Humane Society of Central Arizona

A 605 W. Wilson Court, Payson, AZ 85541 shelter helping to find loving homes for dogs, cats.

Pets at Humane Society of Central Arizona

  • Any
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Any
  • Baby
  • Puppy
  • Kitten
  • Young
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Any
  • Male
  • Female


Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair


Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair

Sarah Jane

Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair


Male, Adult
Hound (Unknown Type)


Male, Adult
Domestic Longhair / Domestic Shorthair


Male, Adult
Domestic Longhair / Domestic Shorthair


Male, Adult
American Pit Bull Terrier


Female, Senior
Labrador Retriever


Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair


Male, Adult, Special Needs
Anatolian Shepherd


Female, Senior
American Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair


Male, Adult


Male, Adult
Domestic Mediumhair / Domestic Shorthair


Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair


Male, Adult
American Pit Bull Terrier


Male, Senior


Male, Adult
Labrador Retriever


Female, Adult
Shar Pei / American Pit Bull Terrier


Male, Adult
American Pit Bull Terrier


Female, Adult
American Pit Bull Terrier

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Areas Humane Society of Central Arizona Serves

Located in Payson, Arizona the Humane Society of Central Arizona serves 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.

Humane Society of Central Arizona's Adoption Process

1. Visit the Facility and Find a Pet

2. Meet the Pet

3. Submit Application

If you currently rent, we will check with the landlord to make sure you have approval to bring a pet home. Home checks on case by case basis

4. Approve Application

If adopting a dog and you have other dogs in your home, a meet n greet with the dogs is mandatory to make sure there will be no major issues

5. Sign Adoption Contract

6. Pay Fee

7. Take the Pet Home

You will receive an adoption packet and some food to take home, enough to transition into the food you would like to feed.

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 homes 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 to 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 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.

About Humane Society of Central Arizona

Our Mission: To provide shelter and compassionate care for 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.

Our Core Values: We respect animals as intelligent beings. We value animals as beings who possess emotions including unconditional love, happiness, joy, fear, sadness and pain. We strive to alleviate suffering of animals. We believe in the abilities of animals to be teachers and healers for their human companions. We consider non-human animals to be partners in our human life journey and strive to develop and implement programs to make our community a more humane place for all.

Come Meet Humane Society of Central Arizona's Pets

We are located in beautiful Payson, Arizona.

Our address is:
605 W. Wilson Court
Payson, AZ 85541

We also host/attend various adoption events in Payson, as well as other areas in Arizona. Please check us out on Facebook or

Make a donation to Humane Society of Central Arizona to help homeless pets find homes