Many Shelter Animal Stories Have Happy Endings



For every sad story at Payson Humane Society, there is a glad story to tell. Many of our happy tails occur as a result of modern technology in the form of microchips and the computer.

Microchips in pets can be scanned by a vet or a shelter to identify an animal and help reunite pets with owners. The computer is a tool that shelters use for advertising adoptable, lost and found pets on the Internet.

Here are some examples of true stories with happy endings:

Hercules, aka Capone, was found near Pine and brought to our shelter. As a Pit Bull, he faced daunting perils in the shelter system, but he was a friendly one who stayed at our shelter for several months until someone wanted to adopt him. The shelter initially failed to scan him for a microchip, but did so just before his adoption was to occur and found his microchip with his former owner's information. A call was made, and the overjoyed owner immediately came from Gilbert to claim him. The dog was uncontrollably ecstatic to see his master. Capone had gotten separated from his owners the previous summer while on a Rim Country camping trip. Only the dog knows what all happened those many months until he was brought to Payson Humane Society.

Girlie, a Tortoiseshell kitty, belonged to an elderly lady who passed away. Her son brought her to our shelter and told us that Girlie had traveled extensively with her mistress. She had a kitty passport and was a regular airline passenger. Because she was listed on our Web site, she was noticed by a young woman from Germany who visits Pine each summer. It was a perfect match and off Girlie went to continue her travels. Now she is also bilingual.

Tiffany, a Dalmatian, had languished at our shelter for many months even though she was a wonderful dog. Because a volunteer took her to the Payson Fire Station to have her picture taken on the fire truck and then posted her on our Web site, she was noticed by a firefighter in Tucson, who made the trip up to Payson to adopt her and take her home. Thank you, Payson Fire Department, for your help.

Pierre, aka Bob, a Labradoodle, was stolen from his owners. The thief removed his tags, but Bob was smart enough to escape. He was found and turned in to Payson Humane Society. He was posted on our Web site with a picture and description. A neighbor noticed his picture and alerted his owners. They are now happily reunited.

Molly and Moose, two Great Pyrenees dogs, were found standing in the middle of Highway 87 at the Lake Mary turnoff. They were matted and dirty and very happy to be brought to Payson Humane Society for safekeeping. A lady from Flagstaff noticed them on our Web site. She had recently lost her Great Pyrenees and adopted them both. We are happy these big, furry pups got a home in a cooler climate.

Buddy, a senior Cocker Spaniel, would have been euthanized at most big shelters, but the staff at Payson Humane Society couldn't let him go. He served as office help and greeter until he was noticed by a senior gentleman who adopted him. He stops by the shelter every once in awhile to let us know how pleased he is that he and Buddy connected. Having each other has greatly increased their quality of life.

And now for a few more of our special adoptable animals:


No Name is a 1- to 2-year-old intact male Border Collie/Heeler mix.

Last Saturday he was hit by a car on a street behind Ace Hardware. He was brought to our shelter with a broken leg.

This pup is extremely gentle and well behaved. We are hoping to find his owner or anyone with information about him. Otherwise he will be up for adoption when his leg heals.


Princess is a darling 2-year-old spayed female Terrier mix. Her big brown eyes, her funny floppy ears and her punk hairdo will make you smile.

Princess is a loving, gentle little girl who is used to a quiet household. She is the type of dog who wants to be with her people as much as possible -- at home, in the car and even at work. She is good on leash, stays in her own yard and is housebroken.

Princess would love to come live in your castle.


Max is a heavy-duty 8-year-old neutered male Lab/Chow mix. He has a calm, easy going temperament and walks like a gentleman on leash. He doesn't like being tied up at all.

His Lab side shows in his soft black coat and playful personality. The Chow shows in his curled tail, purple tongue and reserved behavior with strangers.

Max is a big, well-fed guy who would benefit from regular exercise and a healthy diet. He would love going for walks on a daily basis.

Max would do best in a family with no small children.


Bullet is the cutest, friendliest 2-year-old neutered male brindle Pit Bull mix. His face is just adorable from his merry, mischievous brown eyes to his one flopped-over ear.

We named him Bullet because he can really go fast when you turn him loose, but he always comes right back, especially if he gets a treat each time.

He is a good fellow on leash and until he is older, he will need plenty of exercise through walking and playtime. Bullet does a little bow as an invitation to play.

He is a most intelligent dog who already knows the command "sit," and if you're willing to work with him, he would love to learn more.


Rodeo is a lively 1-year-old neutered male Blue Heeler. He's not very big and is fun to take for walks on leash because he's so responsive.

This little cowboy is smart as a whip and knows how to sit when he's going to get a biscuit. And, oh, does he love his treats.

Once he gets to know you, there is nothing he wouldn't do to please you.

Rodeo is chomping at the bit to join your waggin' train.

Low-cost spay/neuter clinic

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries will be offered by the Plateau Land Mobile Clinic Thursday, March 29 in a lot behind the Payson Humane Society. Look for signs at the entrance at 804 S. McLane Road.

Surgery fees are $45 for any animal weighing less than 60 pounds. Additional fees may apply. Vaccinations and other services will be available to surgery patients at an additional low-cost fee.

Surgeries will be by appointment only. Call the clinic toll-free at (888) 241-9731.

Interested pet owners may also call the Payson Humane Society at 474-5590.

Special cat adoption rate for senior citizens

During the month of March, the Payson Humane Society is offering a special cat adoption rate to people aged 60 and older. The adoption fee for adult cats, 2 years of age and older, will be just $10 when you show proof of your age.

Cats make wonderful companions for seniors, so come on in and take a look at our friendly felines at 812 S. McLane Road.

For more information, call (928) 474-5590.

Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department, in collaboration with the National Recreation and Parks Association, invite you and your dog to come out to the inaugural Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound 5K.

This 3.1-mile walk/run will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 31 at Rumsey Park. The cost to pre-register is $25, which includes an event T-shirt for all participants, canines included.

Day of registration will also be permitted however the fee increases to $35 and T-shirts are not guaranteed. All dogs must be leashed and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their four-legged friends.

Don't have a pooch? No problem. "Loaner" dogs looking for homes will be available courtesy of the Payson Humane Society. Sign up at the Parks and Recreation office.

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