Older Pets Still Have Love To Give



Charlie and Kei






Photo courtesy of Humane Society of Central Arizona

Buddy votes for HSCAZ every day in The Animal Rescue Site’s Shelter Challenge. You can, too!

Featured in today’s article are few of our older dogs. These are dogs that qualify for our senior to senior adoption program. This program is designed to encourage senior people to adopt senior pets.

We have found that this seems to work better for everyone, the animals and the people, because everyone is moving at a more similar pace. Most senior pets are happy to just be there as a companion to their new human partner. They enjoy easy walks and time spent in sunny places just watching the world go by.

As an adopter of senior pets myself, I can tell you that there can be many more years of love and affection left in an animal. Here at the shelter, the animal just needs to be 5 years old to be considered senior. Most of them have learned the basic training that makes a pet easier to live with, and are completely through all the chewing and such that can make owning a younger animal too much for a senior person.

Add to that the clinical studies that show that owning a pet is good for your health in that it seems to lower your blood pressure and allows your body to release hormones that are associated with the pleasure of a compatible partner.

We, here at HSCAZ, believe that senior pets and senior people deserve the opportunity to enjoy a happy life and a happy ending. The cost of a senior to senior adoption is $25, but if you know a senior who needs a companion but is on a fixed income and cannot afford the fee, please have them come to the shelter and ask for Ellie or Lisa and we’ll see what we can do.

For more information on this or any of our other programs, or to meet our many wonderful pets available for adoption, give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or come to see us at 812 S. McLane Road.


Charlie and Kei are best friends and special guys. Their owner died and his daughter brought these two to us, because she knew in her heart we would get them the best home, and would make sure they are adopted together. Charlie is a 5-year-old Schnauzer mix and Kei is an 11-year-old Cavalier mix. Both were rescue dogs. They are potty trained, leash trained and love to ride in the car. They are playful and active and are currently in a foster home together. If you are interested in them, please contact the shelter, but remember, they MUST go together.


Zoey is a 10-year-old Bassett Hound/ Schipperke mix. She is one of the few dogs we got from the home with 27 dogs. She is very sweet and outgoing. She gets along with other dogs, but may do best in a household that is quiet and easygoing. She is current on her vaccinations and has already been spayed.


Wussie is a 5-year-old Schipperke/Bassett hound mix. He was also brought in from the house with 27 dogs. He is quite friendly and outgoing. He gets along with the other dogs and is so cute when he plays with them. He is well behaved and would do best in a quieter household. He is neutered and current on his shots.

Low-cost Rabies Vaccination 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. 17 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.

Help HSCAZ win $20,000

Donations are down in this tough economy, but you can help the Humane Society of Central Arizona win $20,000 to help pets in need by voting in the newest Shelter Challenge at www.theanimalrescuesite.com.

The Animal Rescue Site is hosting a special challenge for eligible Petfinder.com member shelters and rescue groups. The grand prize is a $20,000 grant, and many other grants will be awarded — a total of $100,000 in grants for animal welfare organizations. You can vote once a day, every day, through Dec. 20. Every time you vote, or tell a friend to vote, you are making a huge difference for the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

The key to making this work is to set up a Daily Click Reminder (on the left hand side of the Animal Rescue Site’s website that automatically sends a reminder to your computer’s inbox) so that every day you are reminded to vote. After clicking to help send food to shelter animals, you will be directed to click on the Shelter Challenge tab on the right hand side of the page to vote. Simply click on AZ from the State drop down list and type in Payson for the City. Submit and vote for Humane Society of Central Arizona. It only takes a few seconds!

Please vote today and every day.


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