There are many reasons for considering an older pet when you have decided to add an animal to your family. Especially if you don’t have all the time necessary to train a pup or kitten. Older dogs and cats are usually already house trained and have the manners to adjust well into a new house hold.
Many of the older animals you will see available for adoption these days are here not because of behavior problems but due to the current economic situation, many people have lost their homes. In having to downsize and often moving into rental housing, the animals are unable to make the move with their family and therefore surrendered for adoption. Another common situation for an older pet becoming homeless is that their senior human has had to move to assisted living or in with family where their animals are not welcome.
Here at HSCAZ, we believe in these older animals. We feel they deserve the opportunity to live a good life. We have a program called “senior to senior” where we try to match older people with older pets. This is usually a good match because everyone is at about the same energy level. The cats will enjoy just being around a person and receiving love and care, and the dogs will enjoy easy walks and time spent just being a companion. This is what they all crave the most — loving companionship. If you are interested in our senior program, give us a call. The fees for adoption in this program are lower than the usual fees and are sometimes without cost depending on the situation.
At any rate, if you are someone like us who believes that even older animals matter, please give us a call at (928) 474-5590, stop by and see us at 812 S. McLane Road or look us up on the web at www.humanesociety centralaz.org.
Don’t forget, there is a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St. It is a first-come, first-served event and other vaccinations will be available upon request. You will also be able to license your dog for the town of Payson, Star Valley or Gila County.
Everyone should consider putting an Arizona pet-friendly license plate on their vehicle. They are just $25, and $17 from the sale of each plate will fund spay and neuter services for dogs and cats across Arizona. Just go online to www.azpetplates.org.
The Humane Society Thrift Store, 404 W. Main St., is springing into spring with new store hours. We will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are accepted during store hours. Because of you, the Humane Society Thrift Store is a success. Thank you for your support.
Blade is a 5-year-old Shepherd mix. He was turned over by his owners because they lost their jobs and their home, and could no longer afford to care for him or their other dog, Taz. Blade is neutered and up to date on his shots. He has been around other dogs, children and cats his entire life and gets along well with all. He loves to go for walks, is housebroken and will need a secure yard because he is a smart guy who can open doors. Blade is very sweet and is looking for his forever home.
Taz is an 8-year-old Lab who was sadly turned over by his owners because they lost their jobs and their home. He is a pretty big guy who would like to go for short walks and be able to lounge around the house and be loved. He was already neutered and he is current on his shots as well. He is good with children, other dogs and cats. He is housebroken and leash trained. This special guy needs a special home where he can grow old and live happily for the rest of his life.
Suki is an 8-year-old black and white spayed female with beautiful green eyes. She and her sister were turned over by their owner on Feb. 11, 2010 due to financial issues. Suki is easygoing and gets along with everyone just fine. She is healthy and current on her shots.
Sonya is an 8-year-old beauty. She is black and white in color and has a soft, short coat. She and her sister Suki were turned over to us on Feb. 11, 2010 because their owner could no longer afford to care for them. Sonya is outgoing and affectionate, but prefers to be the only cat. She was previously spayed and is current on her vaccinations and has passed her health tests.
Shaylee is a beautiful 8-month-old, orange and white domestic shorthair. She was brought in at just 2 days old. She is spayed, current on her vaccinations and has passed her health tests. She is a little shy, but sweet and will do best in an easygoing household.
Araceli was brought in when she was just 2 days old. Along with her were her mom and three siblings that Animal Control brought in on Aug. 21, 2009. She is affectionate and easygoing and can be a little shy sometimes. Araceli is now 8 months old and is ready to find her loving, forever home. She is spayed, up to date on shots, has passed her health tests and is a friendly little gal.
Clara is a 2-year-old beauty. She was brought in on Aug. 21, 2009 by Animal Control, along with her four babies who were only 2 days old. Clara is a sweet girl, who can be a little shy at times. She may do best in a quieter household. She is spayed, current on her shots and ready to find her forever home. She enjoys lying in the window and getting some well-deserved TLC.