Community's Response Was Greatly Appreciated

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Editor:

To the residents of Payson:

We would like to thank all of the individuals, organizations, and businesses who helped us to take care of the refugee animals during the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.

We appreciate the town's quick response in constructing kennels to be used as temporary homes for the evacuee dogs in the off-leash park. We also are grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Nethken, the owners of the Ox Bow, for allowing us to use that facility as temporary housing for the evacuee cats. Charlene Hunt and our area Horsemen's Association did an excellent job of caring for the livestock population.

We are extremely thankful to PAWS in the park. The PAWS membership, along with other wonderful volunteers, provided the daily care for the evacuee dogs in the PAWS park.

We received help from many organizations including the Humane Society of the United States Disaster Team, and the Arizona Humane Society.

The Heber/Overgaard Fire Department made it possible for us to enter the area to rescue animals. Steve Parsons of Heber deserves special recognition for saving the lives of countless animals.

Many individuals, organizations, and businesses donated time, money, food, supplies, and care. We thank each one of you sincerely for being there in this emergency situation. We are especially appreciative to those of you who volunteered to open your homes to foster evacuee animals. Many thanks to KMOG for broadcasting our immediate needs and to the Payson Roundup for publicizing the stray animals found in the burn area.

There are too many of you to list individually, without the risk of missing someone. We do want you to know that you helped us tremendously in providing good care to the animals before they were reunited with their owners. We are very grateful and awed by the outpouring of generosity from this community.

The Payson Humane Society

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