Mature Animals Make Great Pets



In the Adoption Options column a couple weeks ago we talked about our teenagers. Thankfully, at least one of them found a home after the article ran. Today, we'll move to the other end of the spectrum and talk about some of our older residents.

We have onsite at the Payson Humane Society animal shelter several older animals -- dogs and cats that would make wonderful pets for someone who is looking for a sweet, mellow companion. These animals are already past all the pesky stages that a younger animal goes through as they mature. Most of the dogs are well trained and housebroken. The cats are, too, and are eager to just spend quiet time with a loving hand.

Dawson and Max are wonderful dogs who have spent more than their fair share of time in our facility. As you'll read in their descriptions there are many benefits to opening your heart to one of these animals.

Shirley, Shaggy and Patches have been waiting patiently in the cat houses for someone who understands the benefits of taking an older cat into their home. There are still years worth of loving devotion left in these guys -- all they need is another chance.

If you'd like to learn more about these or any of the animals at Payson Humane Society, you can find us on the Web at, or, or just stop by and see us at 812 S. McLane Road. We'd love to show you around.

Don't forget, tonight (Friday) is our benefit dance in the bingo hall at Mazatzal Casino. Junction 87 will provide live music, and we will be auctioning off the cover of the first annual Payson Humane Society calendar. So if you want your pet on the cover, be there!


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 sound 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.


Maxx is a steadfast, 8-year-old neutered male Lab/Chow mix. He's a big guy, but he has a calm, easy going temperament.

He has become a favorite among staff and volunteers at our shelter, getting spoiled with treats and lots of walks on leash. He handles beautifully, knows how to sit, and is such a good boy.

He would make a wonderful companion for a moderately active senior family because he is content just being around his people, yet he loves being playful and going out for walks.

Maxx has a high opinion of himself and does not tolerate being tied up or annoyed by pesky dogs. He would love to be a pampered only child!


Shaggy is a wonderful, 7-year-old neutered male cat.

He is very rotund and has a beautiful, long, glossy black coat. Maybe because he has been so well-fed, he is always in a very good mood.

He is the friendliest cat -- always ready for affection and, of course, treats.

If you're looking for a lover boy, this big guy could be just the ticket!


Patches is a 4-year-old spayed female Calico.

She was donated to the shelter because her owner passed away.

Like most calico cats, she loves to be loved when it is her idea, and would do well with a loving family with no other cats.

She has a beautiful, long coat, so she will need to be brushed often. Come to the shelter and take a peek.


Shirley is a beautiful, 6-year-old spayed female Tiger cat.

She has been at our shelter since April 22.

She is real quiet and likes to keep to herself by perching herself in a window or on a staircase.

Shirley does not do well with dogs, they make her very nervous, so she should be adopted to a loving, dogless family.

She is gorgeous and would love for you to come and see her at the shelter.

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