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ARIZONA HOCKEY UNION

AHU Pee Wee Black team volunteers time to Humane Society By Sean Phillips

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ast month, the Arizona Hockey Union Pee Wee Black team went to the dogs. And cats. Literally. The team volunteered on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Arizona Humane Society – Campus for Compassion. Prior to that date, the team made 45 homemade dog toys during the MLK Tournament as a team-building activity to bring to the shelter. The toys are then scented, and the players were able to give them to dogs in need. The team and their families purchased and donated dry and canned dog and cat food, paper towels, blankets, toys and various items requested that were on the Arizona Humane Society’s “pets wish list.” Once at the facility, the team received a tour and was educated on the importance of animal care, how to become a volunteer, and how they socialize their animals so

they get adopted. After the tour, the team and families then had the opportunity visit all the animals and then sit with the animals and read books. This soothes the animals, as well as socializes them with different people. This visit also taught the team and families how important it is to spay and neuter animals to eliminate the population growth and eliminate animal cruelty, euthanasia and homelessness within the animal community. At the end of the day, the team felt emotional, compassionate and humble for the opportunity to give back to such a rewarding organization. Many found it hard to leave the facility as they wanted to continue to spend time with the animals. This was a great way for 16 players and their families to be impacted by such a worthy organization and help animals in need and the facility. This was a great way for 16 players and their families to be impacted by such a worthy organization and help animals in need and the facility.

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The AHU Pee Wee Black team members are Barrett Becker, Brandon Brown, Lucas Cerneka, Charlie Coughlin, Ryan Grant, Luke Kampman, Chase Kane, Reid Karcher, Karsten Kunert, Andrew Larys, Marissa Morris, Jaden Norris, Connor Ouellette, Alexander Shaffer, Dallan Thruston and Owen Weekly. What is the Arizona Humane Society – Campus for Compassion? This foundation is a no-kill shelter housing - they maintain animals until they are adopted in their seven Arizona facilities. Their mission is “Every pet deserves a good life. With a vision to end animal suffering, we rescue, heal, adopt and advocate for sick, injured and abused animals.” More than 60,000 more pets have been saved in the last four years and the organization runs solely off monetary donations and volunteers. They can use a lot more donations from anyone that can donate. It can be food, toys, dog beds, or individual’s time. ​​

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