Pups rescued from burned Glendale home up for adoption

Jul 1, 2014

Phoenix 12 News | azcentral.com


GLENDALE, AZ - Two dogs were abandoned in the backyard of a burned-out Glendale home for more than a week before a non-profit organization removed them Tuesday morning to be put up for adoption.

The Fetch Foundation rescued Nala and Zoey, both 1-year-old mix-breed pups, from the backyard of their home on 69th and Bethany Home avenues.

The home was consumed by a fire the evening of June 23, forcing homeowner Sandra Catalan and her children to leave.

Zoey and Nala, however, stayed behind.

Marie Peck, founder of The Fetch Foundation, noticed the dogs when she was in the neighborhood near 67th Avenue and Bethany Home Road and quickly notified the Glendale Fire Department, which has a station just across the street. The department's firefighters began to feed and water both dogs.

The company restoring the home, Granite Mountain Restoration, cared for the dogs before the fire department was notified, according to Peck. The company attempted to get in touch with the home owners who failed to return, she said.

"No one knew, except for restoration, and they kept trying to contact these people (the homeowners)," Peck said.

Catalan and her family were displaced from the home due to the amount of damage the fire caused. She surrendered the dogs to The Fetch Foundation.

"She lost everything and it's all too much," Peck said. "This (leaving the dogs) is not an option."

Peck and Gale Buch, also of the foundation, rescued Nala and Zoey from the home on July 1. They then took both dogs to the Arizona Animal Welfare League.

The Fetch Foundation is a non-profit organization that creates programs to save dogs effected by emergencies, such as fires. The organization also works with the community to ensure a safe environment for dogs in the neighborhood.

"We rescue dogs that can become search and rescue or service dogs," Peck said. "But we also work closely with fire departments, that's how we had the relationship with (Glendale fire)."

Both Nala and Zoey will be available for adoption through the Arizona Animal Welfare League.

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