Pets React Differently To Shelter Closing Time



Charlie and Kei









It’s closing time here at HSCAZ, and as you watch the animals, you can see the many different reactions to this time of day.

As closing time rolls around and the hoses are brought in, the dishes are all picked up and washed, things are beginning to wind down, every animal knows it’s time for the people to leave.

You can watch as they a react differently. There are those who get ready and get on their beds and begin their long night’s rest. It’s as though they, too, work here and are done for the day. There are those who begin to worry; they only feel comfortable when we are here. So for them, the nights are long and lonely.

Then there are the ones who begin to panic. They are usually the new guys, the ones who don’t understand why they are here in this facility. Most do calm down after a few days. It’s as though the oldtimers tell them, “Relax, they’ll all be back tomorrow. They’ll bring us breakfast and take us for walks or let us out in the yard to play. It’s going to be okay.”

And happily we can say that, for most, it is okay. These animals are blessed to have ended up here at our shelter, where most have the opportunity to wait as long as it takes to find their loving, forever home.

But with that said, it is important that we all remember these animals and to do our part in spaying and neutering to reduce the constant flow of unwanted animals. Remember as well that when you take on an animal, it’s an obligation that should be for the lifetime of that animal.

There shouldn’t be any unwanted animals — just lost animals waiting for their family to come and get them. “Until they all have a home,” they can count on us. Kind of like Motel 6, we’ll leave the light on.

This week, we are featuring pet pairs. For some, it is an absolute requirement that they be adopted together. For others, we believe it would be in their best interest to remain together if at all possible. To meet them or any of our wonderful adoptable pets, visit the shelter 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 we would get them the best home, and would make sure they go 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.


Daisy is a 2-year-old Shepherd mix. She and Mindy were turned over because the owner’s landlord threatened to evict if the dogs stayed. This was a hard decision to make. Daisy is so well-behaved and mellow. She is spayed and current on her vaccinations. She gets along great with children, cats and other dogs. She is housebroken, leash trained and likes to ride in the car. Though Daisy and Mindy don’t have to be adopted together, it sure would be great to see that happen.


Mindy is a 2-year-old Shepherd mix. She and her sister, Daisy, were both turned over by their owner, because the landlord was threatening to evict them if they didn’t get rid of the dogs. Mindy is great with kids, cats and other dogs. She is potty trained, walks on a leash and rides well in a car. Although it is not required that she and Daisy be adopted together, it would be wonderful if that could happen. Mindy is a kind, easygoing girl, with a heart of gold and a desire to find her forever home.


Sammie is a shy, 1-year-old female tabby. She was brought in on Sept. 26, 2009, along with her two other sisters. Sammie is a special-needs cat because she needs some more socialization with humans. She would do best if she were adopted with her other sister, TJ. She has been spayed and inoculated and has passed both her swab and blood tests.


TJ is also a shy one. She was brought in on Sept. 26, 2009, all the way from Glendale, along with her two sisters. Smokey has already been adopted and Sammie and TJ would love to be adopted together. TJ needs someone who will be patient and take the time to love on her and get her to be more used to human interaction. She is spayed, current on shots, and has passed her health tests.


kate moore 6 years, 11 months ago

Shame on landlords who arbitrarily refuse to take pets, even without meeting the animals! And double shame on those who force families, in these economic times especially, to choose between housing and their pets.

I am a landlord, so I know the potential problems. We rent a nice, three bedroom home.---and we take pets. We may negotiate with the owners, but we take pets. The way we treat animals is indicative of the way we treat people, so please protect me from those who feel empowered to turn away a family's beloved pet just because s/he can. The above referenced landlords might do well to remember that what goes around, comes around.

Kate Moore Manhattan, Kansas 66503 Formerly of Payson


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