Senior Volunteers Are Invaluable














A lot of folks who live here in Rim Country don’t realize that we are sitting on a gold mine. We are among the wealthiest of communities.

The wealth I am speaking of is our retirees. Yes, our senior citizens. If you take a look at the average volunteer in this community, you’ll find a person who has completed their career. A person who has already watched their children grow up and have kids of their own. A person who still feels as though they have something to offer their community.

Here at HSCAZ, we are so fortunate to have a group of these people — they are our gold mine of energy and ideas. In fact, at least 80 percent of our volunteers are retired people.

They do it all around here — from laundry to construction to dog yard volunteers and dog walkers, aluminum can picker-uppers and aluminum can crushers. They are the best foster families because of the amount of time they have to offer. They are the best photographers, too. They have hearts of gold and a wealth of time to donate to our animals and facility.

We owe a special thank-you to all of them who give so unselfishly of themselves. From the bottom of all our hearts, people and animals alike, THANK YOU!


There is an upcoming event that you are not going to want to miss. This Saturday, Sept 12, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Mazatzal Casino, please join us for the Bow-Wow Boogie Time Dance, with live music provided by the fantastic Junction 87 band.

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a live auction for the cover of the 2010 HSCAZ calendar. If you want your precious pet on the cover, you have to be there. Tickets are only $5 at the door.

We especially want to thank our sponsors for this event: Alpine Country Urologic Associates, CJ Excavating, Hospice Compassus, Payson Golf Course, Pine Country Animal Clinic, Colonial Cabinets and Millwork. Thank you all for your support of this important and FUN fund-raiser.


If you would like to have your pet’s picture in the calendar, time is running out. If you already have a good picture of your pet, fill out an application form, available at the animal shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, at the Humane Society Thrift Store at 404 W. Main St. and online at If you don’t have a good picture of your pet, there will be photo shoots at the Dog Park on North McLane Road from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 12, 19 and 26. A volunteer photographer will come to your home during the week to photograph your pet. There is no charge for having your pet’s picture taken. The cost is $20 per date selected on the calendar, and the price of the printed calendar is $10. Remember 100 percent of the proceeds go toward the support of the animals.

For more information, call Shelter Director Ellie Watson at (928) 474-5590, ext. 100, or Lesley Bradley at (928) 468-2290.


Web Parton will present a Snake Safe training course Oct. 9 and 10 (location to be announced). Parton will teach your dog how to avoid going near a rattlesnake, and to warn you and your family when a rattlesnake is nearby. Training will be completed in one three-hour session, Friday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m., or Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 a.m. The fee is $75 per dog, and pre-registration is required. Call (520) 465-3460 to schedule, or online visit


Due to popular demand, we have extended the Summer Blowout Adoption Special! Draw the price of your adoption from a dog dish — fees range from $10 to $40. Don’t miss this great opportunity to bring your new love home. Here are just a few of the wonderful pets available for adoption.


Bones is a handsome 1-year-old Lab. He was abandoned by his owner at a friend’s house, and the friend wasn’t financially able to keep him, so she brought him here. Bones is housebroken, leash trained and rides well in cars. He has been neutered and is current on his shots. He gets along with other dogs and loves kids. He is a good boy who is active and willing to go anywhere with you.


Bubba is a 12-week-old Heeler/Lab mix pup. He and his brothers were brought in as an unwanted, unexpected litter. They have a sister who is in a foster home now. Bubba is ready to find a home that he can be a part of. He is playful and outgoing and full of energy. He loves to play and is very sweet. He has been neutered and is up to date on his shots.


Bean is also a 12-week-old neutered Heeler/Lab mix. He is adorable and independent and such a love bug! He is current on his shots and learning to be potty trained. He is full of energy, super affectionate and a great little boy. He gets along with the other pups in the play yard and is very friendly toward people. How can you resist his adorable face and not take him home today?!


Chubba is a 12-week-old Heeler/Lab mix. He is neutered and up to date on his shots. He and his brothers love to play and lounge in the sun. He is very sweet and cuddly. He is ready to find his forever home with a nice, loving family. He gets along with the other pups in the play yard and always has a blast doing what pups do best — playing!


Deanie is a 3-year-old Lab mix. He came in as a stray with a perimeter collar on and, for some reason, no one came looking for him. Needless to say, this sweet guy is ours now and is available for adoption. Deanie is housebroken, leash trained and knows basic commands. He loves the water and loves to play ball, like a typical lab does. He is good with other dogs, great with children and the perfect family dog. He was previously neutered and is now current on his shots.


Remo is an adorable, 12-week-old Lab pup. He and his five brothers were turned over because they could not be properly cared for. He is the last of his litter to be adopted. He LOVES the water and he could play all day. He gets along great with the other pups and is such a good boy. He has been neutered and is current on his shots. He does well with children and is ready to find his forever home, where he can be part of the family.


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