Believing ‘Because They Matter’














Another year has come and gone. There were days we thought would never end, and days we looked up and said, “Where does time go?” There were days when we’d look around and say, “I give up,” only to turn around and keep going.

Here, at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, we know we can’t give up. There are just too many animals, as well as people, who depend on us. And, to be quite honest, most of us wouldn’t give up even if we could. We don’t give up “because they matter.”

We believe. We believe that this coming year will be the year we build our badly needed facility.

We believe that this is the year when people will realize the importance of spaying and neutering as the only way to bring an end to the horrendous issue of pet overpopulation.

We believe that we will conquer the issue of feral cats through the Trap, Neuter, Return program.

We believe that everyone will have their animals’ vaccinations kept up to date, and we won’t see puppies with parvo and kittens with deadly viruses.

Some may say we are silly for holding on to our ideas of a better future for the animals, not only in our community, but for all of the animals. Many would have thrown in the towel by now. But not us.

One thing you can say about the staff and volunteers of this “little old shelter that could” is we are not quitters. We are believers. We’ve got the knot tied and we’re holdin’ on tight.

So here’s to 2010. We’re here if you need us, but hope someday you won’t.

To meet the wonderful pets available for adoption, visit the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road (just south of Main Street). For more information, call (928) 474-5590 or visit us online at www.humane Mail your donations to HSCAZ, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.


Chase is a 1-1/2-year-old Lab/Heeler mix. He was brought in as a stray and never reclaimed. He was, however, adopted by a family who knew his previous owners. When they saw him in the paper, they rushed down to get him. But now they are moving and Chase cannot go with them. He is full of life and energy and would do best in an active home. He gets along with other dogs and really loves to play. He is great with children of all ages and is gentle and loving. He is an intelligent guy who is willing and eager to please and ready to come home with you today.


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 routes. 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. He has been in foster care for almost a year and has been with the HSCAZ longer than any other animal and most employees. He has learned many wonderful things while being in foster and is quite the gentleman.


Marcus is a playful 10-month-old American Bulldog mix. He came in as a stray from Animal Control on Nov. 28 from William Tell Circle. No one came looking for this studly man, so we got him neutered, current on his shots and now he’s ready for adoption. He gets along with other dogs and people, but may do better in a household with older children, since he is so playful and still needs some basic training.


Radar is a 2-year-old lab mix. He was picked up as a stray near the hospital. He has been neutered and is current on his shots. Radar gets along with other dogs and walks well on a leash. We called him Radar because his one ear stands straight up! He is an outgoing dog with the energy and desire to go on long walks and hikes. He will make a great family dog, and is ready to come home with you today.


Sky is a 2-year-old Shepherd mix. He was picked up by Animal Control near Saddle Blanket. The ACO told us that the dog lived in the area and hoped the owner would come. Unfortunately no one ever came looking for him. We call him Sky because, boy, can he jump high! He will need a home with a tall fence and a secure yard. Exercise and activity are good things to help keep a dog active and busy. This is the dog for you if you like to go one nightly strolls, or just being outdoors. He is good with other dogs, house trained, neutered and current on his shots.


Thai is a 4-year-old Chow/Shepherd mix. He and his best friend Sasha belonged to a man who recently died. They are now looking for homes that will love them and take them in and treat them like they have been a part of the family all their life. They don’t have to go together, but we would love to see that happen, and we’re sure their previous owner would agree. Thai is very sweet and easygoing. He is well behaved and acts like the perfect gentleman. He is neutered and current on his shots. He and Sasha are currently in a foster home.


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