'Tis the season to venture outside and get a whiff of the Rim Country. So, put a little Spring in your step and help our furry friends while you're at it! The Payson Humane Society (PHS) has lots of devoted dogs just yearning to don a leash and walk alongside a new friend. Besides the satisfaction you will derive from making one canine's day, the benefits of walking a dog are becoming increasingly recognized.
According to Iloveindia.com:
"The list of dog walking health benefits is a real comprehensive one. Dogs will always have time for you. They have the capability to charge up your energy to walk faster, thus enabling you to ensure your health fitness levels. Walking a dog helps to lower [one's] chances of becoming a victim to health problems. Other advantages include: improvement in cardiovascular development, strengthening of muscles and bones, low blood pressure, etc.
The story adds that, in addition to the obvious health benefits, dog walking also assists with mental fitness and helps alleviate tension.
"Dogs are really stress relievers that help you forget your worries. So, go for a walk with your best friend and enjoy your walking workout session."
At Payson Humane Society, our dogs spend several hours a day in the play yard, but getting outside of the facility to walk and sniff the real world is as beneficial to them as it will be to you. If you are interested in volunteering in this or any other capacity, come by the shelter at 812 S. McLane and sign up. We guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Chica is a 4-year-old spayed female Chow/Shar Pei mix. She is spayed and current on all her shots. Her owners turned her over because they could no longer afford to keep her. She is very friendly and outgoing. She is used to being an outside dog, but is housebroken and likes to ride in cars. She is good with other dogs and children. Chica also knows some commands. Please come into the shelter and meet her.
Gertie was seen walking down the side of a busy highway. Thankfully, she was picked up by a concerned citizen and brought to the shelter. This act of kindness probably saved her life. Gertie is about 2 years old, is spayed and current on her shots. She has a good personality and is very outgoing. She demonstrates the free spirited hound personality. She definitely has the looks of a nice hound. Gertie is brown and white and has the looks of a Walker hound. We can tell she has been kenneled for long periods because of the callous on her hind legs and hip bones. Gertie would like to get adopted into an active home that understands the needs of a hound. She definitely needs some leash training and obedience to understand she cannot travel at will. Gertie would really like to have a soft dog bed to sleep on at night and a wonderful family to wake up to each morning.
Puffin is a happy-go-lucky 2-1/2-year-old male. He was turned over to the shelter because his owners could no longer care for him. We believe he is a Shepherd/ Chow mix. His coat is semi long and is reddish in color. Puffin will need some grooming to keep his coat looking bright and shiny. Puffin is used to being an inside/outside dog. He sleeps inside at night. He is used to living in a quiet home and has been around small children. Puffin would do best in a home with older children; he can be skittish around young children, depending on the activities going on around him. He gets along well with other dogs, cats and bunnies. He likes to ride in the car and walks well on a leash. Puffin is house trained knows some tricks. He likes to sit up on his hind legs to receive his treat. Puffin will need some training; he likes to chew things that don't belong to him. He also has a problem staying in his own yard. Puffin would need to go into an active household; he requires a lot of exercise and would do well with a person or family that has an active, outdoor life.
Sasha's owner turned her over to the shelter because they were moving to a home that did not allow dogs. Sasha is 10-month-old female spayed husky. She came from an active family and is housebroken and loves to ride in cars. At home, Sasha was allowed inside and out. She did sleep inside at night. Sasha did show signs of being skittish and shy but, according to her previous owner, she was a very playful girl and likes kids and other dogs. At the shelter, her beautiful, expressive face shows a great deal of stress and terror based on her current environment at the shelter. She is quite shy and wants to stay at a distance from humans. Toni McCracken, who is our lead dog person at the shelter, knows her to be a loving girl. She likes to play and loves people. Once encouraged, she likes to go for walks. Sasha will need a companion that will be close by her much of the time. She needs to regain the trust of human company. Since she likes to ride in the car, she will make a good shopping and travel companion. Please come and meet her.
Nickoli is a 6-month-old neutered male Lab mix. Nick was originally adopted from the humane society when he was 10 weeks old. Recently he was picked up as a stray and brought to the shelter. Since his family did not reclaim him, Nick is back up for adoption at the tender age of 6 months. What a fun-loving happy guy Nickoli is. He loves people of all ages, gets along well with other dogs, and loves to play. In order for Nickoli to understand his role in a new home he would benefit from some leash and obedience training. His color is black with some white. His coat is fairly short and will require minimum grooming.
For more information on these and other pets, call 474-5590 or visit www.paysonhumanesociety.com.