Foothills Animal Rescue Unveils New Facility


December 6, 2016


Courtesy of Foothills Animal Rescue



Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Proclaims December 3 as “Brynne Smith Memorial Campus Day”


foothills-animal-rescue-exteriorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Dec. 6, 2016 – Seven months after the facility’s groundbreaking in mid-April, Foothills Animal Rescue’s new, animal-friendly Brynne Smith Memorial Campus proudly opened its doors to the local community on December 3.  Participating in the official grand opening celebration was Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, who named the day in honor of the new dog- and cat-centric building.


The new facility is located at 10197 E. Bell Rd., in the Bashas’ shopping center at the corner of Thompson Peak and Bell Rd.  As with their previous location on Pima Rd., also in Scottsdale, Foothills Animal Rescue’s mission is to provide abandoned dogs and cats with comfortable housing, personalized attention and the potential to find their forever homes.


Funded through a generous designated grant from the Smith Family through the Arizona Community Foundation, the state-of-the-art facility celebrates the life of Brynne Smith – a lifelong animal lover with a warm and generous heart.  Brynne is honored throughout the shelter that bears her name, most noticeably with a 4’x4’ image of her and her dog Jax that greets visitors as soon as they enter the lobby.


“Our beautiful new facility has truly been a labor of love, and wouldn’t have been possible without the passion and dedication of everyone who worked tirelessly to build such a nurturing refuge for homeless dogs and cats,” said Victoria Cowper, Foothills Animal Rescue Executive Director.  “We’ll always be grateful to our very talented design team and equally committed group of volunteers that helped create this special safe haven for animals in Brynne’s memory.”


Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Speaks to Guests

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane Speaks to Guests

Design team members included Douglas Frederickson, AIA (DFA Architects), Jason Boysell (Symmetry Construction), Paul Vecchia (Collaborative V Design Studio, Inc.), Scott Learned (Design Learned, Inc.), Scott Carlson (Mechanical Designs Inc.) and Joi D. Prater, Allied ASID (Joy Prater Interior Design, Inc.)


Intended to be both animal friendly and aesthetically appealing, the new 4,200-square-foot campus maximizes the comfort of its residents while serving as a gathering spot for the local community.


The lobby boasts soaring 18-foot ceilings that let in natural light, an eight-foot viewing window into one of the four community cat rooms, a “feature pet” area with a 10-foot glass enclosure, and two “meet and greet” rooms for potential families and pets to get acquainted.


Of varied sizes to accommodate distinct scenarios, the four community cat rooms offers cozy sleeping areas, sisal pads for scratching, and special enrichment equipment designed by Crijio Pet Products and provided through a generous grant from PetSmart Charities that encourage natural feline behavior like climbing, jumping, hiding and perching aloft.


Eight dog rooms provide floor-to-glass frontage for optimal viewing, comfortable beds, a music system for stress reduction, seamless epoxy floors, and porcelain tile up the walls.  While outside, the smaller canine residents can enjoy two 100-foot dog runs at the front of the building, while their larger counterparts can romp around in a fully fenced 1,000-square-foot dog run adjacent to the courtyard.


A 1,500-square-foot flexible public and shelter space with stunning shade sails and a series of metal sculptures in the form of public art, the courtyard serves as a natural location for events, dog training, children’s camps and neighbors to gather.


About Foothills Animal Rescue


Founded in 1995, Foothills Animal Rescue is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.  The cage-free, adoption-guarantee shelter is a temporary safe haven for homeless dogs and cats rescued from Maricopa County public intake facilities, providing them with food, exercise, housing and medical care.  Since 2011, more than 3,500 dogs and cats have found their forever homes through adoption events, foster homes and direct placement.


The primary source of revenue for the shelter, Foothills Animal Rescue’s Resale Boutique is a non-consignment, volunteer-based retail shop that sells clothing, jewelry, accessories, furniture and other household goods.  For information on hours, location and donations, call 480/585-5777.


To learn more about Foothills Animal Rescue, visit



Gail Manginelli
GM & Associates

Author: The Peak

Published on behalf of the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association by the editorial staff.

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