I think the most exciting adoptions for us, here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona, are those of our longtimers, also known as our “Lonely Hearts Club” members.
Don’t get me wrong, EVERY adoption is exciting and wonderful. Every animal we have at our facility is amazing and deserving of a loving, forever home, but the dogs and cats that remain in our care for months really start to grow on us. We form bonds with the animals and pray that today is going to be the day that Lucy, or Jack or Duke will go home. We hope that you will see them the way that we see them — as gentle, loving, wonderful companions.
Being in a shelter environment is not always an easy thing for an animal. Some animals can handle being here for months, while others slowly start to decline and become depressed. HSCAZ staff and volunteers do everything in their power to help the animals feel loved and appreciated. We are just temporary caregivers, until you come along and adopt one of our loving friends as your own.
Another thing that we feel is important to remember when coming down to possibly find your new companion, is how a dog or cat may react in their kennel. Please don’t judge their behavior. We will gladly pull a dog out for you to meet, and you are more than welcome to go into the cat houses to socialize.
Just like people, not all animals are going to instantly take to you. I know that’s what most adopters are looking for and I completely respect that, but I’m asking you to please look past the exterior, and into their hearts. Let us help you find your match. We know these guys extremely well and would love to pair you up with your perfect match.
A longtime shelter pet tends to have more training too. Our dedicated volunteers spend hours working with our dogs that have been here for a while, so that potential adopters will see them and appreciate what they have to offer.
The adoption fee for any Lonely Hearts Club member is just $25. Some may say they’re the ones that no one wanted, but we say they are the precious jewels that no one has discovered yet.
To meet any of these great pets, visit the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily (excluding holidays). For more information, call (928) 474-5590 or go online to www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.
Don’t forget to join HSCAZ this Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as we team up with the Fountain Hills PETCO for another “Think Adoption First,” adoption event. PETCO is located at 16835 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 105.