Flow Of Animals Never Stops

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Another busy week at Payson Humane Society. It seems there's no end to the flow of animals.

Fortunately, the flow goes both ways. Animals come in and animals go out. Some weeks, though, the flow is uneven and we don't seem to get as many out as we get in.

This has been one of those weeks. We've heard the "I'm moving and can't take him" story at least a few times. We heard the "just don't have time for her anymore" story also.

There was a devastated young couple who lost their beloved boxer mix while camping, and came to hang their poster and ask us to look for her. You can see the poster on bulletin boards all over town.

There was the old lab who was lost while camping down by Haigler Creek -- we've left messages for her people, but they haven't called back. She seems to be deaf.

There is the young skin-and-bones Momma dog who has obviously had a recent litter, but doesn't have them with her. Her ribs are showing. She was picked up on the side of the highway by a compassionate trucker. She seems to think the shelter is the softest, happiest place she's ever been.

Today we had a man come in and ask us to take his female dog and her 10 puppies. He was at the end of his personal rope and said if we couldn't take them "he would have to kill them." Well, of course, we took them.

There are many wonderful, happy stories, too. The young Lhasa Apso who came in because no one had time to housebreak him. He was taken to the groomer by his new family who came back to show us his fabulous new look and wardrobe.

Junior, the one surviving pup who received so much press, went to his loving, forever home where he has become part of a wonderful family with kids and dogs and cats all living harmoniously.

We are blessed with great foster families who take up the slack and bring us healthy, socialized babies and adults ready for adoption. And there's a wonderful staff and a compassionate army of volunteers who make it work.

All of these cases bring to mind one subject -- the importance of spaying and neutering. There is currently a voucher program at Payson Humane Society. It provides an opportunity for anyone with a dog over 40 pounds to have their animal fixed for a fee they can afford. The fee is based on what you can afford to pay.

There is the Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) program for feral cats. There will soon be other grants coming in, and we continue to work to find humane methods to control the number of unwanted pets being born in our community each year.

Plateau Land mobile clinic was in our parking lot yesterday offering affordable spay/neuter surgeries. Together, we can make a difference.

If you have any questions about any of these programs, or our animals available for adoption, please call (928) 474-5590 or come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road. You can also look us up on the Web at paysonhumanesociety.com or at petfinders.com.

BUCK

Buck was turned over by his owner because he wasn't getting along with another dog in the family. However, according to his owner, Buck was fine with the small children in the home. He rides well in cars, is OK on a leash, but will need a family who can provide him lots of exercise, love, attention and, most of all, training. He has been kept a yard dog, so he will also need patience from you when learning house training. He is of a very smart breed and will catch on very quickly to things asked of him. Come meet him today. He'd love to go for a walk!

HARRY

This handsome guy was picked up on Tyler Parkway July 22 and, sadly, never reclaimed. He is about 5 to 7 years old, so will need a calmer, relaxed home. However, he will need a home that will give him a yard to claim as his own, or walks around the block to help him stay healthy. He's way past puppyhood, so chewing shouldn't be an issue. He's just ready to start over late in his life with you. Have a kennel attendant get him out to take on a walk when you come meet him. Don't forget to bring him a yummy cookie treat.

BANDIT

This 2-3 year old sweet girl was brought in with another dog as an owner turnover. She was part of a home with just too many dogs to begin with. She is very quiet and gentle, but seems to be pretty shy. She seems to bond with one person and becomes protective of them so we don't recommend her going to a home with younger children.he knows basic commands, is crate trained, house trained, leash trained and knows how to use a doggy door. She will need a loving, kind family to help her continue training, though. Please come meet her today! She's just the right size to cuddle with as you watch the evening news!

MISTY

Misty is a Boston Terrier/ Dachshund mix and in need of a new, secure, loving home as her owners will be moving into a care home that doesn't allow dogs. She is 6 1/2 years old and VERY smart. She knows many commands and tricks that make her very special. She walks well on a leash and rides great in a car and will do most anything for the yummy taste of peanut butter (only a little, though). Misty understands more than we think, and has proven she can outsmart us, so we have to recommend a family that can spend time with her. She doesn't do well with small children, so a home with kids over 12 will be best. She is ready to please, and shows her appreciation of you by staying by your side. An appointment and home check will be necessary for anyone who would like to adopt Misty. Please email all questions directly to phsbecky@qwestoffice.net.

VINNIE

Ok, so when I was picked up by the guy driving a big, white van and brought to the shelter, Iust admit, I was trying to be brave and manly, but I was downright scared! Everyone has been very nice to me, but it was still very scary. I think I am about 8 months old and I love playing with other dogs. My favorite game is Chase and Catch Me If You Can. Especially if I have a toy that I know you want from me. I am still kind of sad that my owners never came for me, but I have been reassured by Travis, Tobar and Red that a new family will be arriving soon. I'll tell you a secret, if you stand in front of me and gaze deep into my eyes, I am able to control your mind... "Give me Cookies, Give me Kisses, Give me Love." Wanna try it?

ROY

Roy is about 1 1/2 years old and was turned over by his owner because he was climbing the fence to explore the neighborhood. He is playful and happy, but will need obedience training and a secure fencing system to keep him on his own property. He is medium-sized with short soft fur and is learning new skills every day to help him become a better doggie citizen. To keep him mentally and physically healthy, we must recommend that he goes to a home that is willing to put forth the effort of being involved in his life. We will provide one free training class to help you start your journey with him. Come meet him today.

Pet calendar photo shoot

Primp your pooch and come meet us for a photo shoot for the 2009 Pet Calendar to benefit the Payson Humane Society. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at the off-leash dog park on North McLane Road across from the library.

The cost to have your pet's picture in the calendar is $20 per photo for each specific date.
The 2009 calendars will sell for $10, and make great gifts.

You may also submit your own pet photos, but they must be high resolution to ensure quality.

For more information, please call (928) 474-5590.

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