Well, fall is officially here. With that, we hope to start seeing a reduction in the number of kittens and puppies that are coming in to the shelter.
This has been a very tough summer at Payson Humane Society. The number of these babies who have made their way to us has been staggering. We handled 80 puppies and 209 kittens this summer.
Currently there are 30 puppies and 70 kittens at the animal shelter, and in foster homes. To make matters worse, there has been an increase in the number of kennel cough cases in the community which, naturally affected our animals.
Kennel cough is very tough to fight in our worn out, old facility. It can easily turn into pneumonia in puppies. We have saved a few and lost a few to this respiratory monster.
Fortunately, there is a way we can all help to solve this problem. Spaying and neutering your pets is the answer.
Forget all the old myths that it will make your animal fat and lazy, or that having at least one litter makes for a better dog. Your kids don't need to witness the miracle of birth, either.
Low-cost spay and neuter surgeries will again be offered in Payson by the Plateau Land Mobile Clinic, associated with the Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff. The clinic will be held Thursday, Oct. 13 in a lot behind the Payson Humane Society. Look for signs at the entrance at 804 S. McLane Road.
Surgery fees are $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 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.
There is also a low-cost/no-cost spay and neuter program available to folks who are feeding feral cats in their neighborhood. The program is offered by Payson Friends of Ferals. For more information, call (928) 474-1836.
If your pets are already altered, consider sponsoring a neighbor's pet or someone else's who just can't afford the surgery at this time. In the long run, it's the animals who benefit from this act of kindness. And it's guaranteed to leave you feeling good about yourself at the end of the day.
If you have any questions, call the Payson Humane Society at (928) 474-5590 or come see us at 812 S. McLane Road. We can also be seen on the Web at www.paysonhumanesociety.com or www.planetpayson.com or www.petfinders.com.
Now it's time to meet some of the wonderful animals currently available for adoption.
Shadow is an 8-month-old, neutered male Border Collie mix.
He came to our shelter as an owner turnover with his sister, Girlie.
Shadow is a very active, young guy who will require lots of exercise, mental stimulation and some basic obedience training.
He is good with children and loves all kinds of people.
Shadow is used to being an inside/outside dog.
He does like to dig, and would probably do well in a home with another dog so he doesn't get bored.
Girlie is an 8-month-old, spayed female Border Collie mix.
Girlie came to our shelter with her brother, Shadow, as an owner turnover.
Girlie is a very active, young lady who will require lots of exercise, mental stimulation and some basic obedience training.
She is good with children and loves all kinds of people.
Girlie is used to being an inside/outside dog.
She does like to dig, and would probably do well in a home with another dog so she doesn't get bored.
Hi! My name is Whitney. I'm a good-looking girl, as you can see from my picture.
You would never know by looking at me that I've had five puppies. Since I'm only 1-year-old myself, this was quite an experience for me.
I was brought into the shelter by animal control, along with my 1-day-old puppies. We had been left at a motel to fend for ourselves. Thankfully, the shelter took really good care of us.
We have all been spayed or neutered and are current on our shots. We will also get microchipped as part of the adoption packet.
I love people and have lots of energy to play. I would be a good hiking or camping dog, but I need to learn leash manners and housetraining.
Please come and meet me.
Hi out there! My name is Mariposa.
I'm a 1-year-old, spayed Calico kitty. My face is so cute it will make you smile, even on a bad day.
I like to be brushed and kept clean. I'm great at using the litter box, and enjoy sleeping in the little bed they have given me at the shelter.
I seem to get along with other cats, and right now I share my space there with three other cats. However, I would love to have my very own home and someone to love me.
Please come and meet me soon!
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!