It was just another afternoon at Payson Humane Society. Lots of work to do. Lots of hungry mouths to feed. Lots of laundry. Lots of bacteria, parasites and germs to kill.
Payson Animal Control backed in. As much as we like the folks who are "Animal Control," it's rarely a good thing to see them show up.
On this particular afternoon, the officer showed up with nine dogs. Seven of them were tiny puppies who had already perished at the hands of the cruel human who had been in charge of their well-being. The remaining two were the mother and sole surviving pup of this litter of eight. The mother came with a name, Roxie. We named the surviving pup Junior.
Some animals that have experienced brutality are permanently damaged. But, amazingly, some are not -- they strive to move forward. This Mommy dog was one of those not damaged. She, from the very moment she was handed food, water and blankets, realized things were looking up.
There's a lot to be learned from these animals. The first lesson that comes to mind -- there is never a time to give up. The second lesson -- look for the good things life offers.
We see so many wonderful animals at Payson Humane Society. It never fails to puzzle us how someone could turn their back on such beautiful souls. But they do, and we are there waiting to open our doors and hearts to the forsaken, and to do our best to see that they find a loving, forever home.
Once they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped for identification, we know they at least have a better chance than when they came to us.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
For a limited time, we are offering a voucher program for a free spay or neuter surgery for your pet. Donations are appreciated and needed, but if you can't afford a donation, we will still try and help as long as the grant money is available.
If you'd like to learn more about this program or our feral cat and TNR program, both of which will dramatically reduce the number of animals who reach a sad end, call or visit us on the Web.
To learn more about Payson Humane Society and the many loving animals who live there, call (928) 474-5590 or visit ww.PaysonHumaneSociety.com , www.petfinders.com , ww. pets911 or www.dogsindanger .com. You are also encouraged to visit us in person at 812 S. McLane Road and let us show you around. We can provide tours on a scheduled basis.
Please also consider volunteering, donating or fostering as this time of year we are desperately overcrowded with animals that have been misplaced or turned over. You never know, you may find the friend of a lifetime!
One more way you can help the precious critters at the Payson Humane Society -- donate your unwanted/junk vehicles. PHS will receive $50 to $100 for each vehicle. For information on pick-up, call (928) 474-6174.
Pet ID tags for $5 are available locally. All money will be donated to Payson Humane Society. Get yours at Elder's Creations, 107 W. Wade Lane, Ste. 1 or call (928)474-6174.
Joey is a 5-month-old Boxer/Hound mix who's happy and ready to rip and tear around the block with you like no other. He has great energy and is eager to please you by learning new tricks. Joey was brought in to the shelter as a stray and never reclaimed by his owners, so he has become quite sad. Come in to meet him and see how great he is. Don't forget cookie treats!
Rodeo, the Australian Cattle Dog is a breed also known as the Australian Heeler, Hall's Heeler, Queensland Heeler and the Blue Heeler. He is a sturdy, compact working dog, well-muscled, powerful, yet very agile and also a known escape artist.
Rodeo is a great little guy at about 2 years old, with a lot of energy. Since he was turned over to us by his owner, he has become quite sad in his kennel and waits for someone to come get him.
As part of the working, herding breed, the Australian Cattle Dog is not suited to life alone in the backyard or small apartments. As one of the most intelligent breeds, he can become easily bored, leading to serious behavior problems. These dogs need to be part of the action! They are loyal, protective and alert.
With all of this in mind, we MUST recommend an e-collar or electric fencing system to keep him contained when not on adventures with you. Since he will not be well suited for apartment life or small yards, we may want to do a home check before adopting Rodeo out to you. This is only to ensure his safety needs are met.
Look out, Cindy Crawford! We've got a new pretty face to take over. This dollface was brought in to us from an abuse/ neglect situation. Don't let that scare you off, though, as her demeanor is close to perfect. Her big, bright doe eyes constantly watch for you, waiting for approval. This petite 1-year-old will be ready for adoption as soon as she is finished nursing her one and only black bear puppy cub named Junior. This gal has it goin' on!
This sweet, 6-month-old, very outgoing girl has been living in foster care for quite a while. It is time for her to blossom into a forever home and her foster parents need your help finding permanent parents. Like most German Shepherds, she is loyal, friendly and ready to learn at the drop of a hat. Call us to schedule a meeting! She's so charming!
This cutie-pie was picked up as a stray from Flowing Springs Road and assumed to be about 1 year old. The nice people who brought her in had noticed her running scared for two days prior. She is very friendly and seems to be very smart, but is also very traumatized by the kennel life. Can you possibly make a spot for her in your home?
CALENDAR PHOTO SHOOT
Primp your pooch and fluff up your feline for the next photo shoot for Payson Humane Society's 2009 Pet Calendar. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Off-Leash Dog Park at Rumsey Park on North McLane Road.
The cost to have your pet's photo in the calendar is $20 per photo for each specific date.
The 2009 calendars will sell for $10 and make great special occasion gifts.
Proceeds benefit the Payson Humane Society.
For more information, please call (928) 474-5590.