It’S The Little Things That Make It Work


Little things like waking up in a good mood, or a superb cup of coffee in the morning will make anyone smile, but a true mood boost ultimately occurs after making a difference in the lives of innocent animals. The admirable deeds from local residents have caused HSCAZ to thrive in a rough economy, and the lives of countless animals in our community have been positively affected by these acts.

Do you drink more soda than you would like? Are cans sitting in your trash can at home? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we have an answer for you.

HSCAZ has a can collection program that has generated an astounding amount of support for the Humane Society of Central Arizona, and participating residents from the surrounding communities have truly made a difference. Did you know that the can collection program generated a great deal of funds last year? The proceeds of the can collection program have enhanced the lives of countless animals.

Joey, a shaggy bulldog mix came into the shelter in horrific shape. He was not only a staff favorite right from the start, but his personality set him apart from the rest. When Joey entered the shelter, he was overrun with intestinal parasites and drastically below what is considered a healthy weight for a dog his size.

Like many dogs, Joey required a great deal of medical treatment prior to being placed up for adoption, but due to the generous contributions from Payson and surrounding communities, Joey received a second chance in life.

Although Joey sat in the shelter waiting for a home for over six months with no interest from adopters (don’t worry, his story has a great ending), Joey was eventually transferred through the HSCAZ Taxi n’ Tail transport program to an extreme high adoption shelter in northern Colorado. A few days after Joey arrived at his new shelter, he was adopted to a loving family.

The reason I wanted to share Joey’s story with you is to prove that community efforts have truly changed lives. The HSCAZ can collection program is only one of the ways to improve the lives of the shelters animals. Donations of blankets and toys have also contributed to the success of the shelter. Enrichment toys such as Kongs and Nylabones have kept numerous HSCAZ hounds happy on lonely nights. Whether it is toys, blankets or a monetary donation, HSCAZ appreciates all of the supportive contributions that you have supplied, and please know that your efforts truly do make a difference in the lives of our animals.

Also please remember that the Humane Society of Central Arizona’s Thrift Shop has moved to a new location. In order to better serve the needs of our shoppers, the Humane Society of Central Arizona Thrift Shop is now located just across the street from our previous location at 501 W. Main St. to 510 W. Main St. into the Payson Woman’s Club building. Your used goods may be yet another way to change the lives of our shelter’s animals.

Now here are a few of the wonderful pets currently available for adoption at the HSCAZ shelter. To learn more, stop by 812 S. McLane Road, open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, or visit us online at




 Cosmo is a 2-year-old medium haired black and white neutered male. He was a brought in as stray and is now ready for adoption. He can be a little bashful at times, but is very sweet and affectionate. Cosmo may do best in a quieter home, where he will feel comfortable. He is up to date on shots and has passed his health tests.




Jacobe is such a sweetie! He was found as a stray in Pine and was pretty thin when he came to us. After a few weeks of monitoring his health and feeding, he has put on some weight and looks great. Jacobe loves people, children included. He is friendly with some dogs and should meet all members of the family prior to adoption. He is neutered and current on vaccines.




Lizzie is a 6-year-old beauty. She is a medium haired dilute calico that was surrendered to HSCAZ because her owner had too many animals. Lizzie has lived with other cats as well as dogs. She loves to be petted and enjoys taking naps in the big comfy cat beds here. She is spayed, current on her vaccines and passed her health tests.




Nicki was adopted and recently returned because she needs to be the only pet in the home. She adores people but does not get along with cats or dogs. She is a vocal girl who loves to talk at you. Nicki likes to sun bathe in the window, and of course she loves to be petted and loved on.




We like to call Poppy happy, because that’s just what she is. She is always smiling and having a good time. She gets along with everyone! Kids, adults, other dogs and cats. Poppy has been at HSCAZ for a while now and it makes no sense. This is a great dog who enjoys everything she does. She is active and outgoing and would make a great addition to a loving family that enjoys being active.




Tigger is a youngster who is pretty active and friendly. He is going to be a loyal companion to some lucky adopter. He gets along great with other dogs and really likes spending time with people. He is partially potty trained and now likes to go for walks. Though his life started out a little rough, Tigger is now a happy boy who is ready to find his forever home.

Low-cost rabies vaccination clinic

The Town of Payson, Town of Star Valley and Gila County Rabies Control will sponsor a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St., Payson.

The rabies vaccine is $10 (cash only). Licensing fees for all dogs are as follows: Town of Payson, $20 unaltered, $7 altered; Town of Star Valley, $7 unaltered, $5 altered; Gila County $15 unaltered, $7 altered.

Other vaccines will not be available. Your pet must be secured at all times.

For more information, please call (928) 474-9292.


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