Shelter Struggling In Tough Times














The house is full of bouncing babies. Puppy and kitten season is in full swing. Most of the kittens still need to gain some weight and get through their health checks before they reach the main house for adoption. We could use a few volunteers to be kitten Grandmas, or foster families. Small fries like these need extra special care to make it.

But we do have pups coming out of our ears, and all are ready and waiting for a family to love and grow with. These kids are all delightful and we are hoping they don’t end up growing up at our shelter like Bandy, Basil and Coy. We also still have My Boy, Two Paws and their sister Gia. These young dogs came in as small pups and, through no fault of their own, have yet to make it into a home.

The sad fact is there are just too many. People need to understand the importance of having their animals spayed and neutered. This is the only hope we have to ever gain control of the problem of pet overpopulation. Each year in this country alone, roughly 8 million unwanted companion animals are destroyed.

At HSCAZ we work hard at being able to hold all adoptable pets until they can find a home. But these are tough economic times. We are struggling like the rest of the country to keep our heads above water, and are facing the possibility of some serious cuts.

But, as we have often said, we are believers. We believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We believe we will somehow keep enough funds in our general fund to keep our little shelter going as well as raise enough money to build the new facility that is so badly needed in this community. We believe in puppies and kittens and old dogs and cats. And we will not give up.

Emily Dickinson wrote:

“Hope” is the thing with feathers,

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops, at all.

  We’d like to specially thank Payson Welding for furnishing the helium for the balloons that we passed out in the parade last weekend. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who walked the dogs in the parade — Ed, his granddaughter Cora, George and our very own marathon man Bruce. Also, thank you to those who spent the day at the Aero Fair spreading the word about us and raising awareness and funds. We are so blessed with such a wonderful group of volunteers who make our very existence possible. From pet care and exercise, to laundry and handy man, we could not do it without you.

To learn more about the Humane Society of Central Arizona, give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or look us up on the Web at or just stop by and see us at 812 S. McLane Road.  


Babe is a quirky 4-month-old Aussie pup, twin to Violet. She is enthusiastic and likes to play. She has a spunky personality and is such a doll. She is spayed and current on all shots. She gets along with other dogs and would love a home that is active and fun.


Charlotte is also very unique and outgoing. She loves to play, and loves the water. She gets along with other dogs, and would also benefit from an active household. She is spayed and current on shots.


Wilbur is a 4-month-old Aussie mix. He and his five sisters were brought to us by a local rescuer. He is the only boy, but such a character. He is fluffy and spunky and such a sweet boy.


Chewie is a 1-1/2-year-old Boxer mix. She was turned over because she was too active and playful, and returned for the same reason. Fortunately, we do offer one free training class with her adoption, and this will help solve that issue. She is very sweet and playful. She gets along with other dogs and has a great personality. She loves kids and will do best in an active environment.


Brownie is a 4-month-old Aussie pup. She is the mellow one of the group. She can be a little shy, but she loves to have your attention. She minds her manners and is current on all shots and has been spayed. She does get along with other dogs.


Sienna is one of the outgoing pups. She is eager to play, and so full of energy. She will do great in an active household, so she can get enough exercise. She is spayed and current on all shots. She does get along with other dogs.


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