Humane Society Doesn't Turn Away Pets

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Editor:

The Payson Humane Society is above all else a humane society. We do not turn away strays at any time. When a person wants to bring in a feral cat that has no home and will not be reclaimed, we sometimes ask them to hold the animal until we have a space. If they cannot keep the cat, then we must take action. It is the policy of the Payson Humane Society to put forth equal effort into trying to adopt each animal that comes through our door.

A feral cat needs extra attention to be socialized for safe handling. We have a very successful adoption rate and are most willing to share the Payson Humane Society statistics on adoptions with anyone who inquires. Our policy does not allow the staff to tell people to dump any animal in the forest. With a feral cat or any other animal, euthanasia is the very last resort. At the shelter, we will never use euthanasia as an easy alternative to Payson's animal overpopulation.

The people of Rim country lend the Payson Humane Society their total support because they trust us to always remember what the definition of the word "humane" means. If we ask you to hold an animal a day or two, it is because of available space.

Some day, with the community support, hopefully we will have larger facilities and be able to house more animals. But until that time, please never forget we are and will be the abandoned animal's last resort.

We cannot defend or explain the management of the shelter some years ago. What we do know is that their cat population in those days was between 10 to 20 cats; their euthanization rate was at 31.44 percent. Our cat population is usually around 100 animals and our euthanasia average is 9 percent. Which management, the former or the present, would you support as a humane society?

Diane Fitzpatrick, Manager; Pat Boettcher, President; Payson Humane Society

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