It’s official, the holiday season is upon us. Our wish is that each and every one of our animals could be settled into a warm and comfortable home for the holidays. A home where they would be allowed to live out their whole lives and never again spend time in a shelter. We wish this not only for our animals, but for all the homeless animals.
There is an answer to the overwhelming problem of unwanted companion animals — spay and neuter. It’s a simple cure to a horrible problem. But we all need to do our part.
One way of being sure that the animal you have is spayed or neutered is to adopt a pet from a shelter or a rescue organization. If you have a particular breed that you are fond of, there is most likely a rescue organization trying to find homes for the breed of your choice. And like our animals, these animals will already be fixed and have all their shots when you bring them home.
When buying from a breeder, unless you are dealing with a very special breeder, the animal you buy will not be fixed, and many won’t even have had their shots. And if you buy a pet from someone selling from the back of their pickup truck, you can be almost positive that nothing has been done for them. Many of these animals have come from extremely poor conditions, with very irresponsible pet owners.
At any rate, there is a series of events planned for Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of them is our “Home for Holidays” event here at the shelter. We will be serving snacks and giving tours of our ancient, little facility, and introducing everyone to our pets. There is also a Boutique and Bake Sale at the Coleman residence at 1501 W. Mesa Drive. And the HSCAZ Thrift Store will be decked out for your Christmas shopping needs. For more information on any of these events, just give us a call at (928) 474-5590.
Also, be sure to look for us at Bootleg Alley Antiques this Friday night, Dec. 4. We will be featuring Bandy, who has been with us for a year the 31st of this month. He is a beautiful dog who has spent the last month in a foster home being prepared to be the perfect addition to your home. And we will also be having a bake sale. YUM!
Lovey is a 2-year-old spayed, Terrier/ Shepherd mix. She was returned to us by her owner because she decided to take back her old dog and it did not like Lovey. Lovey is good with other dogs and kids. She is playful and loyal and would make a great addition to your family. She would be the perfect dog to take on hikes or to the lake, and will easily train to walk off leash. She is also current on all shots. Please come meet her today, and see why she got her name! She is also part of the Lonely Hearts Club and has been here since 01-08-09.
Henry is a 3-year-old black and tan hound dog. He was picked up Nov. 4, 2 miles east of Highway 260 near Colcord Road. Surprisingly, no one came looking for this adorable guy. We thought maybe he was someone’s hunting dog and had accidentally got off his path, which had us thinking someone was going to come looking for him. Henry is very sweet and mellow. He does have the traditional hound dog traits, and once his nose catches a smell, he follows it. He is neutered, current on his shots and he does get along with children and other dogs. Because he is a hound, he will need a yard that is secure, and plenty of exercise and love.
Sarah is a 1-year-old Shepherd/Ridgeback mix. She was found as a stray Nov. 13 at Home Depot. We noticed right away that she was very sweet and outgoing. After her 72 hours passed, and no one came looking for her, we spayed her and got her current on her vaccinations. She gets along great with other dogs and loves to run and play. She walks well on a leash and rides like a true lady in the car. She will make a wonderful addition to someone’s family; with how affectionate and adorable she is, she will definitely make someone very happy.
Tux is a 2-1/2-year-old Pug/Miniature Sheltie mix. He also has some Queensland Heeler in him. He was born on July 17, 2007. Tux was turned over by his owner for a few different reasons. One is because she is going away to college and needed to find a new home for him. She actually did find one family, but he escaped from the yard after being with them for just two hours. Tux can be somewhat shy at first, but he warms up very quickly. He is very affectionate and likes to sit in your lap. He is neutered, current on his shots and gets along with most other dogs and children.
Twyla is a 10-month-old Ridgeback/ Shepherd mix. She was picked up as a stray on Nov. 14 near Ace Hardware. Twyla can be a bit shy, but she warms up quickly when you pet her and give her lots of TLC. She gets along great with other dogs and loves to be around them to play and have fun. She still needs a little work walking on a leash, but she is very intelligent and will pick it up quickly. Twyla is the perfect dog for any family or active person who will take her on hikes and to the dog park. She is spayed and current on all of her vaccinations.
C.C. is a 1-year-old Labrador/Pit mix. She is part of the litter that was purposely bred because people were curious to know what lab/pit puppies would look like. She, like all of her siblings, is very sweet and outgoing. She loves to play and gets along great with the other dogs. She can be easy going and will sit beside you in the car, or lay next to you on the couch, with her head in your lap. She is very intelligent, and is already learning to walk on a leash and potty train, because she has never received any prior training. She does great with kids and will make a wonderful addition to someone’s family. She is also part of the Lonely Hearts Club because she has been here since June 16.