Pups Now 'Teens' And Still Waiting



This has been a summer of many peaks and valleys at Payson Humane Society.

We have had the pleasure of watching some long-timers find their loving, forever homes. We have been able to connect with some great rescue organizations who have helped us a lot. And we have made some great foster home connections as well.

Sadly, we have also battled some really tough days. It's been a summer that has brought us many puppies and kittens. As soon as the weather began to warm up, the torrent began. Many have been adopted. But some are still with us.

We have a little group of dogs we lovingly refer to as "the teenagers." They are this week's featured pets. Among them are the Heeler mixes, Hanna, Leila and Domino.

This litter came to us April 24 when they were only 8 weeks old. They were very precious, friendly and social. They still are, although they are now 6 months old.

There is no good reason why they have not yet been adopted. They had siblings who were. There is nothing bad that can be said about them; they are delightful.

Some facilities will kill several of each litter when they arrive, to keep this from happening. But at PHS, we find that practice to be impractical and unethical. Besides, who wants to be the person who decides which ones have to go? Frankly, none of us.

So, here we are getting ready to head into fall with these sweet babies still in our care. I would encourage anyone who is thinking of adding a pet to their family to come and meet our "teenagers." They are great candidates to mold perfectly into your life.

The shelter is located at 812 S. McLane Road, just south of Main Street.


Domino and his two sisters, Hannah and Leila, are teenagers who were owner turnovers

They have been at the shelter since April.

They are Queensland Heeler mixes with short, black coats with a little white mixed in.

All have been altered.

They are friendly, outgoing pups and are in need of a family.

Please come and take a look at them.

We don't want them to grow up at the shelter.


Lollipop is a beautiful, black and white Hound mix. She is 6 months old, has been spayed and is current with her shots.

She is such a picture-perfect girl, an excellent example of a healthy young pup.

Because Lollipop came in without any identification tags or a microchip, we were not able to find her family. She is now up for adoption and looking for a new family.

She has a wonderful personality and is quite spunky and loving.

Lollipop will need some basic obedience and leash training and lots of exercise.

Please come and take a look at her.


Lex is a beautiful, spayed female tan Shar-Pei mix.

She is 1-year-old and is current with her shots.

Lex came into the shelter as a stray, but no one came to claim her.

She is such a nice girl who needs a good home.

She likes to cuddle and would make a loving companion.

Other news

The Payson Humane Society needs dog and cat food. We would appreciate donations of gift cards and certificates for food purchases from the many area stores which sell cat and dog food. Gift cards and certificates allow us to buy the food as needed, which is best, since we have limited storage space and the warm, humid weather encourages spoilage of the food.

We are pleased to announce that we have received another offer from an anonymous donor for matching funds for our building project. This donor will match donations received from the public, up to $10,000. The requirements are that each donation must be at least $100. The donations must be specified to go to the Building Fund.

Don't miss out on the chance to make your pet a star in our upcoming Payson Humane Society pet calendar. For $20 per photo, you may choose a day (first come, first served) for your pet to be featured. Forms are available at the shelter or on our Web site: www.paysonhumanesociety.com.

Does your dog try to follow the kids to school? Has your pet ever run away when it was frightened by thunder from a monsoon storm? Do you take your dog along on camping and fishing trips or other family outings? A microchip identification service is available at the shelter at a cost of $40 per animal. It's money well-spent to ensure the safe return of your beloved friend. Call 474-5590 for further information.

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