When dogs are confined to kennels for long periods of time, they develop a behavior that can be called "kennel kraze." This phenomenon is related to other unpleasant behaviors like "fence line frenzy" and "leash lunacy."
At Payson Humane Society we do our best to give the impounded dogs as many opportunities for exercise and play as staff and volunteer time allows. Nonetheless, dogs get bored just sitting in a small, confined area on hard concrete. They miss the personal human touch they may have once known. Some breeds of dogs, such as German Shepherds and Rottweilers, do not deal well at all with kennel confinement and appear to be almost vicious until outside the kennel.
When visitors or volunteers come into the dog kennel area, they are often greeted by the sight and sound of barking, jumping, crazy acting dogs. From this scene, people deduce that these dogs must act like wild things all the time. However, we ask people to have patience and understanding and realize that most dogs, once out of the kennel environment, settle down and act quite normally. It's akin to wiggling kids in a kindergarten all talking at the same time. The dogs know something's going to happen and they want to be the chosen one.
We encourage prospective adopters to take an appealing dog out into our exercise area and let him run off a bit of pent up energy. We like to see visitors spend some time with a dog, maybe taking it out for a walk in a quieter place to see the change in the dog's behavior. Many times the dog that acts the worst in the kennel, is a model canine when in a more normal setting.
On another note, soon we will need help fostering the many kittens and puppies that predictably pour into our shelter every spring. Until they are old enough for spay/neuter surgery, they are more likely to thrive in a quiet home with personal attention. Foster families help the shelter avoid overcrowding and are rewarded with the knowledge that they have helped a youngster on its way to a permanent home. Call (928) 474-5590 if you are able to help in this capacity.
Take a peek at some of the adoptable pets currently at our shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road:
Abby is a magnificent, loving 2-year-old Catahoula/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. She was found near Diamond Point east of Payson together with Emmy, a similar dog who, we presume, is her daughter. We would love for them to be adopted together.
Abby is sweet and gentle and handles beautifully on leash, always responsive to the wishes of her handler. She will do well in a supportive home where she can receive consistent training, love and socialization.
Her breed is strong, independent and loyal and requires a commitment of time and energy from prospective adopters to training and active exercise. This will make her a content and balanced dog that will be a pleasure to have around.
Cookie is a cuddly 7-month-old neutered male Shepherd mix pup. His coat is short and warm golden brown and his build is slender and lightweight, making him very easy to handle.
He walks politely on leash and gets along great with other dogs.
He came to our shelter with his best friend, Buddy.
Cookie is such a sweet little dog. He just wants to be hugged and loved. If you will let him, he will curl up on your lap.
This pup is going to make some special person very happy to have by his or her side.
Buddy is a cute, 7-month-old neutered male Shepherd mix pup. He has a short, black coat with fancy tan markings and his build is slender and lithe, which makes him very easy to manage.
He walks cooperatively on leash and enjoys getting out for long walks or playing with other dogs.
You will love his size, because he is perfect for holding close and loving on.
Buddy is a wonderful, happy young dog who will bring fun and joy into your life!
Clove is a sweet, lanky 7-year-old spayed female bicolor gray tabby cat. She is very friendly and affectionate and wants to be an intimate part of some special family's life.
She is such a pretty girl all curled up in a blissful snooze. She could use some fattening up to make up for what she missed in her previous life.
Clove will be forever grateful if she can find a kind family that will take her in for the rest of her lifetime.
Buddy is a very sweet 5-year-old neutered male silver gray tabby American Shorthair cat.
He has unfortunately been declawed on all four paws and for that reason needs to be an indoor only cat since he cannot defend himself or escape by climbing trees.
Buddy wouldn't mind a sweet, female kitty companion for a pal.
Once you meet this exquisite sterling silver kitty boy, you are going to want to take him home forever!
Attention, animal lovers. The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota for getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "feed an animal in need" for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.
Visit http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com and tell all your friends to do the same.
The Friends of the Payson Humane Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 at Tiny's restaurant. Come join this group of animal lovers as we work on plans for the coming 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 468-8458. For more information about the Payson Humane Society, please visit our website at www.paysonhumanesociety.com.