It’s another busy work day at Payson Humane Society. The day starts at 7:30 a.m. for the staff and the dog yard volunteers.
The first order of business out back is getting the first pack out to play. All the front line dogs must be moved to the front of their kennels and the back line dogs moved to the back of their kennels so that the indoor portion can be cleaned after a long night. In many of the kennels, there’s almost no mess, but not so in others.
Everyone is eager for breakfast and nobody is ashamed to demand it. There are some who have special needs, and Travis is attentive and aware — always keeping a close eye on everyone’s well being. He’s quick and strong and is perfectly cut out for the job he does.
All the dogs will get their chance at playtime before the day ends.
In the main house and ISO, the cats eagerly await their breakfast, too, and welcome the staff to another day. This is when everyone is checked to be sure they are staying healthy and happy. Jennifer, Cristal and Sasha pay close attention to each animal. This is also the time of day when anyone requiring medicine gets their morning dose.
Soon, you’ll see Red in the kitchen mixing up his special, hot breakfast for his babies — puppy chow, warm water and yogurt. He throws in an L-lysine to help build their immune systems. He’ll tell you in his low, gruff voice, “I like ’em to have a hot breakfast.”
Chandra is working the whole crowd as it’s her responsibility to see if anyone new has come in during the night. She also keeps on top of the health and happiness of each animal, and can tell you each day what is up with everyone of them. She keeps everything straight in the computers as well.
At 8:30, Robbie arrives and starts the job of catching up on all the dirty dishes. Hopefully it won’t be long until a volunteer shows up to help with the pile of laundry that is rapidly growing.
We get the animals sorted out who are ready for surgery, or are in need of other medical attention, and load them in the van and head for the vet.
Yes, this all occurs in the first hour. And this is the pace that is required all day each and every day. Add to that the many heartwrenching decisions that must be made on a daily basis, and you wonder how or why anyone would be willing to do a job like this.
But you can ask us and we’ll all give about the same answer. We’ll each tell you in our own way that we love it here. For every heartbreaking, sad thing that happens, there is an overwhelmingly happy thing that happens.
In the middle of all the mess and muck is a group of animals that we love and hold dear in our hearts. We are all so proud to get to spend our days caring for them and working for their well being. We believe that each of them, in their own time, will find a happy, loving, forever home. But in the meantime, they need us and we need them.
If you would like to be a part of this wonderful experience, please come and join us at 812 S. McLane Road or give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or look us up on the web at www.paysonhumanesociety.com to learn what we are all about and to see the many adoptable animals that call our little shelter home, for now.
Reduced adoption fees
The Payson Humane Society announces reduced adoption fees. As of Feb. 20, cats and kittens are $35, and dogs and puppies are $50.
Taborri is a 5-month-old spayed female. She is a domestic shorthair and will only require minimal grooming. She was so shy when she first came in, but now she is starting to come out of her shell and blossom into a sweet young lady. She will do best in a quiet environment where she can feel safe and secure and continue to learn to trust. If you are looking for a mellow lap cat who will keep to herself, this is your gal.
Tango is a 2-year-old Catahoula/Pit mix. He is neutered and up to date on his shots. He was brought in as a stray and, for some reason, no one came looking for him. He is quite the gentleman and has wonderful manners. He’s an all-around guy who gets along with everyone. He is good on a leash and housebroken. He is sweet and good natured and would make a great addition to your family.
Tulip is a beautiful 4-year-old Wirehair mix. She was brought in as a stray from Mesa Del and, surprisingly, never reclaimed. She has captivating eyes and a heart-shaped nose. She is humble and affectionate and eager to please. She may do best as the only dog, but we encourage you to bring your dog with you to meet her. She is housebroken and leashed trained and such a good girl. Come meet Tulip today and see how sweet and gentle she is. She did get her name for a reason!
Tanner is a handsome 3-year-old neutered male. He has piercing blue eyes and an adorable personality to match. He was adopted from us and then returned due to financial issues. He is a lover and will gladly lie in your lap to be brushed or petted. He does get along with dogs and other cats, and mainly keeps to himself. We encourage you to come meet this super stud and get to know him yourself. We bet you’ll be leaving with a new family member if you do.
Topaz is a gorgeous Siamese mix. She, too, came in as a stray and was already spayed. We knew she belonged to somebody, but sadly no one ever came looking for her. She gets along with kids, cats and dogs and is independent in her own ways. She was adopted out for a few days and returned due to allergies. She has those beautiful blue eyes, hence the name Topaz. She has a soft meow and a tender heart. She will make someone very happy and we hope that someone is you.