Many Pets Given Up In Hard Times


All of the animals in the article today are animals who have been brought to us because their families are no longer able to keep them in their homes.

It has been a tough year for folks who have struggled to keep up with their mortgages. Many families have had to downsize to an apartment and have had to give up all of their animals. Some are able to take one with them and have to make the agonizing choice of who to keep and who to leave behind. Some have had to give up their longtime family pets because of a feud with their neighbors.

We’ve even received several calls from animal shelters which are unable to keep going, and have asked us to take their animals. Unfortunately we have had to turn them away, simply because of the magnitude of homeless animals in our own area. We are the Humane Society of Central Arizona, we do serve a huge area as Gila County is such a large county and the people of Payson and the surrounding area have and always will be animal people.

That’s a really big name for the “Little Shelter That Could.” We can live up to this name because we care. And, yes, we do believe that these animals matter. We all know that just simply holding or petting an animal is clinically proven to be good for you. It’s even been stated that it can extend your lifespan. Studies have shown that when an animal is introduced to care facilities for the elderly, often a person who was completely despondent seems to come back to life. Animals give us all a reason to get up. They need us and we all know the importance of feeling needed.

But please, if you’re thinking of bringing an animal into your home, give it a lot of thought. You need to be sure that is a commitment for life. Dogs and cats should never be considered just belongings that can be cast off because of a change in circumstances. They need to feel and be a lifelong companion. They deserve this compassion and will repay it many times over.

If you’re looking for a perfect companion, no matter what your lifestyle, we surely have the animal that would be perfect for you, so please come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road or give a call at (928) 474-5590. If you’re not ready to bring an animal into your home but still feel the need for their company, come and join us as a volunteer. To learn more about us or see many of our wonderful pets, we can be found on the web at




Buddy is a 5-year-old Australian Shepherd mix who is neutered and up to date on all of his shots. He was originally adopted from years ago when he was just a puppy. He was recently turned over by his owners due to a horrible situation with their neighbors. Buddy is an easygoing guy who likes to play and go for walks. He gets along great with children, cats and other dogs. His best friend is Toby, and they would like to be adopted together, since they have been with each other for 3 years. Buddy is housebroken and leash trained and rides like a gentleman in a car. He knows basic commands and even went through some obedience training when he was younger. He is an amazing dog who is looking to find a forever home for him and Toby.




Toby is a 3-year-old Flat Coated Retriever mix that was originally adopted from us as a pup. He is neutered and current on his shots. Toby came in with his best friend Buddy, who sadly had to be turned over due to some terrible problems with the neighbors. Toby is a wonderful guy who loves children, and gets along well with cats and other dogs. This outgoing guy loves to play fetch, and is very happy to have a chew toy at all times. He is housebroken and leash trained and rides well in the car. Toby is a smart guy who knows basic commands, as well as manners. Toby is patiently waiting for a loving family to come in and take him and Buddy home.




Proof is a 7-month-old Doberman/Hound mix. He was turned over by his owner in March because they had to move and were not able to take him. Proof is a great dog who is well behaved with children of all ages, cats and other dogs. In fact, he really enjoys playing with the other dogs here in the play yard. He has been neutered and is now current on all of his vaccinations. This sweet boy knows basic commands, is housebroken and walks well on a leash. Proof will make a great addition to a loving, active family that will give him plenty of attention and the love that he deserves.




Sal is a 1-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix. He was turned over by his owners because they were moving and were not allowed to have a Pit Bull in their new home. This is a shame because, if you know Sal, you’d know he is one of the sweetest dogs to ever come into our shelter. In fact, he is such a happy guy, his tail is always wagging and he actually had to have most of it removed because he continued to bust it open here in his kennel. His little stubbed tail just makes him even more adorable! He is neutered, current on shots and is housebroken and leash trained. Sal is a fun-loving guy who gets along with children and other dogs, but has never been around cats. He will need a secure yard and tall fence and plenty of exercise to keep him busy and healthy.




Chloe is a 1-year-old beautiful medium-haired black female. She was turned over because her owners were moving and didn’t want to take her. She did pass her health tests and was already spayed, so we gave her vaccinations and she is now up to date and ready for adoption. Chloe has been around children all of her life and is very affectionate and easygoing. She does OK with other cats and gets along with dogs. She is litterbox trained and a very clean girl. This sweetheart is waiting to find a loving home that she can call her own.




Olivia is a 2-year-old spayed female. She has a beautiful tortoiseshell coat and gorgeous golden eyes to match. She was turned over by her owner in April because her owner was evicted. Olivia is a sweet girl who likes to take it easy, but she does enjoy lying in your lap for some TLC. She would do best as any only cat because she is not too crazy about other cats or dogs. She has not been around children, so a home with older children would also be ideal. She is litterbox trained, has passed her health tests and is ready for adoption. Olivia will make a great companion for someone who wants an affectionate, gentle girl who will greatly appreciate you for everything you do for her.


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