It seems like lately we just can’t keep up with all the animals that are coming through the doors. The amount of people abandoning their pets, or wanting to surrender their animals is at an all-time high. Even with being in the new facility and having a few more kennels, we are still filled to the max. We currently have 146 animals. Just last month we had 30 owner surrenders. Almost every day, someone calls looking to surrender their animal to us. As soon as we get our numbers down through adoptions, transfers or reclaims, they spike back up.
The biggest thing anyone can do to help out right now, is to adopt. With 146 animals, we’re bound to have the right companion for you. You can see our adoptable animals by going to our website www.humanesocietycentralaz.org, or by coming by the shelter Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adoption fees vary between $25 and $150, depending on the age, breed and length of stay for our adorable adoptables.
In previous articles I have mentioned some of the benefits of adopting. Not only can adopting lower blood pressure and decrease the likelihood of depression, you’ll be more likely to exercise and stay active. Having a companion animal gives a sense of satisfaction and, for some, a purpose in life. By adopting a pet and saving their life, you may be saving and improving your own.
Adopting a pet can also save you money. For example: you just got one of those cute little fluffy puppies that someone was giving away for free in front of the supermarket. The puppy is not fixed, has had no vaccines and has never been to the vet. The cost for you to get that pup fixed, de-wormed, current on all of its vaccines including rabies, and microchipped is going to be between $300 and $400. When you adopt from HSCAZ, all of our companion animals are already fixed, microchipped, up to date on their vaccinations, including rabies, and have been dewormed. So even if your adoption fee was at the high end at $150, you are still saving at least $150. On top of your adopted animal being healthy, they have also had a behavior evaluation that gives valuable information regarding the animal’s temperament and socialization. So, before you decide that the free puppy or kitten is the best way to go, check and see what we have available for adoption. Help save a life, adopt or rescue don’t buy or breed.
This week, I’d like to feature some of our long-timers. These are animals that have been at the shelter for several months, patiently waiting to find their forever home. They are all amazing animals who are very deserving of finding a home to call their own. We hope that you will consider adding one of these adorable adoptables to your home and into your heart.
Low-Cost Rabies Clinic
A Low-Cost Rabies Clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Main Street Animal Clinic, 411 W. Main St. Rabies vaccinations only are $10. Licensing fees for all dogs as follows: Town of Payson, $20 unaltered, $7 altered; Town of Star Valley, $7 unaltered, $5 altered; Gila County, $15 unaltered, $7 altered
CASH ONLY!! All dogs receiving rabies vaccination must also purchase a license. Other vaccinations will NOT be available. Your pet is required to be secured at all times. If you have any questions, please call (928) 474-9292.
Day Day has been with us since 10-4-11. She is currently in a foster home, but is still actively looking for her forever home. Day Day is very smart and eager to learn. She can be a little shy and standoffish when first meeting you, but with a few treats and some gentle coaxing, she warms up well. Day Day gets along well with other dogs and really responds well to one-on-one attention. She is active, outgoing and loves to go for long walks and hikes. She would do best in a home with no young children.
Honey has been our most viewed dog on Petfinders.com for almost two straight months, but for some reason she has not been adopted. Honey is a lover. Once she feels comfortable with you, she will be right by your side. She gets along well with other dogs and is another one who enjoys outdoor activities. She would be best in a home without young kids and would really benefit from being with an active family. Honey has been with us since 12-31-11.
Joker is such a love. He came in on 4-2-12. His previous owner had him for years and was devastated to have to surrender him. Joker is a pretty easygoing guy. He likes to go for walks, but is also content just being with you. He prefers to be the only dog in the home and is great with people. Even though he is 10, he still has plenty of life and love left in him that he is looking to share with someone.
Midge is a funny girl. She was brought in on 5-1-12 after her owners abandoned her when they moved out. She came to the shelter pregnant and not so happy. After a few weeks, we learned that she really is a sweet girl. She does not like other animals and should really be the only cat, where she can happily be the queen of the castle. Midge is petite in size, with a huge personality and a loving heart.
Oreo is one of the most social cats we have right now. She plays mother hen to all the kittens in the community cat room she shares with them. She is very loving and nurturing. Oreo gets along with everyone and is very easygoing. She would make a great addition to any family looking for a lovable companion. Oreo has been with us since 6-11-12.
Poppy the rock star. Everyone knows Poppy. She has been with us since 12-01-11. She is very active and outgoing and will need a family that can keep up with her. She is a social butterfly, and is always making friends with everyone she meets. Poppy is a smart girl who just wants human interaction. When she is happy, you can actually see her smile : )