Young Women Take Fund-Raising Into Their Own Hands



The Payson Humane Society would like to thank Sarah Fish and Alysha Johnson for providing a donation of $557 to our cause.

Both of these young women work as cashiers at the Ponderosa Market in Pine. Their shift is from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Sarah Fish and Alysha Johnson raised $557 for the Payson Humane Society in just four days during their shift as cashiers at Ponderosa Market in Pine.

After reading several articles in the Payson Roundup about PHS needing donations for animal food, cleaning supplies and support toward our new building fund, these two young women decided to do something proactive on their own. They asked for donations for our shelter during their shift at the market. Each time a customer went through to check out groceries, Sarah and Alysha asked them if they would like to donate to the Payson Humane Society. At the end of four days, they raised a total of $557.

The staff and animals at PHS are so grateful and proud that they took the time to think of us. We feel strongly that these two young women understand that we currently have a large number of homeless animals at the shelter and we need public support to provide food, medical care and shelter for them. We also thank Cindy Maack, the owner of Ponderosa Market, for supporting this effort and employing people who care and want to make a difference.

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," and since we have a "pile of puppies," we have decided to offer a special.

During the month of October, you can bring home a bouncing bundle of puppy joy for just $50, instead of the usual fee of $70. All you need to do is come in and fill out the adoption application and, if you're qualified, you can go home with a warm and delightful ball of unconditional love.

There are also special adoption rates for dogs over 5 years of age, and those that have been at the shelter for a long time. There are always special discounts for senior citizens adopting animals over 5 years of age.

We do ask that you give enough thought to any animal adoption that you are prepared for all that goes along with bringing an animal into your home. It is such a sad time for the animals that get returned to Payson Humane Society because they grew up and aren't a tiny puppy anymore. Keep in mind that almost all of the dogs at our shelter will be big dogs when they finish growing.

Anytime an animal -- dog or cat -- is adopted, it needs to be for life. Remember, these are not toys. They are living, loving creatures who are devoted to you and deserve the same in return.

If you have any questions, give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or look us up online at or or or just come by and see us and all the wonderful animals at 812 S. McLane Road.


Brisket is a 2-year-old neutered male Old English Sheepdog/Wire-haired Terrier mix. He has a shaggy, white coat which requires regular bathing and grooming.

Brisket has a very expressive face. He looks like he belongs in a Disney movie!

His personality exudes happiness and contentment and he wholeheartedly appreciates any attention or treats he gets.

Brisket is a friend to all, and he is good with other dogs and cats. He likes to give kisses and get back hugs.

Brisket was turned over to the shelter because his owners unfortunately could no longer care for him.

He is a great dog and will make a wonderful companion.


Mister and his four littermates came into the shelter as strays. Thank goodness someone took notice of these young pups out in the forest on their own.

These are some very healthy 12-week-old puppies looking for a home.

They have all been spayed or neutered and are started on their puppy shots.

Please come and take a look at them -- they may just fit into your family.


Pewter is a 4-year-old neutered male domestic cat.

He has a beautiful, short coat of gray and white.

He is unique in having six toes on his front feet. He loves to give kisses and to be groomed.

He gets along well with other cats and would make a good companion.

Please come and meet Pewter -- he may pick you as his new best friend.


Baron is a 4-month-old neutered male pup. He has a fairly short coat with mixed colors of black, white and brown.

Baron came into the shelter as a stray.

Based on his great personality and manners, we thought for sure his owners would claim him.

Baron is pretty calm for a puppy and does know some basic commands.

Since Baron does not like to potty in his kennel, he could be close to being potty trained.

Please come and meet this young pup at the shelter -- he is as nice as he is handsome.


Lucky is a 2-year-old spayed female Shar Pei/Lab mix. She has a medium-length, yellow-colored coat.

Lucky came to our shelter because her owner could no longer care for her.

She is quite bashful and will need some special love and attention to help her overcome some of her reservations.

She needs to have a caring, yet assertive companion who is home to care for her and work with her on commands and leash training.

Please come and take a look at her -- she could sure use a special home.

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