Spring is the season when Payson Humane Society begins to see batches of adorable kittens brought in to the shelter. Before they can be adopted out, they are tested for potential problems, so that we are reasonably certain they are healthy and robust enough to be released. Then they are spayed or neutered to prevent exponential growth of the cat population.
A predictable impact of the influx of cute kittens is a reduction in adoptions of our wonderful adult cats. We ask that those who wish to adopt a cat also consider making a place in their homes for these worthy adult cats.
Once adopted, kittens have special needs. They require nutritious kitten chow, daily fresh water, a clean litter box and a safe, warm place to be. Like babies, kittens require extra sleep and should not be overhandled by children and adults.
They should not be allowed to go outdoors because they are so vulnerable to predation by dogs, other cats and wildlife. If they become accustomed to being indoors cats as kittens, it is easier to keep them used to being indoor cats, who will live long, contented lives, unlike their short-lived, outdoor counterparts.
It seems there will forever be an abundant supply, indeed an oversupply, of cats in the Payson area. Therefore we fervently hope that responsible cat owners will take the appropriate measures to alleviate the problem by neutering their pets. The shelter is working closely with Friends of Feral Cats to humanely reduce the reproductive rate of this special group of felines as well.
Now we present some of the wonderful pets available for adoption at the Payson animal shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road.
Prissy's life had taken a turn for the worst. Her world was turned upside down. Not only was she a single mom with three tiny kittens to care for, she was also homeless. It appears her human family moved away in the night and left her to fend for herself. Luckily for Prissy, a concerned neighbor brought her and the kittens to the Payson Humane Society. Life immediately improved for Prissy and her kittens -- Coco, Fluffy and Taffy -- when they went into a wonderful foster home. They were pampered, groomed and loved daily by their foster mom. Now Prissy and her kittens are up for adoption at the Payson Humane Society.
Licorice is a 1-year-old black Labrador retriever mix. He is a big, strong boy who loves to play and run. Licorice has a medium-length, shiny black coat that will need to be brushed to keep him looking his best. This dog craves attention; he would love to go home with an active family. With some training he would be a good walking and hiking companion. He looks forward to finding a family who will include him in their outdoors activities. Licorice is looking forward to meeting you.
Sobie is a spunky 11-month-old spayed female Border collie mix. She is so cute with her clean white coat and black spots of all sizes. She is what we call the perfect size -- a loving armful of puppy dog, and oh, does she ever soak up all the love you can give her. Sobie is a smart, attentive dog who already, at her young, age responds to the commands "sit," "lie down" and "stay." She loves other dogs and is ready to play and frolic with a happy family.
Carmen is a pretty 9-month-old Heeler mix. Her caramel-colored coat is soft and smooth. She is a nice size, not too big, and not too small. Carmen is a quiet, well-behaved dog who doesn't bark much at all. She likes to go for walks and plays well in the exercise area with other dogs.
To view these and other adoptable pets, visit, www.paysonhumanesociety.com.