Humane Society Organizing Chili Supper

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The ninth annual Payson Humane Society Chili Supper -- the shelter's biggest fund-raiser of the year -- will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Elks Lodge.

"The money we raise at this event is generally used for the care and feeding of the homeless animals of the Rim Country," PHS board president Barbara Brenke said. "It will not go to the building fund."

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The menu for the fund-raiser not only includes chili from Macky's Grill, but macaroni and cheese donated by Mazatzal Casino, salad from Tiny's Restaurant, salad dressing from Fargo's Steakhouse, rolls from Cucina Paradiso, crackers from the Beeline Cafe, cheese from El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, homemade cupcakes and beverages.

In addition to a great dinner, attendees will be able to purchase custom-decorated clay plant pots for $10 or $15. Each pot also comes with an additional prize worth $10, according to event organizer Penny McKinlock.

A silent auction is also held in conjunction with the event, as well as a 50/50 raffle and final ticket sales for the special animal quilt raffle. Items donated so far include two nights at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, two one-day passes to Disneyland and two to Six Flags Amusement Park, a load of granite from Redi-Mix, a lube and oil from Wick's Auto Service, a shampoo and cut from The New Ewe, several haircuts from The Lemon Tree, a small dog grooming from Pampered Pet, a shampoo and conditioning from Frontier Beauty Salon, a winter car check from Auto Life Support, a massage from Payson Day Spa, photography by Terry Stevens, a one-month membership at the Payson Athletic Club, two neck-shoulder massages from De-ja-vu Salon, earrings from Payson Jewelers, Tonto Community Concert tickets, and gift certificates from Bashas', Country Kitchen, Roadrunner Espresso, Back to Basics, Legacy Home Furnishings, Gary Houston Pottery, Wayne's Donuts & Deli, Abigail's, Cutting Edge, Dove's Nest Computers, Ace Hardware and more.

To make donations of goods, services and funds, all of which are still needed, Contact Terri DiPinto at (928) 468-8059.

Chili Supper tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children and are available at the Payson Humane Society, 812 South McLane Road, and at the door.

Other Payson Humane Society events and activities:

  • In conjunction with National Shelter Appreciation Month, the shelter will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. Refreshments will be served.

"We're inviting people to come in and take a look at the shelter and see all the wonderful cats and dogs we have for adoption," Brenke said.

  • In conjunction with Home 4 the Holidays, a national promotion to get animals out of shelters and into homes for the holidays, PHS is offering several incentives to adopt animals beginning Nov. 15.

"Anybody who adopts an animal during that time frame is going to receive a certificate for a free bag of food from Payson Feed and a raffle ticket for a drawing for $100 worth of free vet services," Brenke said.

Paws in the Park is donating the $100.

  • The shelter's annual supply and food drive starts in December.

"We need all kinds of pet food that does not contain corn," Brenke said, "-- puppy food, kitten food, cat food, dog food. We always need cleaning supplies, especially bleach, and collars, leashes, toys and litter.

  • To allow the shelter to attend 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.

The cost of a crate is about $60.

  • PHS will begin offering obedience classes Nov. 12.
  • 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. "The intent is to make them calmer and more people centered.

"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.
  • 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 mentioned above, contact the Payson Humane Society at (928) 474-5590. The shelter, located at 812 South McLane Road, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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