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~* Pet of the Week *~

Tune in to KRIM 96.3FM every Thursday morning at 10 to be in the know about what's going on here at HSCAZ and hear more about some of our adorable adoptable animals!

The pet of the week this week is: Jojo!



You can learn more about our Featured Pets by reading the Payson Roundup, available every Tuesday and Friday!

Our featured pets of the week are Katrina and Hershey!

Come down and meet these pets today!


Adopting A Friend

The Adoption Process: What to Expect:

The Humane Society of Central Arizona asks a lot of questions to prospective adopters for two main reasons: 


  • To ensure long-term home for the animals in our care
  • to facilitate good matches between adopters and their adopted companions
What questions will I be asked? 
We require adopters to complete our adoption application. The application will include questions about basic contact information, your housing situation, the number of people in your home, the number of pets in your home, your activity level, and your expectations for the animal you are looking to adopt; just to name a few. 
Why do we ask so many questions?
First you should consider why pets are surrendered in the first place. Some of the main reasons for surrenders are landlord issues, moving, the cost of care for the animal, not enough time to spend with the animal and allergies. 
Many pets lose their homes because of financial issues that their owners weren't prepared for. In other cases, it's not a good match between the pet and family. Consider these all too common scenarios: 
  • A high-energy dog being adopted by a family that doesn't have enough time for daily walks and exercise
  • An under socialized kitten that is adopted by a family with young, rambunctious children
  • A cat or dog that does not get along well with other pets, being adopted to a home with other animals
To prevent such painful situations for the pets and people involved, we carefully evaluate potential adopters in hopes of avoiding these mismatched relationships. 
How can I be prepared?
Having an animal is a life-long commitment so it's definitely worth being patient and taking your time to ensure the best match. Be sure to consider what kind of pet you would like- large, small, young, old, mellow, or high energy; before coming to the shelter to look at the available animals. Decide what will work best for you and your family and be sure to take into consideration the amount of time and money you will be able to provide for a new pet. 



Who We Are

Who We Serve: 

Located in Payson, Arizona the Humane Society of Central Arizona gives Gila County with a geographic area which includes the communities of Pine, Strawberry, Happy Jack, Whispering Pines, Fossil Creek, Rye, Gisela, Star Valley, Christopher Creek, Forest Lakes, and beyond. We also collaborate with animal rescue organizations throughout Arizona and beyond to bring animals together with lost families and to place animals in the best possible forever homes. 

We currently handle more than 1400 animals per year but many more must be turned away due to lack of facilities. Each animal who comes to us is evaluated and when possible, healthy animals are held until adopted. Those animals with special needs that are determined to be treatable are cared for until an appropriate home is identified. We strive to ensure that only animals that are non-rehabilitative (serious illness/injury or aggressive to humans) are euthanized but sadly, conditions at the current facility are often not conducive to meeting those heart-felt intentions. 

Our Mission: 

To provide shelter and compassionate care for the animals who are lost, abandoned or homeless; to place animals into loving homes through adoption; to improve the lives of animals through education and example; to promote spay and neuter of companion animals; and to provide a shelter where animals who come into our care are nurtured in a loving space while healing from fear, physical or emotional trauma, mistreatment or loss of a caregiver. 


Come Visit Us

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is located at:

W. Wilson Ct. 

Payson, AZ 85541





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