"No one wants to wake up alone and behind bars on a holiday morning," the press release begins.
It's not a warning to avoid drinking and driving, but a plea to help the less fortunate among the Rim Country's furry friends through the Payson Humane Society's "Home 4 the Holidays" program.
Adopt a shelter animal between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31, and you will receive a special adoption kit, a coupon for free food courtesy of Payson Feed, and a chance to win $100 worth of veterinary fees courtesy of Paws in the Park.
The adoption fee is $70, which includes spaying and neutering, current shots and an identification microchip.
Annual Food and Supply Drive
If a new pet isn't in your immediate future, you can still remember the homeless animals at the shelter this holiday season by contributing to the humane society's Annual Food and Supply Drive for puppies, kittens, cats and dogs.
"As you shop for those special Christmas gifts for loved ones, please don't forget the homeless animals of Rim Country," PHS Board President Barbara Brenke said. "Many sweet kittens, puppies, cats and dogs will be spending Christmas at the animal shelter instead of in a home of their own. You can help make their stay more comfortable by donating much-needed items to the Payson Humane Society."
Among the items especially needed are dog food with low corn content, Kitten Chow, blankets, toys, leashes (4 feet long and an inch in width preferable), gentle leaders (medium and large sizes), collars, litter boxes, bowls, Clorox bleach, Pine Sol, paper towels, cloth towels, and washcloths.
The drive begins Monday, Dec. 5 and continues through Saturday, Dec. 31.
Donations can be dropped off at the shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road, just south of Main Street. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information or to arrange a pick-up of large donations, call (928) 474-5590.
Other Payson Humane Society events and activities:
- PHS offers obedience and training classes. In addition to adult dog classes, socialization classes help with off-leash interaction with other dogs and people, and puppy training classes are offered for dogs less than six months of age.
- To allow attendance at more mobile adoption events, the shelter is seeking donations of wire crates to hold the dogs.
"We've identified a source and we encourage people to purchase them at Payson Feed," Brenke said. A crate costs $60.
- The shelter will be testing a program called Open Paws, and needs volunteers to help with the endeavor.
"It's a method of training shelter dogs and making them more adoptable," Brenke said.
"Dogs are encouraged not to ‘go' in their kennels, and that will lead them to house training, so we need people to help take the dogs out three times a day."
The program also involves hand feeding the dogs to make them more receptive to people, and volunteers are needed for that effort and to stuff Kong rubber toys with food.
"The program is labor intensive, but we want to test it and see if we can make it work," Brenke said.
- Volunteers are also needed to transport aluminum cans from drop sites to the shelter. Call Lisa Boyle at (928) 474-1836 if you can help. Donated cans should be dropped off at the shelter or other collection areas around town.
- The shelter is also recycling inkjet and laser cartridges. Drop boxes are located at Bashas' and Wal-Mart, or cartridges can be mailed using envelopes available at the Payson Public Library, Bashas' or Dove's Nest Computers. Call Penny McKinlock at (928) 474-4648 for more information.
For information on obedience classes and the other programs and activities mentioned above, contact the Payson Humane Society at (928) 474-5590 or visit the shelter.