It's a whimsical quilt comprised of individual blocks, each featuring a dog or cat dressed in costume, and when the Tuesday Needlers finished it, they knew it had to go to the Payson Humane Society.
"We wanted to have fun making the blocks -- the dogs and cats," said Jan Andrews, a member of the informal group of eight friends. "We decided it would be a perfect way to help raise funds for the new shelter."
To help them promote the sale of raffle tickets for the quilt, a dog and cat from the shelter were chosen to represent all the animals waiting for new homes. The selected animals, which posed with the quilters for a picture, will make special pets for those willing to adopt them.
Nubby is a 7-year-old terrier mix that has just three legs.
"He came in as a stray, and the leg was not amputated by a veterinarian," Angie Roilston, a humane society employee, said. "He's very gentle, gets along really well with people, and is just a sweet little guy."
Jitters is about a year old and is a striking orange-and-white cat.
"When she gets startled her eyes get real big and she looks like she's had too many cups of coffee," Roilston said.
The quilt will be on display and raffle tickets will be available at the Arizona Quilters Guild annual business meeting on Oct. 8, Dog Day in the Park on Oct. 22, and the Shoofly Quilters meeting on Sept. 27. The raffle will be held Nov. 15 at the shelter's annual chili supper.
The humane society ended a long and sometimes frustrating search for a new home when it closed escrow in March on two acres of land immediately behind their present shelter at 812 S. McLane Road. When the new shelter will actually be built depends on how fast the necessary money can be raised.
"We finally got the topographical survey, and our staff has been going through and kind of blue-skying what they'd like to see inside the kennels and the isolation area," Barb Brenke, humane society president, said. "Once we kind of get that figured out we'll start aggressive fund-raising efforts, but you really can't even go for grants until you've got plans."
Unlike the current shelter in a rundown old house, all animals will be kept indoors.
"Everything will be under one roof, so there will be no open kennels like we currently have," Kathe Stander, board member and building committee chairperson, said. "It will be more efficient -- more energy efficient, more efficient for cleaning."
Other Payson Humane Society developments:
- Five Rim Country dogs were adopted Saturday at Petapalooza, an adoption event in Sedona featuring animals from eight shelters located in northern Arizona.
- A spay and neuter clinic is being held Sept. 27, 28 and 29 in the Bashas' parking lot. The clinic opens at 7 a.m. and animals are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Phil White Ford and Chapman Auto Center will pay half the adoption fee on any shelter animals adopted at their Car Dealers' Shootout at Mazatzal Casino Oct. 6 to 8.
- Dog Day in the Park, sponsored by Paws in the Park, will be held Oct. 22. The shelter will have dogs available for adoption at the event.
- The shelter is looking for silent auction items for the chili supper, the biggest fund-raiser of the year.
Call the shelter at (928) 474-5590 for more information.