The response to Payson Humane Society's plight has been almost as overwhelming as the problems with our aging facility. Rim Country people truly care about animals and have shown they do with their donations of time, materials and financial support.
From the moment the article describing the shelter's woes appeared in the Payson Roundup, people have been stopping by the shelter with heartfelt offers of help. Just as our story brought tears to your eyes, your support has brought tears to ours.
The staff and board of Payson Humane Society cannot begin to express our gratitude for this outpouring of community caring. The animals, of course, have no idea how their lot has improved, but if they understood, they would raise their furry heads in happy howls and merry mewing.
The following is a list of the generous responses we have received:
- A dump truck load of crushed granite for the dogs' play yard
- Flooring to cover the cold concrete in the cat condos
- Dollar donations, large and small, from all over the Rim Country totaling $8,000
- An offer from APS to take care of the outside electrical box
- A benefit musical performance at Fireside Espresso by John and Lu Carpino raised well over $2,000
- A retired plumbing contractor is applying his expertise to remedy the frozen pipe situation, as well as a multitude of other plumbing problems
- A visit from the Mayor of Payson
- An offer from the Payson Water Department to retrofit the shelter with low flow plumbing fixtures
Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Thank you, Rim Country, for your greatness!
Now, meet some of the wonderful animals available for adoption at our shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Rd.
Charlie is a comical, 4-year-old, neutered male orange and white cat.
He is so nonchalant and laid back that nothing ruffles his pretty fur coat. He yawns and stretches and lives the easy Arizona lifestyle.
He's just a friendly, loveable guy who dearly wants to find a human admirer he can cuddle up with. All he kneads is love!
Honeycomb is a plush, 2-1/2- year-old, declawed, neutered male orange tabby cat. He came from an adult-only home and is used to other cats.
He has been an indoor/outdoor cat.
He loves being petted, even tummy rubs, and is a good little car passenger.
Honeycomb is a sweet lover boy and will thrive in a compassionate home.
Hugo is a splendid, 2-year-old, neutered male purebred Rottweiler. Despite the fact that he is a big guy, he is very responsive to handling on leash and a pleasure to take on an outing.
He looks so great that you can be proud to be seen with him!
He is very intelligent and likes to have his mind engaged in interesting activities.
We don't know if he is housebroken, but he could learn very quickly. He will do anything for treats and is a doggie cookie monster.
If you have other canines in the household, you would need to bring them to the shelter to see if they would work out. Hugo would probably do best with a female dog companion.
Clara is a sweet, 2-year-old, spayed female hound. She is a little shy at first, but soon warms up to be a very friendly girl. She gets along with other dogs and is a playful pup.
Clara is a scent hound, so she keeps her head and nose up when walking to pick up the latest enticing smells. Because she is scent driven, her owners must be watchful that she does not get separated from them and get lost.
A leash is the best remedy, and Clara is a good girl on leash walks.
Riley is a 1-year-old, neutered male black shepherd mix. He is medium-sized and his coat is easy care.
Riley is an active dog, definitely not a couch potato, and he likes to play and go for long walks on a daily basis. This will keep him balanced and content.
He is a happy, good-natured dog who will make a great companion for a family with an active lifestyle.
PHS Friends meeting
The Friends of the Payson Humane Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 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 468-8458. For more information about the Payson Humane Society, please visit our website at www.paysonhumanesociety.com.