This Week’S Featured Dogs Are Great With Children














The first annual Pet-A-Palooza is coming!

I know, not everyone is as excited about it as we are, but if you’re a pet lover, you should be. It’s not only going to be an off-site adoption event for our animals where each available animal in our facility is going to be showcased. But it’s a great opportunity for dog enthusiasts to showcase their own pets, as well.

There is going to be the Best Dog Trick contest, the Ugliest Dog contest, the Cutest Dog contest and the Best Dressed dog contest.

Is your dog a talker? This is your chance to come and show off his/her talents.

Lori Chandler of Leader of the Pack — one of our area’s premier dog trainers — is planning to be there to do demonstrations as well as offer her expertise to help people with their problem dogs. The local K-9 officers will be there with their partners. Several local artists  who specialize in pet-themed art are going to have booths.

Pine Country Animal Clinic and Star Valley Veterinarian will both have a booth. Our pal, Suzanne Michaels of KRIM FM, will be there to provide music and keep the public posted on the air as to all the fun and excitement going on.

There will be microchipping available for your pet for a fee of $40. Microchipping is a great way to protect your pet if it should ever become lost. There will be an off-leash area where your dog can play with other dogs. (Please, only fully vaccinated, other-dog-friendly dogs in this department.)

Between each of the demonstrations and contests, we will take the time to introduce some of the residents of Payson Humane Society. This will give each dog a chance to be shown out of the shelter environment. We will take the time to introduce them and tell their individual stories.

And of course, the puppies! All our precious puppies will be there to meet and to steal your heart.

There will not be any cats at this event, as they don’t really enjoy outings such as this. But there will be photos and bios of all the adoptable cats that are at the shelter, and we will feature them also.

If you’re into dogs (or cats), this is an event worth putting on your calendar. It’s all happening Saturday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Safeway on East Highway 260. For more information, call us at (928) 474-5590, ext. 103 or you can find the flyer on our Web site at — click on “events and fundraisers.”

This week’s featured Adoption Options pets are dogs that are great with kids. As a parent, I know how important it is that a dog be good with kids. These dogs have been around infants, toddlers, youngsters and teenagers, and even do well with other dogs! In fact, kids seem to bring out the best in them. We encourage families to come in and meet these wonderful, loving dogs and consider a new addition to the family.


This studly 2-1/2-year-old Shepherd mix is Dallas. He was previously adopted from us and sadly returned because he got bored and dug under the fence and got out. We do offer one free training class, so this type of behavior can be handled and dealt with. An active family would suit him best; one that will keep him busy and on the go. He is great with kids and other dogs. He is housebroken, rides well in a car and does great on a leash. He will require a home visit and a secure yard. Please come meet this sweet guy today. He truly is wonderful!


Dozer is a 10-month-old Shepherd mix. He was adopted and returned simply because his family could not afford to care for him anymore. With tears in their eyes, they had nothing but positive things to say about him. He is housebroken and leashed trained and knows basic commands and manners. He loves to play and does well with other dogs. He is affectionate and easy going and behaves like a true gentleman. Please come meet this sweetheart today; you’ll be glad you got him before someone else did!


Brother Yogi is what I call him. This 1-1/2-year old Shepherd mix is a great dog. When kids are around, you can see him smile and perk up. He recently went into a foster home and was shy of the people. However, whenever kids were around, he was social and happy and not scared at all. He originally came from us and we had to set a trap for him because he was so scared. But it seems as though we have found his soft spot, children!!!! Yogi is loyal, affectionate and outgoing. He is housebroken, leash trained and all around, a fantastic guy. Please make room in your house and heart for Yogi.


Gia is a 4-month-old Pit Bull. I know most of you cringe when we say Pit Bull, but believe me when I say this little girl knows nothing but sweetness and innocence. She is affectionate and hungry for love. She too was raised around kids and she did great with them. She is playful and energetic and loves to play. She will require a home visit. We are confident that the right family is out there for her and reading this right now. Please come give Gia the home she deserves.


Mookie is a 4-month-old Pit/Lab mix. He was fostered by two of our employees and has really grown to be quite the gentleman. He is pad trained and leashed trained. He likes to ride in the car and is friends with anybody and everybody. He loves to play and would do great in an active household. He gets along great with kids and dogs and has been around both all his life. This special guy needs a special home. Are you that family for Mookie?


Doh-Doh is a 4-year-old, neutered Golden/Lab mix. He was originally brought in as a stray, but was adopted and returned because the family didn’t have enough time for him. However, they wanted everyone to know that he was great with their young kids and loved them so much. This guy needs an active family who will take him on hikes and to the river. By the way, he LOVES the water, and he loves to play ball! He is housebroken, leash trained and gets along with other dogs. This guy has a lot going for him. Now he’s just waiting on you to come take him home.


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