At Payson Humane Society, we're passionate about pets -- ours, yours and those in need of loving homes. We are also passionate about our senior citizens.
The mission of the Senior to Senior Animal Adoption program is to place senior dogs and cats, age 5 andlder, with loving senioritizens, age 60 and older.t has been proven in countless studies that seniorshrive from the companionship of a pet. Many studies show the health benefits that calm, loving animals can have on a senior citizen. Senior dogs need daily/weekly walks, which can help the overall health of the adopter and adoptee! Cats love to be brushed and can be really good listeners.
Animals have been associated with humans for at least 50,000 years; first as scavengers, then as working companions, and finally as a source of great pleasure as pets. Therefore, it is no surprise that research continues to prove the health benefits provided to the elderly by their pets.
Anyenior, age 60 and over, wishing to adopt a senior pet is encouraged to visit the Payson Humane Society at 812 S. McLane Road, or the shelter's Web page at www.paysonhumanesociety.com. The shelter staff will provide home visits and animal care education for any senior needing assistance with their adopted pet. If you are interested in senior adoption, please contact Ellie Watson at (928) 474-5590.
Here are a few of the many younger pets currently available for adoption.
Goldy is a 2-year-old neutered male Shepherd mix. He came in as a stray and has not been at the shelter very long. His shy, loving nature has already captured the heart of one of our treasured volunteers who named him Goldy. Goldy has a nice, goldencolored coat that will require some grooming. He has a cute little mustache located right under his nose. Goldy has not been introduced to the other shelter dogs as of yet. He appears to be housebroken, he will not potty in his kennel. Goldy will need some leash training and a new owner with the patience to work on his shyness.
Jake is the sweetest 2-year-old neutered male Blue Heeler. His colorful merle coat is soft and curly and so are his whiskers. His stand-up ears are soft and wonderful to touch. Jake is a real cowboy character. He likes to hold the leash when you take him for walks, as though he's in charge. Give him a stick to carry in his mouth as replacement therapy! Jake is so much fun to play with. He's a big league ballplayer and is especially fond of squeaky balls. He loves treats and sits like a good boy to let you feed him a biscuit. He's great with children and will probably herd them around the yard, being the good cattle dog he is. He would make a good agility dog if you have the time to teach him tricks and moves. Jake is housebroken and rides like a gentleman in the car. Jake needs to be the only pet in your home. He does not get along well with other dogs, or cats for that matter.
Kenobi is a 1-year-old Catahoula mix. He was turned in to the shelter because his owner could no longer care for him. He is quite shy in a gentle way. He needs a home where he can regain his confidence in humans. He would like some structure to his life that will allow him to relax and understand he is loved and valued by his new owner. Kenobi gets along well with other dogs. Once he has had some training, he would love to walk by a park, go on hikes and learn how to play like a dog. Please come and meet him; he is a gentle soul.
Lily is a 1-year-old spayed Catahoula mix. She is at the shelter because at her previous home she liked to jump the fence and wander around the neighborhood. Lily is good with children and gets along well with other dogs. The Catahoula Hound is a high-energy breed -- they need to have both mental and physical stimulation to keep then at a manageable level. Lily needs to have some obedience training and will do best with a person or family that is active outdoors. Lily is somewhat shy when you first meet her at the shelter, but warms up quickly. She needs a secure environment where she can trust and is loved for who she is.
Rufus is a neutered 2-year-old Red Heeler mix. Rufus came in to the shelter as a stray. It has not taken him long to capture the hearts of the staff. He loves to play ball and fetch. Rufus has an endless amount of energy and is quite playful. He will need some basic obedience to help him understand his role with his new owner. Rufus loves the water and would do best with an owner who has an active, outdoor life. Rufus has not been introduced to the other dogs at the shelter yet, but we do know he really does not like cats! If you are interested in Rufus, we encourage you to bring your dog to the shelter to meet him.