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Q: What's the latest on the cat and kitten situation down at the Payson Humane Society? How many felines do they have now?

How many dogs and cats were adopted as Christmas gifts?

A: The shelter is back up to 31 cats and 11 kittens, according to Diane Fitzpatrick, humane society manager. Six kittens and 11 puppies were adopted Christmas week. While no adult animals were adopted, the society did sell six gift certificates and those animals are yet to be selected.

Incidentally, the the Payson Humane Society's annual Holiday Pet Food & Supply Drive will continue through the first week of 2003. Items most in need are puppy and kitten food and rugs without rubber backing. In addition to the shelter, donations can be dropped off at Safeway, Bashas', Payson Feed & Pet Supply, and Chaparral Pines clubhouse.

Q: The town is participating in a home toilet exchange program, and I was just wondering how it was determined who received the toilets and who didn't?

A: People who live in houses built before 1991 can receive the free, state-of-the-art Toto toilets. The new toilets, which use 1.6 gallons of water per flush, save at least two gallons over older models. The average household will also reduce its water bill by $45 a year, according to Jeff Durbin, town water resource specialist.

While the first phase of the program has been completed with 300 toilets replaced, a second phase will begin in March.

For more information on the low-flow toilet replacement program, and other water conservation programs, call the water department at 474-5242, ext. 4.

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