The Lonely Hearts Club — This group of animals are those who have been with us for longer than six months. You will see by their bios that their long stays really are no fault of their own. They are all good guys who were brought into this life by irresponsible pet owners who offered little or no stability, let alone training and tender loving care. We have given all these to them in large doses, and they have grown into beautiful animals.
Two of them, Chewie and Coy, are currently in foster homes. Being fostered is a great opportunity to learn the manners that will be required to have a successful adoption. Not to mention, fostering also gives them a chance to escape the stresses of daily life in a shelter. We would love it if all the Lonely Hearts had a foster home.
As we often mention in this article, we are only able to hold animals as long as we do because of the amount of exercise and one-on-one care that each of our animals receives. This care is given on a daily basis by a dedicated group of volunteers and staff — without them, things around here would be so much gloomier.
As we get ready to survive another winter in this little ol’ shelter, we need to thank everyone who has been kind enough to donate to us. The outpouring of generosity never fails to astound us. We have asked for donations of certain items such as dog igloos and new Kuranda beds to make our animals more comfortable and, as always, this kindhearted community has responded. The blankets and towels make our jobs so much easier, as well as adding comfort for the animals. Thank you, Rim Country! Without you, “The Little Shelter that Could” couldn’t.
Chili Supper coming up
Don’t forget the upcoming 13th Annual Chili Supper from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway. Thanks once again to the generosity of our local merchants, who have donated the food as well as great prizes including veterinary services, a scenic flight, a BlueTooth, a beautiful wooden vase and urn, and themed gift baskets loaded with wonderful goodies. These items will make great holiday gifts.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Get tickets at the door or in advance at the Humane Society Shelter, 812 S. McLane Road; the Humane Society Thrift Store, 404 W. Main St.; the Payson Public Library or the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the Chili Supper, call Betty Raveling at 468-7132. To learn more about the wonderful animals available for adoption, visit the shelter, call 474-5590 or see our website, www.humanesocietycentral az.org.
Stiffler is a 10-month-old Shar-Pei. He was turned over because he was getting bigger than what the previous owners had expected, and they couldn’t care for him. He was recently adopted and returned because he was left in a pen all day and Stiffler escaped the yard because he was lonely. He needs a secure yard and a family who will be around to play with him and take him for long walks. He gets along great with other dogs, and does very well with children. Stiffler is very well-behaved and such a delightful dog. Stiffler has been here at the shelter since April 14, 2009.
Bandy is a 1-year-old Coonhound mix. He was picked up as a stray at Walmart and, for some reason, never reclaimed. He is neutered and current on his shots. He does need some help with potty training and we do offer one free training class with an adoption. He is a bit shy, but he gets so excited when you spend time with him. This youngster will make a great family dog, or a hiking companion. Bandy was in a foster home for about a month and during that time he learned how to use the doggy door, walk off leash and he discovered how much he loves the water. Bandy has been here at the shelter since Dec. 31, 2008.
Chewey was brought to us because his owner wasn’t able to spend time with him. Being all alone, he was becoming bored with his yard and starting to plan his escape routes. He seems to be very smart and obeys basic commands. His owner informed us he is good with kids over 10, other dogs and OK with cats. Chewey will need an active family that is able to include him in their lives. He should not be kept as a yard dog but rather a family dog. Please plan on being loyal to him as this is what he plans for you. Chewey has been in a foster home for several months now. This is a plus because he is receiving one-on-one time which is so important. He has learned manners and is more trusting. Chewey was turned over on Aug. 4, 2008, and has been in foster since October 2008.
This 8-month-old Heeler pup named Coy, was turned over by his owners because they could no longer afford to care for him, nor did they have the time. He is fun-loving and outgoing and is used to being around kids. He likes to play fetch and loves to chew on chew toys and bones. He gets along with other dogs and enjoys playing for hours. He has the cutest face and spunky personality to go along with it. He is a water dog for sure, and loves to play and splash in the kiddie pool in the play yard. He is currently in a foster home and is receiving basic training and lots of TLC. Coy has been with us since Jan. 10, 2009.
Freedom came in as a feral in a trap. We were able to work with her and handle her, so we placed her upstairs for adoption. She is spayed, current on shots and has passed both swab and blood tests. She started off very shy and used to hide underneath the blankets. Now you can find her lounging in the window, and interacting a lot more. She even meows for some attention, and graciously purrs when you give it to her. Freedom is a special girl and will need a home where she can feel safe and loved. Freedom came in on March 16, 2009.
Lovey is a 2-year-old, spayed Terrier/Shepherd mix. She was returned to us by her owner because she decided to take back her old dog and it 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. Please come meet her today, and see why she got her name! Lovey has been with us since Jan. 8, 2009.
My Boy is a 1-year-old Lab/Pit mix. His previous owners purposely bred his parents to see what their pups would look like. Now he is here because they couldn’t afford to take care of him. He is very sweet and can be a bit shy. He has been here since March 3, 2009 when he was still just a puppy. He has actually grown into quite the gentleman, and has received some training as well. He is neutered, current on his shots and housebroken. My Boy gets along great with the other dogs, and he loves to play in the water. Though he can be a little bashful at times, My Boy is a great dog, looking to belong somewhere and to feel loved and wanted.