Our ‘Onlys’ Only Want To Be Loved














Today’s article is focusing on a group of animals we refer to as “onlys.” Onlys are an animal that does not care for the company of another animal. They are devoted and loving to people but, for whatever reason, do not get along with other animals.

Here at HSCAZ, we believe that even onlys deserve a chance at a forever home. We are very careful about who takes these guys home with them and we make sure adopters understand the special needs of this type of animal.

They can come in any size or shape. Most people assume they are just the “bully” breeds, but we have a beautiful, blue domestic long-haired cat that fits the description. She is fun to play with and likes all people, including children. If you have a mouse in your house, she’s the girl for you. But she does not like other cats or dogs.

Keep in mind, please, that we only adopt cats as indoor cats. We don’t want our cats exposed to the many hazards that they come across when they are outside.

Almost all of the onlys we have came to us as adults with their personalities and quirks already in place. When we get animals as babies, they are put into social situations from the very beginning. They share their play areas as well as living quarters, in some cases. They are handled regularly by staff and volunteers. We know that a social animal is a more adoptable animal.

At any rate, if you are looking for a loving companion and have no other animals, we hope that you will consider one of these loving, beautiful creatures.

Low-cost Rabies Clinic

The Towns of Payson and Star Valley, in conjunction with Gila County Rabies Control, are offering a Low-cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St. Rabies vaccinations are just $10.

Licensing fees for all dogs are as follows: a Town of Payson license is $7 for a spayed or neutered dog, and $20 for an unaltered dog; a Town of Star Valley license is $5 for a spayed or neutered dog, and $7 for an unaltered dog; a Gila County license is $7 for a spayed or neutered dog, and $15 for an unaltered dog.

Other vaccinations will be available upon request. Your pet is required to be secured at all times.

If you have any questions, please call 474-9292.

Snake Safe training

Web Parton will teach your dog how to avoid going near a rattlesnake, and to warn you and your family when a rattlesnake is nearby. Classes will be offered Saturday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at Rumsey Field #2, 400 N. McLane Road. Classes are 2-1/2 hours with a 20-minute orientation. Cost is $75 per dog. To register, e-mail dogs@theriver.com, call Jay Smith at (520) 789-2203, or Web Parton at (520) 465-3460.


It’s still not too late to have your critter in the 2010 calendar. We will be accepting photos through October. There will be photo shoots, in case you don’t have “that perfect picture” already. The photo shoots will be Oct. 3, 10 and 24 from 7:30 to noon at Green Valley Park. If you’d like more information, call Ginger at 978-3322.

We invite you to join us for a fun evening of BBQ and dancing at the Rye Creek Bar Saturday, Oct. 10. The fun begins at 6 p.m. Brooks & Yoder will be playing live, Western music.

There is also a golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Payson Golf Course. It is a four-person scramble, and the fees are $65 per person ($35 for members) — this includes green fees, golf cart and lunch. You can get your entry forms here at the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road.

For more information on any of these events, or to meet our wonderful animals, please give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or stop by. You can also learn about us on the web at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.


Stella is a 1-year-old Boxer mix. She was picked up as a stray by Animal Control near Bulla, and never reclaimed. She has been spayed and is current on all of her shots. She did have to have part of her tail removed due to “happy tail.” When the tail is constantly wagging and hitting the kennel wall, it will break open and bleed. Docking is the best way to fix that problem. Her new bobbed tail matched her quirky personality. She is outgoing and adventurous. She gets along with some dogs, so we suggest you bring your dog down to meet her if you are interested in adopting her. Stella is the perfect hiking companion and she will never leave your side.


Tango is a 2-year-old Catahoula/ Pit mix. He was brought in from Mesa del Caballo as a stray. He has been somewhat shy since he first arrived, but has always happily accepted any love or attention. Tango gets along great with other dogs, and they seem to bring out the best in him. He runs and plays without a care in the world. Tango has made great strides since he first came to the shelter. He walks great on a leash, and is becoming more comfortable with socializing with people and enjoying their company. Tango is special needs because whatever he has been through has made him have trust issues. Patience and understanding are a must if you are interested in this gentle, compassionate guy.


Maddie is a 3-year-old Pit mix. She was turned over by her owners because they were expecting a baby and couldn’t afford a new baby and a dog. Maddie gets along great with kids, cats and other dogs. Her previous owners took great care of her. She came in spayed, microchipped and current on her shots. She has a perky disposition, and is gentle like a true lady. She has the cutest face and a sweet personality to match. She will make a great family dog and is waiting for you to come play with her.


Lastat is a playful 6-month-old Pit mix. He was picked up by Animal Control near Lakeshore and Birchwood. His owner knew where he was, but for some reason, she wouldn’t come for him. We got him neutered and current on shots because we felt he was very sweet and highly adoptable. Pit mixes are not for everyone, but those who like them will fall in love with this little guy. He is spunky and playful and so full of energy. He likes to play with the other dogs and may do best as a hiking or jogging companion. He will require a home visit because of his breed, just to ensure he is being adopted as a new family member and not as a fighting or bait dog. The kennel environment can be very hard on some dogs, and Lastat is too young and sweet for it to start wearing on him. Please, open your heart and home to this adorable youngster.


Lovey is a 2-year-old, spayed Terrier/Shepherd mix. She was returned to us by her owner because the other dog in he family did not like Lovey. Lovey is good with other dogs and kids. She is playful and loyal and would make a great addition to your family. She is also current on all shots. She is now part of the Lonely Hearts Club, which means she’s been here more than 6 months. If you spent any time with her, you’d feel confused, just like we do. Why has no one adopted her? She is the dog we use to introduce new dogs to a play group.  Please come meet her today, and see why she got her name!


Cawti is a wonderfully outgoing, very energetic and intelligent big dog. Born Oct. 11, 2006 in Queen Creek, she was sired by Bushito, out of Laney, both purebred Japanese Akitas. She is not papered. She is spayed, micro-chipped, current on vaccinations, and weighs around 95 lbs. She needs a lot of activity to wear her out and keep her from boredom. She particularly loves to swim. She enjoys chasing a laser light or flashlight, ball or other chase toy. She loves to have a bone or rawhide to chew on, keeping her busy, and she adores fruit like cantaloupe, apples, oranges, strawberries, etc. She is also very playful and loves toys, and might choose a favorite, which, unlike the rest, will be well loved but not destroyed. Cawti is a talker, and finds ways to express what she is feeling with a range of vocalizations other than barking, which she rarely does. She wears her heart on her sleeve —when she is sad, anxious, or bored she allows her tail to droop, which is not the norm for Akitas. She is very loving and eager to meet everyone. She would be best suited to a home with older kids who know how to properly respect her space, or no children at all. She can get along with cats depending on their temperament. She will chase if the cat runs, or get “excited” if the cat spits and hisses and scratches. She is, after all, a dog! She does not get along well with most other dogs. She really needs to be in a home where she is not alone often or for long periods. Cawti would really thrive in a home where someone invests a little time into further training her, gives her a lot of exercise, activity, and loving attention, and will be patient with her to overcome the anxiety that will come with moving to a different family.


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