Meet Pee Wee!

Pee Wee is a 6-year-old Chihuahua who weighed in at only 5 pounds. He was suffering from a horrible skin condition and was missing 85% of his fur. Pee Wee had a lot of fleas covering his body and his skin was inflamed with oozing sores. We see numerous cases with cats and dogs having the same condition, but this case was different. How you ask? Pee Wee’s owner reached out for help. He did not stand by and allow the dog to suffer or die. There were several visits to a veterinarian to address the skin issues, but the owner quickly found Pee Wee’s needs were more that he could provide. He then made the difficult and painful decision to surrender him to Fort Defiance Humane Society to get the medication required to return Pee Wee to a healthy state. He reached out. He made the right choice.

Pee Wee was started on Apoquel and after several months he returned to a healthy, normal, beautiful Chihuahua. Today he is very loved and enjoys time with his family and LOVES kayaking!  The Fort Defiance Humane Society provides many services and is always willing to help any animal in need. Pee Wee’s former owner tried everything possible within his means but eventually he could do no more. Life happens. Lives change. And situations occur. Having a pet is a huge responsibility which cannot be taken lightly. We are here to help when an owner exhausts all their resources. We are able to help because our community supports our efforts!

Sometimes finding the right home just takes a little longer!


Scout was another dog that spent a total of 329 days in the shelter. She was a very sweet, but high energy dog that had a fear of men and would also growl behind her kennel.

If you had seen any of these dogs behind their kennels, you would have called them the “mean dogs”, the dogs that no one would want to adopt because they would “bite” or “attack” their children, when in reality, they all loved children and just needed a family to give them a chance. Kennel behavior does not show true personality, so give those “scary” dogs a chance!

The thing that all three of these dogs also had in common is that their adopters came out numerous times and spent hours with these dogs to gain their trust and to take the time to walk and play with them. This is something we love to see and will be forever grateful for these amazing homes that these dogs went to.


Trinity’s Story

Imagine; you’re shaking, confused, and scared as you are taken for a ride in a car. Not knowing where you’re going or why. Suddenly the car turns into a driveway, stops, and you’re swiftly thrown out. Before you can get your bearings and figure out your surroundings, that same car backs over you. All you can do now is freeze in fear.

This nightmare is all that we know of Trinity’s past. This beautiful cat shockingly survived this ordeal almost physically unscathed! She must have used one of those 9 lives we all hear about.
Thankfully the home owner of the chosen driveway cared about this life so ruthlessly dumped on their property. They immediately called us, had no idea what to do, telling us that ‘she’s not moving!’ Our humane agent immediately dispatched to the address not knowing the condition of this poor cat.
From there Trinity was rushed to our vet to be examined. She had some road rash but nothing was broken and nothing life threatening. She was then brought back to the humane society. She was terrified because she had no idea that we all just wanted what was best for her. She hid in her kennel for days. We can only imagine what was going through her mind.
Now she has healed, has been spayed and is up to date on vaccines. She currently resides in our first cat room and has adjusted well. She does well with the other cats and has learned that people can be good. We have all fallen in love with her calm demeanor and striking eyes. Beautiful Trinity is searching for the ‘furever’ home that will give her story the happy ending it deserves. We cannot wait for her to start the next chapter in her life!
UPDATE:  Trinity went to her “furever” home on March 20, 2020!!