We had the good fortune of connecting with Adama Pfaff and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adama, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Just how hard raising funds for this “Cause” would be. We thought going into this industry that the emotions of the business, sick dogs, abuse and long term stays and the dogs we couldn’t help would be that hardest parts. Although those thing are all super emotional and very difficult no matter how long we do this. We have found that coming across funds month after month to support our $5,000.00 (rent, electric, trash, insurance, supplies and transports)”Cause” was harder. We call it a “Cause” and not a business or industry because there is no money being made on these dogs. Our type of industry is a begging one, one that truly takes community support. The thought of us closing or the stress of us not being able to helping more dogs is very real when it gets down to how much money is in the account. Being 100% donation/fundraiser based is a different reality when you have 40 mouths to feed and a shelter to keep open for them to thrive be safe, find homes and it to all start over again. We do however get loads of supply goods donations which we could not be happier to get. That stuff keeps us all flowing in a big way.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are a non profit 501c3 animal shelter on the scottsdale phoenix border. We have saved and rehomed over 300 dogs since our starting in 2018. We are 100% donation/adoption/fundraiser funded. We are so excited to be involved in our community as much as we can and host adoption events and fundraisers in some fun family places as much as possible. We know educating the public and our future adopters on rescue efforts is super important. This is why we encourage junior volunteers as much as possible it enables us to educate young adults on proper pet ownership and also the need for future volunteers for nonprofits. We also are huge in saving dogs from very RUFF situations, high poverty areas with low human population and very little resources. We love nothing more to drastically change the life of a dog and see how thankful they are after they settle in. The quality of care for our dogs is key, no matter how long they are with us every dog gets the best care we can give such as food consistent food, large kennel areas with blankets, toys, chew treats and cookies lol . We try to socialize all of our dogs to ensure they get plenty of outdoor playtime with each other. We also have an onsite grooming center so the dogs can get all cleaned up too. Here at desert tails we know how hard funding is to come by so we are super excited to host our own big fundraisers this year especially with covid happening this year. Our fundraisers were completely wiped out and we have been fending for money. So we are really excited to welcome Puppies and Pumpkins Pumpkin patch and our Christmas Tree lot. Both located at Frasher’s Smokehouse. We are eager to be as consistently funded as possible so we are also starting Dog Training seminars all money goes to the shelter to help us keep going and pay. our way. If you need dogs big or smal we have the all

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well first If we were looking to beat the heat I would plan a trip to sedona for some outdoor beauty and some great energy; site seeing, hiking fun shopping. I would then have a pretty great in the valley game plan as well. Speaking of game plan, I would plan to go to one of the many sporting events we have around the valley; ASU, Cardinals, Waste Management open, PHX Rising, spring training and so many more. After that we would get some great eats at one of our favorite spots Frasher’s Smokehouse or Mrs. Chicken. One whole day definitely would be spent in Scottsdale for sure. With so many fantastic places to eat all 3 meals along with snacks and dessert and also spoil yourself with some great shops and pampering services. This is also home to some of the best yoga studios and maybe even some puppy or goat yoga. If your guest is a golfer like so many of mine are, they are in luck we have so many options. We have so many great things for kids to do from; waterparks, river tubing, horseback riding, indoor skydiving and maybe some mini golf. Our valley is home of some of the most beautiful sunsets so finding one of the amazing spots to view them would be on the list too.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes totally this is a very “Ruff” Cause so any and all help we get is very key. We are 100% donation and volunteer supported, so first off the biggest thanks to all of them. From our ASU volunteers to the corporate and company volunteers that come down monthly. We absolutely love junior volunteers and the dogs do too. We also are a part of the courts community service program and that also brings some great community ties and connections with others. Most of all we need to thank our monthly donation sponsors, big and small they all add up and keep us helping more dogs every day. Everyone of our followers, donors, volunteers and event goers plays a crucial part on saving these pups lives. Without our social media followers the word would not get out to the adopters and donors. So do not for a minute think if you can’t financially donate money you can not help… Word of mouth is priceless, we just need to reach that one person!!! It’s so hard to think of all the folks that have helped us along this insane journey. I sure would like to call out a few key ones that have donated, hosted events, fundraiser and key volunteers; Scott & coleen, Carl & Samantha, Grooming By Chrissy, Dirty Dogg Saloon, Frasher’s Smokehouse, Albertsons & Safeway stores, Love PUP, Devika, Jeff, Kinley, Renee, Erika, Tim G, Tim R. Eric. I am sure I am missing so many but this is great start, all I know for sure is my family is definitely top of that list.

Website: https://deserttailsshelter.org/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deserttails/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deserttailsshelter/
Other: https://deserttailsshelter.org/donations/

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