Arizona Animal Rescue Mission, Inc is a 501(c)3 founded in 2015 by Courtney Zoellner and Lisa Klimczak in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Initially, AARM began as a foster-based animal rescue. We fostered and found Furever Homes for 37 animals from 2015 to 2016. In that year we learned a lot!
In our countless trips to the East & West shelters, we saw first-hand the overwhelming challenges that MCACC faces every day. We also learned that MCACC receives less than 5% of taxpayer support and must raise its own funds to care for over 35,000 animals that find their way to the shelters. We experienced firsthand the need for significant additional funding to make sure our community shelter serves homeless animals in a way we can all be proud of!
Shortly after that realization, we met Mary Martin, MCACC's new Director. Mary's innovative and passionate vision was contagious. She ignited and inspired us. We knew we could have a greater impact to the animal rescue community by evolving our mission to become a partner to MCACC, dedicating all of our efforts to fill the many financial gaps that MCACC faces every day.
In January of 2017, we formally became a partner of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to provide them with 100% of our financial support. We are raising funds to ensure every animal in our county's shelter receives quality care and the best possible opportunity for finding a new and loving home.
So instead of saving a handful of animals per year, we are able to save 1000’s of animals per year! Our partnership truly allows us to be the right "AARM" of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.