The state's first and largest no-kill organization held a huge event Saturday to clear their shelter.
Their goal was to place hundreds of dogs and cats in loving homes.
The excitement started bright and early Saturday morning.
As dozens of people filed into the Arizona Animal Welfare League shelter, the dogs up for adoption jumped for joy
"We are doing empty the shelter, where we hope to get homes for 200 animals," said Patti Dubois, with AAWL.
Director Patti Dubois says the one-day event makes it easy to find the perfect pet, from petite pups, to larger breeds, to Ralph: a poodle mix that was a matted ball of fur when he arrived.
Saturday Katie Thomas adopted her second dog from the league.
"It's really cool to know they were on the e-list, the euthanasia list. You were going to lose a dog, whatever happened in their history," said Thomas.
The valley has the second largest pet overpopulation rate; 90,000 animals are brought to shelters every year and more than half are euthanized.
"We're part of a group called the Alliance 12, groups coming together to see if we can make a dent in this," said Dubois.
Dubois hopes through education, fewer animals will be brought in (the league takes in an average of 100 a day) and that all of them will find forever homes through adoptions like this one.
As of 4 p.m., 46 dogs and 13 cats were adopted, but Ralph still needs a home.
Related story: Empty the Shelter Pet Adoption Event
"Have a Heart: Adopt a Homeless Pet"
May 18, 8am – 6pm
Sonia Breslow Adoption Center - Arizona Animal Welfare League
25 N. 40th St.
(602) 273-6852, ext. 116
$25 for adult dogs; $75 for puppies; $30 for cats; $75 for kittens