Thousands of valley families lost their homes during the housing crisis, and for many of them that meant giving away their beloved pets. But today, a first-of-its-kind homeless shelter is opening in the valley, and in this one pets are welcome.
Family Promise for Pets is now open, becoming Arizona's first emergency shelter for homeless families with pets.
"You guys can stay, but the cat's gotta find another place," recalls Scott Allen, who used to be homeless.
He knows what it's like to be looking for one shelter for his family and another for the family pet.
"Our cat's 15 years old, we've had her since she was a baby, so she's our oldest child."
With the help of a $33,000 donation from PetSmart, Family Promise for Pets can offer a place for homeless families and their pets.
"This is the first ever homeless shelter for families that welcomes the pet with the family," says Ted Taylor, Executive Director of Family Promises.
The nonprofit has turned an apartment into a pet sanctuary. They can house 8 dogs and 8 cats, and there's also a dog run in the back.
"The families do the feeding, the cleaning, the walking while they're in our program."
Family Promise hopes to serve 25 families with pets in the next year.
"Our belief is if we can help that family by welcoming the pet as well, it's a better healing process for the family as a whole," says Taylor.
"I think this is a great great program," says Allen.
Food and vaccinations are taken care of for pets inside Family Promise.