Dogs Should Not Have To Grow Up Here









My Boy


Two Paws



This week’s article is about some of the young animals who are growing up at the shelter. These are animals who were brought to us as babies and, for one reason or another, have just not caught the eye of a potential adopter. They are all sweet, social, lovable kids. They have just day after day been passed over.

Basil, for instance, came in with her sister Rosemary, who has been adopted twice. And yet, no one seems to notice Basil and her sweet and gentle nature. Basil was so sad when her sister moved, that she took up bunking with Bandy.

Bandy was found as a very small guy just roaming around the Walmart parking lot. He is most likely the last of an unwanted litter, or one of those free puppies who someone impulsively took and then found out they require quite a bit of time and care. So he was just set out by someone who probably said, “He’s so cute, someone will take him home.” Fortunately, he wasn’t run over by a car, and a caring person brought him to us. Bandy’s roommate was also adopted, and he was lonely, so he and Basil have each other to snuggle with now.

My Boy and Two Paws are the last of a litter that was mentioned in one of our articles  early last spring. The people who owned their parents were just so curious about what the pups of a Pit Bull and Lab would look like, they bred their dogs to find out and created 12 tiny lives to fend for themselves in this already overpopulated world. They are so ready to become a part of a family and live happily ever after.

Sassy came to us as a much younger pup and was adopted by a woman who didn’t have the proper facilities or time for this super sweet, high-energy hound. She is fun loving and busy, and she needs a family that is active and playful. She could keep a yard full of kids busy all summer.

Last, but not at all least, is our good man Coy. He was brought in because his young family just didn’t have the means to care for him. He had been a chained-up pup. Coy is a Heeler mix who, if given the chance and the training, would be someone’s loyal companion. He just wants to be with someone.

These pups all deserve a chance. They didn’t ask to be brought into this world, and are all victims of irresponsible pet owners who, for one reason or another, just didn’t choose to have their animals fixed.

Not to mention the fact that there is the next generation of babies who are just a little too small to be spayed or neutered yet, but they too will be joining the pups growing up at the shelter. There’s Roman and Carmella who are already there, and the  Rose Buds — Lil’ Bear, Tank, Little Man, Tiny Tim, P.C., Mojo and the rest of the litter of 10 who are still in a foster home, but will soon be at the shelter.

It’s up to the kind and loving people of this community to change the lives of these pups, and it’s up to all of us to be responsible pet owners and to have our animals fixed to stop this cycle of unwanted births.

For more information on any of these sweet creatures or the many others waiting for a home, please call (928) 474-5590, come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road, or look us up on the Web at www.humanesocietycentralaz .org.

DON’T FORGET!!! We break ground this coming Saturday at 3 p.m., and we hope to see everyone there!

Matching fund donation

An anonymous donor has offered a $5,000 matching fund donation to the humane society’s building fund. This donor will match all donations to the building fund, made in $100 increments, up to $5,000.

Please send your check for $100 to: Humane Society of Central Arizona, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547. Note on your check that the donation is for the building fund.


Bandy is an 8-month-old Rottweiler/ Coonhound 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. He gets along great with other dogs. He has been here for three months and is growing up here, so please come meet our brilliant Bandy today.


Basil is a 7-month-old Shepherd/Husky mix. She was turned over along with her sister, who has already been adopted. They were an unwanted litter, and that’s how she ended up here. She already listens well and is fairly mellow. She doesn’t bark when the other dogs do, and she minds her manners very well. She is independent and such a sweetheart. Our beautiful Basil is looking for her forever home. Come down and meet her and see for yourself the true beauty she really is.


This 9-month-old Heeler pup was turned over by his owners because they could no longer afford to care for him, nor did they have the time. He is fun loving and outgoing and is used to being around kids. He likes to play fetch and loves to chew on Kongs. He gets along with other dogs and enjoys playing for hours. He is learning how to walk on a leash like a gentleman, and is eager to find his forever home. Our cutie Coy is waiting for you to come meet him today.


My Boy is a 7-month-old Lab/Pit mix. His previous owners purposely bred his parents to see what their pups would look like. Now he is here because they couldn’t afford to take care of him. He is very sweet and a bit shy. He never received any training or affection, so he is in need of a patient, understanding family. He does get along with the other dogs and is growing into a very handsome, mature guy.


Two Paws is a 7-month-old Lab/Pit mix. Her story is the same as her brother’s. These innocent pups were bred for someone’s pleasure and then turned over to us because they could no longer afford to care for them. She has not received any training or any attention, for that matter. She is shy and timid but such a sweetheart when she feels safe with you. She too gets along great with the other dogs and is really starting to blossom and come out of her shell.


Sassy is a 10-month-old Terrier/Hound mix. She was adopted and returned because her previous owner didn’t have enough time or energy for her. Sassy is very active and will require a home that is active and will exercise her. She gets along with other dogs and has learned to walk on a leash and is potty trained. Sassy will make a great companion for a hiker or jogger, as long as she can stay busy, she’ll be happy.


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