As spring settles in, the Payson Humane Society struggles with the constant flow of puppies and kittens coming through the doors.
Most of them are orphans, but a few are lucky enough to come in with their mothers.
Although the babies that show up with mothers do stand a better chance of survival, it is still best to try to place them in a foster care situation until the babies are old enough to survive the shelter experience.
Babies less than 7 weeks old that are brought to the shelter without a mother have almost no chance of survival without a safe foster home with someone willing to give the time needed for gentle, loving care and socialization. They need a safe place to be until they have received their vaccinations and their immune systems can grow strong.
At the time of this writing, PHS has five sets of kittens in foster care. Only one set is with its mother.
We have two litters of puppies at the shelter just barely old enough to be weaned. We have one set of puppies less than a week old that came in with their mother. We are struggling to try to keep her relaxed and comfortable enough to be able to care for her babies.
What she needs is a foster family. If you would like the opportunity to foster a litter, please call the shelter. We will ask that a home study be done to be sure we are placing our precious babies in a safe environment.
Spay and neuter programs
We encourage anyone who has a dog or cat who is not yet spayed or neutered, to take advantage of one of the programs available. We have coupons, which will give a $20 rebate on any animal you have fixed.
There is another program available at a very low cost for dogs only, over 45 pounds.
The Trap, Neuter, Return program offered through Payson Friends of Ferals is proving to be very successful at humanely reducing the numbers of feral cats.
Arizona Humane Society will be bringing its mobile unit to Bashas' June 19 through June 21 and offering three days of low-cost surgeries. If you already have all your pets taken care of, maybe you know someone who is unable at this time to afford the cost of spaying and neutering. Sponsoring a neighborhood pet is a wonderful way of keeping the numbers of unwanted pets down. And I can tell you from experience, it leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy.
If you would like to learn more on any of these subjects, please call the shelter at (928) 474-5590 or come in and see us at 812 S. McLane Road.
Flash is a 7-month-old neutered Basset Hound. He is a tri-colored smooth-coated dog. Bassetts are a wash-and-wear dog that may be groomed as frequently as needed. Flash gets along well with people and other dogs and pets. He is good with children and loves to be a lap dog.
The Basset breed has both a sensitive and stubborn nature; at times they can have selective hearing. Short legs may mean a needed boost to avoid injury. Long ears and droopy eyes need cleaning and nails always need to be trimmed.
Flash does not like to be left alone for long periods of time. He loves people. He would be a good companion for someone who likes to walk or go to the dog park with him.
Bitzy is a pretty 2-year-old spayed female brown tabby cat. This little princess is sweet and well behaved and gets along nicely with other cats.
She likes to find an elevated spot where she can watch all that is going on.
Add a little spice to your life and take Bitzy home.
Please come take a look at Bitzy, she has been at the shelter since May of 2006.