We have a plethora of puppies! Big puppies, little puppies, brown, black, red and spotted puppies. We even have two young adult dogs who came to us as puppies and still live with us. And one teeny tiny baby named Junior, who came in with his mommy last week and doesn't even have his eyes open yet.
This brings to mind a couple of things.
1. Spay and neuter! There are many benefits to spaying and neutering, but the number of unwanted animals that are euthanized in shelters all over the country each year would be dramatically reduced if people would just have their pets fixed. We can't think of a better reason than that. Currently at Payson Humane Society we are offering a pet spay/neuter program to the public. All you need to do is come to the shelter, fill out the paperwork, get a voucher, call Main Street Veterinary Clinic to make your appointment and have your pet fixed within 30 days. We ask that you make a donation, but if you can't afford to -- it's free. It doesn't get much easier than that. There's no excuse.
2. Please don't buy a puppy. Many pet stores do business with puppy mills. These are large-scale dog breeding facilities that operate under substandard breeding conditions, causing the development of chronic health problems, temperament issues and hereditary defects in puppies that come from the mills. Dogs bred in puppy mills are usually kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Often they do not receive adequate food, water or veterinary care.*
If you purchase a puppy from a pet store, you may be contributing to this inhumane practice. Why pay an exorbitant price for a puppy that may develop health issues or have a fake pedigree?
Please don't buy a puppy from an unknown individual breeder either. We have all seen the signs hawking "purebred" puppies being sold from someone's backyard or worse, from the back of a pickup truck parked on the roadside.
Irresponsible breeding that takes place on a smaller scale is referred to as backyard breeding,* and is done solely for profit, often with little regard for the health and well-being of the animals.
So, what should you do if you want to add a new puppy to your family? The answer is simple -- ADOPT.
Come to Payson Humane Society at 812 S. McLane Road. We know you'll find a puppy that speaks to your heart. We are currently having special adoption rates on puppies and kittens, as well as all of our pets.
To qualified adopters who are offering a forever home, the fees are only $45 for puppies and kittens, and $35 for pets over a year old.
There are always very special arrangements that are made for senior to senior adoptions. Qualified seniors who are willing to give a forever home to a senior pet are asked only for a donation they can afford.
If you're interested in learning more about our facility or the animals who live here, you can go to our beautiful Web site at www.paysonhumanesociety.com or look for our link at www.InPayson.com or www.petfinders.com. You can also give us a call at (928) 474-5590.
Our brindle baby, Drake, was brought in to us as a stray from the West Cherry Street area and never reclaimed by his owner. Sad and depressed, this 1-year-old boy is wondering who will love him next. Can it be you? He is neutered and up-to-date on all his shots and ready and willing for his next new, loving home. Come in to see him with your own eyes!
Walt was brought in to us as a stray, and we estimate him to be about a year old. He's very friendly, outgoing and gets along with other dogs. His bright white coat is short to medium in length and will require minimal grooming throughout the seasons to help with any shedding. His cute flopped-over ears reminded us of a Disney character, so we named him Walt. He has been waiting for you, so please don't make him wait any longer, come meet him today!
Yogi is approximately 1 year old. He's a medium-sized, shy little guy just learning to trust people. He was brought in with three other dogs and quickly brought up-to-date on all his shots. Shelter life is very traumatic, and can cause little guys like Yogi to need extra special love when taken home. With regular brushing for his long golden coat and learning several basic commands to help him overcome some of his fears, we feel he'll make a great addition to your family. Come on out to meet him, but don't be disappointed if he tries to hide when he sees you. Offer a cookie treat and sparks will fly.
What an awesome young man this is! Hugo was brought to us as a stray and immediately showered with hugs and kisses from the staff. Hugo is approximately 2 years old, neutered and up-to-date on all his shots. He is primed for an active family that is ready for fun and excitement from a red Border Collie-Aussie mix. He LOVES to play ball. We think he will be great at agility with his super-fast legs and sharp eyes! Grabbing a ball in mid air is his specialty. Come throw a few in the backyard for him. Fly Ball, anyone?
Don't get Keela mixed up with the boys, cause she's all girl! This sweet face was brought in as a stray with her partner in crime, Kozar. At approximately 3 years old, she is still full of life and attitude. A little obedience training and a soothing voice and hand, and Keela will be right with you for a long time. Give her a chance, will ya?
Friends of Ferals update
A benefit yard sale was held May 31 in Pine, and $900 was raised for the Friends of Ferals. Special thanks goes to Tracy DaCosta and Lynne Coykendall of Pine By Design for the use of their parking lot for the sale. Thanks also to Bret DaCosta of Mission Hills Mortgage Brokers.
Fifteen feral kittens have been fostered and socialized and are ready for adoption. If you would like to welcome one or more kittens into your home, please call Sandy at 476-3944.