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John Breslow could have gotten his wife Sonia just about anything she wanted for her 60th birthday, but he chose to surprise the animal lover with a new adoption center named in her honor, paying $2 million of the project’s $3 million total cost. For more than two years, Breslow and the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA in Phoenix kept the gift a secret, before the 12,000-square-foot center was unveiled in March, at a special event for the couple and about 80 of their friends. The adoption center, located near four other buildings on the organization’s older property, will double the number of pets the AAWL can pull each year from the open-intake shelters of Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and the Arizona Humane Society. (The AAWL adopted out more than 3,000 pets in 2011.) “Even though I was there for every single meeting, every single plan, and every change to every plan, I could not envision how beautiful it looks,” says Judith Gardner, president and CEO.