Payson Friends of Ferals is an arm of HSCAZ which was brought together to help humanely reduce the numbers of unwanted free-roaming cats in our community. In the five years since we started the program, we have, through the generosity of donations and grants, spayed and neutered almost 2,000 cats.
Many people don’t realize that even though these animals were not born as the property of a person, many of them do have a caregiver who feeds them and brings them to get them spayed or neutered. This is a process called TNR — Trap, Neuter, Return.
The TNR program is the only proven humane method of controlling the population of feral cats. As one of the founders of the organization in the Valley, AzCats Assistance told us when we were just getting started, “Whether you love cats or hate them, this is the program for you.”
Of course we are in favor of this method because, after all, we are the “Humane Society.” We have witnessed first-hand the reduction of colonies who have been through this process.
October is “Nation Feral Cat Awareness Month,” and throughout the month you will see us in front of Walmart raising funds for and awareness of this vital program. If you have any questions or know someone who is caring for a colony or would be interested in donating financially to help keep this very important program going, please call the shelter at (928) 474-5590, ext. 103.
Chili Supper coming soon
Fall is here, so you all know what that means!! It’s time for the 13th annual Chili Supper! This is one of the most fun fund-raising events we have. The date for this year’s Chili Supper is Nov. 10, and once again it is being held at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. The ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for children. There will be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and a U-pic raffle. So please join us for a delicious meal of chili, mac-n-cheese, salad, rolls, homemade cupcakes and drinks. All proceeds go to feed and care for our animals.
Now meet some of the wonderful pets available for adoption at our shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road.
Feather is a 3-year-old domestic medium-haired beauty. She was brought in as a stray from Star Valley on Feb. 21, 2009. She has been here for more than 6 months and is part of the Lonely Hearts Club. She doesn’t do well with other animals, but absolutely loves people. She likes to watch what’s going on here at the shelter, and you can always catch her looking over whatever may be going on. She is very affectionate and will even protect you and act like a “guard dog.” Feather is a favorite here at the shelter, and we all hope that someday soon, someone will walk through the front door, and say “I’m here to adopt Feather,” and make our day. Feather deserves a loving home where she can rule the roost and feel safe and welcome. She’ll be sure to give you plenty of TLC for taking such good care of her.
Hannah is a beautiful 7-month-old calico. Her soft, gray fur has swirls of orange, and her golden eyes match perfectly. She and her brother were brought in as strays that had been dumped on someone’s front porch. She is easygoing and gets along with other cats. She has been spayed and is up to date on her vaccinations, and has passed her swab and blood tests. She likes to take it easy and is very neat and clean. Hannah is a gentle, peaceful girl looking to find her forever home where she can relax and enjoy all the days of her life basking in the sun in the window.
Aspen is a 5-year-old Australian Shepherd/Lab mix. He was turned over because his owner was not able to care for himself, let alone Aspen. He had been left at his house for a number of days, with no food or water. A neighbor called a family member to report that the dog had been barking nonstop for days. When she went over, she found that Aspen had been surviving off of garbage, and the other dog had already died. Aspen is a great dog, with a huge heart. He gets along with other dogs, kids and cats. He walks great on a leash and rides well in a car. He was previously neutered and is current on his shots. This sweet guy has been through a lot, and is ready to find his forever home, where he won’t have to worry about anything other than where he hid his bone.
Daisy is a 2-year-old Shepherd mix. She and Mindy were turned over because the landlord threatened to evict if the dogs stayed. This was a hard decision to make. Daisy is so well-behaved and mellow. She is spayed and current on her vaccinations. She gets along great with children, cats and other dogs. She is housebroken, leash trained and likes to ride in the car. Though Daisy and Mindy don’t have to be adopted together, it sure would be great to see that happen.
Mindy is a 2-year-old Shepherd mix. She and her sister Daisy were both turned over by their owner because the landlord was threatening to evict the owners if they didn’t get rid of the dogs. Mindy is great with kids, cats and other dogs. She is potty trained, walks on a leash and rides well in a car. Although it is not required that she and Daisy be adopted together, it would be wonderful if that could happen. Mindy is a kind, easygoing girl, with a heart of gold and a desire to find her forever home.
Sky is a 2-year-old Shepherd mix. He was picked up by Animal Control near Saddle Blanket. The ACO told us that the dog lived in the area and hoped the owner would come. Unfortunately no one ever came looking for him. We call him Sky because, boy, can he jump high! He will need a home with a tall fence and a secure yard. Exercise and activity are good things to help keep a dog active and busy. This is the dog for you if you like to go on nightly strolls, or just being outdoors. He is good with other dogs, house trained, neutered and current on his shots.