Volunteers Needed For Animal Shelter Play Yard

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The Payson Humane Society has a play yard for its dogs and volunteers are needed to keep the fun and games safe.

"We bring 15 to 20 dogs out at a time twice a day," said Mike Daniel, the dog supervisor for the humane society. "We need two to three people with them."

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Forget the bone, Baja would rather take a bath. Baja is one of the 45 dogs currently housed at the Payson Humane Society's animal shelter. The dogs play in a yard behind the facility and volunteers are needed to keep an eye on them during play time, which includes a dip in a little pool for quite a few of them. The shelter also needs good homes for these animals. It cannot take in any more animals because it is at capacity. For more information, call (928) 474-5590.

The play yard provides an area in which the shelter's dogs can exercise, run, play and just be dogs. The activity outside the cages relaxes the dogs and helps shy dogs become more outgoing.

Volunteers interested in helping in the play yard will bring the dogs out of the cages, fill the pools every dog loves, throw balls and toys, and clean up after the dogs go back to their cages. People participating need to be in good condition and comfortable with handling 60-pound dogs.

Daniel said from one to two hours of work, Monday through Saturday, is needed from volunteers. The morning romp is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and in the afternoon they take the dogs out from about 2 to 3:30 p.m. -- long enough to get the cages cleaned up.

To find out more or to volunteer call Daniel at (928) 474-5590.

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