Reducing birthrates is main priority
“We took care of 71 dogs and cats on Friday; another 70 or so today, and will probably spay and neuter another 40 to 50 on Sunday.” I hear these words from Shelby Davis, co-founder of Soul Dog Rescue, while my family had dinner with her at a restaurant in Chinle, Ariz. She coordinates the work of Soul Dog volunteer veterinarians and their assistants who provide health care for thousands of owned, abandoned and homeless animals. The team sets up temporary clinics to triage the sometimes life-threatening problems of animals in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.
I am a volunteer who has worked with Day Day for a while. I love this dog and want you to know her spirit as I have come to know her. Day Day has lived at the Humane Society of Central Arizona animal shelter for eight months, having been rescued from abuse. In the safety of this environment and in the hands of loving staff members, she readily bonded with all of them and her loving, sweet nature revealed itself.
It’s almost that time! The 4th of July is less than a week away. It’s time to start planning for the celebration, but don’t forget to include safety plans for your pets. • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
The pets featured below are just some of the many wonderful animals currently available for adoption from the Humane Society of Central Arizona. All have been spayed/neutered and are current on their vaccinations.
June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. With that being said, maybe it’s time for you to consider adding a new cat to your household. Adopting a new cat can come with a lot of changes for both you and your new cat. We’ve put together a checklist to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
The pets featured below are just some of the many wonderful animals currently available for adoption from the Humane Society of Central Arizona.
Most of us are aware of the devastating wildfires in the surrounding area recently, but what many people don’t often think about is what they would do in a natural disaster such as a wildfire or flood. Being that our state is frequently victimized by wildfires, we need to ensure that we have personal disaster plans in place. Being that a large percentage of people in Payson and the surrounding communities own companion animals, the Humane Society of Central Arizona would like to surface the topic of preparedness prior to an emergency occurring. A simple plan such as having an emergency bag packed with your pet’s necessities could be a savior during an emergency. When a disaster strikes, you really want to be prepared and run out the door, right?
I think it’s safe to say that kitten season is officially here. Not only are kittens super adorable and cuddly, they are also very entertaining and fun. They are at the perfect age to integrate into your family if you have other pets and/or children. Currently we only have two kittens available for adoption, but that number is sure to increase within the next few weeks. The great thing about adopting a kitten, rather than getting one for free, is that your adopted kitten will be spayed/neutered, current on its shots, is FELV/FIV negative and micro-chipped. The thought of getting a free kitten can be alluring, but you won’t be able to get your free kitten fixed, chipped, wormed and vaccinated for under $200. Our adoption fee for kittens is $100 — now that’s a smokin’ deal. We hope that when you decide it’s time to add a furry little bundle of joy to your household, you’ll think adoption first.
Well, we finally made it. We are now open and running in our new building! Many have waited several years to see this day come, and it’s here now. If you haven’t stopped by to see the new digs, please do so. Remember we are open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on McLane Road just south of Main Street. Staff and volunteers are very excited to be in the new building and things are going really well. HSCAZ wants to say a huge “thank you” to all the donors, supporters, volunteers and staff who helped make the new building and the move possible. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible. Rising temperatures As the weather gets war
Humane society moves happy cats and dogs into bigger, safer shelter
The song goes, “How much is that doggy in the window?” But at the new Humane Society of Central Arizona’s 7,000-square-foot animal shelter, the kittens are also the ones with the waggley tails. Last week, the humane society capped years of dedicated effort by moving dogs and cats into the new shelter. The adoption center off South McLane Road features three, glass-fronted rooms right off the main foyer with kittens and cats proudly on display. The cats are still getting used to their new digs — they only moved in last Friday — but already appear to enjoy the wall of shelves that staff installed so they could traverse vertically around the rooms. Shelter manager Sarah Hock said the cat community rooms are great because they are on their own ventilation system to cut down on odors and the spread of disease. Each room can house as many as 10 cats.
The pets featured below are just some of the many wonderful animals currently available for adoption from the Humane Society of Central Arizona. All adoptable pets have been spayed or neutered and are up to date with their vaccinations.
Little things like waking up in a good mood, or a superb cup of coffee in the morning will make anyone smile, but a true mood boost ultimately occurs after making a difference in the lives of innocent animals. The admirable deeds from local residents have caused HSCAZ to thrive in a rough economy, and the lives of countless animals in our community have been positively affected by these acts.
In order to better serve the needs of our shoppers, the Humane Society of Central Arizona Thrift Shop will be moving just across the street from our current location. The new location (510 W. Main St.) is much more spacious — allowing us to stock and display more items by department, including furniture. We will have something unique every day, including daily specials, and will continue to stock all the favorites of our savvy and dedicated shoppers.
Spring is here! With the change of the season, our thoughts turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning, outdoor activities and maybe even some home improvement projects. Before you begin your seasonal chores or outdoor activities, take inventory of potential hazards for your furry friends. Easter treats and decorations Keep Easter lilies and candy bunnies in check — chocolate goodies are toxic to cats, dogs and ferrets. Lilies can be fatal if ingested. Also, be mindful that kitties love to nibble on colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, and potentially cause severe vomiting and dehydration.
So far, HSCAZ had adopted an average of one animal per day since the first of the year. That’s pretty good, considering we’re a smaller shelter in a smaller area of Arizona. Since it’s March and we’re feeling lucky, we’re hoping to increase those adoption numbers even more with a few upcoming mobile adoption events. The first event taking place is Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yavapai Broadcasting is rolling out its 10th annual Petapalooza and it’s all new! The Town of Camp Verde will host this year’s event and there will be plenty to see.