An Explanation Of Animal Shelter Hours














The Humane Society of Central Arizona hours of operation are as follows:

• Sunday, Monday and major holidays —


• Tuesday — 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Wednesday — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Thursday, Friday, Saturday — 9:30 a.m.

• to 4 p.m.

• Closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily

We recognize the importance of our customers’ time, and with that in mind, we offer the following explanation of our shelter hours.

With town contracts and donations being the large part of our income, we are forced to work with a small staff of dedicated people, and we find it necessary to close on certain days. It is possible, although not easy, to complete our daily tasks with our undersized staff, but we simply cannot cut back on the care we give the animals. Part of that care is the responsibility to perform regular deep cleaning of the facility, which must be done on the days we are closed for business. We also take the days we are closed to catch up on the backlog of paperwork that is often set aside while we deal with any number of unusual incidents and emergencies that face us each day.

In addition, on the days we are open for business, we provide our hard-working staff with an hour-long lunch, and we stagger the time over an hour-and-a-half (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) in order to accommodate our employees. Often we are in the midst of an adoption, reclaiming a dog, or taking in a stray when 11:30 arrives, and it’s noon or after before staff is able to go to lunch.

We appreciate each and every one of you who visit the shelter, and we hope that this explanation will help to alleviate unnecessary trips on the days we are closed and during the lunch hour.

Now let’s talk about some of the wonderful pets available for adoption at the shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road.

Spring has sprung, and we have lots of puppies to choose from. These youngsters are just getting started out in life. Through no fault of their own, they ended up with us. They all deserve a chance at a loving, forever home. Here are just a few.


Ashley is a 10-week-old Aussie/Border Collie mix. She and 18 other pups had been dumped in Tonopah, along with 4 mothers. They were rescued and we helped by taking in her and 3 others. Now Ashley is the last pup left, and she is looking for her forever home. She isn’t going to be very big, and her breeds are known for being very intelligent and quick to learn. She gets along with the other pups and really likes to play.


Bella is a 3-month-old Mastiff/Ridgeback mix. She was turned over by her owner, who was moving and could no longer care for her. She does great with other dogs and likes to play. She, like most all puppies, will need some training, and we do offer one free training class with an adoption. She is sweet and easy going and has the prettiest green eyes. She is going to get big, so she will need a good-sized space to be able to grow up in.


Dally was turned over, along with her 5 other siblings. She is an Aussie/Golden mix, with the sweetest personality. She and her sister are the 2 remaining girls of the original 6. She gets along with the other pups and is playful as could be. She has cute crimpy ears and an adorable face. She is very intelligent and will make a great family dog.


Dilly is a 4-month-old Aussie/Golden mix. She and 5 others were turned over because they were an unwanted litter. We know once you meet her, you will want her, and she will find her forever home. She is outgoing and smart and she loves to play. She is friendly and would also make a great family dog.


Stiffler is a 3-month-old Shar-Pei. He was turned over because he was getting bigger than what the people had expected, and they couldn’t care for him. He has the cutest face and a sweet personality. He is very active and outgoing. He will need a big yard and would do great in a home with other dogs that would play with him and keep him active.


Susie Q is a 3-month-old Aussie mix. She was turned over by her owner because she had too many dogs and couldn’t take care of Susie Q also. She is very sweet and affectionate, and can be somewhat shy at times. Susie Q needs a home that she can feel safe in and get the love and attention she deserves. Her breed is very intelligent, so she will be easy to train.

Other news

Remember the tale of Silky Rose and the Rosebuds that appeared in our column a few weeks ago? We promised to keep you posted on their progress. Well, “The Buds” will turn 6 weeks old next Saturday. Soon they will be old enough for adoption and you will have the opportunity to come and pick your own very special “Rose Bud.”

Mark your calendar for the big event — May 2 at 3 p.m. we will have the groundbreaking ceremony for our new shelter. Watch this column for details on the celebration we have planned.

The Sawmill Theatres will host a special presentation of the movie “Inkheart” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9. Tickets are just $2, and all box office proceeds will go to the humane society. Don’t miss it!


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