Adopted Pups Are Back As Adults













There’s been an epidemic lately here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona. Five dogs who were originally adopted from us as puppies have been returned to the shelter as adult dogs. They are the featured pets in today’s column.

We do accept our dogs back, as we believe they deserve a chance. Most are not returned because of aggressiveness, most are returned because of a change in lifestyle or training issues, such as fear of thunder, or barking. We feel strongly that, with the proper encouragement, a dog can be trained to behave. Sometimes a trainer is needed to help overcome some issues.

But if you feel the way we do about animals, you consider them a member of your family, and whatever is needed to keep them home — if it’s at all possible — you do it.

There’s more than just one epidemic happening here at the same time — one we’re calling the “Where did all these Black Labs come from?” epidemic. Another is the “OH NO, NOT ANOTHER LITTER OF PUPPIES!” epidemic. The shelter is at capacity and has been for some time, but don’t get the wrong idea, there’s a lot of good news too.

There were 10 adoptions last week and several of them were some old-timers who have been waiting patiently for their new owners to arrive. We wish them the best and pray these are really “forever,” loving homes. And that the only time we see them again is when they stop in to say hello and to let us know how well they’re doing.

Slot machine drawing Sunday

It’s almost time to draw the lucky ticket for the person who gets the opportunity to own a slot machine! We have been selling tickets for some time now, and if you haven’t gotten yours yet you can see the machine as well as purchase your tickets over at our good friends at Bootleg Alley Art and Antiques right there on the corner of Bootleg Alley and Main Street. Don’t miss your chance! The drawing will be held this coming Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

Adoption Blowout Special

Our End-of-Summer Adoption Blowout Special continues. The adoption fee for puppies and kittens (under 1 year) is $50, adult dogs and cats $35, and senior-to-senior adoptions are still just $25.

For any questions you may have about volunteering, donating or to meet any of the beautiful animals here at HSCAZ, come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road, we are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or you can give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or we can be found on the web at


Duke is a 1-1/2-year-old Bluetick hound mix. He was originally brought in last year as part of an unwanted litter, and was quickly adopted out. Sadly, he was returned to us a year later. Duke’s owners had less and less time for him and he eventually ended up living outside, which was unfair to him and is why he was brought back to us. He is neutered and current on his shots. He gets along great with children and other dogs, and he really loves to play. He is housebroken, leash trained and behaves like a gentleman. Duke needs to be part of a family who will play with him and show him lots of love and affection.


Radar is a handsome 2-year-old Pit mix who was brought in by the Police Department in May. He was actually adopted from us as a puppy and came in with ID tags on. We tried numerous times to contact his owner and were never able to reach her. So now our studly boy is available for adoption. He is already neutered and is current on his shots. He appears to be good with kids and other dogs, but we always recommend a meet-and-greet with the entire family, including your dogs, prior to adoption. Radar will also require a home visit before he can be adopted, just to make sure he is going to a loving, forever home.


Molly is a 3-year-old Lab mix. She and her sister Honey were adopted together when they were puppies. They have recently been returned due to some health issues with their previous owner. Molly is spayed, current on her shots and already has a microchip. Though she is a little shy at times, she will warm up to you. She loves the water and likes to play with toys. She is housebroken, leash trained and rides well in the car. She gets along well with other dogs and children too.


Honey is a 3-year-old Lab/Rott mix. She and her sister Molly were adopted together as puppies and recently returned to us due to some health issues with their owner. Honey can be a little shy, but she warms up quickly given a little time and attention. She likes the water and is housebroken and leash trained. Honey is good with other dogs and children and likes to play and go to the dog park. She has already been spayed and microchipped and is current on her vaccinations.


Cinnamon is a 2-year-old Shepherd mix who was originally adopted from us as a pup, but recently brought in as a stray by a police officer. We tried and tried to contact someone to let them know she was here, but we had no luck. Cinnamon is a sweet girl with an easygoing temperament. She is friendly and gets along with everyone. This girl can jump so high! It seems like she may jump the fence to be with you, but not because she is bored and looking for trouble. She does fine in the yard here and has not been any trouble; she plays great with the other dogs and likes the pools. She is spayed, current on shots and has already been microchipped.


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