There is an ever-growing problem in this community and around the country. The problem is dog breeders. There is no way of knowing how many breeders we have locally, as there are no ordinances to manage them.
The sad by-product of this out-of-control, money-making business is many unwanted, homeless "purebred" animals. It is most often dogs but an occasional "purebred" cat ends up at the Payson Humane Society animal shelter as well.
Last weekend on Beeline Highway right across from Burger King, a man had a stand set up and was selling AKC Lab puppies. He was allowed to do this all weekend, even though there is an ordinance that says you need a license and permit to have a roadside stand in town.
Currently at Payson Humane Society there are numerous "purebred" dogs available for adoption -- three Labs, two Rottweilers, two Heelers, at least two Pit Bull Terriers, one Shar Pei and a couple of hounds.
We have also handled "purebred" Aussies, Spaniels, Huskys, Beagles, Poodles, a Greyhound, Border Collies and Chihuahuas, just to name a few. The reason we cannot get them into their breed-specific rescue is because they are all full.
I've been told by one of my neighbors who breeds Labs that when people pay "good" money for a dog, they will take good care of it. Try telling that to the three Labs currently living at Payson Humane Society who were all bought locally.
I would like to strongly encourage anyone who is looking for a specific breed of animal to first check and see if there is a rescue organization associated with that breed. A great place to start is CABRA.org -- the Web site of the Coalition of All Breed Rescue of Arizona.
Don't forget to come have a look at Payson Humane Society animal shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road. We may have just the "purebred" animal you've been looking for.
To learn more about your local shelter, look us up online at paysonhumansociety.com, planetpayson.com or petfinders.com, or call (928) 474-5590.
Slugger is a 1-year-old neutered male Shar Pei mix. As your can tell by his picture, he tends to be more of the Shar Pei breed.
Slugger came to our shelter as a stray and no one has come to claim him.
We know that Slugger really likes people and he wants to be around you at all times.
Please come and meet with Slugger.
At our shelter we have a huge exercise area out back where Slugger could meet the other animals in your family.
Billy Bob is a handsome, 2-year-old neutered male Black Labrador Retriever.
Billy Bob came to our shelter as a stray and is now up for adoption.
We are pretty sure he came from a good home because his coat is a beautiful, shiny black and he looks well cared for.
He has a handsome, expressive face and beautiful brown eyes that can talk to you.
Billy Bob is very active and will need an owner who likes to be outdoors and enjoys walking or hiking.
He is quite strong and will need some obedience training to help him learn manners.
Billy Bob would probably do best in a family that has older children, due to his size.
Bear is a 10-month-old, neutered male Chocolate Labrador Retriever.
He was turned over to the shelter because his owner could no longer keep him.
Bear is an active, outdoor kind of guy. True to his breed, he likes people and needs to get a lot of exercise, like hiking, swimming and fetching a ball.
Bear will need to go into an active household and would be a good family dog.
Bear will need some basic obedience training which should help him adjust to his new family.
Please come and meet Bear at the shelter.
Goldilocks is a 4-year-old spayed female Yellow Labrador Retriever.
She came to our shelter as a stray and was not reclaimed.
Goldie is current on her shots, has been spayed and has received dental care.
She is a bit on the heavy side and would benefit from weight management food plus daily exercise to help her trim down to a healthier weight.
Goldie has a beautiful Lab head and expressive, big brown eyes. She will make someone a great companion.
Please come and meet her.
Boogula is a 1-year-old neutered male Pit Bull.
He has a nice, short-cropped black and white coat, which requires little grooming.
At the shelter we have had him out playing with the younger pups and he has done well.
He loves people and likes to put his head in your lap.
He rides well in cars and he's very good on the leash.
Bruno is a 2-year-old neutered male brindle-colored Pit Bull. He is a happy guy all the time.
He needs to learn some manners, like how to walk on a leash.
With his adoption, he will get one free training class to help him along.
He would love a family that likes to go on outings and hikes.
He will be your best friend. Please come see him.
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, and she is doing quite well.
Sheba gets along with other dogs, but not cats.
She also does not like to share her food. Sheba would need to be fed in her kennel away from other family dogs.
Sheba has many qualities that will make her a great companion dog.
Please come and visit her.