Think Adoption First Day Jan. 16












Saturday, Jan. 16, the Humane Society of Central Arizona will partner with PETCO Fountain Hills (16835 E. Shea Boulevard) during the pet store’s national Think Adoption First day.

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.

Visit any of their stores or go to their website ( to sign up for the PETCO P.A.L.S. program, which offers special savings on food and supplies, information specific to your pet, bonus coupons and more.

The Think Adoption First savings program provides even greater benefits and savings throughout their store. If you’re thinking about adding a new member to your family, plan to visit the Payson shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road, on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch) to see the beautiful cats and dogs who wish to give you unconditional love in exchange for a loving, forever home!

The adoptable dogs we are featuring this week are from a group of seven that were turned over to the shelter Jan. 9 because the owner could no longer afford to care for them.


Red is a 6-month-old Queensland Heeler. He gets along with other dogs wonderfully, and children as well. He has lived outside his entire life and has never walked on a leash, so he will need some training in those areas. He is an intelligent guy who is outgoing and very friendly. Red is a sweetheart with a calm disposition and an adorable face. He has been neutered and is current on his vaccinations.


Precious is an adorable 6-month-old, red Queensland Heeler. Like her brother, Red, she was turned over by her owner on Jan. 9 due to financial issues. She has been around other dogs and children and is very well mannered with both. She has been spayed and is up to date on her shots. Precious is a very sweet girl with a loving personality and a bright disposition. She is an intelligent girl, who will train easily, especially when it comes to walking on a leash and housebreaking.


Trill is an 8-month-old Bluetick Hound. He has been around other dogs and children, and does exceptionally well with them. He has been neutered and is current on his vaccinations. He needs some training with walking on a leash and being housebroken, since he lived outside his entire life and had never been on a leash until he came here. Trill came from a home that had a lot of land, with a creek and no fence. He did wander off a few times, but he always came back home. He is a smart boy, with an adorable hound dog bay, a huge heart and the desire to give love and be loved.


Dodger is a neutered, 8-month-old Bluetick hound. Before coming to the shelter, he spent his days roaming his owner’s property and playing with the other dogs. He has never lived inside or walked on a leash, so he will need training in those areas. Dodger is current on his vaccinations, and has been around children all of his life and is well behaved around them. He gets along great with other dogs, is outgoing and playful and would make a great addition to anyone’s family.


Bella is a 1-year-old Catahoula who has been around other dogs, cats and children her whole life. She is very gentle and sweet. She is housebroken, leash trained and rides well in vehicles. Bella is now spayed and current on her vaccinations. She is an outgoing, affectionate little gal who would do great in an active, loving home.

Pet lovers’ cookbook

The Thursday Morning Committee of the HSCAZ has printed its first cookbook! The cookbook is dedicated to the special animals who find their way to Payson’s shelter, and is a collection of recipes from animal loving folks who were willing to share their favorite recipes in an effort to ensure that the animals are continually well fed and attended.

The book is a treasure trove of interesting quotes, poems and stories, and includes 200 delicious recipes from beverages, appetizers, sauces and dips, to soups, main dishes, side dishes and more. In addition, the cookbook contains sections on outdoor grilling, kids’ favorites, pet treats and helpful hints for your pets and your kitchen!

This superb collection of recipes and more sells for $15 and can be purchased at the following Payson locations: Humane Society of Central Arizona, HSCAZ Thrift Store, Western Village, PostNet or Loot Fashions.

Pet friendly license plates

The Humane Society of Central Arizona (formerly Payson Humane Society) has received a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Companion Animal Spay/Neuter Committee, to be used to spay and neuter our community’s feral cats.

Grants are made possible from the purchase of the Spay/Neuter Pet Friendly license plates. The cost of the plate is $25, with $17 of each sale going to support organizations like HSCAZ in their efforts to help spay and neuter their communities’ companion pets and feral cats.

Purchase a pet friendly license plate today by going to the website at

Assistance with emergency veterinary care

The HSCAZ has also been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation. The grant will help provide assistance to low-income families in need of emergency veterinary care, as well as provide treatment to stray animals that arrive wounded or ill at the shelter through the shelter’s Second Chance program. Protocols are in place to determine need and amount of assistance required on a case-by-case basis.

The Second Chance program is made possible through generous funding from organizations such as The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation, local Paws in the Park, and through public donations.

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