Meet Just A Few K-9 Good Citizens









Little Lil





K-9 good citizen — it’s a term you hear from time to time in the dog world.

Here at Payson Humane Society, we are very proud to say we have many K-9 good citizens. If you don’t believe us, just ask anyone who participated in the the second annual “Blue’s Dog Walk” last Saturday.

This wonderful, fun-filled event has been held to benefit the Payson Humane Society for two years. People of all ages are invited to come and bring their dogs to meet at the Pine trailhead and go for a hike. Each year, our volunteers take several of our residents to the walk.

The dogs featured in this week’s column are a few of the participants from this year’s Blue’s Walk. They proved that they were not only easy to walk on a leash, but that they enjoy the company of people and other dogs.

Our dogs love the opportunity to get out of their kennels and go for hikes, and we love the opportunity to show them off at events such as this. We are so grateful to Cory and the folks of Blue’s Gallery in Pine for their willingness to step up to the plate and help support the lost and abandoned animals of Rim Country. We are so fortunate to have supporters like them and the members of PAWS, the club that sponsors the off-leash dog park, as well as the many other people who donate time and money and goods to our animals.

There are several events planned in the near future — the first is an estate sale which is happening today and tomorrow, Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, at 702 N. Lucern Circle. The next is our annual chili supper on Monday, Nov. 3, and a golf tournament which is being held Nov. 14 at The Rim Golf Club. This event includes for your $250 entry fee, 18 holes of golf on one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, a cart and a reception held after your game for you and a guest that includes beer, wine and delicious BBQ and a silent auction.

If you’d like any more information on these events, or to meet one of our K-9 good citizens, give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or stop in and see us at 812 S. McLane Road.

Reduced adoption rates

We are filled to capacity at the animal shelter, so we are offering reduced adoption rates to qualified applicants. Adult dogs and cats (age 1 year and older) are available for only $25; puppies and kittens can be adopted for just $35. Adoption applications must be completed and a home visit may be necessary. Come in now and choose your new best friend!


This handsome 1-year-old neutered male is named Chip. He is an Australian Cattle Dog/ Shepherd mix. He was seen roaming the forest for about a week in Tonto Village, and then a caring citizen brought him in to us.

We have learned that Chip is a little shy, but does very well around other dogs and humans once he gets to know you. Chip is very quiet and appears to be looking for his owner. We, at the shelter, hope we can find him a new best friend. Just looking at his little face should make you want to take him home.

You can come to the shelter and take him out to our play yard. We know you will want to take him with you once you see how wonderful and sweet he really is. Chip rides well in cars, and is very well-mannered when walking on a leash.

He plays well with the other dogs in the shelter play yard, even though he is a little shy. At times, with the shy dogs the shelter staff believes it is just the environment that has them bewildered.

Chip recently attended the Blue’s Walk. By all reports, including the volunteer walking him, he had a great time. He sniffed at other dogs and was rewarded by a return sniff. (This is the dog’s way of saying, ‘Hi, you are cool.’) He also was surrounded by humans, and he handled the experience very well. Chip was proud to take part in an event that will benefit him and his other dog friends at the shelter. He proved to be a good hiking companion, even when there are lots of other dogs and humans around. Please come and meet Chip, he deserves a loving home. The shelter can get pretty cold during the winter, so we would love to get some of our dogs into a home.


This handsome fellow is very polite and well-mannered. He walks like a gentleman on the leash and is housebroken. He gets along well with other dogs and has quite the adorable personality. He would make a great family dog or even a service dog. Please stop by and spend some time with this spectacular guy.

Duke also participated in the Blue’s Walk last weekend in Pine. He did wonderful; he was very social with the other dogs and with people. He sniffed out some of his dog friends and he replied with lots of ‘back at ya’ sniffs. He also met many human friends and introduced himself to many new bushes along the trail. He would make a very outgoing sociable friend for someone. If you have it in your heart to adopt a dog, please come and meet Duke.


Jenna is an affectionate 3-year-old, spayed female American Staffordshire Terrier. She was brought in by a caring citizen who found her running on the highway. She is very well-mannered and walks great on a leash. She loves to play and gets along well with other dogs. She has a short, smooth coat and will need minimal brushing to maintain her coat. Please come by and meet Jenna, she is the sweetest girl.


Little Lil is quite the gal. She gets along great with other dogs. She likes to flip her ears and wear them like that all day. She is still young and will need someone who can train and teach her. She will also need a safe and secure fence. Please come by and meet this crazy girl.

Little Lil participated in the recent Blue’s Walk and did wonderful; she was very social with the other dogs and with people. She sniffed out some of her dog friends and got lots of replies. She also met many human friends. She is very outgoing. Little Lil rode great in the van along with four other dogs. She had a great time hiking and was proud to be part of an event to raise money for Payson Humane Society. Please come and meet her, she is an exceptional dog.


Meet Gretchen. She is a 2-year-old Hound mix. She was adopted out and then brought back in by animal control and her owners never came for her. Despite all of that, she is still tenderhearted and eager to please. She does need to be trained and shown how to walk on a leash. But because she is so docile and lovable, she’d be a pleasure to work with. If this sounds like the type of dog you’re looking for, please come by and get to know her. She truly is a sweetheart.

“Gosh, have I been here at the shelter a long time! I would love to have a family. Yes, I’m an active dog! I’m sure I came from a litter several other pups. I hope my brothers and sisters are doing well. I just need a family that understands I need lots of exercise and a family that wants to be connected with me. I come with a free training lesson from our local trainer, Lori Chandler. I can guarantee I will bring lots of fun and love to your family. Please come and meet me and give me a chance.”


What a face! Scooter is a handsome 9-month-old red Shepherd mix who was turned over by his owners 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 also 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.

Although Scooter may come across as shy when you visit him in the shelter, we believe it is just the environment that has him bewildered. Scooter attended the Blue’s Walk and by all reports, including the volunteers walking him, he had a great time. He sniffed at other dogs and was rewarded by a return sniff. He also was surrounded by humans, which he handled very well. Scooter was a great hiker and proved he can be a good companion in this circumstance.

If you are looking for a new dog, please come and meet Scooter. Don’t let his shyness fool you, he is a great dog.


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