Humane Society Thankful For Volunteers, Donations

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Thanksgiving is approaching and the Humane Society of Central Arizona has many things to be thankful for. One of those things is our hard-working, dedicated volunteers. We are always looking to add more volunteers and would love for you to join our team.

HSCAZ depends on dedicated volunteers to help fulfill our mission for the animals who share our journey. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for HSCAZ, please come by the shelter located at 605 W. Wilson Court, or give us a call at (928) 474-5590. We couldn’t do it without you, and hope that you will become involved in activities, events and programs to serve the homeless animals of Rim Country.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old or age 12 or older if accompanied by parent or guardian. Because the animals depend on our services, we ask that volunteers commit to providing two hours per week minimum. Our volunteers should be positive and willing team members as all volunteer positions may work directly with the public, staff and other volunteers.

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities currently available:

• Help out at an adoption event — the more people present, the more animals we can bring to be adopted!

• Work with the animals — socialize by walking and petting dogs, grooming and caring for cats and kittens.

• Shelter assistant — do laundry, greet the public, help with housekeeping, recycle can crushing, etc.

• Office assistance — at the shelter with data entry, telephones, etc.

• Photography — snap candid shots of the beautiful cats and dogs at the shelter. Photos are used on our Web site, on, in the newspaper, etc.

These are just some of the things you can do as a volunteer. Don’t wait, come down and sign up now!

Donations needed

Another thing HSCAZ is thankful for is our gracious donors. You can also help out by donating items we need or any of the following monetary gifts:

• $10 — will buy treats for shelter pets

• $25 — will buy collars, leashes and

toys, or will vaccinate one animal

• $50 — will spay or neuter one cat

• $75 — will spay or neuter one dog

• $100 — will buy an online memorial

for a beloved pet you have lost, or

will help transport pets to a mobile

adoption event

• $150 — will buy food for five dogs

for one month

• $250 — will buy and maintain a

shade tree for HSCAZ play yards, or

will sponsor a dog run for 6 months

• $500 — will sponsor a dog run for

1 year, or will buy a 2-month supply

of cat litter

• $1,000 — will vaccinate all animals

at the shelter for 1 month, or will

sponsor a puppy kennel

• $1,250 — will sponsor a dog kennel

• $1,500 — will sponsor a kitty condo

• $5,000 — will provide 1 month of

veterinary care for shelter animals,

or will sponsor a pet memorial bench

• $10,000 — for a title sponsorship at

a signature fund-raising event

• $55,000 — will build an animals

interaction pavilion

• $60,000 — will buy an animal

transport vehicle to participate in

out-of-town adoption events

Please mail your donation to HSCAZ, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547 or donate online at

HSCAZ would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We want to thank you for all of your support and generosity. Without you, we could not do it.

About our Thrift Shop

What makes the Humane Society Thrift Shop & Vintage Boutique unique? Excellent quality and the widest selection of resale and new items at fair prices; name brand clothing, fine furnishings, gift items, vintage collectibles, complete library and movie media room, hardware, sporting goods and holiday decor.

All proceeds help support our shelter! Visit the thrift shop at 510 W. Main St.; open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Adoptable pets

Following are just a few of the wonderful pets currently available for adoption. All are spayed or neutered and current on vaccinations.














Hello, I’m Waldo. I am just a baby, and can be cautious around new things. I’m a little squirmy when picked up, but that’s because I am still learning the ropes. If you play with me and pet me, I will quickly get over my nervousness and become your best friend! And did I mention I love toys? Add a few toys and watch me come out of my shell! I am a little explorer, so hide a few around the house and I will entertain us both!


My name is Holly. I’m a very outgoing kitty and I’m not afraid of a lot. I LOVE to play with everything. I also love other kittens my age since they have just as much energy for playtime as I do! I know when it’s cuddle time and playtime — usually. I think I would do great with kids to play with all the time!


Buddy is an easygoing boy with a few tricks up his sleeve! He knows “sit” and “lay down” and can “shake” with both paws! He likes regular walks and gets along with most other dogs, especially friendly females. Buddy has lived with kids of various ages, but should not go home with cats or chickens. Did we mention that Buddy LOVES squeaky toys? They are his favorite!


Tara is an affectionate girl who enjoys the company of adults and older children. She can coexist with indifferent cats, but would really prefer to have her people all to herself. Tara loves to sleep in bed and will snuggle up close for some TLC.


I am a calm, gentle boy. I’m a little bashful at first, but I love to be petted. Call me over in a soothing voice and I will happily put my head in your lap! I have good manners and walk very calmly on a leash. I also rarely bark — I’m what you might call an observer of life! I can go home with kids, and I enjoy the company of other dogs, but prefer they be calm and polite like me. I am embarrassed to say that I am afraid of cats! But I could probably go home with a dog-savvy cat.


Gracie is a beautiful lab mix who is still a puppy at heart! She is friendly and outgoing, but still figuring out how to walk on a leash. She loves petting and attention, and will climb in your lap for more. She has a ton of energy and will make a great running buddy once she gets the leash thing figured out! She is insecure around other dogs, but warms up quickly with playful ones. She has a rough and rowdy play style and loves tearing around the yard with her good buddy Benji! Gracie has a little too much energy for toddlers, but should be fine with grade school kids.


Don’t miss our open house from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 16.


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