This week, I paid a visit to the Second Chance Animal Hospital in Sunnyslope. I learned that the hospital, supported by the Arizona Humane Society, is the largest shelter-based trauma center for homeless animals in the Southwest.

I had a chance tour the facility, including the “Mutternity Suites,” and to meet with the life-saving veterinarians, veterinary technicians and assistants and animal care specialists who work there. These animal care professionals have devoted their careers to shelter medicine—treating some of the most in-need animals in our community. 

Their work is truly inspiring. Every pet deserves a good life, and we’re so fortunate that we have some of the best pet advocates and veterinary professionals right here in our community making that possible. 

Rep. Stanton with Midwestern University veterinary students

The Second Chance Animal Hospital also serves our community with state-of-the-art technology and medical equipment. Digital x-ray machines, in-house diagnostic equipment, orthopedic instruments and dental equipment allows the hospital to provide fast medical and surgical attention to more than 11,000 homeless animals each year. The hospital even includes a kitten nursery for the youngest felines who aren’t ready for adoption yet. 

My family has adopted multiple pets from the Arizona Humane Society, and it makes me proud that we have such an outstanding facility to serve our furry familiy members right here in our district. 

In Congress, I've endorsed several bills that tackle issues of animal cruelty and promote animal welfare. These bills crack down on commercial dog breeders, protect pets in natural disasters and emergencies, and even protect larger pets including horses.  I believe we have a moral responsibility to protect animals and ensure their humane treatment, and I'll always look out for legislation that considers animal welfare. 

Rep. Stanton meets with staff at the Arizona Humane Society