished in our three-person book club).

Anyways, the first time we laid eyes on Mia it was before One Love had officially announced that they had added her to the Shelter Dog Program. SO, now that she has officially been given their Stamp of Approval, we are ready to blast her face out to the world. This girl could actually NOT be more adorable and I JUST WANT TO SNUGGLE HER we really want to help her find a dream home. She deserves it.

One Love co-founder, Katie, gave us a ton of details on Mia. Katie fell in love with Mia this past Saturday while Mia was on her day-foster outing. Her outing consisted of a group training class with other Shelter Dog Program members, and a lunch out at Joy Ride! We are told Mia is easy to retrieve from her kennel. She pulls a little on her leash (but not too hard). Pictured below is Mia showing One Love Board Member, Richard, the way back to her spot in the classroom. (we’re working on good leash walking! It was only class #1 AND you get FREE post-adoption training when you adopt her so you’re set!)


Mia enjoys chasing balls (if you didn’t think of this when you read that….we need to talk).
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This sweet girl ❤ s splashing around in the kiddie pool and playing with toys. It’s totally possible that she might plow through a pile of stuffies if left unattended (hope you know how to sew…OR stick with Kongs).

Mia rode nicely in the car to and from her outings. During the training class she picked right up on “sit”, “stay”, “watch me”, and also walking.  We’re still working on “lay down” ;).  It was easy for her handlers to redirect her attention away from other dogs.

At lunch, Mia was parched so Lindsey ordered her a margarita Mia did great with all the commotion going on around her.  She got excited when other dogs were barking, but it was easy for her handler to get her attention to calm her down.

And then, she pretty much slept on Katie’s leg the whole time. (You guys, do you know what I would PAY to have a sweet dog sleep on my leg? A LOT. I love dogs so much it’s like they can sense my desperation. Whoops, this isn’t about me.)

SO, Mia is amazing and adorable and we want her to go to an equally as wonderful family. If you have a dog already, Mia does need a dog intro. She is interested in other dogs, but not aggressive. She is very gentle so she would be a lovely family member.  I’d like to end with a direct quote from Katie at One Love, “All in all she is a solid dog. I love her. Like a lot.”

Think you might love her too?  Let’s set up a time for you to meet her. Send us an email at projectpalaz@gmail.com. Her ID is A3763794 and she is at MCACC West.

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A Perfect Storm.

Our Week 27 Project Pal featured pup had gone unnoticed at the MCACC Shelter for the past two months. Fortunately for her, the team at One Love AZ spotted her among the hundreds of dogs at the County Shelter.  This dog has been evaluated and is one of the recent sponsored dogs under the One Love AZ Shelter Dog Program!

So now, knowing that our friends at One Love (who also happen to know literally everything about dogs) have decided that this pup would be a GREAT member of a family, we have decided to help give her additional exposure to hopefully find her the perfect family.

Without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to Storm! Storm is four years old and is currently being cared for at MCACC East Shelter.  After doing a little bit of Facebook stalking on her yep, you read that correctly…I FB stalked a dog. That is what my life has come to. I dug up a little background story on her.  Turns out Storm was found on the freeway running through through the reservation.  It took a whole army of kindhearted people (who pulled over) to keep Storm and the other pup they found her with from crossing traffic on the freeway!

The gal who found them says they were able to put leashes on the two dogs easily and it was clear the dogs were used to being around people and are socialized. Storm shared food with the other dog nicely and they licked and kissed the gal who found them. Get this, Storm and the other dog fell asleep on the side of the freeway cuddled on top of one another while they waited for over an hour to be picked up. Here’s a pic of the two (on the side of the road)…


Turns out Storm’s friend/brother/boyfriend/companion was rescued recently, and now she is solo at the Shelter. When I asked our friends at One Love to tell us a little bit about her there was a general theme with their Storm experiences. They all emphasized how calm, gentle, sweet, and loving she is. We are told she has a good temperament and handles easily. Her spirit is great, and she is not reactive to dogs going around the play yard.

Also, get this. The notes when she was found said she cuddled with the other dog on the ride in to the county shelter. I mean, it just does not get any more precious than that!

The notes on Storm’s chart say “Total Love!! ❤ “, “Knows Sit!”, “great on leash, loves to sit in your lap!”.

Help us give Storm the opportunity to find her Forever Home.  All you have to do is share her.

Her animal ID is A3765676. If you want to meet her, let us know and we will hook you up with the One Love Team and they will help make the meet & greet easy for you!

Photo credit: TR Young Photography

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Here is your chance to have a Champ in the fam!

We are switching things up a bit this week to give our followers an opportunity to meet a dog that is living in a foster home. Foster homes are so wonderful for shelter dogs for a lot of reasons, one being that it offers the opportunity to learn much more about the dog to give potential adopters a full picture of who the dog is, what he/she likes or dislikes, and how they interact with people, other dogs etc. With that being said, say hello to Champ!

This five-year-old dream boat was rescued TWO YEARS AGO from MCACC and has been living in a home where he now gets to experience the finer things in life: walks, hikes, snow, life in the mountains, sunbathing, car rides, lounging on the couch, coffee dates, binge watching Chopped, etc. Champ is the perfect companion for you if you want a true partner in crime. He is always up for an outing, but really, as long as he gets to be with you, he’s a happy camper.

Champ does really well as an only dog. He is good with kiddos over 10 (he plays a little too rough for young children) and is happy to meet strangers with proper introductions!  This pup is up-to-date on shots, neutered, and is in good health!  He is kennel trained, house trained and already knows basic commands.  Champ is also working with a trainer to increase his skill level. One Love AZ has evaluated Champ and he is one of the “adoptable” dogs from their Foundation. They get to know their dogs very well and they work hard to make sure they find the best match for each dog. If One Love puts their stamp of approval on him you know he’s a sure bet!

While Champ may have the ideal set up for a foster home, it is still a “foster” home and ultimately a forever home is the goal.  SO, if you have been thinking about adopting, but find yourself a bit intimidated by the idea of bringing home a pup straight from the shelter, Champ could be the guy for you! His foster mom can tell you everything you need to know about him and set you up for success!

Interested in meeting Champ?  Click HERE  to fill out an adoption application.

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