Adoptions, Dogs & Puppies, Supporters

Special Cases Needing Special Help


These are not your average dogs that you see coming into the shelter to find their forever homes, these dogs are very special for one reason in common with each of them: all three dogs came in feral. This means they had little to no known contact with people, appearing as wild dogs.

Duke came to the shelter in September of last year, 2019. He was at Coconino Humane for almost a year before finding his forever home. When Duke came to us he was a terrified, food aggressive, and quite the wild dog to say the least. After months of training and hard work from staff, fosters, volunteers, and other dogs here at Coconino Humane, Duke learned how to walk on a leash and develop proper manners that a normal dog would have in a home. He is now happily adopted and living comfortably with a King Charles Spaniel companion, loving his life of being welcomed into a happy family.

Kai came in as an adult feral dog caught in a trap, trying to chew his way to escape as staff escorted him into the shelter. We couldn’t go in the kennel, give him attention, or give him new bedding because he would lunge upon entering. After a lot of hot dogs used to show him that the shelter is full of love and rewards, Kai finally warmed up to staff. He started learning how to walk on a leash; in fact he picked it up quickly! Over time he began greeting staff with a wagging tail and a smile and even began to enjoy group play time in the yard with other dogs here at the shelter. He has now been adopted into a wonderful home and has been learning how to be an inside dog and guard his yard from squirrels.

Hazel came to us in April as an adult feral like Kai. It was easy to tell that Hazel wanted to be loved but she was just too nervous and reserved to open her heart quite yet. Having lived on the reservation for most of her life as a wild dog where people were constantly trying to catch her, leashes terrified her. A man took her home after she was first caught, not knowing how wild she was, and she ended up jumping over his fence because she did not understand what it meant to be a part of a family. She then spent a few more weeks fending for herself. With the help of Northern Arizona Animal Search and Rescue and some above and beyond volunteers and staff members, Hazel learned that leashes may not be so bad after all! With the use of positive reinforcement, Hazel was walking on leash and approaching people in no time. She was paired up with Kai in her stay at the shelter and he helped teach her to walk nicely on leash. Hazel has been adopted into a wonderful home learning to coexist with a group of cats, and she finally understands the meaning of a loving family.

At Coconino Humane Association, we do our best to make sure that the animals in our care get the love, attention, and time that they need in order to find their forever homes. Even the wild ones who just need that extra helping hand to show them what love and trust is.


Giving Thanks — for you!

"It takes a village..." when it comes to raising children or saving and sheltering animals the same is true. It takes the community to make a difference!

Incredible volunteers

Throughout the year, we've had an army of volunteers visiting our dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to assist with their care and provide them much-needed attention and socialization. Thank you to everyone who donated their time this year to make a dog or cat's day a little brighter with some of your attention and care!

Interested in volunteering with us? Find out more here.

Incredible staff

If you've visited the shelter recently, you know that our staff members work around the clock to care for the animals living under our roof, as well as those living outside as strays. Our staff's passion for pets shows in their dedication to working long days, weekends, and evenings to make sure that our animals receive the best care. Thank you to all the employees who went above and beyond this year!

Incredible donors

This was our first year as a private, non-profit shelter, and it was a little scary. Losing the city and county contract meant we lost a significant portion of our usual funding, but we should've known we had nothing to fear. Our donors blew us away this year with their support, including the donation of a new van for our crew to perform outreach and adoption services. We couldn't rescue and rehabilitate pets across northern Arizona without you--thanks to each and every one of you who supported us this year!

Interested in supporting us financially? Learn more about donation options here.