Spring is here. And with spring comes babies. The puppies and kittens are beginning to show up at Payson Humane Society. It starts as a trickle, and soon will be a torrent.
The babies that come to us are most often unplanned and unwanted. We are glad to take them in, so we can ensure they are inoculated, spayed or neutered and microchipped for identification. During their time with us, they are also loved, nurtured and socialized to make them ready for adoption.
Something we are beginning to see more of is purebred animals. We also get the babies of one purebred parent that someone intended to breed with another purebred for profit, but they didn't pay attention and ended up with mixed breed pups. They are of no cash value, therefore they are throw-aways that come to us.
Almost every weekend we get complaints about someone selling puppies on the side of the road. A bill did pass the senate committee -- HB 2485 -- banning the sale of an animal on any public highway or public property. Sadly, the bill had two amendments -- one that would limit the ban to only Pima and Maricopa counties.
We, who live in Gila County and agreehat the practice of selling companion animals on the side of the road is wrong, need to contact our government representatives and tell them how important it is to us that Gila County be included in this bill. Our representatives are Jon Kyl and John McCain.
Currently at PHS we have several purebred dogs -- three Chocolate Labs, two Rottweilers (a set), five Pit Bulls and at least one hound. Add to that couple of small, mixed breeds, which can almost always bring in a few bucks for an irresponsible breeder, and we see a trend.
The way to bring this awful trend to an end is to resist. Resist even looking at the sad little pups offered by these people. If you do look, offer to bring them all to PHS where we know they will at least have a chance at a decent life.
If you are looking for a pet, purebred or not, please come to the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, or call (928) 474-5590. You can also find us on the Web at paysonhumanesociety.com, petfinders.com, planetpayson.com or inpayson.com.
Choco is a 1-year-old neutered male Chocolate Lab. He is full of energy. He will need leash and some obedience training in order to become a good companion dog and be able to go on plenty of outings. He needs an owner with an active lifestyle, one who likes to hike, camp or just walk every day. Please come and meet Choco at the shelter.
Fletch came into the shelter in a dog trap. It appeared Fletch was dumped on the side of the road or lost by his owners. He did not want to leave the area where he was found. He kept looking both ways trying to find his family. He was so scared that animal control had to set up a dog trap in order to save him. He is a beautiful 2-year-old red and white Pit Bull mix. He is very relieved to be at the shelter. The staff has given him a lot of love and kindness. He still needs to put on a few pounds, but he is quite a handsome boy. He is named Fletch because he loves to play ball. If Fletch wasn't so big, he would be happy to be a lap dog.
Fudge came into the shelter as a stray. He is about 6 years old, neutered and current on all of his shots. Because he is past the teenage years, Fudge is much calmer and able to focus on commands. He has a great personality, he just needs a good home. Please come and meet him at the shelter.
Midnight is a 3-year-old neutered black Pit Bull. His short, shiny black coat is soft and clean-looking. He has an adorable, expressive face. He is an active dog, definitely not a couch potato. Midnight is a real people pleaser; he is a happy, good-natured dog who would be a good companion for an active person. Midnight will need some work with walking on a leash and other commands, but he is very smart and learns quickly. Midnight has been introduced to some of the dogs at the shelter and is doing well. If you are interested in Midnight, we encourage you to bring your dog in to meet him. A home visit will be required prior to adopting him.
Bo is a 1-year-old Chocolate Lab mix. He is guarantee to steel your heart. Bo will need to learn some manners to make him into a good companion. Basic obedience and lots of exercise are two things that would make Bo Sevfus a great companion. Please come and meet Bo at the shelter. We encourage you to bring you current dog along to meet Bo in our big play yard in the back of the shelter.