Story by Sarah Hock
Photos by Rory Hansen
The Humane Society of Central Arizona is participating in a national Valentine’s weekend adoption promotion sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society.
Whether it’s falling in love, landing the best job ever, or finding your dream home, you just know when it’s right. The same is true for finding the dog or cat who changes your life forever. The sensation is unmistakable: “I’ve found ‘The One.’” You can’t put your finger on it, but it’s so real you can’t ignore it.
This Valentine’s Day weekend, national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society and animal rescue groups and shelters across the country will encourage gift-givers to bypass pet stores and online pet retailers to adopt “The One” they’re looking for at a low adoption fee of just $14.
The Humane Society of Central Arizona, in Payson, a Best Friends Animal Society Network partner, is offering $14 adoption fees on select pets Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15.
Shelters and rescues will be offering $14 all Valentine’s Day Weekend long, from Feb. 14 through 15. Some groups will even be extending the promotion or offering additional discounted adoption fees beyond the weekend, including HSCAZ! Details about adoption promotions offered include:
$14 adoption fees on “The One” animal participants.
$14 adoption for our Senior to Senior program — Adopters over 60 years of age wanting to adopt a dog or cat over the age of 5.
50 percent off all adoptions through the end of February.
Come visit us this weekend and all month long during our “The One” campaign. The Humane Society of Central Arizona is located at 605 W. Wilson Court in Payson. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and holidays. All adoptable pets are already spayed or neutered and current on vaccinations.
Following are just a few of the many wonderful pets available for adoption at the HSCAZ shelter. To see more, visit www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.
Full-figured princess seeks indulgent provider. A well-feathered nest is a girl’s greatest joy. Plush toys, a soft bed and similar creature comforts are essential. Applicants must appreciate the finer things in life. Long, leisurely walks and the occasional adventure will be considered. A grain-free dietary lifestyle is important, as is the absence of feline companionship. Some girls don’t like to share, so a partner that can respect personal space will be rewarded with endless cuddling when the time is right. A gentle touch will go a long way, so no rough stuff, please.
Active, muscular jock just past his prime seeks playful partner for shenanigans. I like hair bands, pumping iron and the thrill of the chase. Oh, and of course, long walks on the beach at Green Valley Park... I like physical relationships and all things outdoors. But I clean up real well for a tasty bacon dinner. Speaking of clean, I prefer tidy living quarters and will respect my partner’s decorating. I am a monogamous guy, and will make sure my partner feels safe and secure. So let’s get out for a run, throw the ball, charge through the waves of life. There’s plenty of action in store. We’re not getting any younger.
Rebel with four paws has a heart of gold. Calm, cool and collected gent seeks artistic, independent partner for mutual appreciation. Meditation is best practiced with the wind in your face, so let’s get out there and explore the meaning of our relationship. You can depend on me. So go ahead, tell me anything. Nothing can ruffle my feathers. Except maybe a scratch in that special spot. I may be too cool for school, but a little attention can melt my heart. So don’t let the loner façade fool you. This independent guy is looking for that special someone to depend on. Bonus points for a sense of style.
Petite, shapely wallflower seeks a confident, caring companion to break down barriers. She is a fit, active young lass with some social anxiety. She is not unfriendly, just introspective. If she could write, she would be a poet. She shrinks from newness yet blossoms in the open spaces that she knows. She longs for freedom from her cage, to run through flowered fields without a care in the world. A poetic heart would understand. A poetic heart would tear down the walls and sweep her away. Though she cowers at the thought of this new world, her lonely heart beats in anticipation. Be her champion. Set her free.
My name is Dante and I’m a single, middle aged guy looking for Mrs.Right. I’m a Cancer so I need a mate that will be caring and fun loving, but also patient and understanding if I get a little moody every now and then. I may seem insensitive at times, but deep down I have a soft side; one that’s caring and compassionate. I like to cuddle by the fire, and also enjoy going out on the town every now and then.
My name is Arbor, but you can call me R.B. for short. I am a happy go lucky Libra looking for my Prince Charming. I am outgoing, funny and caring. I wear my heart on my sleeve, so please don’t break it. I enjoy reading books and trying new foods. My life desire is to live an easy, uncomplicated life. Only serious lovers please.
My name is Gloria and I like to be in charge. I’m a single female looking for a life companion. My moods may change with the wind, but that’s because I’m a Cancer. Only suitors who can keep up with me and my needs should inquire. If you will be loyal and loving to me, I will be the same for you. I really am an affectionate girl with a soft side.
My name is Tidbit and I am a single male looking for my dream girl. I am a powerful Capricorn in need of a companion who I can share my dreams with. I am very outgoing and enjoy being active. If you like to have a good time and enjoy being around friends and family, I may be your prefect match. Once I feel comfortable with you, I will show you my loyal, sensitive heart.