Bad Weather Brings Challenges














Winter is here again. Fortunately, here in beautiful Rim Country, the cold spells are not too extreme and usually don’t last that long. But they do come. While they’re here, they do make life a bit harder for us here at HSCAZ. Especially for the dogs.

The dogs look forward to their time outside in the play yard. Sometimes when it’s too wet, the water doesn’t drain quickly enough from the yard, so everyone doesn’t get out as much as they would like. We don’t want them to get wet and chilled because, during the day when the kennels are open, it can get pretty chilly in the dog house.

In the new facility, the dog house will be completely indoors and warm, and the play yards will have drainage so these things won’t be a problem.

These are just a few of the issues that winter brings to our little, old shelter. When the last wind storm took off the back porch and roof, some of the kennels were left partially exposed. So in wet weather, the dogs are confined to a very small area. If you look on the bright side, at least if it’s warm enough to rain, there is no ice.

The good news is, the cats are all indoors. Their houses will certainly be much nicer and easier to clean in our new building, and there will be so much more room. But for now, they are OK. We are blessed to have a very dedicated staff and group of volunteers who continue to do an amazing job of making life better for our animals.

The new Animal Rescue Site’s Shelter Challenge began Jan. 18. We came in fifth place on the last one, but we know with everyone’s support we can win the $10,000 grand prize this time, or at the least the $1,000 weekly prize.

To vote for our shelter, go online to, click on the Shelter Challenge tab on the right-hand side of the page. Next, go to the drop-down menu, click on it until you see Arizona, type in Payson under town and Humane Society Central Arizona should pop up. If it doesn’t, then type in the name exactly as they have it — Humane Society Central Arizona. Then vote! You can also sign up for daily click reminders on the left side of the page. Once you’ve selected us, it should pop up every day when you click on Shelter Challenge, making it very easy to vote for us. Be sure to tell everyone on your email list!

Thanks to all who helped and participated in our first Petco onsite adoption event as well as our Book & Bake Sale. We owe all our success to you!

Be sure to watch Fox 10 at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 to see a story on our shelter.

Here are just a few of the many wonderful pets available for adoption. Come and meet them at 812 S. McLane Road.


Daisy is a sweet, 2-year-old Shepherd mix. She and her gal pal 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 very well behaved and mellow. She is great with children, cats and other dogs. She is spayed and current on her vaccinations. She enjoys riding in the car and walks like a lady on a leash. We would love it if someone would come along and adopt both Daisy and Mindy.


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.


Isaiah is a 7-year-old Boxer/Golden mix. He was turned over by his owner because the man was not able to keep him where he was staying. Isaiah has had two previous owners that we know of, yet we can’t understand why. He has a very loving personality and still likes to play. He gets along great with other dogs and children. He is current on his shots and will be neutered prior to his adoption. Please come meet this sweetheart; were sure you’ll see all his amazing qualities and fall in love.


Gwen is a 4-month-old spayed tuxedo cat. She and her two brothers were just a month old when they were brought in as strays on Oct. 5, 2009. We noticed right away that part of her right back leg was missing, but she moved around just fine without it. She has passed her health tests and is current on her shots. Gwen is a sweet, affectionate little gal, who loves to purr and lay in your lap. She has captivating green eyes, and loves to gaze at you. She’s a talker, too. She is considered a somewhat special needs pet because of her leg, but she can get around pretty good with just three legs.


Clara is a 2-year-old Calico mix. She was brought in on Aug. 21, 2009 by animal control, along with her four babies who were only 2 days old. Clara is a sweet girl who can be a little shy at times. She may do best in a quieter household. She has been spayed, passed her health tests and is current on her shots. She is a true beauty with a kind heart and a caring soul, who is ready to find her loving, forever family.


Mumble is an attractive, 2-year-old neutered male. He actually came in from Strawberry on Nov. 13, 2009, and his left ear was tipped. That means someone took the time to run him through the feral cat program, to get him neutered and help control the cat population. Mumble has passed both his swab and blood tests and has been inoculated, making him available for adoption. He gets along with other cats just fine, and is very outgoing, talkative and affectionate.


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