Dogs Need Protection From Heat, Too














It’s official. It’s getting hot. Just today we got a call from a woman who had seen a dog locked in the car at Walmart, who was obviously struggling because of the heat.

It’s very important to remember that if it’s 85 degrees outside the car, temperatures inside the car can reach over 100 very quickly. An animal locked in the car or left standing in a hot, metal truck bed can be injured. If you see an animal in trouble like this, please don’t hesitate to tell the manager of the store or facility where you are, or call the police.

Many animals can make you feel guilty if you don’t take them with you. But, just like with our children, it’s our responsibility to make the right call on their behalf. The same goes for walking your dog. If the pavement is too hot for your bare feet, chances are it’s too hot for your dog’s feet.

Here at the shelter, it seems we go straight from fighting the cold to fighting the heat. The flies and the bees got here this week. And the pups who spend their days in the temporary kennels out front have to have a sheet stretched over the top of them to keep from roasting.

Thank heavens we have broken the ground and are “officially” moving in a forward direction toward our new building. The groundbreaking last Saturday went absolutely great. In spite of the dust and wind, a good-sized group gathered here on the site. Chaplain Wilcox blessed the site and the animals, the dignitaries spoke and Ellie Watson, John Wakelin and I spoke. We used the golden shovel furnished by John Stanton of the chamber to take that magical scoop of dirt that thrust us into the future.

The wonderful group of women we lovingly refer to as “the party ladies” worked all day setting up tables and tents and serving punch, cookies and cake. It just could not have been better. And, yes, we are believers — even though we are a long way from our financial goal, we believe that this new shelter is going to be a reality. And we believe the wonderful animals who stay here will one day have a comfortable and efficient facility to call home until their loving, forever family takes them home. We believe this community will have a beautiful facility to be proud of.

If you are a believer, too, here is one way you can help us reach our goal.

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 (or other increment of $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.

Every penny counts. If you cannot give $100, donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted.

Now, let us introduce some of the many wonderful animals we have on hand. To learn more, come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road, or give us a call at (928) 474-5590.


Blondie is a 3-year-old Pit mix. She was found tied to a pole at a rest stop in Gallup, N.M. and a kind citizen passing through picked her up and brought her to us. We have learned that Blondie is a happy-go-lucky dog with a lot of energy. She loves the water and will play for hours. She is very strong, and needs a little work on the leash. She will do well in an active household, and will need an adequate amount of exercise and activity to keep up with her level of energy. She gets along great with other dogs, and will require a home visit because of her breed.


Dank is a 1-year-old Mastiff/Lab mix. He was picked up by Animal Control right down the street from where he lived. But Dank’s owners never came for him. We remember seeing him last summer as a pup, walking all around town. He is sweet and outgoing and has a beautiful coat. Dank is a young soul looking for the right home to be accepted into. It’s only right that he feel loved and safe, because he truly deserves it. We hope you will take some time with him and see what we see in him.


Honey is a 4-month-old German Shepherd mix. She had been dumped out of a car near Highway 260 and I-17, and thankfully a kind woman picked her up and brought her here. She had already been spayed, so all we had to do was get her current on her shots. She gets along with other dogs and likes to play, like puppies do. She is extremely intelligent and eager to please. She has beautiful markings and an outgoing personality. She is ready to find her forever home; will it be with you?


Sinatra is a 2-year-old Aussie mix. He was picked up as a stray on Bulla and Vista. For some reason, no one came looking for this sweet guy. He loves the water and is quite the easygoing dog. He gets along great with other dogs, and acts like a true gentleman. He walks well on a leash and can sit and shake. He minds his manners well and would make a great addition to your family. He is potty trained and will not mess in his kennel or the house. If you pass this guy by, you’re missing out on a wonderful companion.


Starr is a 4-month-old Border Collie/ Heeler mix. She was turned over by her owners because their apartment was too small for this active gal. She gets along with other dogs and is very playful. Because of her breeds, she is very active and will do best in a home that will allow her to exercise frequently and will keep her busy. She is very sweet and outgoing and she’s eager to find her forever home.


Stiffler is a 3-month-old Shar-Pei. He was turned over because he was getting bigger than his owners 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.


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