Some Travel Many Miles To Adopt


Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

~Anatole France

Sixty-three of American households include pets. They are a source of joy and comfort to many. That cannot be denied. Staff, donors and volunteers at the Humane Society of Central Arizona can attest to this.

Our adopters can attest to this first-hand experience. Most of our adopters come from Payson and the surrounding communities. Others travel even farther — from 70 miles to 1,400 miles. The distance our adopters go is amazing and admirable.

Recently, one of our adopters made a 2,800-mile round trip visit to adopt Buddy, a chocolate lab mix. They made that same trip last year to adopt Bones. That is what I consider a dedicated adopter. They were so pleased with Bones that when they decided they were ready to add another family member, they came to us.

Another adopter traveled from California and back within the last month to adopt a dog from us. He was so impressed with his new pal that he promised he’d be back to adopt another.

Whether you are near or far, we appreciate you. It makes our hearts sing when an animal is adopted and we are touched when people go out of their way to adopt from us, “The Little Shelter That Could.” We take pride in our animals and are overjoyed when we get updates, pictures or a visit from an animal that once resided here. That’s what gives us the strength to keep going the distance.

We take care of these animals like they are our own, until you come along and give them their forever home. As much as the animals couldn’t do it without us, we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you. If you have a success story and would like to share it with us, please send it to HSCAZ via email to or by mail to 812 S. McLane Road, Payson, AZ 85541.

Upcoming events

HSCAZ is proud to announce another mobile adoption event with the Fountain Hills PETCO. The event will be held on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come down and meet our adorable adoptables at 16835 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 105, Fountain Hills, Ariz.

It’s time for the spring Low-Cost Rabies Clinic. Rabies vaccinations will be available Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Main Street Animal Clinic located at 411 W. Main St. here in Payson. Licensing is required at the time of vaccinating. No other vaccines will be available. Cash only please. For more information, please contact Main Street Animal Clinic at (928) 474-9292.




My name is Roamer and I am quite a unique looking Aussie mix. I have blue and brown colored eyes and a soft brindle marked coat. I am house trained and I walk like a gentleman on a leash. I need to be with a family or person who has a lot of time to spend with me and a secure yard and fence. If I get lonely, I will try to get out so I can be with you. I have been neutered and I’m up to date on my vaccines.




Shep is a 2-year-old Shepherd mix. He is outgoing, fun loving and full of life and love. He is a playful lad who gets along with other dogs and children. He is house and leash trained and would do best in an active person or family who enjoys the outdoors. He is neutered, vaccinated and available for adoption now.




Noel is a 5-month-old Lab/Pit mix. She was part of an unwanted litter that was brought to the shelter a few months ago. She is house trained and working on walking on a leash. Noel is a sweet, but somewhat shy girl. She gets along well with children, cats and other dogs. This princess will make a wonderful addition to a loving family.




King is a 4-month-old Malamute/ Shepherd mix. He is all puppy and full of energy and spunk. He is eager to learn and will respond well to training. He is friendly, outgoing and loves everyone. King has been neutered and is current on his vaccines.


Puppy and Baby


Puppy and Baby are two of our Lonely Hearts Club Members. They are brothers that were surrendered to us in July of 2010. They are 3-1/2 years old and have great personality traits. They are both easygoing, affectionate cats. They like to cuddle together and also enjoy alone time. Basking in the sun and curling up on the cat condo are their favorite pastimes. They are both neutered and up to date on vaccines.


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