Animal shelter

EV Women’s Group Helps Never Kill Animal Shelter

By Leann Landberg and Susan Barlow
Guest writers

When you look into the eyes of an animal you rescued, you can’t help but fall in love.

Living this, living this, seeing this, time and time again, is how Saving One Life volunteers continue to find the motivation to work grueling hours and endure the heartache of realizing how many abused animals there are in our community.

Saving One Life is deathless rescue, not deathless refuge. Never kill means that the organization will take extraordinary measures – beyond what shelters/rescue will do without killing – to save an animal’s life.

Animals are not euthanized unless there really is no other option and no chance of survival.

Saving One Life not only rescues animals and places them into loving homes, but also financially and emotionally supports families with beloved pets during times when families cannot afford their care.

The organization often says that once an animal is part of Saving One Life, it is always part of Saving One Life. They will always be there to help when needed.

In 2019 alone, people working for this nonprofit rescued over 1,400 animals and did so with less than $250,000.

They pinch every penny to ensure that no animal will perish. They fight for every life that comes through their doorstep, which is why their euthanasia rate is so surprisingly low, even though they take in animals that are often near death.

Earlier this summer, 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun presented Saving One Life with a $5,600 donation on behalf of their East Valley members.

One of the chapter members, Melissa Clayton, is the volunteer director of Saving One Life. Melissa strongly encourages those interested in helping to consider adoption, fostering, volunteering or donating. Although it is hard work, the return on investment is significant.

No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from conflict, disagreement, and frustration as the relationship you have with your pet.

100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun is a group of passionate, like-minded women who want to connect with each other and their communities.

The ladies leverage their resources so that their quarterly donations of $100 per member represent a significant donation to a local charity.

Since the chapter’s inception in 2015, nearly $1 million has been donated to local charities. This group of women learned that giving back is better together. To learn more about 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun or to register for their next giving circle on August 18, visit

To learn more about Saving One Life, visit