Dreams, Hopes, Visions For Shelter












Dreams, hopes and visions — these are the topics of this week’s article.

Here at HSCAZ, we dream constantly. We dream of the day when we move our animals into the new facility — a facility equipped to deal with the many aspects of animal impound and rescue.

Our new facility will be... A place where we are not constantly fighting a losing battle to keep the flies away from our animals in the summer... A place where it’s not a struggle to keep the animals cool enough to survive these hot days... A place that will be designed to be clean, with surfaces and fixtures that will not harbor bacteria... A place where everyone will be able to come and visit. Yes, handicapped accessible. User friendly for young and old alike.

Hope. It’s a word that is heard here in many different forms every day.

“I hope someone comes looking for this old dog.”

“I hope we can raise enough money to continue the feral cat program.”

“I hope there are 15 adoptions today!”

“We hope the stimulus money comes through and we get to move real soon.”

“I hope that dripping cooler makes it through the season.”

“I hope we get a grant to help people, so they can have their animals fixed.”

We could go on all day about the things we hope for.

Our vision is to educate the public on the importance of responsible pet ownership. It is also to raise awareness about controlling the overwhelming problem of pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering. And finally, to educate the children so that hopefully in the future there is no need for huge facilities and rescue organizations to house the thousands of homeless animals that accumulate in this country every year.

We envision a future where even the breeders of pure bred dogs and cats understand their part in this battle.

If you would like to be part of achieving our goals by donating time, goods or money, call us at (928) 474-5590, come by the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, mail your tax-deductible donations to P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547 or go to our Web site at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.

Thank you for your interest in our animals as well as our organization. Together we can change the future.


Brody is a 6-month-old Pit mix. He is the last of his litter to be adopted. He was in foster for a while and seems to be a little sad being back. He is a sweet guy with a great personality. He gets along with everyone and he likes to play. He is housebroken and leash trained. This pup is growing up here, and he is too good of a dog to not have someone come along and adopt him into his forever home. We know you’ll fall for him, if you spend some time with him. He deserves to grow up in a home with a nice, loving family.


Butch is an 8-week-old black Lab mix pup. He was turned over with four of his brothers because they were an unwanted litter. We actually had their dad, too, and he was adopted, along with three of the five pups. Butch loves to play in the water and is very calm and affectionate. He is playful and gets along great with other dogs and children.


Oreo is a 6-month-old Bluetick Hound/Lab mix. He was adopted and returned because the family’s child 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. He has been with us since he was 6 weeks old.


Remo is one of the last two Lab pups that we have. Like his brothers, he was turned over because he was part of an unwanted litter. He, too, loves the water and can play all day. He is very friendly and gets along with other dogs and kids wonderfully. He is neutered and ready to find his forever home.


Stiffler is a 6-month-old Shar-Pei. He was turned over because he was getting bigger than what the people had expected, and they couldn’t care for him. He has the cutest face and a sweet personality. He is very active and outgoing. He will need a big yard and would do great in a home with other dogs that would play with him and keep him active. He has been here with us since he was just 3 months old.


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