Verde Valley Humane April News

April 9, 2024


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Wags-N-Wine at Oak Creek Winery
Kane, the Mystery Dog
Foster Volunteers

 Bark N Brew at Smelter Town Brewery
Golf with Your Dog (or Ours):
Play 9 with Your Canine

Want to go In the DogHouse?


Jed had a great time in March at Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery – and made lots of new friends. With wine, small plates, raffles, and music a perfect afternoon for all.

Kane, the Mystery Dog

Kane came to us as a stray, dropped off at the shelter by a traveler. A lanky 65 pound cream and white mix of many possibilities, Kane was obviously an older dog and we were disappointed his microchip didn’t lead us to an owner.

When ready for adoption, he needed a break from shelter life. The new foster who took Kane home described him as well-behaved and very smart. He got along with everyone and enjoyed two walks a day.  She called him “Mr.” Kane after the star of Citizen Kane, the classic 1941 movie. His story evolved into a mystery worthy of a film. Ready to be adopted, Kane was “Tall, distinguished, with old-school manners and a charming smile. He’s a bit stiff in the morning. Sheds a little. Gentle, a dream to walk, but ready for a quiet retirement.”

Nine days later we received a phone call from Kane’s owner! Kane lived over two hours away. Their home caught fire and Kane went missing. She told us he was 16 years old! We’ll never know Kane’s entire story. A big thank you to Kane’s foster mom who had an amazing experience with her first foster and the satisfaction of helping Kane through a difficult time.

Fosters are the angels
who help former pets for a few days or longer.

Fostering is more important than ever, for older dogs like Kane and other dogs and cats that don’t do well even in the best shelter. We need foster homes for our animals that benefit from a little extra help, as well as for those times when our shelter is full. Pregnant and nursing moms and those too young to be adopted or recovering from a surgical procedure need homes. Like Kane, there are the shy, scared and stressed in the shelter who need extra love and socialization and seniors who tend to become depressed in shelter. Often just being in a home helps them recover emotional and physical health.

Some only need a week or two, others need more. Fosters provide love and care. We provide everything else (food, bedding, medications, vet services, etc.) along with lots of support and gratitude. Find our Foster Application at or call 928.634.77387 to share your home.

Your gift today can help ensure the most vulnerable pets, the lost, the abandoned, and the orphans have a safe place and find a forever home.

If you can’t Volunteer or Foster, there are many other ways to help.

Bark & Brew

Thanks to Smelter Town Brewery for hosting a great fundraiser!

Don’t Miss Your Chance To Go
“In the Dog House”

When the Verde Valley Humane Society takes in strays, the dogs are impounded and quarantined until they are returned to their owners who pay a Return to Owner (RTO) fee. In the Dog House is a fun-raising event on Saturday, April 18th at the Verde Valley Humane Society shelter.

Verde Valley Humane Society’s goal is to bring awareness to shelter dogs needing homes and our crucial need for donations, volunteers, fosters, and in-kind assistance from the community.

Local VIP celebrities and animal welfare supporters will be impounded while they try to raise enough donations to be released.

If you’re ready for the fun and your friends want to help you (and Verde Valley Humane) get out of the Doghouse,  call 928.634.7387 to volunteer.  If you can’t be there in person, a virtual dog house will be provided.

Your gift today can help ensure the most vulnerable pets, the lost, the abandoned, and the orphans have a safe place and find a forever home.

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Verde Valley Humane Society

1520 W. Mingus Avene
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Verde Valley Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
100% of your donations go directly to VVHS
EIN# 74-2400312




The Verde Valley Humane Society is  501c3 non profit organization. Your contributions may be tax deductible.

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