Naturally at Payson Humane Society we prefer that pets be adopted and taken to a loving home. But sometimes circumstances prevent people who love animals from being able to adopt one.
The most common reason is landlord intolerance of pets, probably because of bad experiences with irresponsible tenants. Young adults living at home are often not allowed by their parents to have pets. Having other family members with allergies may make it difficult for someone to have pets in the home. Senior citizens sometimes feel they cannot take on full-time responsibility for a pet. And, of course, there are many of us who already have as many pets as we feel physically and financially able to care for.
For those who, for whatever reason, cannot have a pet and would still like to benefit from the unconditional love an animal gives, there is a wonderful solution. Come to our shelter and get to know a cat or dog that you are attracted to, and make it your special mission to improve the quality of life this animal has. We are located at 812 S. McLane Road, just south of Main Street.
Shelter animals appreciate so very much any special attention they receive, and kindness can make their stay at the shelter much more tolerable. Having a volunteer come to see them on a regular basis can set them at ease and bring out their personality so they have a much better chance of being adopted.
Dogs love to go for walks, take rides in the car to the park, be fed special treats, get brushed or bathed, and even taken home to your yard for a few hours. Cats love to be held and stroked, brushed, fed kitty snacks or have you play kitty games with them.
Please consider these dear, deserving dogs if you are looking for a close canine friend:
Max is a very special 8-year-old neutered male Labrador Retriever/ Chow mix. We all love him very much, but one volunteer has made him her personal focus in hopes of getting him into a caring home. She takes him out for walks several times a week, often off-leash because he stays close by and minds well. She takes him home with her for several hours where he is a perfect gentleman. Max is housetrained and, if allowed, will lie on the bed belly up for a tummy rub. He is frisky and playful when invited and he rides beautifully in the car. He is reserved at first, but once he knows you are a good person, he is ready to form a permanent bond with you. He is a true ladies' man, who charms women. He may be best as the only dog or as a companion for a calm, female dog.
Beau is a 2-year-old neutered male Labrador Retriever. This redhead knows no strangers. He is a loveable, happy-spirited galumph of a dog who gives a bad impression in his kennel because he begs you to take him out with his big paws, but once outside, he is an easy, well-behaved walker who will do anything you ask. Tell him to sit, and he does so immediately, even without a biscuit. He's the type of dog who'd love a family that would take him on hikes and lots of walks. Beau is excellent with children and loves to ride in the car. He seems oblivious to cats. Let this great dog fill the space in your heart and home with his contagious good cheer.
Patches is a pretty 1-year-old spayed female Australian Shepherd mix. She has a beautiful soft, silky dappled gray/tan coat with black spots and white markings. Her flowing tail curls up and she has lanky lobo legs. Patches is a friendly, outgoing dog. She gets along nicely with the others dogs in our large play yard and is a pleasure to walk on leash because she behaves like a lady. We think Patches will make a terrific companion for some lucky family.
Eli is a healthy, well-adjusted 7-month-old neutered male Pit Bull mix. His short black coat is accented with white trim. Eli weighs in at 57 pounds of sweet boyish exuberance. He is so good-natured and loving! He's a very good, responsive boy on leash and totally enjoys getting out for a walk. He and his friend K-Dog are buddies at our shelter. We think Eli is a loverboy and will shape up into a very well-mannered adult dog.
K-Dog is a gentle 7-month-old neutered male Pit Bull/Shepherd mix. He has a short tan coat with black on his face to accentuate his handsome features. For such a young dog, K-Dog does remarkably well on leash and minds well. He is very loving and calm and is guaranteed to make a wonderful family pet.
Low-cost rabies vaccinations
A low-cost rabies vaccination clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St. Rabies vaccinations will be just $10.
Licensing fees for all dogs are as follows: Town of Payson $7 unaltered, $3 spayed/neutered; Town of Star Valley $7 unaltered, $5 spayed/neutered; Gila County $15 unaltered, $7 spayed/neutered.
Other vaccinations will be available upon request. Your pet is required to be secured at all times.
For more information, please call 474-9292. The clinic is sponsored by Town of Payson, Town of Star Valley and Gila County Rabies Control.
Low-cost spay/neuter clinic
Due to the popularity of the recent low-cost spay/neuter clinic, there will be another clinic held Tuesday, Nov. 13. It will again be hosted by the Plateau Land Mobile Clinic (a division of Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff), and Payson Humane Society. It will be held in a lot behind the Payson Humane Society. Look for signs at the entrance at 804 S. McLane Rd.
Surgery fees are as follows: $55 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.
Spay/neuter surgeries will be on an appointment basis only. To make an appointment or for further information, call the clinic toll-free at (888) 241-9731.
Interested pet owners may also call the Payson Humane Society at 474-5590 or visit us online at paysonhumanesociety.com.