Join Us On First Friday


There’s a lot to be excited about this spring. As usual, there are the babies. Puppies and kittens are always so much fun to watch. With it being such a busy time, we do welcome volunteers to come in and spend time being kitten or puppy socializers. We lovingly refer to these volunteers as grammas and grandpas. They handle the babies with tender loving care which helps them (the babies) to learn to be social and lovable. And that goes along way toward helping them find good homes.

Another thing we are very excited about is that we are going to start staying open late on first Fridays. We will be having a bake sale and giving tours of our facility and, of course, offering animals for adoption. So if you’re out on Main Street Friday, May 7, be sure to mosey just a little to the south to 812 S. McLane and come meet a few of our wonderful volunteers as well as staff and all the critters who call the “Little Shelter That Could” home.

We do have a wish list. And, of course, on the top of that list is our new facility, so if you’d like to donate to our building fund, please mail your donations to P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547. Also as with many little nonprofits, we are struggling with the cost of operations, so checks made out specifically for that purpose are also greatly appreciated. But there are many other needed items such as kitten chow and KMR (kitten milk replacer) which can be purchased at the feed store. We need VERY durable dog and puppy toys. We need new, clean cat litter boxes (nothing fancy). We need a couple of hardworking volunteer handymen to help us keep the place going.

Then, in June is the premier can’t-miss-it wine tasting event. Tickets for this event are $100 per person or 2 persons for $175. It is the “Country wine, jazz, cheese and chocolate festival” to be held Saturday, June 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the spectacular La Cienega Ranch. There will be gourmet cheeses, chocolate and other delights, a fabulous jazz combo, carriage rides, bocci ball, hiking trails, as well as a raffle for a Sonoma wine country trip for two which includes round-trip air fare for two from Phoenix to Oakland, and a 3-night stay at Sonoma’s Kenwood Inn, plus two 50-minute spa sessions. Tickets for the raffle are $20 each or 6 for $100 — you do not have to be present to win. If you have questions about the wine tasting or the raffle, please call (928) 474-6103 or (928) 970-0011.

If you have any questions about our wonderful shelter, how to volunteer, or any of our beautiful animals, call us at (928) 474-5590 or just stop by and see us at 812 S. McLane.

See ya this Friday!




Oreo is a 1-year-old Lab/Collie mix. He was turned over to us because his owners had to move and couldn’t take him with. He is a playful boy who gets along great with other dogs, cats and children. He is house broke, leash trained and rides well in a car. Oreo is a very sweet boy that likes to play ball and would love to be part of a loving, outgoing family. He is neutered and current on his shots and originally came from the Globe pound.




Cecilia is a 1-1/2-year-old Border Collie mix. She and her three babies were brought in from Oxbow Estates in April after they had been dumped in the forest and left to fend for themselves. Cecelia is such a happy-go-lucky gal who gets along well with other dogs and children. Her tail is constantly wagging and it seems as though she has a smile on her face. She is a smart girl that will respond quickly to basic training and will be more than happy to please you. She has been spayed and is current on her vaccinations.




Whitey is a 1-1/2-year-old, deaf, Boxer/GSP mix. He was turned over by his owners on April 14. His previous owners were elderly and used walkers to get around the house. Whitey accidentally tripped them and they were scared they would fall and really get hurt. He is housebroke and gets along great with other dogs and children. He responds very well to hand commands and is very smart. He will need to be in a home with another dog that can lead him and show him the ropes. He will be neutered prior to adoption, but is current on his vaccines. This sweet guy is scared and confused but is so sweet and gentle. He needs a loving family that will be willing to work with him, and he will definitely show you his appreciation for giving him a second chance at life.




Felicity is a 3-year-old Calico beauty. She has long hair that will require frequent grooming to maintain a soft, shiny coat. Felicity was brought in to us on Jan. 30 because her owner died. She does seem to be a little sad and she keeps to herself for the most part. Felicity is a kind, sweet girl that likes to do her own thing and is very easygoing. She is spayed, has received all of her shots and has passed her health tests. Felicity gets along OK with other cats, but will do best in a home without younger kids and active dogs. Felicity was recently adopted and returned because the other cats did not like her. She is now front declawed and available for adoption.




Baby is a 3-year-old tabby cat. She is spayed, current on shots and has passed her health tests. Baby was turned over by her owner in February due to personal issues. She is a sweet girl who is active and playful. She gets along with other cats and will make a great addition to a loving family. She loves to play toys and paper towels, and she has a bubbly, outgoing personality. She is litter box trained and is neat and clean.




Clara is a 2-year-old beauty. 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 is spayed, current on her shots and ready to find her forever home. She enjoys laying in the window and getting some well deserved TLC.


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