‘Throwaways' Deserve A Chance To Grow

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I read a story of a woman who had gone to visit her sister.

When she arrived, she noticed there were roses planted along the pathway. When she reached her sister, she asked her, "What kind of roses are those?"

Her sister replied, "I don't know, I got them at the dump. Someone threw them away. We'll just have to cultivate them and see."

In the spring, after much tender loving care, the roses bloomed into magnificent plants.

This story made me think of the Payson Humane Society and the many animals that are discarded here.

Among these animals are some that can't be saved. There are some that might be saved, some that could be saved and many that WILL be saved.

In the years since the Payson Humane Society first began, thousands of animals' lives have been saved.

When we get the privilege to see an animal who was adopted from us reach the full, beautiful potential for which it was intended, it always thrills us to know that this "throwaway" had the opportunity to grow. All it took was someone to give them the time and love to cultivate their true nature, and allow them to grow into a loving member of a family.

If you have the time and love to be a part of this wonderful experience, come to Payson Humane Society. We have someone who is looking for you.

SILENT AUCTION

Down the Street Art Gallery at 703 W. Main St. invites everyone to join them from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6 for a Silent Auction to benefit the Payson Humane Society.

In conjunction with an animal-themed art show called "Little Creatures," they will be auctioning works of art and related items donated by members of the gallery as well as other generous artists.

All proceeds from the auction are going to help the animals of our own community. Great art, good refreshments and fun. Mark your calendar -- First Friday in June!

ROCK REUNION

Local rocker Barb Wolkin and her former Whiskey Blu band members will join other retired Arizona rock bands including Surgical Steel for the Arizona All-Star Rock Reunion on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8 at the Venue of Scottsdale (formerly the Cajun House), 7117 E. 3rd Ave., (480) 945-5150.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Payson Humane Society, online at ts.com or at the door on show days.

Barb and Whiskey Blu will give all proceeds purchased in their name to the Payson Humane Society!

SPAY/NEUTER GRANT

Payson Humane Societyas received a grant to providepay and neutering for dogs in Payson and the surrounding communities.lease stop by the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road to complete the paperwork. Donations are requested, but not required.

BOO BOO

Boo Boo, a handsome young Shepherd mix, was brought in by animal control with three other dogs, all of whom seemed to know one another, and were never claimed by their owner. One of the other dogs may, in fact, be his litter mate. With his sad eyes and shy boy temperament, Boo Boo has quickly become a favorite at the shelter. He will need some work to get over his shyness, and is learning to walk on a leash. He also loves to run beside the person walking him, so if you are a runner, Boo Boo's your man. Once you gain his confidence, he will remain right by your side. His long, beautiful coat will need some grooming. If you are willing to spend some time teaching a young fella the ropes, Boo Boo has the potential to be your very best friend!

BRUISER

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.

SCOOTER

What a face! Scooter is a handsome, 7-month-old, red Chow/Shepherd mix who was turned over by his owner because they didn't have room for him. They tell us he is good with children, rides well in cars and walks great on a leash. And he plays very well with the other dogs in the play yard. He loves to splash in the wading pool! If you are looking for a sweet, young pup who would love to make himself part of your family, come by the shelter and meet this charming Scooter. We think you'll be happy you did!

SHILOH

Shiloh is a tri-colored 1-1/2-year-old Australian Shepherd mix with a lot of personality. Her owner left her behind when she moved. She seems to have some herding instincts; she gets excited and loves to jump up to greet you. She thrives on attention and plays well with other dogs. She will need someone who can give her the time it will take to train her to be the dog she has the potential to be. But, in the meantime, she has a lot of love to give to just the right person.

TIKI

Tiki is a flirty 2-year-old spayed female bicolor tabby cat. When she came to our shelter, her coat was very matted and the groomer had to give her a lion hair style, which makes her look very unique. However, when her fur grows out, she will return to looking like her fluffy self. Tiki is quite the little extrovert and wants to be involved in whatever is going on. She's a real little lover girl!

To learn more about these and other adoptable pets, visit the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road. Give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or visit us on the Web at www.paysonhumanesociety.com, www.planetpayson.com or www.petfinders.com.

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