Gift Suggestions From Santa Paws














Here it is one week before Christmas! The year has just blown by (literally at times).

We had a very successful “Home For the Holidays” event, with several adoptions occurring at the shelter. The “Boutique” was well attended, as was the Thrift Store’s Christmas sale.

As always, this community has been wonderfully supportive of the lost and abandoned animals from our community. To all of you we say, “Thank you!”

During this time of the year, it is important to remember the spirit of giving. It is becoming very popular to make a donation to a nonprofit organization in the name of a friend or family member, rather than buying a gift. This is a good idea for several reasons.

1) Doing something good. This leaves you, the person you’re honoring and the organization receiving the gift all feeling good.

2) You are spared having to deal with the crowds in the malls and stores.

3) You’re not taking the chance of wasting your hard-earned money on a gift that may never be used or enjoyed. It’s really an all-around good thing to do.

Our dogs love marrow bones from the butcher, and the cats love canned cat food.

Another way to give that is a bit different is to look as you drive through your neighborhood or a neighborhood that may not be yours but one you pass through on the way to the store or work. In many yards, you can see a dog chained to a tree with no house or comfort. This is an animal in desperate need of a “Secret Santa.” A dog house can be left by the front gate with a simple note to the dog, saying “With love from Santa Paws.”

There are also many people struggling these days to keep food on the table, but who still enjoy the comfort of a furry family member. Sometimes these people could use some help to have their animals brought up to date on their shots or spayed or neutered. We receive calls from folks like this every day here at HSCAZ, but at this time, we have no grants available to help them.

These are just a few of the ways you can help Rim Country animals and pet owners in need this holiday season.

If you have any questions about our facility, organization or any of our beautiful animals, please come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road, call 474-5590 or find us on the web at Mail your donations to HSCAZ, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.


Wink is a 10-month-old Pit mix. He was part of an original litter of six. He and his brother Munch were adopted by a previous employee and recently returned because they are moving into an apartment that does not allow dogs. Wink is very affectionate and outgoing. He is good with children and other dogs, and is a favorite here at the shelter. He is neutered, current on his shots and ready to find his forever home.


Amelia is a 7-year-old Heeler mix who was originally adopted from us years ago. She was turned over about a month ago by her owner’s mother. Her owner is a young woman who moved away to California to pursue her dream of modeling. She left her dog with her mom, who turned Amelia over because she is moving out of state. Amelia is a wonderful girl with a kind heart and a gentle spirit. She is affectionate, good with other dogs, leash trained and housebroken.


Jasmen is an 11-month-old Terrier/Lab mix. She was turned over by her owner because they didn’t have enough time to spend with her, or the time to train and love her. She is a happy-go-lucky girl with a bright personality. Jasmen gets along with everybody, including other dogs and children. She has been spayed and is current on her vaccinations.


Licorice is a 3-year-old Aussie/Lab mix. She was picked up by a caring citizen on Nov. 27 near Home Depot. She has a mellow disposition and a loving heart. She has been spayed and is now up to date on her vaccinations. She walks like a lady on a leash, rides very well in a car and knows basic commands such as sit, stay and lay down. Licorice is a delightful girl who gets along with everyone. She likes to play with the other dogs in the play yard, is great around kids and will make a great addition to someone’s family.


Mocha is a 2-year-old Catahoula mix. She was originally adopted from here, when she was still a puppy. Her previous owners adopted her for their kids. Things went well for a while, but then the kids paid less attention to her, leaving the parents to step in and care for her. Mocha is a gentle girl, with a fun side. She is easygoing at heart, but likes to play. She knows basic commands, is house broken and leash trained. She rides well in cars and LOVES kids. She is spayed and up to date on shots. She was turned over with her best friend Caramel. Though they don’t have to go together, wouldn’t it be nice?


Tyson is a 10-month-old Lab mix. He was turned over by his owner on Nov. 12 because he simply did not have the time to spend with him or to take care of him. Tyson has been around children of all ages and does very well with them all. He is good with dogs and loves to play. He knows basic commands such as sit, stay and lay down. He also loves to play fetch!! He enjoys long walks and car rides, and acts like a perfect gentleman while doing these things. He can jump small fences, so he will need to go to a home that has a tall fence and a secure yard. Tyson is a delightful young man with a tender heart, the cutest docked tail and a charming personality to match.


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