Shelter Statistics Represent Real Lives At Our Mercy



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“One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter” — a book by Diane Leigh and Marilee Geyer — is a mesmerizing, heartwrenching look into the operation of an American animal shelter.

The photos were taken during a one-week period at a shelter in northern California. They are eerily similar to what we see each and every day at Payson Humane Society.

The authors decided to write this book because they feel strongly that if they get more people to understand the plight of these animals, slowly but surely they can change the tide.

Here is an excerpt from the book’s Forward: “In fact, the only way to understand the tragedy is to see, to know, that it happens to one animal at a time. One precious dog, one special cat, each with its own individual story, his own unique history, his own sacred spirit and his own uncertain fate. One by one until there are millions. This book is about those individuals. It is a testament to the faces we will never see and cannot imagine, because there are too many. It is a way to help us understand that the statistics are more than mere numbers: they are real lives, and they are utterly and completely at our mercy.”

If you would like more information about “One at a Time,” write to No Voice Unheard, P.O. Box 4171 Santa Cruz, CA 95603 or online visit By telephone, call (831) 440-9574.

Benefit dance tonight

On a MUCH lighter note, the big dance is tonight and is the official kick-off (along with the mass mailing) to the capital campaign that will bring in the money needed to build the new building we have all looked so forward to. This building is going to make our local battle of helping to reduce the numbers of unwanted animals so much healthier and more comfortable for the animals and people alike at PHS. We are breaking ground in December and hope to move in August of 2009! We encourage all of you to come and kick up your heals and have a great time in support of such a worthy cause. Also, if you want your pet’s picture on the cover of the 2009 calender you’ll have to be there because it will be raffled to one lucky winner.

For more information about the dance or any of the other upcoming events, give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or stop in and see us at 812 S. McLane Road.


This large and muscular male Akita has a reserved manner and carries himself with great dignity. Simon is a highly prized Japanese breed who is fearless and courageous. As such, he would be better suited in a home where there are no other dogs. Akitas are well known to be extremely loyal to their family and aloof of strangers. However, they thrive on human companionship. Simon’s beautiful double coat will require daily brushing. If you are the kind of pet owner who can display kindness, firmness and consistency, then Simon is your guy. He is not for the novice pet owner. If you think Simon may be suited to your family, come over to the Payson Humane Society and meet this aristocrat. He is unforgettable.


Jiggles is an 8-month-old neutered black Jack Russell mix. He was given to the shelter because his owners could not keep him when they moved. Jiggles is trained to use a doggie door and is used to older children. He is very friendly with the children, but also hyper. He is trained to ride in an animal carrier when traveling. Jiggles could use some general obedience that will help him become a great family member.


My name is Sweetie Pie and I’m a 1-year-old female. I am excited about finding my forever home. Here are the things I like: food and treats (of course), walks, a soft and warm place to sleep and lots of hugs, kisses and petting. If you have a fenced-in yard, I love to go outside and lie in the sun, belly up of course. I do hope my new family has some dog-training experience, or will take me to a class, so I can continue learning how to be a good girl. I know I’m a pit bull mix and some people think we are bad dogs, but give me a chance to prove them wrong. All I ask is that you meet me and see for yourself.


Hop on the bus, Gus! This young fellow is quite the hugger. He has a very unique way of wrapping his two front paws around your leg, much like a child. He seems to need a lot of attention and love. With a little training, Gus would make his new owner extremely happy. Gus is an 8-month-old Shepherd mix who will bring a lot of joy into your life. If you need a loyal friend, you can count on Gus!


Roxy is foxy! She is a beautiful, stocky 1-year-old Boxer mix. Her red and white coat is smooth and shiny and her eyes are big and brown. Roxy is very well-behaved and needs a forever home. This is a classy lady who is currently interviewing potential owners. Hurry over and introduce yourself to this beauty!


This handsome dude is a Shepherd mix, 3 years old, happy, healthy and active. Bear can seem aggressive, however, he just wants to play and romp. He is the perfect dog for someone who is active and wants a companion to go to the lake, camping and hiking. You would be hard pressed to find a more loyal friend than Bear. If you have the spirit that he needs, please come over to Payson Humane Society and meet this big Bear.

Rabies clinic

The Town of Payson/Star Valley Gila County Rabies Control is having a Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St. Rabies vaccinations will be $10.

Licenses are required for all dogs and they may be purchased at the clinic. The costs: unaltered dogs, $7 for the Town of Payson, $7 for the Town of Star Valley, and $15 for Gila County; spayed/neutered dogs, $3 for the Town of Payson, $5 for the Town of Star Valley, and $7 for Gila County.

Other vaccinations will be available upon request. Pets must be secured at all times.

For more information, call (928) 474-9292.

Calendar photo shoot

Primp your pooch and fluff up your feline for another photo shoot for Payson Humane Society’s 2009 Pet Calendar!

Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Rumsey Park’s Ramada 5 on North McLane Road. The event is in conjunction with the second annual KCMA Listener and Sponsor Appreciation Party.

The cost to have your pet’s photo in the calendar is $20. The calendars will sell for $10.

Our first-rate photographer will capture the heart and soul of your pet, or we will also accept high-resolution photos of your own. Limit the photos to animals only, please.

Calendar dates are available on a first come, first served basis. Forms will be available at the event, and are also available at the Payson Humane Society, 812 S. McLane Road.


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