Who We Serve

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 domesticated animals in the best possible forever homes.

We currently handle more than 1,200 animals per year. 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.

2019 Statistics

  • Our Low Cost Mobile Clinic serviced 87 pets with spays, neuters, and vaccines at little to no cost.
  • Took in 102 animals to our Humanitarian Hold Program that helps people in need when faced with emergency situations or hardship.
  • Took in 1,202 animals that were either stray, lost, abandoned, sick or injured.
  • Reunited 389 pets with their owners.
  • Averaged a 95% live release rate.
  • Adopted 490 animals to new forever home.

Our Mission

To provide shelter and compassionate care for domesticated 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.

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.