Monday, March 29th, 2021
Ten years ago I began volunteering with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. I was part of the Puttin’ on the Dog Committee that worked alongside staff to plan the annual fundraiser, I would have never dreamt this would lead to meeting a special pup named Rico who would change our lives forever. This tiny but mighty Chihuahua was spending all of his time in staff offices proving to be the perfect gentlemen while awaiting his forever home. I had taken his photo to hang in my office in hopes of finding Rico a new family, and one afternoon a staff member who had been caring for this little guy invited me in to spend some time with him. That was all it took — he jumped on my lap and I knew he was coming home to join our family. We already had Gracie, our 9 year old Chi, at home who had the opportunity to come and meet Rico at the shelter to assure they would get along. Rico especially enjoyed attending Humane Society events. We started out with Sweat for Pets, which quickly became his favorite, along with the dog wash at Barrio Brewing and even a chance to sit on Santa’s lap at La Encantada. Adopting Rico was a big decision for our family. However given the chance to build a relationship with an animal and watch them thrive is really irreplaceable. I am forever grateful to the Humane Society for taking him in during a time of need and working carefully to find him the perfect home where there would never be a shortage of warm fuzzy blankets, puppy treats, and unconditional love. We love your Mr. Reeks!
- Kris Slaney, Former HSSA Board Chair and HSSA Adopter