People recycle lots of things. In Payson we can recycle aluminum cans thanks to Payson Humane Society, paper thanks to the recycling bins at Wal-Mart and Green Valley Park, and scrap metal at the Gila County landfill north of Payson. Sadly, in Payson we cannot recycle plastics and glass. Recycling is good for our community.
Except what about recycling pets? Payson Humane Society receives a constant stream of excuses from people dropping off pets they no longer want to care for.
It is understandable when someone dies or is incapacitated by health problems that they are no longer able to keep a pet. But it is often difficult to understand why people bring in dogs and cats that are perfectly well behaved and healthy because they plan to move, get a new partner in life, or are unwilling to pay a fine for a dog that got picked up for being loose.
People make up an excuse about an animal's behavior that never manifests itself while the cat or dog is at our shelter.
Some people seem to think Payson Humane Society is a pet rental agency. They adopt a pet, bring it back a few months later after they tire of it, and come in again in a few months expecting to do the same thing.
Unlawful behavior lands some people in jail, resulting in their pets being brought to our shelter, often times in need of a new home.
Then there are the people who refuse to neuter or spay their pets and bring in the offspring time and time again for the shelter to find homes for.
Even worse, when they are too ashamed of their irresponsible pet care, they dump puppies or kittens in boxes alongside the road with no food or water to sustain them. A few weeks ago a box of puppies was left beside a car in the Wal-Mart parking lot for some stranger to deal with. Another box of very similar puppies was found in a different location.
People who saturate the pet population with litters of puppies and kittens are dooming shelter animals because there simply are not enough homes for every one of them. Please don't litter!
Our philosophy at Payson Humane Society is that a pet is a lifetime responsibility. Dogs, depending on size, can live to be well over 15 years of age and cats often live to be 20 years old. If you are ready for such a commitment of time and love, consider adopting one of these deserving pets.
Now is a good time to adopt because special reduced adoption rates have been extended until April 15.
SCOUT and COOKIE
Scout is a 4-year-old neutered male orange-and-white cat and Cookie is a 3-year-old spayed female bicolor gray tabby with white.
They came to our shelter together when their mistress passed away. They were a part of the inheritance that the heirs were unwilling to accept.
We would like it very much if they could be adopted together as part of our BOGO program (buy one get one half price).
They are very affectionate and gentle cats who would be perfect for an adult family. They are especially senior friendly!
Stormy is a playful 1-year-old spayed female Aussie/Catahoula mix. She is quite the looker with her spotted coat, one blue eye, one brown marbled eye and curled up tail.
She loves chew toys, balls, rope toys and romps in a big yard with other dogs. She behaves like a little lady when she goes for walks on leash.
When she's allowed freedom, she has fun chasing butterflies and grasshoppers and thinks the world is a wonderful place to explore. She is used to young children and likes to sleep in bed with them. This pup is housebroken, a real bonus point.
Stormy has a contagious happy spirit and a zest for life!
Max is a steadfast 8-year-old neutered male Lab/Chow mix. He is a big guy, but is very gentle and easy going.
He has become a favorite among staff and volunteers at our shelter, getting spoiled with treats and lots of walks on leash. He handles beautifully and is such a good boy.
He would make a wonderful companion for a moderately active senior family because he is content just being around his people, yet he loves being playful and going out for walks.
He has a high opinion of himself and does not tolerate being tied up or annoyed by pesky dogs. He would love to be a pampered only child.
Gabby is an affectionate 2-year-old spayed female Blue Heeler mix. Her short white coat is dotted with gray spots and her ears flop over except when she's curious.
She and her friend Emily are at our shelter because their family didn't have time for them.
Gabby is good about staying in her own yard and is housebroken. She loves children, playing with other dogs, riding in the car and tummy rubs. She's a smart pup and will sit on command. Gabby is a good girl on leash and is a proficient hiker and swimmer -- lots of fun!
We hope you'll come by and meet her in person.
Friends of the Payson Humane Society meeting
The Friends of the Payson Humane Society will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at Tiny's restaurant.
Come join this group of animal lovers as we work on plans for the upcoming year. We are looking for new people to work with us to build our new shelter and to make this the best year yet for Rim Country's homeless animals.
For more information about the meeting, call (928) 468-8458.
For more information about the Payson Humane Society, visit our Web site at www.paysonhumanesociety.com.
A delightful quilt appropriately named "Pound Puppies," was made by Joyce Baker and artfully quilted by Debbie Stanton to benefit Payson Humane Society. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. For more information, tickets or to find out where the quilt can be viewed, call the Humane Society at (928) 474-5590.