The dog days of summer have arrived. And we’re not just talking about the weather, we’re talking about dogs.
Here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona we have had a population explosion! So, as a result we are having a “Summer Blowout Sale” — through Aug. 31 we are letting approved adopters draw a price for their adoption from a dog dish. The price they draw will be somewhere between $10 and $40. This is a drastically reduced price, it is a drastic measure to be able to reduce the population at the shelter.
We don’t talk about the next most drastic measure too often in this article. We want to educate folks about our facility and the importance of responsible pet ownership. We work hard to find grants that will help people who can’t afford the surgery to have their animals fixed. This alone will alleviate the problem of homeless companion animals.
In the last year, our hard-working grant writers have brought in over $25,000 to the community to help this cause. That’s just for dogs. There was another $30,000 in grant money spent to spay and neuter the feral cat population.
This is just a start, but with the continued support of those who provide the money for grants, we will hopefully begin to see a decline in the number of animals who, for one reason or another, find their way to our door.
Two of the dogs that just recently arrived at the shelter are the beloved pets of Ken “Bodhi” Shelton, who was tragically killed when his motorcycle collided with an elk. His passenger is still in the hospital with serious injuries. A benefit will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at The Buffalo Bar and Grill to raise some of the funds to help her as she struggles to recover. The two dogs will also be featured there, because we at the HSCAZ feel that Bodhi would want that. They are beautiful Shepherd mixes who have spent their lives together, but we will separate them if need be to find them both a home.
For more information on any of the beautiful animals available for adoption here at HSCAZ, or to learn how you can become an important part of our team, call (928) 474-5590, come see us at 812 S. McLane Road or look us up on the web at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.
Sable was turned over by her owners because they felt she was destructive in the house. This may have happened because she was left alone, after they had just adopted her from a shelter in Apache Junction. We do offer a free training class with her adoption. Sable, a Pug/Lab mix, is spayed and current on all of her shots. She is sweet and does well with other dogs. She likes children and is potty trained. Sable doesn’t understand why she went from one shelter, into a home and then back to another shelter. This little girl needs a home that she can feel safe and welcome in. She needs some TLC.
Lastat is a playful 5-month-old Pit mix. He was picked up by animal control near Lakeshore and Birchwood. His owner knew where he was, but for some reason, she wouldn’t come for him. We got him neutered and current on shots because we felt he was very sweet and highly adoptable. Pit mixes are not for everyone, but those who like them, will fall in love with this little guy. He is spunky and playful and so full of energy. He likes to play with the other dogs and may do best as a hiking or jogging companion. He will require a home visit because of his breed, just to ensure he is being adopted as a new family member and not as a fighting or bait dog. He is too sweet to be part of anything horrible like that.
Shaggy is an adorable Border Terrier mix. He was picked up as a stray in North Payson. Someone had tried to shave this poor guy, and they did a horrible job. Thankfully the vet that neutered him was able to shave him down a little bit more to help him look a lot better. We were sure someone was going to come for him, especially since he’s a smaller dog, but no one did. Now he is available for adoption. Shaggy is one of the sweetest dogs. He is outgoing and affectionate and so eager to find a lap he can lay in for the rest of his life. He is friendly and would make a great family dog.
Chewey was brought to us because his owner wasn’t able to spend time with him. Being all alone, he was becoming bored with his yard and starting to plan his escape route. He seems to be very smart and obeys basic commands. His owner informed us he is good with kids over 10, other dogs, and OK with cats. Chewey will need an active family that is able to include him in their lives. He should not be kept as a yard dog, but rather a family dog. Please plan on being loyal to him as this is what he plans for you. Chewey has been in a foster home for several months now. This is a plus because he is receiving one-on-one time which is so important. He has learned manners and is more trusting.
CURTIS & ZEUS
Curtis is a 4-month-old male domestic medium hair kitten. He is neutered and has handsome black and white markings.
Zeus is a 4-month-old neutered male domestic shorthair kitten. He is black and white with a sweet and easygoing personality.
These two “tuxedo” kittens are just a couple of the many adorable cats and kittens available for adoption at the HSCAZ shelter. Come down during our Blowout Sale and get a new pet for your family at great savings.