There are a lot of great fund-raising ideas that come from "The Friends of Payson Humane Society."
One of the neatest ideas yet is the first annual calendar -- the 2008 edition.
How it works is, you send us a photo of your pet. This is the perfect opportunity to give your family pet 24 hours of fame. Put in as many photos as you like. Dates are assigned on a first come, first served basis. So get your pet's photo in as soon as possible to get "your" dates.
The cost is $20 per photo (a tax receipt will be issued for the photo when requested). The calendars will cost $10 each. All the profits from the calendar program as well as all of our programs will go to helping care for the injured, lost and homeless animals of Rim Country.
If you don't have that perfect picture, there is a photo shoot happening from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28 at The Home Depot. There is no fee, but we gladly accept donations, and 100 percent goes to Payson Humane Society.
Another fund-raising idea being driven by The Friends volunteers is a precious quilt. This quilt was handmade by Joyce Baker and Debbie Stanton, and is being wonderfully displayed at occasions all over town by PHS volunteers. It is a gorgeous quilt of dogs. If you would like to have the opportunity to own this wonderful quilt, you'll see volunteers selling raffle tickets at many of the events around town.
Another way to show your support for the shelter is to purchase one of our "vanity" license plates. These plates show your support with a very beautiful and simple, yet important message: "Spay, Neuter, Adopt." The cost is $25 for these.
We are so lucky to have dedicated volunteers who understand how important these fund-raising efforts are.
The cost to run our facility usually runs between $27,000 and $30,000 per month. Operating funds come from several sources. One source is our contracts with Gila County and the towns of Payson and Star Valley. Donations and fund-raisers like the ones mentioned above are another source. Our aluminum can and empty ink jet cartridge recycling programs also add to our income. In addition, we hold special events such as auctions, the huge annual yard sale, "The World Famous Chili Supper," other various dinners and dances, and a golf tournament.
If you would like the chance to get to know some of the "Friends of Payson Humane Society" or learn how to be a part of any of these fund-raisers, we meet at 5:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Tiny's Restaurant. Come and see us, or give us a call at (928) 474-5590.
Now, meet some of the pets available for adoption at the animal shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road, just south of Main Street.
Ice is a beautiful young spayed female Siberian Husky with the most outstanding blue eyes.
She is well behaved and sits on command. She walks well on a leash and plays nicely with other dogs ... even the ones that are much smaller than she is.
She would do well in a home without cats, but loves children.
Ice needs a yard to run in and lots of nice walks/hikes to release her Husky energy.
She is a lover dog and really needs a good home.
Chance is a 5-month-old neutered male Chow mix.
He has a long, shimmering coat of gold, brown and tan.
He is a frisky pup that loves to run and play.
Chance ask us to get his picture and story out so everyone will know he wants a family.
Chance will need proper training and will need to be housebroken.
Please come and meet Chance at the shelter.
Anna is a very friendly, outgoing 7-month-old spayed female Shepherd mix. Her size is a lot smaller than the actual Shepherd breed.
She has a medium, tri-colored coat that will require some brushing to keep in shape. She is quite bouncy and energetic but is focused and responds to her name when being called.
She could use some basis obedience training to help make her a wonderful companion.
Since Anna came into the shelter as a stray, we are not sure if she is housebroken, but she really likes to play in our huge exercise yard with other dogs.
Anna has really warmed up to the shelter staff, but still needs her own family.
Please come and she if Anna would fit into your family lifestyle.
Hi! My name is Tilly. In June, I was rescued along with my mother and five litter mates. Thank goodness we were brought to the shelter to be cared for.
Since coming to the shelter we have all been spayed or neutered and started on our puppy shots.
The shelter staff and the wonderful volunteers are working with us so we can become more outgoing and less fearful of being left alone.
When we are adopted, we will need a loving family that will provide us with a fenced yard so we can get plenty of exercise. Basic obedience training will be important so we can learn proper manners so our new owners will want to take us lots of places.
Please come to the shelter and meet me and my litter mates. You may just want to take one of us home.
Talk about a cute, young Aussie mix pup, that is me! I'm a 6-month-old Blondie with Aussie freckles on my muzzle.
Since coming into the shelter as a stray, I have been spayed, had my rabies and puppy shots. I'm very friendly and like the other dogs I have met and get to play with every day.
Because I have such a great personality and I'm so darned cute, the staff here at the shelter would really like people to come and meet me. They are sure you will fall in love with me and take me home.
With some basic training I would be a great companion and family dog.
To view these and other adoptable pets, visit, www.paysonhumanesociety.com.