Just like the animals at the Payson Humane Society, the items in the Second Annual PHS Good-Stuff-Only Yard Sale come in all shapes and sizes, with the emphasis on quality.
"We've got three storage lockers full of items so far," Penny McKinlock said. She's the secretary of the PHS board of directors and the secretary/treasurer of the Friends of the Payson Humane Society, the group that's sponsoring the event from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at St. Philip's Catholic Church.
"We've got appliances setting out in our driveway tarped, and I've got a makeshift clothesline hooked up in my living room and I'm starting to sort through and price the clothes," McKinlock said. "We've also got furniture, computer equipment, bookshelves and much more."
And then there's the big bake sale that's always an integral part of the Good-Stuff-Only Yard Sale. From cookies to cakes to crumpets, whatever your sweet tooth craves you're likely to find fresh-baked and ready to devour while you peruse all the bargains both inside and outside St. Philip's.
And once your desire for bargains and baked goods is satiated, you can check out the special PHS kiosk with pictures of some of the wonderful animals available for adoption. If you see the one you can't live without, a short run over to the PHS shelter will make your day complete.
McKinlock, incidentally, practices what she preaches. At her East Verde Estates home, you'll find four dogs and five cats, most of whom came straight from the shelter, which is located at 812 S. McLane Road.
Among her menagerie is Sheba, one of the three dogs who were with PHS volunteer Grant Kuenzli when he was killed by a Valley hiker in the Coconino National Forest May 11.
McKinlock says the German shepherd mix is doing well since her release from a Flagstaff animal shelter. The other two dogs, Maggie (a yellow Lab mix) and Hank (a chow mix) also have new homes in the Payson area, chosen from among many locals who volunteered to adopt them.
Maggie was Kuenzli's own dog, while Sheba and Hank were Payson Humane Society dogs that Kuenzli had taken to his campsite for an overnight visit.
Proceeds from the Good-Stuff-Only Yard Sale and other PHS fund-raisers are used for spaying and neutering animals and for the the Second Chance Fund -- set up to pay for medical procedures that would otherwise be unaffordable.
"For example, we just used the second chance fund for a cat who came in with a leg so broken that we had to have it removed," Janet Ostrom, PHS administrative supervisor, said.
"We use it when a dog gets hit by a car and it comes in here."
Donations for the yard sale will be accepted through April 8. Call (928) 474-4648 for a pickup or leave smaller items at the shelter.
"They have a storage bin and we're picking up from there almost daily," McKinlock said.
Contributions of baked goods and help setting up the sale is also welcome. Call McKinlock at the above number to volunteer or for more information.
Last year's event raised over $4,000, and Ostrom and McKinlock are confident they will do even better this year.
"People are very generous," Ostrom said. "It shocks me how generous the people here are."
Storage lockers to store items for the event were donated by Dudley Storage off Granite Dells and McLane Storage off Longhorn Road.
The Payson Humane Society and the Northern Arizona Humane Society have scheduled another spay/neuter clinic for Tuesday, April 12 at Mazatzal Casino.
A maximum of 50 animals can be accommodated, and appointments are already being scheduled by PHS.
"They can only do 12 dog spays because they're more difficult, and then the rest can be whatever," Cristy Maldonado, PHS animal supervisor, said. "We need people to call or get in here, and we can hopefully get most of the animals in town spayed and neutered."
The clinic will be held at human resources building on the Tonto Apache Reservation -- the building east of Sonic Drive-In.
Canine spays cost $60, and neuters $45. Dogs over 60 pounds cost an additional $1. Puppies must be six weeks old or weigh eight pounds.
Cat spays are $40, and neuters $20. Kittens must be eight weeks old or weigh two pounds.
Animals in heat or pregnant are an extra $10, and vaccinations are $10. Only credit cards and checks are accepted.
To make an appointment, call PHS at (928) 474-5590.