What would happen to my animals if an emergency occurred that required me to be separated from them? Scary thought, right?

When residents in our community suffer from an unfortunate, life-changing event that requires them to be temporarily separated from their animals, the Humane Society of Central Arizona is the beacon of hope that cares for their animals.

Our Humanitarian Hold Program has been a part of our mission for many years. This program was established to help residents and their companion animals in a time of need. The 30-day program provides food, care and the daily needs to the animals housed during their temporary stay. The animal’s medical needs are met by providing vaccines for those who do not have them to ensure they stay healthy. At the end of this program, our hope is that we are able to reunite animals with their owner. Occasionally, animals are not able to be reunited and HSCAZ will then find them a new forever home.

This program is generally funded by HSCAZ and some generous donors, however, this year we are excited to have the help of PetSmart Charities®. PetSmart Charities® has awarded our organization with a $14,064 grant that will go directly to this program. With their help, we are able to strengthen some of our other programs that serve the needs of so many families and companion animals in our community.

This year alone, our Humanitarian Hold Program has helped 85 companion animals and their families. Sixty of those animals were reunited with their loved ones and the remaining 25 found a new home. We are extremely grateful for PetSmart Charities® as they are a true ally in serving the needs of our community. We hope that you never have to use this program, but rest assured in a time of need, HSCAZ is there to lend a hand.

Need A Ride To Save Lives

An anonymous donor is matching all donations made through the end of 2018 up to a total of $100,000 to make our dream of going mobile a reality. DOUBLE YOUR DONATION! A new mobile unit will help HSCAZ efficiently use space and time to perform the necessary medical procedures that our shelter animals need, hold low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics. The ability to reach under-served areas of the 900 square miles we serve will help our entire community and reduce pet homelessness, unwanted litters and disease spread.

Mail donations to: HSCAZ, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547; give us a call at 928-474-5590; visit our website www.humanesocietycentralaz.org or our Facebook Page (Humane Society of Central Arizona) for more information.

Featured pets

Here are just two of the wonderful animals currently available for adoption at our shelter, 605 W. Wilson Ct., open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Hello, my name is Lil. I came here with my two brothers who got to go home but my family never came back for me. I haven’t had the best life so I am ready for a new start. I am the type of girl who enjoys playing with toys and adores my belly rubs! For my age, I am pretty mature. I love everyone I meet so I am friends with almost every other dog at the shelter! If I am the girl for you we will have the best time together! I promise I will only need some training (I’ve been here a LONG time and no one knows why since I am such a sweet girl), and then it’s a walk in the park from there.


I’m an older gal that’s a little timid in new situations, but I know with love and attention that I can be a great kitty. I was found wandering the streets way back in June and no one ever came looking for me so I have been here a long time. I’m not very interested in toys anymore, what I really seek is a nice lap and a comfy bed. Can you provide those for me? Come on in and visit with me; I just might come out and give you some love.

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