More Pets Turned Over Due To Economy


In this week’s column we are focusing on “owner turnover animals.” The economic downturn has had a dramatic effect on the world of homeless animals. Animal shelters all around the country have received record numbers of animals from owners who have lost their homes. In most cases, these animals already have basic training such as being housebroken. Our shelter is no different, and we are filled to the brim.

There are many other reasons people turn over their animals. As an example, we have cats and dogs here now who have fallen through the cracks because of divorce, allergies, barking and so on. We believe all animals deserve a second chance, and in some cases our shelter has been known to give third and fourth chances.

As a shelter that doesn’t euthanize based on time, we have the opportunity to come to know the animals that we hold. In some cases, we have held animals for months before a loving, forever home becomes available. During this time, we often find that the behavior issues they were turned over for are easily overcome with gentle, loving training.

Many dogs will jump the fence and run their neighborhood or bark nonstop simply because the habitat they are provided to live in is bad. For instance, a dog that is left chained or kept in a small pen will escape at every opportunity. They are naturally driven to run and play. Also, dogs are pack-oriented animals and if they are stuck out in the yard and have no one to be with, they will often go looking for company. Another very common issue we see is unneutered males that are looking for a “girlfriend.”

The bottom line is, we have many wonderful animals that we believe in, looking for a loving, forever home. We are believers, are you?

The perfect opportunity to meet all of our animals as well as have a chance to see our facility and learn more about us is our “Home for the Holidays” event scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6 at the shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road. This is an open house with food, information and a live broadcast with our pal Suzanne Michaels of 96.3 KRIM. We hope to see you there!

A great idea for a holiday gift is the 2009 Payson Humane Society Calendar, come by and pick one up for only $10. All proceeds go to support our animals.


Gracie is a 3-year-old Husky mix. She is spayed and up-to-date on her shots. She gets along great with dogs and kids. She has lived her whole life outside and was turned over because of a divorce. This sweet girl needs someone to come along and make her a part of their family. She needs to feel loved and welcome into the home. She truly is sweet and would love to go home with you today!


Kacey is very special. He needs a caring, compassionate family to take him and his needs on. He is a 5-year-old neutered Chow/ Australian Shepherd mix. He has been adopted and returned to us twice, all because of his skin condition. He has allergies and requires special foods and allergy shots. He is housebroken and does wonderful on a leash. He rides well in vehicles and gets along with other dogs. He is quite the character too. He can talk to you, and when he gets excited, his cute little stubby tail, wiggles back and forth. Please help him find his forever home. He needs someone who will love him and appreciate him for the wonderful guy he truly is. Come meet Kacey! We promise you’ll fall in love.


Roy is a 1-1/2-year-old Rottweiler/Pit Bull mix. He is neutered and up-to-date on his shots. He gets along great with other dogs. He was turned over by his owner because she could no longer care for him. Unfortunately, he never received any kind of training, so he will need some. Our adoptions do come with one free training class. All this sweet guy needs is a patient, understanding family to accept him into their home.


Rebba is a 6-year-old Aussie/Border Collie mix. She was turned over by her owners because she barks. Imagine a dog barking! She is very shy, but oh so sweet. She does great on a leash, is housebroken and knows her basic commands. She will make a great family dog. She needs a loving, affectionate family to take her in and let her feel loved. Is that you?


Brewski is a 1-year-old Shepherd mix. He was originally adopted from us, but he got out and his owner did not want to come get him. He is housebroken and knows his basic commands. He walks well on a leash and can even shake. He will need a secure yard with a tall fence. He gets along with other dogs and is a happy-go-lucky guy. Come spend some time with him. He is a great guy!


Trinity is a 3-year-old Pointer/ Boxer mix. She too is spayed and current on all shots. She was turned over because she escaped the yard and doesn’t like cats. She will need a secure yard with a high fence and a home without cats. She does well with other dogs and is very affectionate and outgoing. She would make a great hiking companion. Please stop by and meet Trinity today.


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