The photos in this week’s article feature animals with beautiful coats. They represent just one small sample of the many beautiful animals who are looking for homes this spring at Payson Humane Society.
As you can see from the pictures, we have spotted dogs and striped dogs and cats, too, of every shade and pattern possible. We have a few older dogs and lots of puppies, who range in age from 13 days to 6 months.
We have cats and dogs with short, smooth coats or those with long, flowing coats. We have animals with a lot to say and some with very little to say. We have newcomers and old-timers. I guess you get the drift... our house is full.
There are several ways to help us as we deal with the overwhelming issue of the Rim Country’s unwanted pet population. First and foremost, if you’re bringing a pet into your life, have it spayed or neutered. It’s also vitally important that you create a relationship with a veterinarian when you get your pet. Never wait until they have been injured or become ill. Your vet can help you to understand all of the benefits of having your pet fixed, and current on all vaccinations. Not only does it help us at the shelter by reducing unwanted litters, it makes for a healthier life for your pet.
Secondly, when you commit yourself to a furry, family member, be ready to make a lifetime commitment. Animals have emotions and feelings, and it is very hurtful to them when they become castaways.
Finally, always be sure your animal has identification with your current address and phone number. This is crucial if your pet should become lost. A collar and tag are good, but a microchip cannot be lost or removed if your pet is stolen.
Recently, there has been a lot of discussion on whose responsibility it is to provide emergency care to an animal that turned up at the shelter lost and injured. All of these very difficult issues could have been avoided if only the injured animal had a microchip or a collar and tag with current contact information. Her people could have been made immediately aware of the situation and handled it to suit their wishes.
The bottom line is — if you wish to have a pet as member of your family, we have many to choose from. But take this step only if you are willing to accept all of the responsibilities that go along with pet ownership.
If you would like to become part of the wonderful experience of animal rescue, come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road, give us a call at (928) 474-5590, or look us up on the Web at www.paysonhumanesociety.com.
Low-cost rabies clinic
The Town of Payson, Town of Star Valley and Gila County Rabies Control will sponsor a low-cost rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St. The cost will be just $10 for rabies vaccinations; other vaccinations and licensing will also available. Please call 474-9292 for more information.
Camo is a 1-1/2-year-old Catahoula mix. He was adopted and returned because he liked to chew. We do offer one free training class, and that should help deal with the problem. This guy needs attention, and would make a great hiking companion. He is active and outgoing and such a sweet guy. Please give Camo another chance. He is a great dog and deserves a great home.
Diver is an attractive, 18-month-old Shepherd mix. He was rescued from an icy pond by two wonderful, caring women. He gets along with other dogs and does well on a leash. He may have been a victim of abuse, because he can be somewhat shy and timid at times. He is very affectionate, and even thinks he is a lap dog. He needs a secure family to help him feel safe and able to trust again.
Tango is a 2-year-old Catahoula mix. He was brought in from Mesa del Caballo as a stray. He is housebroken and could use some work on a leash. He is friendly and has a unique personality. He is docile and mellow, and may do best in an easygoing environment. He is very sweet and waiting for you to come meet him. He does get along with other dogs and seems to feel more comfortable when they are around.
Tootsie is a beautiful, 2-year-old brindle Sharpei. She was picked up in Mesa del Caballo by a kind citizen. She has had a few litters of puppies, but thankfully she is now spayed and that can no longer happen. Tootsie needs a home and a family 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.
Trixie is a 1-year-old spayed female that we rescued from Globe. She is a little shy, but eager to please. She walks well on a leash and is housebroken. She does well with other dogs and children and is a true sweetheart. She has a gorgeous coat and eyes to match. She is ready to find a secure, forever home.