Roadside Puppy Sellers Don’T Want You To See Their Homes


Hallelujah! We have puppies! Yes, the most darling little guys you’ve ever seen. There are four precious hounds, as well as one sweet little fuzzy lab mix. With more on the way.

These are the first of the season and they are going fast. Their adoption fees are just $70 and that includes their first two sets of shots (they’ll need one more in 3 weeks), they are spayed or neutered and have a microchip that will identify them if they ever get lost.

Think before you buy

We’ve all seen the folks who sit on the side of the road selling puppies. Do you ever ask yourself why they don’t hang a sign with directions or run an ad in the paper so you can see where these pups were born? Most roadside puppy peddlers have a great deal to hide. First of all, they don’t want you to see the conditions the puppies have been in — often horrid little filthy pens. And more often from an undernourished, pitiful mother who is forced to have litter after litter to bring in a few bucks for her owners. On many occasions the people don’t even know for sure who the fathers of the babies are, so their personalities can be very questionable.

Rarely are these babies given health checks by a veterinarian, before they go up for sale and almost never do they have their shots or have they been spayed or neutered. Most often their mothers haven’t even had their shots, therefore leaving the babies with a weak immune system and vulnerable to the many canine viruses which are so common to our area.

If you look at the big picture as you’re deciding to add a new puppy to your family, are you being penny wise and pound foolish?

Big Saturday events

Don’t forget the low-cost vaccination clinic being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St.

Also on Saturday, April 17, the Humane Society of Central Arizona will host a PETCO Adoption Day at the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road. With every cat or dog that goes to a new home this Saturday, PETCO will give adopters a coupon book worth 50 percent off on cat or dog food, and 10 percent off an entire purchase at any of their locations.

Also, take advantage of the variety of delicious baked goods that will be available at the shelter on Saturday. Staff and volunteers plan to prepare an assortment of cookies, breads and cakes to satisfy any sweet tooth!

So, if you’re thinking of adding a new member to your family, or just want to have a look around, plan to visit the shelter on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed from 11:30-1:00 for lunch) to see the beautiful cats and dogs who wish to give you unconditional love in exchange for a loving, forever home!

If you have any questions about our pups or any of the wonderful animals available for adoption, come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road, look us up on the web at or give us a call at (928) 474-5590.




Skids is a 1-year-old hound mix who was brought in as a stray when he was found running around on a jobsite here in town. No one came looking for this handsome fellow, so we had him neutered and he is now current on his inoculations. Skids is a youthful guy who likes to run and play. He is very smart and will do well learning new tricks and going on hikes. He is definitely a family dog and would love to have a nice family he can be part of.




Zeus is a 6-month-old hound mix. He was brought in as a stray from Tonto Basin by some caring people who were concerned about his living conditions. He is a very sweet boy with a kind heart and an outgoing personality. He has been neutered and is up to date on shots. Zeus is a smart guy who likes to learn new things so he will be easy to train. He is good with other dogs and children, and is patiently awaiting his new, forever home.




Araceli was brought in when she was just 2 days old. Along with her, was 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.


Belle Star


Belle Star is a 3-month-old beauty. She is a Beagle/Hound mix that was brought in as a part of an unwanted litter that was brought to us from Tonto Basin in March. Belle is the baby of the group and she sometimes gets picked on. She is sweet, playful and, like most puppies, a little bundle of joy. She has recently been spayed and is current on her shots, but will need one more booster shot.


Calamity Jane


Calamity Jane is Belle’s sister, and was also part of the unwanted litter from Tonto Basin. She is a rowdy little girl with a lot of energy and love to share. She is spayed, current on shots, but will need her final shot to finish her set of three vaccines. This adorable little girl will need an active family to exercise her and share a lot of love with her.




Fuzzy is an adorable 3-month-old Lab mix. He and his siblings were being given away for free here in town. A woman went over and took all of the puppies and brought the boys to us. Their mom was a purebred Lab, but we aren’t sure who the father is. Fuzzy has been neutered and will need just one more vaccine to complete his series of three. He is an affectionate little fuzz ball who will make a wonderful addition to a loving family.


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