An Adoption A Day Could Keep Grim Reaper At Bay

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The Payson Humane Society has more dogs than it can handle, and unless they are adopted, they'll be put to sleep.

"We probably have 30 dogs right now and 20 puppies, and we're at capacity," Janet Ostrom, administrative supervisor, said. "We should put four down right now, because under our contracts with the town and county, we should have three open pens. We're trying to put it off as long as we can."

Cats are not currently a problem, but Ostrom said that will soon change.

"Spring is here and everything is in heat," she said. "We look to be overloaded with kittens from March to June."

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The Payson Humane Society is currently at capacity and administrators are asking for the public's help to avoid euthanizing adoptable dogs.

The adoption fee for all animals is $60, which includes spaying or neutering.

"With grown dogs, that also includes rabies shots," Ostrom said. "Puppies aren't usually old enough for rabies shots."

Beginning Feb. 21, the shelter is offering pet owners a $20 refund when they have their pets spayed or neutered.

"People just need to come in and sign up, then we'll give them $20 when they show us the vet bill," Ostrom said.

The shelter, at 812 S. McLane Road, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (928) 474-5590 for more information.

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