No More Excuses — Have Your Pet Spayed Or Neutered

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Oreo

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Whip

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Missy

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Lovey

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Tex

This week’s article is again focusing on animals that were adopted, then returned to us after a period of time. The mortgage crisis has been a major cause for returns this past year. This situation, along with irresponsible ownership, is causing shelters all over the country, as well as purebred rescues, to fill up.

We hear many reasons why people haven’t had their animals spayed or neutered. They range from “I couldn’t afford it” to “I didn’t know they could get pregnant that early” to the old favorite, “I just wanted my children to experience the miracle of birth.”

There are also the people who breed their animals intentionally to make a profit on the babies. And some just don’t take into consideration that it would most likely take an unspayed female about one and a half years to have two unwanted litters. But an unneutered male left to roam can cruise happily all day long and contribute to unwanted litter after litter.

People don’t understand that unneutered males are as big a part of the problem as unspayed females. In any case, the point is, there are just too many companion animals out there who are homeless. The statistics are painful. Many will never find homes. This puts shelters and rescues in a situation of having to choose between keeping animals as long as it takes to find a home or “making room” so that more animals can at least have a shot at a home.

The Payson Humane Society animal shelter is working toward a solution. We work diligently to find grants that provide free or low-cost surgeries with  participating local vets for those who can’t afford it. We encourage mobile units to come to our area and give them a place to park to provide low-cost surgeries.

We started the Friends of  Ferals program to reduce the numbers of  unwanted free roaming cats humanely. We use this column and any public forum available to spread the word about the importance of spay and neuter. Because that is where the answer lies. We have to stop the torrent of these unwanted litters.

Here are a couple of options we have available right now. There is a voucher program, thanks to the “Arizona Pet Friendly” license plates, from which a portion of the money raised goes to spay and neuter grants for shelters like ours. To take advantage of this, come to the shelter and get a voucher. It can be used for dogs or cats at participating vets. We ask for a donation based on income, to prolong the program, but if you can’t afford it, we will help anyway, as long as the grant money lasts.

Also, Plateau Land mobile clinic will be back in town on Jan. 7 offering low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, as well as vaccinations. To make an appointment with them, call (928) 526-5964, ext. 200.

For more information or to meet the many wonderful animals available for adoption,  please call (928) 474-5590 or come to 812 S. McLane Road.

Pet-a-Palooza seeks vendors

Safeway will host Payson Pet-a-Palooza on Jan 24. This is a great opportunity to promote your pet-related products or services (no breeders, please).

Booths require a $25-$40 donation to the Payson Humane Society. Donations of pet-related items, event sponsors and pet professionals willing to provide demonstrations or question and answer clinics throughout the day are also needed.

Please call Lynne, (928) 472-4661, or e-mail lynodonne@netzero.com.

OREO

Oreo got her name because of the cookie on the top of her head. She is a 3-year-old Border Collie/ Lab mix. She is spayed and up to date on her shots. She gets along with other dogs and is used to going to the dog park. She was turned over, with her buddy Whip, because of a foreclosure. Since these two girls have been together for so long, they need to be adopted together. If you are interested in two wonderful dogs, these are your girls!

WHIP 

Whip is a 3-year-old Border Collie/Lab mix. She is spayed and current on her shots. She gets along great with other dogs and is used to going to the dog park. She was turned over, with her sister, Oreo. They have been together for so long, so they need to be adopted together. She is housebroken and leash trained and knows her basic commands. Please consider these two gals as new additions to your family.

MISSY 

Missy is a 6-year-old spayed female, and she is current on her shots. She is litter box trained, and has short hair that will only require minimal grooming to maintain. She was turned over because she was supposedly urinating on her previous owners’ bed, and they couldn’t get her to break the habit. Since she has been here, we have had no problems with her urinating anywhere, other than the litter box. She is sweet and affectionate and gets along with everyone. Please consider Missy for a new pet.

LOVEY 

Lovey is a 1-1/2-year-old, spayed Terrier/Shepherd mix. She was returned to us by her owner because she decided to take back her old dog and it did not like Lovey. Lovey is good with other dogs and kids. She is playful and loyal and would make a great addition to your family. She is also current on all shots. Please come meet her today, and see why she got her name!

TEX

Tex is a 1-1/2-year-old Mastiff mix. He is neutered and current on his shots. He was adopted and returned due to the health of his previous owners. He is very playful and gets along well with other dogs. He will need some training to learn basic commands and how to walk well on a leash. This youngster needs an active family to be a part of. Please come meet him and discover his charming personality. He’s waiting to become the newest addition to your family.

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