The Animals Keep Us Going



Payson Humane Society was established more than 30 years ago by a dedicated group of volunteers who believed that the lost and abandoned animals of Rim Country should have a chance at a new life.

Over the years, there have been thousands of cats and dogs and animals of many different species come through our doors. We've seen ferrets, bunnies, cockatiels, pot-bellied pigs and one HUGE gardener snake, to name a few. All are treated with respect and love.

The staff and volunteers have come and gone over the years, and the philosophy has changed some. But one thing has always stood true, we are here to do whatever it takes to help the animals.

Over the past decade, Payson Humane Society has recycled more than 300 tons of aluminum. We have had some of the biggest yard sales in town. We do bake sales and quilt raffles. We are currently working on a calendar featuring pictures of people's pets, as well as a really cool license plate with a very important message. All these things we do to raise the money needed to operate the facility.

We speak to groups and organizations anytime we are invited. We are in the newspapers and on the radio every chance we get to try to raise awareness of the plight of homeless animals, and the importance of spaying and neutering to reduce their numbers. Don't forget the hands-on volunteers who work each and every day to maintain the emotional and physical well being of the animals while they're at the shelter, by giving love and exercise.

If you ever wonder what keeps us going, I would invite you to come and spend a little time at the shelter. It doesn't take long to understand what motivates us. It's the faces of the animals looking at us through the wire of their kennels. It's the very same thing that motivated the volunteers who began this journey more than 30 years ago.

Now, meet some of the pets available for adoption at the Payson Humane Society, located at 812 S. McLane Road. For more information, call 474-5590.


Doolittle is a 1-year-old neutered male Border Collie/Basset mix. He has a long, silky coat which requires weekly brushing to keep him in top shape.

He came to our shelter as a stray from the Payson area, and no one has come to claim him.

He has a good personality and gets along well with people and other dogs. He likes to go for for walks, and would make a good companion.


Peek-A-Boo is a handsome, 1-1/2-year-old neutered male gray spotted tabby with white trim. We named him Peek-A-Boo because of his habit of turning his kitty bed upside down and peeking out from underneath it -- very cute!

This kitty boy is very loveable and pleasing to look at.

We hope you will fall in love with Boo, as we have, and take him home to have and hold forever!


Sheba is a 2-year-old spayed female Rottweiler mix. She has a black and tan coat which requires brushing to keep her looking like the fabulous girl she is. Sheba was owner-donated to the Payson Humane Society in April. She is waiting patiently for a new family. Sheba is not a barker, nor does she jump up on you to greet you. She is used to being an outside dog, and likes to exercise. Since being at the shelter, we have started training her on a leash. She is doing quite well. Sheba gets along with other dogs, but not cats. She also does not like to share her food, so she would need to be fed away from other dogs. Sheba has many qualities that will make her a great companion dog. Please come and visit her.


Midge is a beautiful, black and white Sheltie. She is 2 years old, has been spayed and is current with her shots. Midge came to the shelter this month as a stray, and no one came to claim her. She is such a picture-perfect, excellent example of the breed. Unfortunately, without any identification or a microchip, we were not able to find her family, so she is now up for adoption. She has a wonderful personality and is quite spunky. Midge will need regular grooming and lots of exercise. Please come and take a look at her.


Newman is a stunning, 4-year-old neutered male Siamese cat. We call him Newman because his eyes are as blue as Paul's and his personality is a bit like the Newman character on Seinfeld. He's a big guy with interesting markings on his cream-colored body and face. Newman loves to be stroked, loved and protected. He will be very happy when he finds a new home where he has space to roam and places to lounge in the warm sunshine. He would especially love a home where he is cherished and pampered by his two-legged friends.

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