Several months ago, this column mentioned the need for foster homes for the pets of women who are in the Time Out Shelter, victims of domestic abuse. The shelter cannot accept pets, and, therefore, a person might stay in a bad situation longer than she should because she will not leave her pet in what might be a dangerous home.
It is easy to put something on the back burner when there are no needs -- and that is what happened with this program. But suddenly, Jean from the Time Out Shelter called to say there was a dog that needed a place to stay in two days. The wheels started turning rather rapidly.
We are now ready to get this service organized -- finding temporary homes for dogs and cats so that these women, who are already under great stress, do not need to worry about their pets. In response to the original column, Karen Parker came forward and volunteered to be the coordinator. People who can take in a dog or cat can call her and she will put their name and other information on the list. You can specify the size, sex, duration of stay and have some temperament restrictions. When the need arises and a pet needs a temporary home, Karen will call people from the list and hopefully find a suitable match. If the timing is not good for you, you could say no. All dogs and cats will have had all their shots.
This first dog is now at my house. That is the price I pay for procrastination. However, she is the sweetest little girl and is getting along beautifully with my other guys. Her owner is relieved to know she will be well taken care of and is most appreciative.
If you feel that you might be able to foster a pet for a week or two or a month, please call Karen, 468-0789, and get your name on the list. We thank you for your willingness to be a part of this program. You will really feel great about helping someone who really needs your help.
A couple of great pet events are coming up.
The Soroptimists' 12th annual I Love My Dog Show is Saturday, Sept. 27 at Green Valley Park. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the classes start at 9 a.m. The show is filled with fun classes including: weirdest bark, most spots, best eyes, dog-owner look alike, best trick, largest and smallest dog, best costume, fastest wag, longest coat, plus special categories including best of show, president's choice, junior champion and people's choice. This is a fun event with lots of ribbons, prizes and raffle items. General registration is $5 and running the obstacle course costs $1. All proceeds benefit the Time Out Shelter and the Rim Country Literacy Program. Bring your dog and have a great time, or come and cheer your favorites on to victory.
Dog Day in the Park
The second annual Dog Day in the Park is Oct. 4 at the Payson Off Leash Dog Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be booths with a wide assortment of dog treats, supplies and information, including Art By Dog and Dog Photos, as well as terrific craft booths. Under the Big Top will be games such as musical chairs and a costume race, (costumes provided), and contests, including best costume, dog and owner look-alike, waggiest tail and the highlight event, Silly Pet Tricks. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded.
The ever-famous Barkery Bakery will have dog treats and people sweets and Dave's Weenie wagon will serve people food.
Dog licensing will be available from the county and possibly the city. Shot and neutering records are required for licensing.
The Humane Society will have their information and adoption center with Pups on Parade.
Bring your dog, on leash, for a day full of fun and games. Admission is free, but donations of pet food to the Payson Humane Society are welcome.
Christy Wrather is a columnist for the Payson Roundup. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by snail-mail at HC1 Box 210, Strawberry, AZ 85544.