As most everyone knows, the Humane Society of Central Arizona is currently a little bitty shelter with a great big name. We often have people tell us that they are amazed at what we are able to accomplish in our worn out little facility, and at the number of animals we handle.
We are able to accomplish what we do only because we have an amazingly dedicated staff, who are deeply devoted to the animals in their care. We also owe much of our success to the army of wonderful volunteers, who show up every single day to help us with everything from exercising and grooming the animals to repairs and cleaning. Not to mention the foster families. We would never be able to make it without our volunteers.
But one thing that a lot of people don’t realize, especially in times like these when there has been so much publicity over our contracts with the town and county, is that we are a nonprofit organization that that relies on donations and grants to survive. The income we receive from our contracts is only a small portion of what it costs to safely and humanely house our animals until they find their loving, forever home.
The list of needs that go along with this task is a long one. I’ll give you a few examples. Each day, we use roughly eight gallons of bleach, that is used for cleaning kennels as well as the mountains of laundry and dishes. We use at least 20 cups of laundry soap. Each department goes through about half a bottle of dish soap per day. That’s just cleaning supplies.
There’s tons of food, carriers to transport animals back and forth to the vet. There’s the cost of spaying and neutering, giving them shots and caring for special needs such as minor injuries, and those who show up covered with ticks need to be treated for that. Add to that the expense of maintaining these used up old buildings, maintaining our van and the wages for our staff, and you have a pretty costly place to operate. This really is just the tip of the iceberg.
Then, of course, there is the new building. We have completed phase one and are working hard to raise the funds for the rest of the construction. We know we will accomplish this goal. And we know we will continue to be able to care for the lost and abandoned animals of Rim Country because we are fortunate enough to be part of one of the most generous communities in the world.
This little shelter has seen some hard times, as has the rest of the country. But we haven’t been around for 37 years because we are quitters, we’ve been around for 37 years because we are believers. We believe in each adoptable animal that makes its way to our front door, and we believe they deserve a chance at a decent life.
If you would like to contribute to our general fund, building fund or Payson Friends of Ferals, you can do so by making a check to the Humane Society of Central Arizona and mailing it to P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547. Be sure to specify where you want the donation to go if you have a preference, or we can always use gift cards from any of the local stores as well as Ace Hardware and Home Depot. With gift cards, we can use them as needed and they require very little storage space.
For more information on our organization, give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or come and see us and all the beautiful animals available for adoption at 812 S. McLane Road. Or you can find us on the web at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.
Don’t forget to check out the new Humane Society Thrift Store located at 404 W. Main St. (in the brown building just west of the fire station).
Carmella is a beautiful 6-month-old Hound mix. She was adopted and returned to us as a stray. We have tried numerous times to reach her owner, but we have not succeeded. Carmella is ours now and is available for adoption. Her brother Oreo is also here for adoption. We have had both of them since they were 6 weeks old. She is housebroken, leash trained and gets along great with kids and other dogs. She is still current on her shots and has already been spayed. She is easygoing, affectionate and such a lady.
Buddie is an 8-month-old Shepherd/Collie mix. He was brought in to us because his family had an emergency and is no longer able to care for him. He is one of the sweetest and most adorable dogs you’ll ever meet. He walks well on a leash, is potty trained and gets along with other dogs and kids. He has been neutered and is current on all shots. Buddie is a great dog and is in need of a great home.
Buddy is a gorgeous, brindle colored Rottweiler/Bulldog mix, according to his previous owner. He was turned over because he chased cattle on a ranch in Young. Buddy is very sweet and gets along with other dogs and children, though he will need to be in a house without cats. He loves to play fetch and is active in the play yard. He has the sweetest disposition and is ready to find his forever home.
Mumble is an affectionate longhaired tuxedo colored cat. He is 3 months old, neutered and up to date on shots. He is very affectionate and will even rub his face on yours when he is feeling very lovable. He gets along with other cats and loves kids and adults of all ages. He will make a great addition to happy, loving family.
Rip is a 1-year-old Queensland Heeler. She is very sweet and playful. She was brought in as a stray from Animal Control. She loves the water and is full of energy to run and play. She is spayed and current on her shots. She is housebroken and leash trained and really a very sweet little girl, looking to find her forever home.
Feather is a beautiful 3-year-old spayed female. She was brought to us as a stray and has been with us since Feb. 21. Feather is a special needs cat, simply because she needs to be the only animal. She does not get along with other cats or dogs, but she is so very sweet and affectionate to people of all ages. She is part of our Lonely Hearts Club, and is ready to find her forever home.