Rim Country Generous, Even In Bad Times



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Rufus was abandoned by his owners, and a Good Samaritan brought him to the shelter.


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You’ve just got to love Rim Country.

Every day we are all experiencing the difficulties brought on by the current economic situation. It has been the worst year in many for owners of animals who have lost their homes and have been forced to surrender their pets.

We hear each day about another business closing and there seems, at times, to be only dark clouds on the horizon.

But then there is the silver lining. Our silver lining is the generous, giving people of the community that we call home — the people of this beautiful Rim Country.

Even in these hard times, when it was time for our annual Chili Supper, we asked the merchants who have helped us in the past for donations, and they donated. We sent out a mass mailing asking for everyone to give what they could, and we received many donations — some of only $1, some a little more. The Rim Club sponsored the community chest golf tournament and we were one of the organizations to benefit from it. And Payson Concrete held its annual Octoberfest fund-raiser and donated $1,500 to us.

The Boulreguard coin banks that are placed throughout the area continue to accumulate change left over from purchases. The local Safeway has placed change jars on their checkout stands for us, and the money they are collecting is helping to support our animals this winter. They will also host the first annual Petapalooza on our behalf in January.

Last Saturday was our second annual “Home for the Holidays” open house event and, yes, we were once again blessed with love and support from the people of this community. Thirteen animals were adopted! The owners of a business called “A New Leash on Life” came and gave a brand new, high-quality collar and leash to each animal adopted.

And yet another priceless gem from our little community stepped forward. Dr. Marmer, without anyone asking and without warning, showed up and sponsored every adoption that happened that day. Our good friend Suzanne Michaels from 96.3 KRIM was there to provide entertainment and to keep everyone posted on what a magnificent success the event was.

The point is — this is a great place to be in these trying times. It takes a great deal of effort and money to give a good quality of life to lost and abandoned animals. And to work to find loving, forever homes for them. We are lucky to be part of such a caring community.

There are a few fund-raising events planned for the near future, including the Petapalooza at Safeway on Jan. 24, the last of the series of wine tastings at Gerardo’s on Jan. 25 and the “Evening in Paris Dinner” (the perfect Valentine’s gift) at the Maztazal Casino on Feb. 14.

If you would like more information on any of these events or to learn how you can help support the animals, call us at (928) 474-5590, or come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road.


Brandi was brought in as a stray and never reclaimed. We found out she was already spayed, so she definitely used to belong to someone. She is friendly and outgoing and truly a sweetheart. She is current on her shots. She gets along with other dogs and is waiting for you to take her home.


Poor Rufus was abandoned by his owners and left to survive on his own up in Pine. Luckily, a Good Samaritan picked him up and brought him to us. He is playful and energetic. He knows some commands and is housebroken. He is neutered and up to date on his shots. Please come meet Rufus today.


Scarecrow was turned over by her owners because they could no longer care for her. She is now spayed and current on her shots. She gets along with dogs and kids. She is very laid back and docile. This sweetheart needs to find her forever home. Can you help her?


Phara is a 7-month-old, spayed Calico. She has gorgeous markings and a personality to match. She gets along with other cats and is litter box trained. She likes affection and is her own free spirit. She is unique and independent and would make a great addition to your family. Please come meet our special girl today.


Champ is a 3-year-old neutered male. He was turned over by his owner because a new baby is on the way. He is very affectionate and will gladly lie in your lap forever. He is quite the talker too. He is a big sweetheart who needs to know a forever home is out there for him. He gets along with other cats and is a gentleman with the ladies.


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