Humane Society To Celebrate One Year At New Facility

Volunteer Kathleen Roberge says the Humane Society’s new facility makes it easier for people to come in and look at the dogs and cats.

Photo by Andy Towle. |

Volunteer Kathleen Roberge says the Humane Society’s new facility makes it easier for people to come in and look at the dogs and cats.



Deane Ware has her hands full corralling this litter of kittens at the shelter.

The new facility of the Humane Society of Central Arizona provides a healthier and happier environment for staff members and animals alike.

Thanks to the donations and support of many, the workers at the Humane Society have operated in a more efficient and cleaner atmosphere, also benefiting the animals, for almost a year. But donations remain crucial to keeping the shelter operating.

“Our goal ... first and foremost, is serving the community, but also serving our animals and making sure that we keep adopting animals out and making sure we are saving more lives,” said Executive Director Sarah Hock.


Raelene Ramirez spends time with Haily, one of the many adoptable pets at the Humane Society of Central Arizona’s shelter.

The new Humane Society building offers many advantages to the critters. The dogs find protection from the elements and a more frequent exercise schedule due to the efficient layout.

In general, Hock explained the building’s calmer and happier atmosphere allows the staff and animals to thrive.

The staff members now have a room set aside for staff-related needs. Also, the kennels and outside fenced areas prevent illnesses from passing among the animals. The outside fenced kennels allow the dogs to enjoy the outdoors during the daily cleaning of their indoor quarters.

The building also offers separate rooms for stray animals, health examinations and sick animals.

In addition, the new building has not only attracted new volunteers, but visitors as well.

“It’s easier for people to come in when they want to look at dogs and cats ... there’s room for them ... we’ve got a lot of people coming through here,” said volunteer Kathleen Roberge.

The Humane Society has also expanded its horizons by partnering with PetSmart to organize an upcoming fund-raising event.

The May 10 event will celebrate the first anniversary of the new facility. The Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction will take place this year at the Falcon Crest Bed and Breakfast. This event features everything from the Payson Jazz Trio to savory foods and raffle items. Get tickets and more information at: and_Wine_Auction.htm

“The whole purpose of the event is to raise money for operational funds ... to help take care of the animals ... and celebrate our one-year anniversary,” explained Hock.

In addition, PetSmart helps promote adoptions. Every week, the store offers for adoption seven dogs and 16 cats or kittens. The partnership also “opens up opportunities” with PetSmart Charities.

The Humane Society continues to reach out to hurting, helpless and homeless animals. They provide a place for their furry friends to become more comfortable with people and overcome fears.

Most recently, the shelter rescued a dog from an abusive situation, which now stays by the front desk where she can learn to “come out of her shell” and meet new people.

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