As 2012 has come to an end, we are thankful for the year we had and look forward to what 2013 will bring. In this article, I’d like to offer some statistics, information and, of course, a huge thank-you to all of our supporters, donors, board members, volunteer and staff. A special thanks to all the animals that have touched our lives and have made each day worthwhile. Many have found their loving, forever home, some are still with us and some we have lost. You will always be in our thoughts, and most importantly, in our hearts.
To provide shelter and compassionate care for animals who are lost, abandoned or homeless; to ensure that animals who come into our care are nurtured in a loving space while healing from fear, physical or emotional trauma, mistreatment or loss of a caregiver; to place animals into appropriate and loving homes through adoptions; to improve the lives of animals through education and example; to promote spay and neuter of companion animals.
HSCAZ 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 depend on the generosity of individuals, grants, businesses, thrift shop sales and organizations, for the funds necessary to provide daily care for each animal who enters our shelter.
Please continue to support HSCAZ by shopping at our thrift store, or by donating items. You can also “like” us on our Facebook page and visit our Web site to sign up for email updates or to be added to our mailing list for our newsletter. Donations are always needed and greatly appreciated as well. Drop off your donations at the shelter located at 605 W. Wilson Court (just south of Main Street); hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To mail a donation, send your check to HSCAZ, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547. For more information, call (928) 474-5590.
The first annual Sunset Jazz and Wine Auction will take place spring 2013. Look for details on HSCAZ’s website in January. It promises to be fun with proceeds benefiting the animals temporarily waiting for their forever homes.
Our major events that took place in 2012 were the “Reds, Whites, Bronzes and Bluegrass,” “Pins for Paws” and our grand opening.
This year we decreased our euthanasia rate by 46 percent!! We took in 1,236 animals, and of those, 74 percent were either placed for adoption (376), placed with rescue groups (265) or returned to their owners (274). We participated in mobile adoption events including Petco, Petapalooza, Adopt a Thon and even an adoption event at a Dillard’s in Paradise Valley.
As you can see, we were pretty busy in 2012 and can only guess what 2013 will have in store for us.