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Zain's Story - Who is Rescuing Whom?

Who is rescuing whom? (as told by Andrea)

On Valentine’s Day 2019, I saw a picture of a beautiful Shepherd that needed an immediate foster. Animals have always been my refuge, with their sweet and simple unconditional love and devotion. I contacted Toby at AARF, his rescue organization, and the very next day I had this giant German Shepherd to foster with the sweetest and smartest disposition. We noticed immediately that his hind legs were displaced. I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach knowing he would need medical treatment. “We are only fostering him” was my mantra to my kids and boyfriend “so don’t get too attached. He has needs that are beyond what I’m able to handle right now.”

You see, last September, the biggest tragedy a mom and family could face happened. My 16-year-old son unexpectedly passed into heaven from a seizure. The grieving process is excruciating, I miss my son Koa, and the way he loved me and others with his beautiful and pure soul. It’s way too easy to get buried every day by the heart break, and I have 2 teenage girls to raise who also miss their brother.

💙 In loving memory of KaiKoa Kuahiwi David James Phillips 7-01-02 to 9-25-18 💙

“This dog is only temporary but we will make sure he goes to the perfect home.” Then, Oops. We all fell in love. There was no way around it. This 14-month-old GSD had been dropped at a shelter at a young age, then adopted, and then reluctantly given up for adoption once again before he came to us. A vet visit and X-rays confirmed his hip issues and there was no way I was abandoning this young sweet baby with his entire life ahead of him. He needed help and a family to show him the unconditional love he shows others, so we made it official and I adopted Zain, knowing we would have others by our sides to help with his medical journey. Here we are, bravely committing to getting Zain the help he needs and, through his journey, I feel a twinge of purpose and a healing beginning to surface.

From AARF ♥️ Much help will be needed. The FHO (femoral head ostectomy) surgeries will be performed at Prescott Animal Hospital and cost about $4,500. If you would like to help, please send donations to AARF Animal Rescue, 6639 S. Country Rd., Mayer, AZ 86333. You may also donate on PayPal through our website Please specify it is “for ZAIN”.

We have seen how our animal-caring community responds to needs such as this and we can’t say enough thank you’s! Zain will have a full and active life with a family that adores him!

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” John Holmes


6639 S. Country Rd., Mayer, Az  86333

EIN: 83-0969545

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Saturday:  9am-5pm

Sunday - Monday: Closed

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