Humane Society Loses Beloved Family Member

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The selections for this week's Adoption Options are all older animals. This is in honor of a beloved member of the Payson Humane Society family who, on April 5, (surrounded by women who loved him) crossed over to a better place.

Silky was brought to PHS on April 19, 2007 by his owner, who said he was moving and didn't want to take his cat. Already being an older cat, Silky's chances of being adopted were slim. With long, black hair and a need for medication, his chances became even slimmer.

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Silky was a cool kind of cat. He seemed to know just where it's at. He cruised around with a sense of contentment That seemed to come from within. He was a very loving and attentive friend. He always looked you in the eye and purred at every touch. Silky will live on in all our memories. He will be missed very much.

At PHS, we believe in all animals -- young and old alike. We believe they all deserve a chance to live out their lives in a comfortable and loving environment -- hopefully a good home. But all of them don't get adopted. For some, this means a journey cut short. But some of them finish their journey at PHS. Silky was one of those guys.

After his 21 days in isolation, which assured us he didn't carry any contagious viruses, Silky moved up to the main house, available for adoption. After several weeks, he became aggravated in the group houses and asked (in his own way) to be moved back downstairs. There, he spent his time in a stainless steel cube. That soon made us all uncomfortable.

So, at that point, Silky was set free to spend the last of his days enjoying his life -- indoors, outdoors (in the compound), and everywhere in between.ilky ruled the roost at the shelter, acting as front man/greeter at the front office, and making sure his feline friends were properly cared for.

Silky had a strong and loving personality. He was a pleasure to be around. We all feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to get to know him.

So this week, when you look at the faces in this article, we hope you, too, see a future for these animals.

ARROW

Arrow is a 7-year-old neutered male gray and white short-haired cat. He weighs in at 12 pounds. He has beautiful markings on his face. He came from a quiet home where he lived with two adults, several other cats and a dog. His family felt he would be happier in a home of his own, living with a loving person or two. So, he is probably best suited in a one-pet only situation. Expect this Arrow to pierce your heart with lots of love!

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ARROW

CHECKERS

Checkers is an especially pretty 2-year-old spayed female long-haired Tortoiseshell kitty. She has unusual bright orange facial markings. Checkers is very sociable and open to human contact. Her favorite toy is a feather on a string. She would love to have someone brush her lovely soft coat to bring out its highlights. This little lover girl is ready to be your lap warmer and constant companion!

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CHECKERS

RAVEN

Raven is a beautiful 2-year-old spayed female short-haired black kitty. She likes to perch high up on the spiral stairs in her kennel so as to avoid any trouble with the other resident cats. Raven needs a home that will allow her some independence. She likes to be her own boss and will let you know when she wants attention. Raven is so beautiful, it can be quite rewarding just watching her perched on a window or shelf. Raven has been at the shelter since May 31, 2007.

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RAVEN

SAKRA

Sakra is a precious 12-month-old spayed female pastel calico kitten. She's a very playful, active kitty and she loves romping and rolling with the other youngsters in her condo. Sakra is a loveable cuddlebug who will give her new family lots to meow about.

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SAKRA

TYRA

Tyra is a quiet, gentle 1-year-old spayed female grey tabby kitty. She has already had one litter of kittens, all black except for one like her. This little striped beauty is hoping for a new life with a loving family who will look after her needs for a long, long time.

The PHS animal shelter is located at 812 S. McLane Road. For more information on these and many other adoptable pets, call (928) 474-5590 or online visit www.paysonhumanesociety.com.

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TYRA

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