Like many parts of the United States, the overcrowding of animal shelters has turned into an outright epidemic. Unfortunately, Arizona is no exception to the rule. Shelters are busting at the seams with homeless animals, but staff and volunteers across the country have made it their mission to enrich the lives of animals in shelters. Dedicated people of all ages have made saving animals a passion and sometimes an obsession. The tremendous turnout of compassionate volunteers has been truly outstanding, but there is always room for more volunteers at the Humane Society of Central Arizona.
Now, I should probably introduce myself and tell you about my route to becoming one of the newest team members and the Animal Services Manager at HSCAZ. I always knew that Arizona had a lot to offer, but one day I learned that Arizona had a wonderful experience within its bold state lines. I learned about an opportunity at the Humane Society in Payson and immediately applied for it. I knew many qualified candidates would apply, but I also knew the position was right up my alley.
When I was told I got the position, I was elated. I flew across the country and saw the shelter first hand. I was greeted with open arms and I immediately knew that Payson was soon to be my next zip code. Sure, I knew it would be a long drive moving from the east coast, but who wouldn’t want to join a powerful team in a small but mighty shelter?
Now that I’m finally here and meeting people from all over the country, I know that I made the right decision. Last weekend, I attended an adoption event at the Fountain Hills PETCO with several dedicated HSCAZ volunteers. Not only did we have a great time (and a dog was adopted), but we also had about eight million laughs on the way down to the PETCO. (A PETCO staff member even said our jolly bunch made animal welfare contagiously fun!)
Now that I introduced myself and shared my cross-country journey with you, I would love to hear your story. If you want to have a couple laughs and truly enjoy yourself while walking a comedic canine or snuggling a fluffy feline, I suggest you come on in and volunteer at the Humane Society of Central Arizona. Just think, you will be helping a homeless animal and make some human friends along the way. I guarantee you have nothing to lose. Like Bob Barker used to say... “Come on down!” We’re located at 812 S. McLane Road; hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
If you are interested in volunteering, go to our website and download an application or contact the HSCAZ volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you soon.
Romer is a 1-year-old neutered male Australian shepherd/husky mix. This handsome man came in as a stray. I presume he was simply running the streets looking for a party to attend. His fun-loving personality makes him the class-clown and the life of the party. He likes basking in the sun, toys and anything to do with people.
Roscoe is a 3-year-old neutered male Labrador retriever/hound mix. This muscular little man was unfortunately surrendered because his family was moving and couldn’t take him with them. He may be homeless, but his wiggly ways will win anyone over. He likes to smile, take naps and lounge around.
O’Leary is a 10 month-month-old neutered male domestic shorthair who was found as a stray. He is a cuddle bug and very inquisitive. He loves people and romping around the cat house.
Karma is a 7-year-old spayed female Shepherd mix. She came from another facility and she has been a great addition to our team. Though, she did specifically ask me the other day to find her a home. Her soft, brown eyes will melt your heart in a second. She does a special head-tilt that makes you want to immediately hug her.
Lenobia is a 2-year-old spayed female domestic shorthair. Lenobia and her sister were surrendered because their owner was moving and couldn’t take them with him. Lenobia may look like an exotic kitty, but she is truly a domesticated goddess. She likes sitting in her cat tree and watching what’s going on around her. Even her purr is majestic. This beauty is looking for a perfect, forever home.
Molly is a 3-year-old spayed female domestic shorthair who is front and back declawed. Molly was surrendered to the shelter because her owner was allergic. She is a total chatty kitty who loves to sit on laps and purr like crazy. She practically is the queen of the castle.