Program Teaches Kids About Pets












We at the Humane Society of Central Arizona are very focused on our animals. Therefore, most of the Adoption Options articles are also focused on them. But today’s article is going to be a little different. We are going to talk about some of the things HSCAZ offers our community besides animal care.

Many people don’t realize that we have an Education Committee. This is a committee that goes to different places such as schools and organizations to talk about our programs.

One of our favorite things to do is to talk to children. We all know that this group of people hold the key to the future. And we believe that, with the proper information, perhaps the problem of pet overpopulation may someday be resolved by the next generation.

As an example, our committee delivers a publication called “Kind News” to the third-grade classes at each elementary school. This little newspaper is put out by the Humane Society of the United States. It is sent to shelters such as ours all over the country to help us teach children about kindness to animals.

MISSION: HUMANE states, “Humane means being kind and considerate of others. A mission is a job or task for you to do. KIND NEWS has a mission for kids who care about animals.”

This is just one example of what our education committee is doing. We encourage anyone who has a group of kids of any age to contact us and talk about getting together. We can come to your class or organization and give demonstrations. We also offer tours of our facility. If you would like to learn more about our Education Committee or would like to arrange a tour, call us at (928) 474-5590 or contact our Committee Chairperson, Myrna, at (928) 468-1320.

If you would like to learn more about the animals available for adoption, or find out how to become one of our invaluable volunteers, stop by and see us at 812 S. McLane Road or visit us on the Internet at

To make a contribution by mail, our address is P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.

Help us win Shelter Challenge

The Animal Rescue Site, along with, is once again conducting a shelter challenge. The shelter receiving the most votes will win a grant of $20,000. Please visit the site every day for the next two weeks and vote for our shelter. You can even have the site send you a daily reminder to vote. You can also click to donate food to animals in need. The Web site is Click on the shelter challenge tab (a purple tab on right-hand side), enter Payson, AZ and search. It will still show us as Payson Humane Society. Please share this information with your family and friends, and remember to vote every day. Thank you for your support.


Madison is an 8-month-old Russian Blue mix. She was found as a stray up near the airport. She is very sweet and talkative. She gets along with the other cats and loves attention from everyone. She does not like dogs, but will do fine in a house with other cats and children. She is spayed, current on shots and will receive a microchip. Please remember that any cat you adopt from us must be kept as an indoor cat.


Oreo is a 4-month-old Bluetick Hound/Lab mix. He was adopted and returned because the owner’s daughter was afraid of him. Oreo was previously in a foster home before he was adopted. There were two children under the age of 2 in the foster home and they absolutely loved him, and had no problems with him. We have even tested him around kids since he was returned and do not see any signs to be concerned about. He is very affectionate and such a sweet boy. He gets along with everyone and would make a great family dog or hiking companion.


Zorro is a 2-1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois/Chow mix. He was turned over by his owners because they could no longer afford to care for him. He was previously neutered and is up-to-date on his shots. He gets along well with other dogs and loves children. He likes to play, and will do best in an active home. Please come meet Zorro if you are interested in adopting him.


Rupert is a 1-year-old Lab/Hound mix. He was turned over by his owner because he didn’t have enough time for him. He is neutered, current on his rabies and up-to-date on shots. Rupert knows basic commands like “sit,” “stay” and “come.” He knows how to walk on a leash and likes to play fetch. He gets along with other dogs and is a loyal, outgoing pup, looking to find his forever home.


Tootsie is a beautiful 2-year-old brindle Shar Pei. She was picked up in Mesa del Caballo by a kind citizen. She has had a few litters of puppies, but thankfully now she is spayed and that can no longer happen. Tootsie needs a home with someone who will take her hiking and keep her active. She has a short coat that will require minimal brushing. Please take some time to spend with our Tootsie Pop. She is wonderful.


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