Queen Creek couple adopts 4,000th pet from PetMatch center

Cynthia Michael and William Padmore of Queen Creek are the new parents of puppy Peyton, the 4000th pet to be adopted from the Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals PetMatch Adoption Center at Chandler Fashion Center. The nonprofit adoption is operated by the state’s oldest and largest no-kill animal welfare organization. (Special to the Independent/AAWL&SPCA)

Cynthia Michael and William Padmore of Queen Creek are the new parents of puppy Peyton, the 4000th pet to be adopted from the Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals PetMatch Adoption Center at Chandler Fashion Center. The nonprofit adoption is operated by the state’s oldest and largest no-kill animal welfare organization. (Special to the Independent/AAWL and SPCA)

 
A Queen Creek couple are providing a forever home to the 4,000th animal to be adopted out by the Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Cynthia Michael and William Padmore adopted a puppy named Peyton on Saturday, March 5, through the organizations’ PetMatch Adoption Center at Chandler Fashion Center.

The couple had a 14-year-old dog that passed away recently. When they first strolled in to the AAWL and SPCA adoption center, they fell in love with Peyton, a German Shepherd dog-mix female puppy. Not ready to complete the adoption, however, they went to a movie. They came back after sitting through the movie unable to focus on it because their minds were on the puppy, according to a press release.

Mr. Padmore said he had always wanted a German Shepherd. Ms. Michael said, “I looked in her eyes and knew right away that she was a sweetheart.”

Peyton’s new family also consists of a 10-year-old Maltese who loves other dogs and an 8-year-old cat with three legs that Mr. Padmore says “is part of the pack.”

The couple says that their existing pets have been missing the dog that passed away, and they know a new friend will help make everyone’s day a little brighter.

No-kill shelters such as the Chandler Mall adoption center provide an alternative to for-profit stores that can obtain pets from puppy mills, according to a release.

“There is a nationwide effort to replace retail puppy stores in malls and shopping centers with adoption centers featuring rescued or homeless animals,” said Judith Gardner, president and CEO of AAWL and SPCA. “The majority of puppies sold in retail pet stores are obtained either directly, or through brokers, from large-scale commercial puppy breeders, also known as puppy mills. While the puppies may look cute and appear healthy, there have been many cases of severe health issues due to poor breeding that appear after the puppy is home. Worse is the condition the breeding parents are kept in at the puppy mill. They typically do not receive veterinary care, have no human interaction and are used again and again for breeding until they are no longer able to do so. Then they are often disposed of in cruel and inhumane ways, similar to the way they have lived their entire lives.”

For more information on all the adoptable animals available through AAWL and SPCA, visit its website or call 602-273-6852 and press ext. 116 to hear about available dogs or ext. 103 for cats.

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