by Susan Frank
Humane Society of Central Arizona
The Humane Society of Central Arizona is launching the next wave of our recycling program and we will now accept almost any type of scrap metal. Small items like air conditioners, car batteries, electrical cords, metal (aluminum, brass, copper, lead, stainless steel and sheet metal), and electronics such as laptops, keyboards and flat screen monitors can be dropped off at the shelter between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. These items will be collected in the tan metal recycling shed located just west of the shelter near the dumpster.
We will also be accepting large items like appliances and even cars. However, these should be taken directly to the local recycler in Rye and donated in the name of the Humane Society of Central Arizona.
For more information on types of metals accepted or to arrange for a pickup of large items, please call the local recycler at (928) 970-1711.
Aluminum drinking cans for soda and beer are still being collected in the bins painted like a Dalmatian. In addition to the bins located at the entrance to the HSCAZ facility, can collection bins can also be found around Rim Country at the Payson Town Hall, Star Valley Town Hall, Waste Management and Ponderosa Market in Pine. Make note — dedicated volunteers give of their time to pick up from these bins, and they’d love it if they didn’t have to sort through people’s household trash. Please tie off donated bags of cans for ease of transport and handling. Uncrushed cans will bring in more money for the animals than crushed cans! The white bins with black spots are for aluminum drinking cans only. The other recyclable metals or electronics can be taken directly to the recycling shed at the shelter.
HSCAZ has an extensive volunteer program; you’ve likely seen volunteers at events around town, set up at PetSmart getting animals adopted on a weekend, walking dogs along Main Street, working behind the counter at the thrift store greeting guests at the front desk at the shelter. The majority of the people who apply to volunteer with the Humane Society want to work directly with animals. While animal interaction is always needed, it is the behind the scenes volunteers performing tasks such as cleaning, organizing events and participating in fundraising aspects like the recycling program who are just as valuable and necessary to help support the animals.
For the past 20 years Bob and Judy Berger have been two of those dedicated volunteers. They’ve been the backbone of one of HSCAZ’s important fundraising programs — aluminum can recycling. The Bergers have spent multiple days per week collecting from the Dalmation-painted bins around town and bringing them to the shelter. This is no simple job — it can get pretty messy when folks throw their garbage away with their cans or put other recyclables into the bins. Bob and Judy have taken the time to sort through it all for years. They’ve been as committed a volunteer team as an organization could ask for, and a team who will be missed as they retire from the can program. The Humane Society thanks Bob and Judy Berger for their years of recycling efforts on behalf of the animals.
If you’re interested in participating in HSCAZ’s recycling program as a volunteer or as a business that produces items to recycle on a regular basis, please contact the Humane Society at (928) 474-5590. Recycling is good for the environment, creates jobs, helps conserve resources, reduces landfill waste ... and recycling with the Humane Society supports the compassionate care of hundreds of animals. Everyone wins!
Now let’s have a look at two of the pets available at the shelter:
I am a mellow, easygoing gal who enjoys meeting new people! I have a friendly, casual demeanor that puts everyone at ease! I look a little rough around the edges, but I have a heart of gold! I have a slight limp from my time on the street. Don’t worry, I still like to get out and explore! And I love fetch! And playing in the pool! I am a girl of many interests. Let’s find more fun things to do! I like to give kisses and sit on people’s feet when they pet me! My kisses don’t always have the best aim, so I’d do best with older kids. Other dogs are hit or miss for me. I generally like having them around, I just prefer companions that are not too pushy! And if they let me call the shots, so much the better!
I may be a little shy at first, but it won’t take me long to come out of my shell. Once we make friends, I won’t hesitate to ask for some attention or treats. I have lived with other cats my entire life and I prefer a home with one of my friends, or even a new friend would be fine with me. One of my favorite things to do is bird watch in the window.