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CASA GRANDE — Valley Humane Society has been selected for the 2019 Best of Casa Grande Award in the Nonprofit Organization category by the Casa Grande Award Program.

Each year, the Casa Grande Award Program identifies companies and organizations that it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category, a press release from VHS said.

The local companies selected for the award enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community and help make the Casa Grande area a great place to live, work and play, the press release said.

As the only no-kill animal shelter in Pinal County, VHS aims to save as many dogs and cats as possible and to keep them healthy and happy until they find homes.

VHS receives no public or governmental funding. Its only source of funding is donations.

In 2017, VHS had an adoption rate of more than 100 pets per month. In 2018, the adoption rate climbed to 1,382 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens for the year. This year, the organization is on track to exceed 1,700 adoptions.

VHS was founded in 1966 by Kathleen Van Cleft and veterinarian Gene Carter, who had a vision that every animal matters and every animal deserves the very best care.

VHS has loyal staff, led by Shelter Manager Crystal Fox, who genuinely care about the animals and work to keep the shelter clean, the animals happy and potential adopters well-served.

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