All of us at the Humane Society of Central Arizona are filled with joy and gratitude to have the animals in new facilities built through the efforts, dedication and generosity of the many citizens, businesses, organizations and volunteers of Payson, surrounding communities, the state of Arizona and beyond. Although less spacious than the original design, the facilities are very adequate for the animal population we serve and much thoughtful planning has resulted in a well-functioning, healthy environment, which is both animal- and people-friendly.
We are planning a Gratitude Festival for early autumn to thank all who helped make the new shelter a reality. During the festival the many wonders of animals will be celebrated through tours, demonstrations, music and more.
On a less positive note, since the completion of the building there has been a dramatic decline in operations donations, which are necessary to do the work that is the essence of our mission, to provide the care and support for the animals we serve. Among the many costs incurred each day are those for dog food, cat food, kitty litter, cleaning and disinfecting supplies, medication, medical procedures, veterinary assistance, training, behavior assessments, adoption procedures and the staff who care for the animals seven days a week, 365 days per year.
The Humane Society of Central Arizona is not part of or affiliated with the Arizona Humane Society, the Humane Society of the United States or any other shelter organization. We stand alone and serve the animals who come our way through the generosity of individuals, grants, businesses and organizations.
Compassion, kindness, and generosity of spirit and resources make it all possible and we are hopeful that those who love animals in the community at large will step up at this important time to ensure that we continue to have the means and resources to provide for each animal who enters our shelter.
On behalf of the board, staff, and especially the animals, we extend our deepest gratitude.
Bill Enlund, board chair
Sarah Hock, executive director