Well, it’s official — spring has sprung. The tulips are in bloom, the trees are budding out, the desert is gorgeous, and everyone but us has “sprung forward.”
With spring also comes the season when animals reproduce. Remember the spring scene in Bambi, with all the cute babies? Well, it’s about time for the babies to be showing up here at our facility.
As everyone knows, we do love those puppies and kittens. But, sadly, this little, worn-out facility that we operate from has very little to offer them. We do our very best with lots of T.L.C. and attention, but that isn’t always enough.
There is an answer to this problem — spay and neuter. It really is as simple as that. If you consider that, according to statistics, one unspayed female cat and her kittens, if also left unspayed and neutered, can in 7 years can account for 420,000 additional cats. An unspayed female dog and offspring can be the source of 67,000 more dogs.
It doesn’t take a mathematician to add these numbers and realize that no matter how many rescues and animal shelters there are available to house the tremendous numbers of unwanted animals, there are not going to be homes available for them all.
So it is up to us. It is our responsibility to care for the animals that we have brought into our lives. To have them spayed and neutered is the most sensible choice, but if you choose to not have your animal fixed, then it is your responsibility to be sure that your male is not cruising the neighborhood and producing litter after litter. And the same goes for the owners of the females. Please don’t just leave her outside to be visited by the many males that will find her.
It is also our responsibility to keep our fences in good repair to be assured that our animals, whether fixed or not, are safe in their yards, not roaming the streets risking injury or bothering our neighbors.
Here are a few more good reasons to have your animal fixed. Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer in females. Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate cancer in males.
We are working hard to bring to town some low-cost options, with no luck yet, but we have a few ideas. If you need some suggestions, give us a call. And if you are interested in any of the beautiful animals that are currently with us, would like to volunteer or be a donor to this very important issue, please come and see us at 812 S. McLane Road, give us a call at (928) 474-5590, mail your check to HSCAZ, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547 or you can look us up on the web at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.
Don’t forget our cat adoption special — adult cats are just $25 through the month of March!
Talon is a fun-loving, 1-year-old Shepherd mix who was brought in as a stray from the high school area in February. He is a high-energy guy who loves to play, and gets along great with other dogs. He is learning to walk well on a leash and he rides well in a car while being crated. He is partially potty trained and luckily this is an easy task to accomplish and it doesn’t take much work. Talon will make a wonderful addition to a loving family who likes to run, hike and do plenty of outdoor activities.
Angelica is a 2-year-old Aussie mix. She was originally picked up behind the casino on Oct. 27, 2009. She was adopted in November, but sadly returned on Jan. 29, 2010 because the apartment she lived in was not adequate space for her to run and play. She is an active little girl who needs exercise and plenty of walks and trips to the dog park. She is spayed and current on her vaccinations. Angelica is such a love. Her little stubbed tail shakes vigorously when you approach her. She is excited to receive your affection, and willingly gives it in return. She is good with other dogs and great with children and cats. Angelica is gentle and loving just like an angel, which is how she got her name.
Candie was brought in as a stray in February by some kind people who saw her all alone near the Sheriff’s Office. She is a very sweet girl with a calm/mellow temperament and an affectionate personality. She gets along well with other dogs, but does need to be supervised at play time. She does well on a leash and when riding in a car, is house trained and loves to snuggle in the bed with you at night time. This amazing gal has been spayed, is up to date on her shots and is ready to find her forever, loving home. She is also passing her basic commands training with flying colors and would do great with furthering her skills. She doesn’t like to be outdoors during bad weather, so please do not plan on locking her outdoors. She is NOT an outdoor only dog! A home visit will also be required for our special girl, so please prepare it with a soft bed, toys, snacks and, most of all, LOVE!
Lolo is a 6-month-old Shepherd mix. She was surrendered to Animal Control on Feb. 16, 2010 due to her owners’ separation. She is partially housebroken and leash trained. She has been around other dogs and children and behaves very well. She is a sweet, outgoing girl with a quirky personality who loves to play and be around people. Lolo is spayed and current on her vaccinations and is available for adoption. She will fit in perfectly with an active family who is kind, loving and will provide her with all the love and attention she deserves.
Louie is a 2-year-old Basenji mix who was turned over by his owners on Feb. 3, 2010 due to their health issues. They originally found him in Michigan running on the freeway. Louie is an outgoing, energetic dog who needs plenty of exercise and room to run and play. He does well with other dogs and older children, but not cats. He is crate trained and is used to being kenneled at night. He can be a bit protective of his food, but otherwise is playful and affectionate. He likes to chew, so he will need plenty of toys and treats to help with this. Louie is up to date on all vaccinations, is neutered, housebroken, leash trained and rides well in a car.
Shelby is a 1-year-old Spaniel mix who was picked up as a stray from Oxbow Estates in March. Surprisingly, no one came looking for this adorable little girl, so we spayed her and now she is current on her vaccinations. Shelby gets along with other dogs and likes to play. She is working on leash training and appears to be housebroken. Shelby is a family type dog who would love to live an active life with a wonderful family who will love her and give her all the attention and time she needs.