Cold Weather Brings New Challenges

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Blue

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Dolly

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Lucky

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Shooter

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Memphis

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Sheba

It has been a very busy year for the staff of Payson Humane Society. We’ve struggled with several very serious obstacles and have managed to come out on top (most of the time). We’ve seen some really great animals come and go this year — even a few of our “long-timers” have found loving, forever homes. As we work to prepare for spending another winter in our current facility, one thing you’ll hear us mention often is getting everyone indoors. When we spend time with as many dogs as we’ve handled this year, a lot of “temporary” kennels that are outdoors are put to use. But as the weather cools down, we need to get these kennels emptied out and everyone moved indoors. So, in this week’s column we are featuring a few of our “teenagers.” These are the pups who have grown out of the little puppy stage, but are still quite a way from adulthood. They are at just the right stage of life to train; to gently mold into a perfect companion. These pups are spending their days now in the outdoor areas playing in groups. They are so much fun to watch. But as with any group of teens, they need close monitoring or a scuffle can break out. It seems no matter how many “cool” things you put in to play with, there is always one toy that’s the “coolest.” If you’re thinking of adding a dog or cat to your household this holiday season, we hope you will consider one of our “teens” or any of the wonderful animals that currently call Payson Humane Society home. There are several events in the works for the winter season. The first is “Home for Holidays” — this is an open house event where we invite everyone to come and visit the shelter and see how it works and to meet our animals. Whether you’re planning to adopt or not, it’s a great time to see how we operate. We are asking for donations of gift cards to any of the local stores. Gift cards don’t require a lot of storage space, the mice won’t get into them and they can be used to purchase any supply needed from food to cleaning supplies to tools, tarps, etc. In January we are having our first annual “Petapalooza” at Safeway, thanks to the generosity of the Safeway Foundation, who do much to help many worthy causes. And of course we have several more wine tastings and a fabulous black tie event planned for Valentine’s Day. For more information on any of these events or our wonderful animals, call (928) 474-5590. Please leave a message, we will call you back, or come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road. BLUE and DOLLY These two Heeler/Husky mixes are brother and sister. They have been together for the entire 4 1/2 months they have been alive. They are like day and night when it comes to personality. However, both are playful, loveable and in need of their “furever” home. We really would like to see them go together, but will be happy to let them go separately, as long as it is to a great home. Please come meet these two. LUCKY Lucky is a 6-month-old Border Collie mix. She is spayed and current on all of her shots. She gets along well with dogs and cats. She is spunky and playful and really likes to play tug of war. She is loveable and very outgoing. This sweet gal needs a home that is active and enjoys being outdoors. Please stop in and spend some time with her. We bet you’ll feel Lucky you met her. SHOOTER Shooter is a 5-month-old Boxer mix. He is still learning how to potty outside. He will also need training for basic commands. This little guy is outgoing and fun-loving. He needs an active family who will take him to the park or the river. He gets along with the other dogs here. He was adopted and then returned because they could not get him to potty outside. If you are patient and willing to work with this pup, please come by and see him. Let him know he still has a chance. MEMPHIS  This fun-loving hound mix is only 4 month old. We rescued him from Gila Humane because they were going to euthanize him for space. He gets along with the rest of the puppies and he really loves to play. He is partially housebroken. He needs an active family who will be willing to work with him to train him, and will take him for walks and hikes. Spend some time with him; you’ll be glad you did. SHEBA This sweet girl is a 1-year-old Shepherd mix. She came in after roaming the forest for weeks. She is still somewhat shy around humans, but is starting to come out of her shell. She definitely needs a safe, loving home to go to. She needs a family who will make her feel secure and who will give her lots of TLC. Please spend some time with this sweetie. She needs your love and attention now.

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