Remembering A Beloved Supporter


On Dec. 15, 2011 the Humane Society of Central Arizona lost a beloved friend and supporter — Mr. Thomas Tainsh.

Tom served on the Payson Humane Society Board of Directors for many years as president and vice president. He and his wife, Velma, spearheaded the Spay and Neuter program and also the Save Our Shelter plan by calling for matching funds. The people of Payson responded generously and saved the shelter.

The amount of love and support Tom had for the humane society and its lost, abandoned and unwanted pets is remarkable. We have been truly blessed to have such a strong, dedicated man and of course his wife, Velma, be a huge part of something we all believe in. He will be missed, but never forgotten. So here’s to you, Mr. and Mrs. Tainsh; thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for everything.

The Tainsh family and HSCAZ are both firm believers in spaying and neutering. As we all know, every year, millions of animals are humanely euthanized due to overpopulation. The truth about this is we can all make a difference. Spaying and neutering can save lives. Here are some facts about spaying and neutering.

Between 3 and 4 million adoptable animals are euthanized in animal shelters each year simply because they do not have homes.

Spaying and neutering dramatically reduces the number of stray animals on the streets. Strays can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents and scare people, so the reduction is a plus.

The term “spay” refers to removing a female animal’s ovaries and uterus so that she cannot reproduce. The term “neuter” refers to removing a male animal’s testicles so that he cannot reproduce (although the term neuter technically means the sterilization of either a male or a female animal, today it is typically used to refer to the procedure for a male animal).

Dogs and cats can be spayed or neutered as early as 2 months of age.

Historic records indicate that surgical procedures to sterilize male animals date back as far as 284 B.C. Such surgeries for companion animals date back about 100 years.

Spay/neuter surgeries will lead to a decrease in the euthanasia rate and increase the live release rate (the number of animals that leave the shelter alive) of animals. Research shows that each canine sterilization reduces shelter intake by .72 dogs, and each feline sterilization reduces shelter intake by .57 cats.

Spay/neuter surgeries can only be performed by licensed veterinarians.

High Quality High Volume Spay/Neuter (HQHVSN) programs are efficient surgical initiatives that meet or exceed current veterinary medical standards of care in providing accessible, targeted sterilization of large numbers of dogs and cats in order to reduce their overpopulation and subsequent euthanasia.

There are many health benefits to spaying and neutering your dogs, cats and rabbits. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male dog or cat prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds — not neutering.

Many unneutered pets have aggression problems and often mark their territory with strong-scented urine, which can make the household unbearable. Early neutering can nix aggression.

Spaying and neutering is beneficial all the way around. There are some options to help you get your pets fixed. First, you can make an appointment with your vet. You can also check your local humane society to see if they are offering any spay/ neuter vouchers, or if they have information about a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. If you can’t adopt a pet from a rescue or humane society, you can still help by spaying/neutering your pets at home.

Here are a few of the wonderful pets currently available for adoption at the HSCAZ shelter. Meet them at 812 S. Beeline Highway, open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5590 or visit us online at www.humanesociety




Ellie is an 8-year-old Black Mouth Cur mix. She was found East of Payson, running on the highway. She is a gentle girl, always sweet and kind. She has been spayed and is current on her vaccines.




Jack is an outgoing 8-month-old hound mix. He is very active and loves to play. Jack gets along with everyone and will need a home that will keep him busy and give him the exercise he needs. He is neutered and current on his vaccines.




Buddy is a 2-year-old Bulldog. He was surrendered to HSCAZ. Buddy is good with kids and other dogs. He really is a big baby, very sweet and easygoing. He is neutered and current on vaccines.




Memo is a 5-year-old Heeler mix. He was found as a stray here in town. Memo is calm and friendly, but also enjoys going to the play yard and for long walks. He is neutered and current on vaccines.




Bessy is a 3-year-old hound mix. She is a little shy, but warms up quickly. She is a calm girl, who likes to sunbathe in the yard. Bessy is a sweet girl, current on shots and spayed, of course.




Angie is a 3-year-old medium haired gray tabby. She has the softest coat ever. She is a laid back cat, never fussy and always neat and clean. She does well with the cats here and would be happiest in your home, on your lap. She is spayed and current on vaccines.


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