Press Release

Trust, Fix.Adopt.Save. Celebrate 10 Years of Animal Advocacy

Fix.Adopt.Save. has reduced pet euthanasia by 85% in the last 10 years.

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 PHOENIX, Ariz – (Sept. 8, 2022)

2022 marks 10 years of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust animal welfare investments in the Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative in Maricopa County. From 2012 to 2021, intake of cats and dogs at local shelters dropped 58%, 377,333 cats and dogs have received low-cost or free spay and neuter surgeries, and more than 361,000 cats and dogs have been adopted in Maricopa County.

“These numbers speak for themselves and are nothing short of remarkable,” said Trustee Lisa Shover Kackley, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. “We are grateful to our dedicated partner organizations in Arizona that have drastically improved the welfare of our community’s companion animals and who continue to honor Nina’s legacy and love for animals. Although we have made great strides in the last decade, we must remain steadfast in our mission to help animals and their human families.”

Stray, unaltered animals exponentially add to pet overpopulation. A single pair of cats and its kittens can produce up to 420,000 kittens in just seven years. In 2012, nearly 37,600 stray and surrendered dogs and cats were euthanized in Maricopa County shelters. Since the formation of Fix.Adopt.Save., that number has dropped nearly 85%.

“Over 10 years, Fix.Adopt.Save. has brought its partner groups into an effective collaboration to work tirelessly and strategically for the most at-risk animals in Maricopa County by providing the services that our community needs most; engaging other organizations and volunteers to spread the word; fostering; adopting; and spaying or neutering,” said Stephanie Nichols-Young, president of the Alliance for Companion Animals. “This ongoing work is possible because of the focus and steadfast support of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.”

Since 1998, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has invested more than $16 million in animal welfare work in Maricopa County. In 2012, the Trust and PetSmart Charities made a combined multi-million investment to establish the Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative to help end pet homelessness, in collaboration with the Alliance for Companion Animals. Alliance members include Altered Tails Barnhart Clinic, Animal Defense League of Arizona, Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA, Arizona Humane Society, HALO Animal Rescue, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and PACC911. Fix.Adopt.Save., and the Trust’s additional animal welfare investments, have garnered tremendous impacts in Maricopa County in the last decade by focusing on the following: 

        • Raising public awareness of pet homelessness.
        • Developing partners to increase spay and neuter services, wellness access, adoptions, foster services and responsible pet ownership.
        • Coordinating low or no-cost spay and neuter and vaccination events.
        • Subsidizing medical costs for small animal organizations that rescue dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia at local shelters.

To learn more about Fix.Adopt.Save, visit 

About the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life, primarily in Phoenix and Indianapolis. The Trust has awarded nearly $364 million in grants and student scholarships since its inception in 1997. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Kristina Perez
Director of Communications and External Relations
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust