Having a family pet disappear with no trace can be very upsetting. Sometimes they get distracted, follow their noses and forget how to get back home. Dogs that are confined with no exercise or attention have nothing to do but think of a way to escape their boredom. Pets that are left outside when their owners are not at home run the risk of being stolen or harmed by unfriendly humans. Those that are allowed to roam on wild lands can be taken as food by predators.
In order to protect pets from harm, they should always be kept in a safe place when their owners are not home. In the unfortunate event that they do become lost, there are several things pet owners can do to help find them.
First, take several photos of your pet. Keep at least one in your billfold in case of disaster where you are unable to get home to your pets.
Second, have your pets microchipped so they can be easily identified, and a vet or animal shelter can contact you if they are located. Always keep your pet's microchip information updated when you move. Payson Humane Society can microchip a pet for just $25, a very wise investment.
Place an ad in the local newspaper, post fliers with the pet's picture and alert the nearest animal shelter of the lost animal. If your pet has been picked up by Animal Control and taken to Payson Humane Society, you should go to the shelter and ask to look at all the animals. Keep going back to look over a period of time. Take your pet's photo with you so you can match the picture with it. There may be more than one cat or dog that looks similar to yours.
If you find your pet at Payson Humane Society, there will be an impound fee of $20 plus $5 for each additional day. After 72 hours, state law says the pet belongs to the humane society and you will need to pay the full adoption fee of $70. It makes sense therefore to check at the humane society as quickly as possible to avoid paying more to reclaim your pet. Our Web site at www.paysonhumanesociety.com is a good place to look for pictures of pets that have been at the shelter for more than 72 hours.
Prissy is a showy 1-year-old spayed female calico kitty with the most marvelous coat of many colors. She is quite a curious extrovert and immediately comes to you when you enter her kitty condo.
Prissy is a lover girl who wants to be caressed and made a fuss over. She gets along well with the other cats at our shelter.
Come meet this colorful clown and you are sure to fall for her antics.
Panda is a darling 1-year-old spayed female black and white long-haired kitty.
She is quite the comical clown with her black chin and playful antics. She wears a little red collar that sets off her pretty fur coat.
We think Panda is currently our shiniest star and she is "fur" sure a people pleaser.
Quirk is a photogenic 10-month-old neutered male German Shepherd. He is a great dog who has good manners and knows how to sit, shake and come. You will be amazed at how easy it is to walk with him on leash, for he is such a polite, gentle boy. Not only this, but he is a highly sociable dog who loves being with people and gets along fine with other dogs. We can't say enough good things about this pup. Obviously he has stolen our hearts and we want him to find a very special home with a doting family.
Spunky is a 9-month-old spayed female Labrador retriever mix. She is just as adorable as she looks in her picture. Check out the freckles on her nose. This little girl minds well on leash and is endearingly affectionate. She likes to play ball and carry a stick in her mouth looking oh so important. She is also a water dog. Spunky thinks playing with other dogs is a blast. A typical Lab, she needs to interact with people a lot in order to be happy and content. She would appreciate a good workout several times a day, like walking, hiking, swimming or running. How 'bout taking this spunky punkin home for the holidays?
Bridget is a very friendly 3-year-old pit bull mix. Her happily wagging tail lets you know she is a real sweetheart. She has a short white coat with brown markings and lots of spots. Her funny ears stand up like Spock's. When she wants something she can break your will with her expressive, pleading brown eyes. Bridget will need a securely fenced yard, for she is an escape artist. She would love to find a home with people who are around home a lot or who include her in their activities so she won't have a reason to roam.
Get ready for chili
The Friends of Payson Humane Society are getting ready for the 10th annual chili supper. It will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway (entrance off of Airport Road). The menu will consist of chili, macaroni and cheese, salad, rolls and homemade cupcakes.
Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available at the shelter, 812 S. McLane, the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane, and at the door.
There will be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and "potluck" sales (selling decorated flower pots which come with an additional gift). The final raffle tickets for both the dog quilt and the Friends of Ferals cat quilt will be sold, with the winners drawn at the end of the evening.
Help at the event, and cupcakes are also needed, call Penny at (928) 474-4648 to volunteer.