Pet Owners Reap Many Benefits



People who keep animals receive many benefits from them. Dogs get us up off of the couch to go for walks or play games, lifting our spirits. Many of us, particularly women, feel we are safer with dogs at our sides, both at home and on the go, and the bigger the dog, the better. If a criminal has a choice, wouldn't he prefer a target with no canine protection?

Cats are great companions for more sedentary types of people, though many cats are known to enjoy going for walks with their owners. Cats provide a wonderful service in the form of rodent control. There are no mice in cat-friendly households. Keeping cats indoors protects them from predators such as coyotes and owls. It also keeps cats from wiping out populations of native birds, chipmunks and young rabbits.

The following adoptable pets all have rabies shots and vaccinations and have been spayed or neutered to insure they will not contribute to pet overpopulation. Meet them at the Payson Humane Society animal shelter, 812 S. McLane Rd., or call 474-5590.


Allie is a 4-year-old spayed female black lab mix. Her easy care, raven-black coat is shiny and clean. She has a blue tongue and ebony toenails. Allie has an outgoing personality and she is super-friendly with people and other dogs. She is a great walking companion because she handles so nicely on leash. She would love a new life with an active family who includes her in all they do, from hiking and camping to swimming.


Molly is a pretty 2-year-old spayed female Australian cattle dog. Her pure white coat is soft and smooth on her butterball body. She has caramel-colored markings on her face and freckled ears. Molly has been a family dog and is good with children and cats. We have three dog trainers working with her now to get her over her brusqueness with other dogs. This little princess is housebroken, rides politely in the car and is wonderful to walk on leash.


Baja is a 5-month-old neutered male border collie mix. His enthusiastic freckled face will have you smiling all the time. He is a smaller, cuddle-sized dog, very loveable and playful. He gets along fine with other dogs and loves to romp with them at the dog park. He's not crazy about being on leash, but he's a smart boy and will learn the skill if needed. Baja is a little people-pleaser who will fit into a family with children and other pets quite nicely.


Kevin is a perky 1-year-old neutered male grey tabby cat.

He is long, lanky and lithe and just a sweet, friendly little guy.

He loves to play with other young cats and look out the window at birds and squirrels.


Sherbet is a 1-year-old spayed female orange and white kitty. She looks just like orange sherbet swirled with vanilla -- so yummy! She is a sweet and quiet little cat who gets along well with the other cats in her enclosure. She will look and feel great in your warm lap.

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Humane Society news

You'll find everything, including the kitchen sink, at the annual "Good Stuff Only" yard and bake sale to be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at St. Philip's Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Phillips St.

Shop for bargains on furniture, appliances, hardware, computers, housewares, quality clothing, tools, bicycles and more.

Raffle tickets will be sold at $1 each, six for $5 or 15 for $20 for a drawing to be held April 23. Prizes will include a $100 gift certificate from Legacy Home Furnishings, a $100 gift card from Wal-Mart, five pairs of handmade earrings for pierced ears (retail value $20 each).

Sponsored by Friends of Payson Humane Society, all proceeds from this fund-raiser will help homeless pets at the local animal shelter. In addition, the home office of the Modern Woodmen of America will match funds raised from this project up to $1,000.

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