The flood has started.
So far, only one litter of kittens has been brought to the animal shelter.
As for dogs — in the last week we have taken in one momma with three puppies; two litters of six puppies, each without a momma; and one hugely pregnant dog was picked up standing on the side of the road north of Strawberry. Before the night was over, she gave us 10 puppies. She and those babies are in a safe foster home, where they will stay until the babies are old enough for their shots and to survive in the shelter environment.
It’s this time of year when foster families are desperately needed to offer a safe haven for these little creatures. The kittens are on the way, too, we’re sure. Although our aggressive Trap, Neuter, Return program for feral cats has dramatically reduced the numbers we see, there are still many who will soon be making their way to our door.
We have had several opportunities for the public to use a voucher program, funded by a grant, to help with spay and neuter surgeries for folks who can’t afford to have their animals fixed. There is also a low-cost, mobile spay and neuter clinic that comes down from Flagstaff several times each year to do affordable surgeries. We hope that we can continue to reach out and help people who struggle to afford these surgeries for their pets. It does, in the long run, reduce the unwanted litters that end up here.
As we stated in last week’s column, it’s times like these when we can use a little extra help with food and supplies. Actually, there is never a time when we can’t use help. Eighty percent of this organization’s income comes from donations. Although we do have contracts with the county and the towns of Payson and Star Valley, the ends are still very hard to meet.
As tough times settle in on shelters like ours, we are faced with making many very difficult choices on how to make our funds reach farther. We hope to be able to hold lovingly to all the animals that enter our facility until they can find their loving, forever home. We believe that — just like Bruno and Chica, who were here for so long before they found their way home — there is someone out there who will love each of these wonderful pets. We believe that one day we will get the message out there to enough people that spaying and neutering is the answer to pet overpopulation.
As we’ve said so many times before, we are believers, even in difficult times we have to have faith. After all, this is “The Little Shelter that COULD.”
If you would like to learn more about our amazing organization, give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or stop by and see us at 812 S. McLane Road. We can also be found on the Web at www.paysonhumanesociety.com or www.petfinders.org. You may also mail donations to us at P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.
Grace is an attractive, 4-month-old tortie. She was a little shy when she first came in, but she is starting to come around. She enjoys basking in the sun and likes to play. At times, she keeps to herself, and other times, she races around the cat house, hoping someone will join in and play with her. She is looking for a family who will allow her to feel safe and secure and to be playful and sweet.
Faith is a beautiful, 1-year-old tortie. Her coloring is very unique, and she has marvelous eyes to match. She can be a bit shy at first, but she always comes around and ends up in your lap. She is quite the affectionate gal, and is very fond of being brushed. She is easy going and fairly mellow. She will do best in a quieter environment.
Bandy is a 6-month-old Rottweiler/hound mix. He was picked up as a stray at Walmart and, for some reason, never reclaimed. He is neutered and current on his shots. He does need some help with potty training, and we do offer one free training class with an adoption. He is a bit shy, but he gets so excited when you spend time with him, he sometimes ends up between your legs. This youngster will make a great family dog, or a hiking companion.
Curtis Lowe is a 7-month-old Shepherd/ Ridgeback mix. He was turned over by his owner, who no longer had time for him. He is still a young pup who will need a family that gives him time and attention and can provide him with proper training. He catches on quickly, and enjoys positive reinforcement. He is affectionate and thinks he is a lap dog. This sweetie is awaiting his forever home. Is it with you?
Pele is a 3-year-old calico. She was found in a fire pit as a stray, so we named her after a Hawaiian fire goddess. She is outgoing and independent, and would love to be the only pet in the house. She has been around other cats while being here at the shelter and she simply keeps to herself. She is such a beautiful cat and she has an amazing personality to match. Please come meet our fire goddess.
Gracie is a 3-year-old Husky mix. She is spayed and up to date on her shots. She gets along with some dogs and all kids. She has lived her whole life outside, and was turned over because of a divorce. This sweet girl needs a family to come along and make her a part of them. She needs to feel loved and welcome into the home. She truly is sweet and would love to go home with you today!