Photos Courtesy of Arizona Small Dog Rescue

According to a 2020 study, the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found there are more than 3.3 million dogs in shelters across the United States. The Arizona Small Dog Rescue is raising funds to help these furry friends in need through its Putts for Mutts golf tournament on April 9 at Stonecreek Golf Course, located at 4435 E. Paradise Village Parkway South in Phoenix. Registration is now open and includes: 18 holes of golf, practice balls, a breakfast burrito, lunch, and prizes.

Arizona Small Dog Rescue is a not-for-profit, no-kill animal shelter. Supported by a group of volunteers dedicated to rescuing homeless, unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused dogs, Arizona Small Dog Rescue is committed to helping canines in need and caring for them until they find their forever families. The organization focuses on providing a safe environment where the health and welfare of the dogs are the top priorities.

To continue their exceptional care, Arizona Small Dog Rescue is raising funds and awareness by bringing back the Putts for Mutts golf tournament after a hiatus due to the pandemic.

“Each year the cost of medical expenses increases and these expenses are no different for the animal welfare industry,” says Denise Batistelli, Vice President of Arizona Small Dog Rescue. “In 2021, Arizona Small Dog Rescue rescued 1,459 dogs and exceeded $366,000 in medical expenses alone. With the rising cost of inflation, we are expecting this number to increase significantly. This golf tournament enables us to continue our mission of helping dogs receive the medical attention they deserve and place them into loving forever homes. We hope to see many of our community members joining us on April 9 and helping us make it a great day for the dogs.”

To register for this event, call 602-791-9045 or email [email protected]. To learn more about the nonprofit, visit