Foster Homes Play Crucial Role












As we head into winter, we usually see a drop in the number of animals coming into the shelter — especially puppies and kittens. But this year, it’s not working out that way. The number of animals is increasing.

Thankfully this year has also been a great year for fosters. We just can’t stress enough the importance of having a list of dependable fosters.

Foster families offer us the opportunity to continue to accept  animals, even if the kennels are all full. They also allow us to accept animals that are too young to survive the shelter environment. These tiny babies often need to be fed with a bottle or syringe. They need to be encouraged to use their bowels and bladders as these are things that a mother tends to for the first few weeks of life under normal circumstances. They need to be bathed and  tenderly nurtured to grow to be loving and affectionate. This makes them more adoptable, because they have learned to trust and enjoy human contact.

Another group of animals that  benefit from this program are animals that have suffered an injury. Often an animal that is injured either physically or emotionally is declared to be “unadoptable,” when really all they truly need is some special person with the time and energy to understand them and give them the tender, loving care needed to recover. Sometimes they just need to understand that all people are not abusive and can be trusted.

In the cases of emotional injury, it takes a very gentle heart to slowly but surely bring an animal around. In the case of  a physical injury, an animal needs a safe, quiet place to heal — and someone who is willing to tend a wound, and administer the medication and physical therapy required.

We also have another group of dogs that are very special to us, that can benefit greatly from a good foster. We lovingly call them our “only” dogs. They are dogs that have so much to offer in companionship and love to a person, but do not care for other dogs or cats. They are often the “bully” breeds such as Pit Bull or Rottweiler.

In all cases of fostering, the one thing that is most important is the understanding that the process of loving and healing this animal will eventually lead to it being adopted and leaving your home. This is often the hardest part of the whole process. It’s important at this point for us to remember that in releasing this now healed, healthy animal we have opened a space for another.

If you would like to be part of our very important foster network, please come in and let us talk to you about it. All new fosters require a home visit and an approved application.

For more information on this program, or to meet our wonderful animals, come to 812 S. McLane Road or call (928) 474-5590. We have a Web site too,  


Gage is a 2-year-old American Bulldog/Pit mix. He came in as a stray from Flowing Springs. Like all of our “bully” breeds, a home visit is required for potential adopters. We do encourage you to bring in any other dogs you have to meet Gage before taking him home. This guy has so much energy. He loves walks and absolutely loves to play ball. Some would say he has all the requirements to be a police dog. If you are interested in Gage, swing by and spend some time with him. He is an amazing guy!


Roy is a 1-1/2-year-old Rottweiler/Pit mix. He was turned over by his owner because he liked to climb the fence and get out. He will need some basic training to correct this, and a secure yard. Luckily, we offer one free training class with Lori Chandler. Roy is a great guy. He gets along with the other dogs and is playful. He is very handsome and just needs the right family to come along and show him the love he has never received. Please come visit Roy and let him know he is loved!


Sweetie Pie is a 1-year-old Pit Bull Terrier. She was brought in by Animal Control from East Cherry, and no one ever came for her. She will require a home visit. She does well with other dogs, but needs a home without cats. She also comes with one free training class. She truly is a sweetheart, which is how she got her name. She too needs love and affection from the right family. Are you the one?


Tex is a 1-1/2-year-old neutered male Mastiff mix. He was brought in by the police department, and no one ever came to reclaim this handsome fellow. He is very playful and gets along well with other dogs. He will need some training to learn basic commands and how to walk well on a leash. This youngster needs an active family to be a part of. Please come meet him and discover his charming personality. He’s waiting to become the newest edition to your family. A home visit is required.


Tootsie is a beautiful, 2-year-old brindle Sharpei. She was picked up in Mesa Del by a kind citizen. She has had a few litters of puppies, but thankfully now she is spayed and that can no longer happen. Tootsie needs a family who will take her hiking and keep her active. She has a short coat that will require minimal brushing. Please take some time to spend with our Tootsie Pop. She is wonderful.

Don’t miss Chili Supper Monday

It’s fall and many a local resident’s thoughts turn to ……CHILI!

If you’re one of those chili-lovers, come to the Payson Humane Society’s 12th Annual Chili Supper Monday, Nov. 3.

The smells of yummy chili will emanate from the Elks Lodge on Airport Road from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For the small price of $7 for adults and $4 for kids under 12, you’ll enjoy a tasty meal of chili, mac and cheese, salad, rolls and homemade cupcakes. Tickets are available at the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, at the Payson Public Library or at the door the night of the event.

Along with the great eats, you can take a chance or two on the 50/50 raffle. Or buy raffle tickets for many other items, such as a Mexican cruise and a beautiful quilt. You can also purchase the Humane Society’s Pets of Rim Country calendar. Door prizes will be drawn all throughout the evening. And, if that isn’t enough, check out the terrific items, donated by the generous businesses, organizations, and individuals in the area, which will be offered in a silent auction. They’ll make great holiday gifts. It’s also a good time to socialize with your friends. There will truly be something for everyone.

All proceeds go to caring for the homeless animals of Rim Country. It’s the perfect opportunity to have a great evening and to contribute to a worthy cause all at the same time. Don’t miss this event!

For more information about the event, call the shelter at 474-5590.


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