Pictured left to right:
Jordan McGrath, Treasurer, SMC Committee; Melissa Price, Town of Carefree Councilmember; Glenn Miller, Town of Carefree Councilmember; Holly Bergman, Chairman, BSMC Committee; Victoria Cowper, CAWA, Foothills Executive Director; and Kathy Szur, Chairman, Foothills Board of Directors.
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Foothills Animal Rescue holds groundbreaking for new Brynne Smith Memorial Campus


SCOTTSDALE – Foothills Animal Rescue broke ground on the new Brynne Smith Memorial Campus on April 19. The new 4,200-square-foot campus will include a lobby with 18-foot ceilings to let in natural light, an eight-foot viewing window into one of the four community cat rooms, a “feature pet” area with a 10-foot glass enclosure, and two “meet and greet” rooms for potential families and pets to get acquainted.

The state-of-the-art facility is funded through a generous designated grant from the Smith Family through Arizona Community Foundation is slated to open in November. It will honor the memory of Brynne Smith, who will be lovingly remembered through commemorative architectural nuances throughout the shelter. 

“More than just a building, the new facility will be a lasting reminder of a true animal lover,” said Victoria Cowper, Foothills Animal Rescue Executive Director. “By serving as a temporary refuge for those awaiting loving homes, it will recognize that dogs and cats have a voice, strengthen the human-animal bond, and celebrate the vital role that companion animals play in our lives.”

Founded in 1995, Foothills Animal Rescue is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. This cage-free, no-kill shelter is a temporary safe haven for homeless dogs and cats. The new facility will allow more animals to be rescued and cared for.

In the new facility, four community cat rooms will offer cozy sleeping areas, sisal pads for scratching, and special enrichment equipment designed by Crijio Pet Products and provided through a grant from PetSmart Charities. Eight dog rooms will offer floor-to-glass frontage for optimal viewing, comfortable beds, a music system for stress reduction, seamless epoxy floors, and porcelain tile up the walls. While outside, the smaller canine residents will enjoy two 100-foot dog runs at the front of the building, while their larger counterparts can romp around in a fully fenced 1,000-square-foot dog run adjacent to the courtyard.

The Brynne Smith Memorial Campus will be located at 10197 East Bell Road, in Scottsdale. 

To learn more about Foothills Animal Rescue, visit www.foothillsanimal.org.