Hopelessly Devo-ted to Devo

This week’s PAL is a pup to whom you will definitely want to devote yourself…


Devo is a handsome 6 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix and has been at MCAC East since March – aka too long! After hearing about Devo through various sources, I would say he is swoon-worthy and possesses just about any quality you could want in a furry friend.

Since being at the shelter, this cutie has learned so much through the amazing programs he is in and the amazing people he is surrounded by. He has learned various commands such as, sit, shake, down, etc. Granted, he may be a little more attentive if you are holding a treat (hot dogs will score you MAJOR points) but we all do a little better with an incentive, right ;)?


On his outings, Devo has really shined. We are told that he is easy to leash up and get into the harness and that he does great in the car! While on his drive, he rode quietly in the backseat and was on his best behavior. Once out and about, he walked with minimal pulling and kept an even pace… can someone say #DogGoals ? Devo has a great time outside and whether you are going on a walk or run, splashing around in water, or just exploring, this fella makes an amazing companion. And don’t worry – he won’t chase ducks or geese but instead will admire from afar.

Devo is very well-mannered in public. While out at a breakfast patio, Devo sat patiently and when offered, would gently take bits of food. He was a hit at the restaurant and did not cause any commotion!

At the last two adoption events, Devo has been so well-behaved despite the noise and crowd. He even proved himself to be great with kids. Some may say that everything went SWIMMINGLY and everyone’s JAWS dropped at how wonderful he was haha!

Devo is currently recommended as a single-dog adoption. He seems to lack some socialization with other pups and may be most comfortable as the only pup in a home, but if you already have a dog, you can bring them in for an intro with Devo. Devo is part of One Love Pit Bull Foundation’s Shelter Dog Program, which includes a waived adoption fee, free microchips, and much more. Devo is at MCAC East (2630 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201) and his ID is A4067413. Help us spread the word so that Devo can go home this week!!


She’s A Lady

“She’s a Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, She’s a Lady.
Talkin’ about that little lady, and the lady is mine.” 

The above lyric could apply to both you AND Tom Jones if you adopt this sweet gal below named Lady. Lady is a spayed, white and tan American Pit Bull Terrier mix who has been at MCAC East since April 22, 2018. She is estimated to be about six years old.

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Ever since I started reading about Lady, the Tom Jones song has been stuck in my head and I’ve also been thinking non-stop about the ICONIC movie Miss Congeniality. The more I read about Lady, the more I realized that she is maybe the dog version of Gracie Lou Freebush (aka Gracie Hart aka Sandra Bullock), which is when I also realized that Lady was perfect. Read on to find out why!

1. She’s sweet, endearing, and lovable. This girl is so kind to her humans. She gives gentle kisses and LOVES to snuggle. She will definitely not reject your affection when you two are cozying up on the couch. “Well she’s never in the way. Always something nice to say, Oh what a blessing.”

2. She’s a little sassy. Lady has quite the personality and will dish out what you have coming if you deserve it ;). She can be a bit bossy especially with dogs, but we love her anyways. She would bring a little spice to your life and we all need that after all! “She can take what I dish out, and that’s not easy”

3. She’s a really good friend. If you and Lady get along personality wise, she would be loyal to the end. As we mentioned, she loves her humans and isn’t afraid of showing it. Plus, with her spunky side, you KNOW she will always have your back. “I can leave her on her own. Knowing she’s okay alone, and there’s no messing.”

Lady loves water and definitely has a playful side. However, she has packed on some extra weight at the shelter, so she needs to go to a family who will be committed to getting her on a healthy routine with the right food and exercise. Aka no donuts…

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While Lady may do best in a home where she is the only canine due to her bossy side, if you have another furry friend at home they need to have a doggy intro to make sure they are compatible. Lady is part of One Love Pit Bull Foundation’s Shelter Dog Program which means her sponsorship includes free group training classes and she will be tested for common tick-borne diseases and heartworm before going home. Lady is at Maricopa County Animal Care East (2630 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201) and her ID is #A4073792. Let’s spread the word and find this lady her forever home!! After all….

She’s got style, she’s got grace, She’s a winner.
She’s a Lady. Whoa whoa whoa, She’s a Lady.

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I Feel Pretty…

It’s no surprise how Pretty got her name. This girl is definitely a beauty but what’s even more wonderful is her heart of gold. Read more to learn about this angelic 10-year old <3.


Pretty is a gentle and loving dog who loves to show and receive affection. She is mild-mannered and doesn’t feel the need to be loud or the center of attention. She is a mellow girl who loves to snuggle and be close to her favorite humans (proof below) <3.

While Pretty loves her human companions, she also gets along with other gentle pups like herself. She excels in playgroups with her like-minded pals. She gets along with children too but we always recommend an introduction if your home has kids or other pups.


With age comes Pretty’s polite personality. Pretty is on her best behavior when she is both out and about and at home. But she LOVES to be outside and go on excursions. She enjoys rolling around in the grass and soaking everything in so will GLADLY welcome a home with a big ol’ backyard ;). Like most people, she enjoys going out to get her Starbucks (puppacino) and cheeseburgers so don’t worry about not having anything in common with her LOL.

We aren’t sure how this cutie has been overlooked time and time again, but we are committed to finding her forever home this week! If you are interested in Pretty, she is at MCAC East (2630 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201) and her ID is A4048383. Please help us spread the word on this beautiful soul. She deserves the most amazing life with a loving family.

Sasha <3

As volunteers at one of the largest intake municipal shelters in the country, we stumble upon the most amazing dogs (sometimes in the worst shape), pretty regularly. SO, when volunteer, and veterinarian, Dr. Christina Grant, met Sasha why did she decide to take her home as a foster and treat her medical issues personally? Well, after thinking about this a lot, I have a very simple answer: sometimes, a dog just speaks straight to your heart and there is no other option but to help.

I can’t tell you how many times I see fosters sharing their temporary house guests on their social media only to receive comments such as, “Oh she looks like she’s right at home, just adopt her!”. I know people mean well with those comments buutttttt fostering takes a VERY special kind of person and if fosters adopted every dog they helped then think of all the dogs that wouldn’t get the opportunity to wait for their forever home in the comfort of a foster home.  OK, end rant.  But, that brings me to Sasha.

Sasha has such a great life in her foster home, but it is just that….a foster home.  Dr. Grant took Sasha home as her personal foster dog because she knew she had the means and ability to treat Sasha for Tick Fever, Valley Fever, some ear issues, skin issues and allergies. And she has done just that for Sasha, given her the very best treatment.

Sasha has foster siblings and gets along great with them…here they are:

Just a disclaimer, I thought about just picking one photo to showcase Sasha, Casey, and Posey, but then I ended up with seven….you’re welcome. While Sasha does great with other dogs, she is definitely a people person and loves human attention and affection. Apparently, she is quite the demanding diva when it comes to snuggling. Exhibit A:

Also, Sasha is actually really humble for how famous she is….she is literally a dog model.  She models regularly for Tooth & Honey, has been featured in photography shows, and even photographers from different states have wanted to snap her pic!

So, I know by now you are asking how a three-year-old, crate-trained, potty-trained, dog-friendly, people-friendly, kid-friendly, perfect effing MODEL dog is still adoptable….well, the ONLY thing we can think of is that Sasha does still have some lingering medical that she will need her family to keep up on!

She’ll need her ears kept clean, and to finish the Tick Fever & Valley Fever meds that she has already been on (BUT those don’t last forever), she has some allergies and takes meds for them! BUT, again her foster mom is a veterinarian and will always be a resource for this precious pup. So, help us spread the word about the sweetest little cropped eared shelter pup turned dog model there ever was!!! If you are interested in meeting Sasha, email us at projectpalaz@gmail.com ❤

A Home for Helga Hufflepuff

You saw a sneak peak of Helga last week after Sandy was adopted before her week was up but we decided to officially make Helga this week’s PAL. Based on the picture below it looks like somebunny is excited about her chance for adoption ;).


Helga is a Pit Bull/Lab/Mastiff mix and is about 3 years old. She is currently being loved and nurtured by our friends at Almost There Foster Care. Helga first came to ATFC as a thin, scared, and pregnant stray. Since her time at Almost There Foster Care, she has gained her weight back and shown everyone that she is ready to find a home!

For those of you who aren’t Harry Potter fans… 1. what are you doing with your life? and 2. One important characteristic of Hufflepuffs is loyalty which Helga has in spades. It seems like there is no one more loyal than this gal and whoever adopts her will have her love forever. She loves her humans at ATFC and cannot WAIT to start her day with them. She will kiss you, smile at you, and snuggle with you all day every day. Not convinced you need to adopt her? Keep reading…


For those of you who don’t know, Helga was Sandy’s roommate before Sandy got adopted. BUT before they were official roommates, Helga used to climb out of her kennel and into Sandy’s to cuddle. You can basically argue that she is the sweetest dog alive. She has also gotten along with the dogs she has met and does great with kids! Check and check.

Helga isn’t just insanely sweet and loving, but she is also smart. She is potty trained with a doggy door, knows sit and stay, walks great on a leash, and is eager to please! If you take Helga home you are taking home a well-behaved pup and who can argue with that!


So take a look at those puppy eyes above and make the not-so-hard decision of bringing this beautiful soul into your life. If you want to learn more about Helga, please email and if you want to meet Helga, follow this link and fill out the questionnaire!


Sandy <3

Some dogs come with stipulations, “must be an only dog”, “no kids” etc…it can oftentimes present a challenge when it comes to finding a dog a home. BUT, that is definitely NOT the case with this week’s featured dog, Sandy.  If there was an award for being pretty much perfect all-around…it would go to Sandy.

She is super friendly with people, and is as solid as they come with other dogs. We recently heard two of the most heart-warming stories about Sandy.  The first was about a dog-intro that she had last weekend with a chihuahua! Turns out, the little rascal had a bit of an attitude and when Sandy solicited play (very appropriately, play bowing with her bum in the air), the chihuahua bit her face….and Sandy just looked around like um? What just happened here? The handler doing the intro was so impressed with her disposition that he text us all and basically said, “Sandy is perfect, we need to find her a home.” So, alas…that’s what we are doing!

Sandy not only loves the company of other dogs, she also loves people. She is always seeking attention, and happy to meet new people with a perma-wag! Sandy actually ended up at Almost There Foster Care via Maricopa County Animal Care.  She showed up at the shelter pregnant, and since ATFC and MCAC are pals, ATFC took Sandy in, helped her through her delivery, and gave her a safe, clean, and quiet place to raise her babies.  Now that her babes are all gone, it’s time for Sandy to find a home of her own. Puppy season is literally upon us, and it’s so important that we find homes for the mamas at ATFC who no longer have babies to care for so that we can help free up kennel space for all the incoming mamas with brand new babies.

Sandy is currently sharing a suite at ATFC with fellow mama, Helga! Helga is a little shy and gains confidence from Sandy…we were told that Helga and Sandy had separate kennels next to each other, but the caretakers would wake up in the morning, and they’d find that Helga would somehow climb into Sandy’s kennel so they could be together, happy as little clams… ❤

What we said at the beginning of this blog is true….Sandy is as good as it gets. She is sweet as pie, and is essentially a just-add-water type dog.  And since Richard at One Love has fallen hard for Sandy, he offered to extend free post-adoption training and support to Sandy as well!

So, if you are in the market for the perfect dog…we have found her. You can meet her by emailing info@atfcaz.org.

Meet Miss Cleo!

This week is set aside for miss Cleo! She is a long timer at the shelter which breaks our hearts, and one reason we chose her to highlight this week. Every pup is important in the shelter, but this gem deserves the spotlight!

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Cleo has been at the shelter since Christmas Eve.. it is time she found her forever home to live her best life!

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Cleo is listed at 6 years young as  Pit/Shar Pei mix which says a lot about her unique coloring! Ugh, I am obsessed with her white socks and freckled nose.. don’t judge me.

Cleo is rather calm in her kennel at the sheler, and certainly catches a lot of fans stopping by her! Don’t let her personality in the kennel fool you, while she is a rather calm pup, she enjoys play time just as much as the next dog. Cleo does well with other dogs in her play group and similar size, but we do require a doggie intro prior to adoption to ensure it will be a smooth transition for all!

Once she is out of her kennel she lets her personality shine! She is spunky, happy, cuddly and active. Cleo plays it cool in her kennel, but given a chance she will have you rolling with laughter once you take her out.

Miss Cleo knows “sit” and is continuing to advance her command skills thanks to One Love’s shelter enrichment program! This lovable gal is full of love and affection. Since she is sponsored by our friends at One Love she will come home microchipped and FREE post adoption training!! I mean, what is better than that?!? Miss Cleo can see your life.. and it has her a part of it!

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Adopt Cleo today! She is located at MCACC East and her ID is A4029571

Looking for Lucky’s Luck

Lucky is a handsome eight-year old who has been well, let’s say unfortunately not so lucky. Six months ago, Lucky and his equally adorable brother, King, came to MCACC East as seasoned seniors. We honestly can’t think of any good reasons as to why he hasn’t been adopted yet so we wanted to help this fella out as this week’s PAL. We sure are feelin’ lucky about his chances – read more to find out why!


Lucky is so smart and obedient. He knows his name extremely well and listens to basically every command (if we could all be so LUCKY ;)). He knows how to sit, stay, roll over, shake, etc. He is also potty trained and walks calmly on a leash so basically adopting Lucky is like adopting the perfect pup. As part of One Love Pit Bull Foundation’s shelter dog program, Lucky attends training classes. And let us tell you… this guy is a S-T-A-R. He LOVES to learn and does so very quickly. He kind of makes me want to sell “My dog is a star student” bumper stickers but that’s besides the point…

Lucky is also extremely affectionate and loyal. He is such a sweet guy and looking at that face honestly melts our hearts. He also loves to play and enjoys a nice tennis ball or two <3.

Six months at the shelter is making this fella a little anxious so we would love to see Lucky given the opportunity to live out his golden years in a loving home environment. His brother, King, is also still available for adoption. They are not required to be adopted together, but thanks to a One Love sponsor adoption, you will only pay for one adoption if you adopt these two cuties together (King pictured below on the right).


In case you weren’t convinced, we summarized just a few of Lucky’s amazing qualities below…

L – listens to you

U – unconditional lover

C – comes with training, a microchip, and a brother (optional)

K – kissable face

Y – your new best friend

So head over to MCACC East (2630 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Mesa, AZ 85201) and bring Lucky home (his ID is A3993232). You will have hit the Jackpot!!


We thought we would keep in simple and classic for this week’s featured PAL. Everyone, meet Butters!!!

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Aren’t you just swooning over over him?!


Butters is estimated to be around a year old, but age is just a number! Butters is fairly mature for his age.. he already knows basic commands like sit, stay, and down. He is surely food motivated and very focused and excited to learning new things!

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Butters is also very adventurous and loves being outdoors, going on hikes, and being out for a lovely walk! We cant forget to mention that he is also very cuddly and affectionate. This cute fella LOVES snuggles and kisses!

To put the icing on the cake so to speak, Butters is already crate and house trained! He has previously lived with cats, and does fine with dogs however we require a kitty/doggie intro prior to adoption to ensure it is a perfect fit for everyone!


The best part about this post? Butters is sponsored by One Love and comes home microchipped and FREE post adoption training! He is located at MCACC East at 2630 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.

Laffy Daffy

Daffy is a (BEA-Utiful) brindle and white American Pit Bull Terrier estimated to be about 1 year and 8 months.


This guy seems to live by the motto “Work hard, play hard.” When is in play group, you better believe this guy is the class clown. He’s wrestling, rolling around, and just being an overall goof… dare I say laffy ;)?? (okay bad pun sorry!) While Daffy knows how to have a good time, he also knows when it’s time to get serious. He is crazy smart and already knows sit, shake, down, wait, and leave it. But don’t worry, we will let you take all the credit when you bring this guy home.


Daffy is one of the pups who understandably struggles with shelter life. The dog you see when you pass him in his kennel is NOT the dog that he truly is. If you get him outside and throw a ball (or two) around with him, you will see that he is a smart, smiley, playful, and energetic little dude who is just looking for his future family (and tennis balls).


Daffy is super friendly, but he may have a little too much energy for a family with young kids. But if you have another dog who loves to play, we think Daffy would get along great (after a meet and greet!). Daff has so much potential and we know that once he gets out of the shelter and into a positive and nurturing environment, he will THRIVE!


Daffy is part of the Shelter Dog Program through One Love Pit Bull Foundation, which means you will get free post-adoption training classes and a microchip. This handsome guy is at MCACC West (2500 S. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85009) and his ID# is A3975508. Come and meet this amazing pup – you won’t be able to leave without him!!