Well, we made it to the middle of May but, as of this week, kitten season is in full swing.
Thanks to a very aggressive and successful TNR (trap, neuter, return) program, we haven't received as many as last year. There have been almost 1,000 feral cats spayed or neutered so far. But our isolation room is full -- full of tiny babies who require lots of tender, loving care to survive and thrive.
The staff works hard to give the kittens all they need but, as in any case where there are so many to care for and so much to do, there is never quite enough TLC to go around. What is badly needed in these cases are "Kitten Grandmas" -- sweet and gentle volunteers who have the time to come to the shelter and just love.
Some of these babies are still so young they don't even know how to bath themselves and need to be gently cleaned as a mother cat would do. All of them need to be nurtured. We've seen the difference it can make. It goes a long way to helping build a healthy kitten that is strong enough to make it in the shelter environment until it finds a loving and forever home. Some of the babies have never known people and need to be socialized to help them become adoptable. All of them need love -- kind and gentle love.
If you think you have what it takes to be a "Kitten Grandma," or know someone who does, please come to the shelter and we will get you started.
There are a few other items that are needed by the shelter at this time as well. They are kitten food, Gerber baby food (turkey or chicken), L-Lysine and NutriCal supplements.
For more information about Payson Humane Society, look us up on the Web at www.paysonhumanesociety.com, www.in payson.com or www.petfinders.com; or come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road, (928) 474-5590.
BASKET OF KITTENS
Yes, it is kitten season! Featured in the basket are some of the many kittens that will be coming up for adoption in the next few weeks. As you can see, we have all different colors to offer. Also, thanks to our wonderful foster parents, we will continue to have healthy, happy and well adjusted kittens up for adoption throughout the summer.
Bruiser is a 1-year-old neutered male Shepherd-Terrier mix. He has a beautiful tri-colored coat that will need brushing to keep it shiny and clean. Bruiser was turned in to the shelter because his owner could not handle his energy level. Bruiser will need basic obedience to help him understand it can't always be his way, and it will help him become a good companion dog. He will need a fenced yard with plenty of room to play. He gets along well with other dogs and people. Please come and meet him at the shelter. If you have other dogs, you are welcome to bring them and introduce them to Bruiser.
Lil Lil is a 9-month-old spayed female Aussie mix. Her medium-length coat is white and tan, and will need light grooming to keep up with the seasons. Lil is an active young lady. She is not yet housebroken, and will need a fenced yard for plenty of exercise. Lil will benefit from obedience training which will help her adjust to her role as your new best friend. She did, however, do GREAT in the May 2008 Rodeo Parade. She walked just like a lady, and showed her best manners with enthusiasm. Come in and give her a hug and remind her of how wonderful she is!
Raven is a beautiful 2-year-old spayed female short-haired black kitty. She likes to perch high up on the spiral stairs in her kennel so as to avoid any trouble with the other resident cats. Raven needs a home that will allow her some independence. She likes to be her own boss and will let you know when she wants attention. Raven is so beautiful, it can be quite rewarding just watching her perched on a window or shelf. Raven has been at the shelter since May 31, 2007.
Star came in to the shelter as a stray. When her owners were called, they decided to turn her over to the shelter. Star is about 8 months old, has been spayed and is up-to-date on shots. She is doing her best to understand her current situation. If you are interested in Star, please come to the shelter and meet her.
CALENDAR PHOTO SHOOT
Primp your pooch and fluff up your feline for the first photo shoot for Payson Humane Society's 2009 Pet Calendar. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 31 at the Off Leash Dog Park across from the Payson Public Library on North McLane Road.
There is no cost for the photo shoot (but donations to the shelter are welcome). However, the cost to have your pet's photo in the calendar is $20. The calendars will sell for $10.
For more information, call (928) 474-5590.