Tis The Season — The 12 Ways Of Giving To Animals


The holiday season is upon us and we’ve put together a list of the 12 ways you can give to the animals at the HSCAZ shelter.

  1. Spay/Neuter your own pets. You can do your part to help end pet overpopulation by getting your companion animals fixed.

  2. Donate money or gift certificates. Donations of any amount help greatly and are tax deductible.

  3. As a Christmas gift for a friend or family member, make a monetary donation in their name at HSCAZ.

  4. Adopt or Rescue, don’t buy or breed. If you can’t or don’t want to adopt, you can always sponsor a cat or dog.

  5. Sign up with us to be a foster parent. Special needs animals, nursing mothers or litters of puppies and kittens are ideal candidates for fostering.

  6. Support HSCAZ by shopping at our Thrift Store. With Christmas just around the corner, you’d be surprised at the amazing deals you can find there. Our Thrift Store is located at 510 W. Main St. and is open Monday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  7. Support HSCAZ’s pet of the week, events and other information with social media like Facebook.

  8. Volunteer. HSCAZ is always looking for volunteers to help with the numerous tasks that must be fulfilled on a daily basis. From laundry and scooping poop to special events, there is plenty you can help with.

  9. Share the memory of your beloved companion animal on the Humane Society of Central Arizona’s website with a short story and photo. Visit our website (www.humanesocietycentral az.org) for more information.

  10. Offset the cost for HSCAZ to attend mobile adoption events at locations throughout the state. These events greatly increase the number of companion animal adoptions and promote the shelter. Visit our website for more information.

  11. Donate needed items. Since it’s getting colder, some of the donation items we need are blankets, sheets, towels and dog and cat beds. Other supplies and items we can always use to help care for the animals are: stainless steel bowls, dog and cat toys, laundry soap, bleach and dish soap. Donate dog and cat food, preferably Purina brand. We are also always in need of puppy, kitten and grain-free foods.

If there is something you’d like to donate that is not listed above, please visit us at 605 W. Wilson Ct., Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also reach us by phone at (928) 474-5590 or via email at hs@humane societycentralaz.org.

Black Friday & Saturday

Don’t miss Black Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24 at the HSCAZ shelter. For these two days only, adopt any black or partially black animal for just $25!

Santa Paws

The Santa Paws benefit at Pine Country Animal Clinic is a fun event that you can participate in that will also help benefit the animals here at the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Pine Country Animal Clinic will have its Second Annual Santa Paws benefit from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 1, at the clinic’s Meet-and-Greet during the Town of Payson’s Electric Light Parade.

Santa Paws is an opportunity to have a picture taken of your dog with Santa for a small donation. All net proceeds will be directly donated to the Humane Society of Central Arizona.

Pine Country Animal Clinic is at 401 W. Main St., Payson. They can be reached by phone at (928) 468-6030.


Oh Max. We just can’t seem to get enough cute photos of him. It’s pretty clear that he is super friendly and loves people. Not only is he sweet and affectionate, but he is also very smart and well mannered. He knows how to play “which hand is the treat in” and if you haven’t seen him do it, you should definitely stop by. Max is a loyal companion who loves kids of all ages. He told Santa Paws that all he wants for Christmas is a home to call his own.


Scooter is a 1-year-old Jack Russell/Dachshund mix. He was a rescue from the Globe pound. He is a sweet, wiggly guy who loves people. He gets along with most other dogs and loves to play. Scooter loves to go for walks and enjoys spending time with people. When Santa Paws asked him what he wanted for Christmas, he told him “an active family to adopt me. One that will spend time with me and play with me.”


Bootsie is a 1-year-old cutie pie. Her expression is priceless in this photo. Bootsie gets along well with other cats and she loves to cuddle up for a nap on your lap. She has lived with other cats and even a small dog. Bootsie is a vocal girl who loves people, playtime and giving and receiving affection.


Pepsi is a playful 7-month-old Border Collie mix. She gets along great with other dogs and loves to play. She is very energetic and loves to play fetch and tug-of-war. Since she is still young, she will need some help with basic commands and manners.


Teak is a shy 2-year-old pit/lab mix. He loves female dogs and is a little partial to the gals, like a true ladies man. He warms up quickly with treats and praise. He is outgoing and playful, once he feels comfortable. Teak needs a patient and kind home to go to. One that will work with him and show him love and compassion. He will make a loving and loyal protector.


Zeus is an adorable 1-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier. You may think he looks tough, but he really is a big teddy bear. He gets along well with most other dogs and loves to play. He is gentle and sweet and adores people. He is potty trained and leash trained and loves to go for walks. He knows basic commands and has manners too. Zeus has lived with other dogs, cats and older children and would love to be the newest member of your family.


Pat Randall 4 years, 2 months ago

Why doesn't Payson worry as much about the so called homeless kids in Payson instead of all the articles and pictures of old, crippled animals, that no one wants? Yes, I love dogs and cats. I am not an animal hater but there is a limit to how much money should be spent on old sick homeless dogs. Have a dog now that I have had two years and have probably spent a thousand dollars on her at the Vet. My niece brought her to me from Queen Creek. She is a one person dog and tells me when my blood pressure is up. If we are awake she gets on my lap and stares at me untill I get my blood pressure cuff. If I am asleep she puts her paw over my nose to wake me. No she was not trained. It is natural with her. What a blessing she is. When I had to put my first dog to sleep, I went to the humane society and couldn't find one that was young or healthy looking. So went to Schnauzer Rescue. They really ripped me off. The dog had a bad back, thyroid problems and a bad heart. I had to sign a paper saying they were not responsible for anything that might be wrong with him. They gave me a rabies certificate but realized later it was not signed nor had a vets name on it. He died in my arms at the Vets office of a massive heart attack after only having him 10 months.
Yeah I know you have heard this story before and will probably hear it again.


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