Giving Thanks, Counting Blessings














This is the time of year when we take time to give thanks.

Here, at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, we have so much to be thankful for. The list is so long, we won’t even attempt to name everyone, as I’m afraid we’ll leave someone out.

But, you know who you are — you are the volunteers who plan and organize the fund-raising events. You’re the folks who religiously attend all these events. You’re the volunteers who show up here at the shelter day after day to help with the animals by taking them for walks and playing with them in the play yard.

You’re the helpers who get in the trenches with the staff to help clean. You’re the ladies who come in faithfully and do laundry. You’re the guy behind the scenes doing repairs and making sure that things are running right. You’re the couple gathering aluminum cans from the can collection places around the area. You’re the guy out back with your ear protectors on running the can crusher.

You’re the folks selling bratwursts and giving the profits to us. You’re the folks who donate blankets, towels, dog houses, aluminum cans, food and money. You’re the sweet little lady who donates so much time and energy to cut and sew all the blankets and comforters that we would otherwise not be able to use because they are too big for our washers.

You’re the generous merchants who give over and over again, not just to us, but to all the nonprofits. You’re the wonderful people who find a place in your heart and home to add a pet to your family. You’re the folks who believe in adoption rather than buying a purebred that was bred for profit.

To all of you, thank you. Thank you for making it possible for us to save the lives of so many animals. And for helping keep them warm, comfortable and fed.

Our wish list

The following is a list of current needs at the shelter: canned cat food, Purina Kitten Chow, Purina Puppy Chow, dog and puppy toys, cat toys. And, as always: blankets, laundry soap, bleach and green scrubbies. There are several ways that you help the shelter financially. You can donate to the Trap, Neuter, Return program, the general fund, the Second Chance fund or the building fund. Please mail your tax-deductible donations to us at Humane Society of Central Arizona, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.

As always, if you have any questions about how or what to donate, the TNR program for Feral Cats, becoming a volunteer, or to meet any of our wonderful animals available for adoption, give us a call at (928) 474-5590; please listen to the long message as it will lead you to the person need to talk to. You can also look us up on the web at or just stop by at 812 S. McLane Road.

Yard sale

The Payson Friends of Ferals will be holding a yard sale this weekend, Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 408 E. Bonita St. This sale will feature high-quality, good condition clothing, plus plenty of other cool stuff.


Dexter is a 1-year-old Shepherd mix. He was originally brought in as a stray when he was a tiny puppy. We neutered him, gave him his proper vaccinations, and before we knew it, someone came along to adopt him. He was with his previous family for 8 months. During this time he learned how to potty outside, and how to act like a good boy around kids and cats. He ended up with a playmate after a few months, and he spent most of his time playing and enjoying life. Unfortunately, his family became unable to care for him and his friend, so they were both turned over to the Humane Society. Dexter is a very good dog, who knows basic commands and can walk well on a leash. He is friendly and outgoing and waiting for his forever home.


Axel is a 6-month-old Heeler mix. He was turned over with his buddy, Dexter, because their family was no longer able to care for him. He has been neutered and is up to date on his shots. Axel has been around children, other dogs and cats most of his life. He is very friendly and playful. He knows basic commands, is housebroken and leash trained. This happy-go-lucky pup is patiently waiting to find his forever home.


Smokey is a 1-year-old Shepherd mix. He was originally brought in as part of an unwanted litter, and later adopted with his brother Bandit. Unfortunately, Smokey and Bandit were returned due to health problems with their previous owners. They have been together since the day they were born, and we’d like to see them get adopted together. Smokey is good with other dogs and children. He is playful and affectionate and super sweet. He has been neutered and is up to date on all of his vaccinations. His previous owners took very good care of him, and routinely took him to the vet for health checks, vaccinations and heartworm and Frontline treatments.


Bandit is a 1-year-old Shepherd mix. He and his brother Smokey were adopted together in December of 2008. They were originally brought in as an unwanted litter, and recently returned because the previous owners are having health problems. Bandit has been neutered and is up to date on his shots. His previous owners regularly took him to the vet for his vaccinations, health checks and heartworm and Frontline treatments. He is housebroken, leash trained and rides well in the car. Bandit is outgoing, friendly and loves to play. He and Smokey have been together since the day they were born; we’d love to see them be able to stay together until the day they die.


Abby is a 7-year-old Lab mix. She was recently turned over by her owners because she and their younger dog were not getting along. Abby has many great qualities, and if her only issue is potentially not getting along with another dog, we’re sure someone will come along and see her for the wonderful gal she is and take her home with them. Abby is great with kids and has been around them her entire life. She is housebroken, leash trained and rides well in the car. She was previously spayed, and is also up to date on all of her vaccinations. Abby is a delightful girl whose heart was shattered by people who told her they would love her forever. It’s time she finds her forever home, where she can live the rest of her life knowing she is loved and wanted, and not ever have to worry about living in another shelter ever again.


Isis is a 1-1/2-year-old Alaskan Husky/ Shepherd mix. She has been spayed and is up to date on her vaccinations. Her previous owners originally adopted her from another shelter, when she was just a puppy. She is housebroken, crate trained, leash trained and she knows basic commands like sit and stay. Isis is wonderful with children of all ages, and gets along great with other dogs and cats. Her previous owners surrendered her because they were no longer able to care for Isis financially. Isis is a very sweet, well nurtured girl, with mesmerizing blue eyes and a gentle, loving soul to match.


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