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Find a best friend at humane society

You know, Taz is one fine fellow.

He's loyal, lovable, responsive, polite, trustworthy and obedient. Actually, he's everything that anyone could ever want in a friend.

Taz is 5 years old and weighs 60 pounds. He's got four legs and likes to lick your hand. Yep, he's a black-and-white Queensland heeler, and if it hadn't been for a kind woman named Karen Sable, he no doubt would be dead instead of living in a happy home.

You see, Sable – a member of PAALS (the Prescott Area Animal Lifesavers group) – rescued Taz from the animal shelter one day before he was to be euthanized.

And now he's a very happy dog – with an equally happy master – Tom Supinski.

Supinski moved to Prescott three years ago and, after building his retirement home, got the urge to acquire a dog. A friend suggested that he visit the Yavapai Humane Society's animal shelter to find the "right dog," so he volunteered as a dog walker at the shelter until that "right one" came along.

A month later, he said, a member of the animal shelter staff suggested that he visit Prescott's PetsMart store "where I was told a lady from PAALS had adopted a dog a few weeks earlier and she was looking to find a good home for him."

As soon as he walked into the store, Supinski said, "I saw my dog – a friendly animal, seemingly eager to find a master he could bond to. And as soon as I saw this animal I knew he was my choice."

And he's particularly glad Karen Sable made it all possible.

"I can't begin to tell you how lucky Taz and I are to be joined together," Supinski said last week. "I've had dogs in the past, but none quite so obedient, nor so well trained, as he is. In fact, I'm at a loss to understand why someone would have ever given up this wonder dog. It would have been a tragedy to have destroyed this animal."

The story doesn't end there, because "with the money I donated to Ms. Karen, I understand she has returned to the animal shelter and rescued yet another dog who was waiting on death row!" And he thanks her for her "service to our community and to the helpless animal world."

Let's hope Supinski's experience will encourage others who are in the market for a pet to follow his example in finding Taz.

Euthanasia is a sad but necessary reality when it comes to dealing with the over-population of animals. So saving as many as possible from that fate ranks among the noblest of causes.

And if adopting a pet is not in your future, you can still help the plight of abandoned or homeless animals by sending a donation to the Yavapai Humane Society at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ 86301. Rest assured that the shelter will put the money to good use.

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