Spring Brings Puppies, Kittens By Basket Full














With spring right around the corner, there are so many things to look forward to. All the rain and snow we’ve had this winter are going to bring beautiful desert flowers and, hopefully, dramatically reduce the threat of wildfires.

But here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, we know what else spring is going to bring — babies. That’s right, puppies and kittens by the basket full. Before we know it, we will have so many babies we will not know where to keep them all. And we still have older kittens left from last fall.

The trickle has already begun — two kittens here, three puppies there. Before you know it, not a day will go by without someone bringing their unwanted litter to us, or the litter they found left under their trailer by a feral mother.

We know the answer to this issue, and we talk about it often. Spay and neuter — this truly is the only way to bring this torrent of unwanted animals under control.

Here at HSCAZ, we have in place a Trap, Neuter, Return program (TNR) to humanely reduce the huge population of feral cats in our community. If you or someone you know are feeding even one feral cat or a colony, please give us a call. We will help you.

We work diligently to bring to our community low-cost spay and neuter programs to help people who would otherwise be unable to afford to have their domestic animals fixed. We currently have no voucher program in place, but please don’t give up on us because we will never give up.

We are believers, we believe that every companion animal has the right to a compassionate, loving, forever home where they will be treated with the love and respect that they deserve. We believe that all domestic animals should be spayed or neutered. If you’re thinking about breeding or buying a purebred, please look first at the many rescues that are in place to find homes for the thousands of homeless purebred animals. They too are full, and can only save so many.

If you have any questions about today’s article, or would like to become a volunteer or a donor, please give us a call at (928) 474-5590. If you’re calling about a feral cat or cats, use extension 103. If you would like to meet one of the many beautiful animals who are waiting for a chance at a wonderful life, stop in and see us 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 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 house trained, leash respectful and loves car rides. Though Daisy and Mindy don’t have to be adopted together, it sure would be great to see that happen. Do you have room for her or them?


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 house trained, walks on a leash like a good girl 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. Please consider giving her a great home and a new, loving family.


Duke is a 1-1/2-year-old hound mix. He was originally part of an unwanted litter that was turned over to us in February 2009 but was adopted out within just a few weeks. He sadly was returned in March 2010 because he was forced to live outside and he became bored and chewed up some wood pieces of the porch. This behavior can be reversed with activities, training and, of course, a little time. Duke needs to have exercise and play time so that he is stimulated mentally and does not become bored. He is a wonderful guy that gets along with dogs, children and cats. He rides like a true gentleman in the car and is learning how to walk well on a leash. He will make an excellent addition to an active, fun-loving family that enjoys the outdoors. Do not plan on adopting him and locking him outdoors fulltime. He is looking for a family that will include him, not exclude him!


Shauvon was brought in as a stray in February 2010 by some kind people who saw her running on the highway and picked her up and brought her to us. She is a very sweet girl with a mellow temperament and an affectionate personality. She gets along well with other dogs and likes to play. She does well on a leash and when riding in a car. This amazing gal has been spayed, is up to date on her shots and is ready to find her forever, loving home. Please be prepared to buy her yummy Scooby snacks and tell her you love her on a daily basis! She’ll be there for you in return. She deserves her final forever home!


Smokey is a 5-year-old Pit Bull mix. She was found tied to a tree in Mesa Del on Dec. 31, 2009. When we took her to the vet, she was found to have a very bad infection in her uterus which was fixed with medicine. She was also spayed and given all her current vaccinations. She can seem like she’s “kennel shy” and will require a patient but experienced dog owner to help bring her out of her shell, nurture her and provide her a safe loving environment. She will need a home without cats, and a home visit will be required prior to her adoption. We do encourage any interested parties to bring along their current dog (if any) to meet Smokey beforehand to be sure everyone likes each other. She is a calm, affectionate lady who is looking for someone to share her life with. Could that be you?


Yoda is a 5-year-old Basset Hound/Schipperke mix. He was rescued from a home with 27 other dogs. This was scary for Yoda and has caused him to be a little shy at first. He will however warm up to you quite quickly, especially for yummy treats. He does fine with other respectful dogs and children who are older. He is neutered, current on his vaccinations and waiting for that special, loving family to come get him — a family to include him and provide him a safe and secure environment. That’s what we all want, right? Do you have an extra space on your couch for this little potato? Maybe you could take him home to see what he thinks?


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