Grant And Matching Donation Given To Payson Humane Society


A $2,000 grant and a anonymous $100,000 match donation were given to the Payson Humane Society this week.

The Humane Society has received an anonymous $100,000 matching gift for the construction of its new animal shelter.


Everyone comes over to pet Ozzy before he leaves for his new home with Steen Steensen. Pictured from left to right are: Sasha Parsons, Steensen, Kenneth Wright, Lisa Boyle, Chandra Cushman and Travis Henderson. The Payson Humane Society received a $2,000 grant and a anonymous $100,000 match donation this week.

The donation must be matched by individual donations, and any donation amount is acceptable. Humane Society President Barbara Brenke encourages early donations.

"If you donate now, the funds will go into a secure investment, so it will be earning interest before we actually need it," Brenke said. "That way your contribution will go even farther."

Brenke also pointed out that 10 percent of all building fund donations are set aside for operations.

"Our concern is that if all the building funds are restricted and we don't have enough to operate with, that's not a good thing," she said.

To contribute to this matching fund, send your check to Payson Humane Society, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547. Checks should be made out to Payson Humane Society Building Fund. Write $100,000 matching donation on the memo line.

National grant

The Humane Society of the United States selected the Payson Humane Society to receive a $2,000 grant from a fund to assist local shelters and rescue organizations during the foreclosure and financial crisis.

"With grants like this one to the Payson Humane Society, The Humane Society of the United States hopes to alleviate some of the burden that has been added to the already heavy load that local shelters and rescue organizations must bear due to foreclosures, rising prices and tighter budgets," said Stephanie Shain, director of outreach for companion animals at The HSUS.

The Rim Country has been hard hit by the real estate downturn, and we've had a big increase innimals brought to us byamilies who have to move to places where they cannot take their pets," said Ellie Watson, director of the Payson Humane Society.
"We are also receiving pets from animal control when families abandon their pets as they leave their vacant homes behind.his grant from the Humane Society of the United States will help us to house and care for these additional animals until they can be reunited with their owners or until we find them new homes."

The HSUS is offering grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 per organization. To be eligible for a grant, an organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit or a municipal animal control agency eligible to receive restricted funds. Preference is given to organizations that have a cooperative agreement with other agencies in their community such as a food bank or other community service agency.

The Payson Humane Society is one of 19 second-round awardees, selected from a pool of almost 70 initial applicants across the country.

Building fund

The humane society has embarked on a major fund-raising campaign to build the 15,500-square-foot shelter behind the existing shelter on McLane Road, just south of Main Street. The $3.6 million facility will be constructed by Amon Builders using the very latest in soundproofing technology.

The ratio of space in the new shelter will be 80 percent animal-related to 20 percent people-related. Cats will have screened indoor/outdoor areas to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.

All dog kennels will be indoors, with outside exercise areas. The new shelter will also include a surgical suite for low-cost spay and neuter programs.

Current plans are to break ground in January 2009, with completion in September 2009.

For additional information on how you can help the Payson Humane Society, call (928) 474-5590 or e-mail

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