Summer is heating up and there are a few things we need to remember:
1. Never, ever leave a dog locked in a car in the summer. Even with the windows slightly lowered, the temperatures can reach over 120 degrees in just a few minutes.
About the time you think no one would be dumb enough to leave their dog in the car during the summer in Arizona, we get a call at the shelter from someone who has just spotted one in a parking lot. If you do find an animal in this situation, call the dispatcher at Payson Police Department immediately. Don't waste time calling us, so we'll call the police -- a life may depend on it. The police dispatcher will send Animal Control out right away to rescue the animal and cite the owner.
Also, if you allow your dog to ride in the back of your truck, be sure to give him (or her) a rug to stand on and provide a place for shade when you're parked. It gets really hot when you're left in the sun and, as we all know, a dog is such a loyal animal it will endure much suffering to please you and never complain.
Remember to always carry a cool drink of water for your dog. Pets will dehydrate very quickly without plenty to drink.
2. It's a sad fact in Rim Country, but we need to be prepared for an evacuation. To have your pets ready, you will need a photo of your pet, a list of any medications they are taking and any special needs that they may have. Also in the package, you'll need proof of vaccinations, especially rabies. Have a carrier for them to ride in. I have put a brief description of each of my dogs with each of their packets, just in case I'm not home when and if there is an evacuation event. Hopefully, we will never need these things, but it's better to be safe than sorry, and your pet's life may depend on it.
3. Last but not at all least, if the pavement is too hot for you to walk barefooted on, it is too hot for your dog. Be thoughtful enough to make sure you are not expecting your faithful companion to be hurt just to please you. Again, they will suffer much to please you.
Here are some of the wonderful pets available for adoption today at the Payson Humane Society animal shelter, 812 S. McLane Road. To learn more, call 474-5590.
Dawson is a handsome 7-year-old Saint Bernard mix. He is an owner-donated boy who is looking for a new home. Dawson likes to sit beside you and put his whole head in your lap. He also likes to sleep in the same room as you, but he is a quiet sleeper. Dawson walks very nicely on a leash, however, he does notice when other dogs walk by. Dawson is more of a lady's dog and would do well as a one-owner pet.
Kacey is a 3-year-old neutered male black Chow. Kacey was recently owner-donated to the shelter and is looking for a new home. He is very friendly and gets along well with other dogs. He was in an adult-only home and is not used to small children or cats. Kacey has received some obedience training and reacts to commands. He walks well on a leash and would be a good companion.
Misty is a 2-year-old spayed female Australian Shepherd and spaniel mix. She came into the shelter as a stray, and had been on her own for a while.
She has a wonderful personality, but is still a little shy. She likes to play both with people and with other dogs.
Misty has a huge amount of energy and she would be a good hiking buddy.
Nala is an 8-year-old spayed Sheltie mix. She came into the shelter as an owner turnover. Nala has a beautiful long-haired reddish brown coat that will need lots of brushing. She has been an indoor/outdoor dog and is used to children. She is very particular about her dog friends, so she needs to be the only dog in the house. She loves to sit by your side, and will follow you anywhere you go. Nala rides great in the car and loves to be by your side. We are not sure if Nala is housebroken, but she does not go in her kennel at night. Nala is hard of hearing but, because she is always two steps behind, you never really have to call her.
Romeo is a 1-year-old neutered male Basenji/Bulldog mix. He has a wonderfully soft golden tan and white coat that needs little care. He is a bright-eyed, perky-eared, eager-to-please type of dog. His tail always wags a welcome when you come to see him and he is so appreciative when you take him out for a walk. Romeo is a good boy when he plays with the other dogs in our exercise yard and he's had plenty of experience with all kinds of dogs and people at our shelter. He would love to be your hiking buddy or fishing companion or ride shotgun in your truck. He'd be equally happy helping to hold down the fort at home in a big back yard with another friendly family dog or two.
For the Love of Foster Kittens
In the faces of these kittens,
I've hand-raised from tiny balls of fur,
I see loving adoration,
and hear their precious purr.
To them I am a Mommy cat,
a safe, warm, loving hand.
To me they are a lesson learned,
part of the Great Creator's plan.
It's almost time to let them go
out into this great big world.
I pray they'll find a loving home,
with a warm, safe lap on which to curl.
I'm thankful for the chance I've had
to watch these babies grow.
I'm thankful for our little shelter,
so homeless critters like these
have a safe place to go.
I hope someday there will be no need
for foster parents like me,
because all the animals already have
a home where they are wanted
and safe and free.
-- By Lisa Boyle