In 2012 the Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) accomplished what many consider impossible, ending the practice of euthanasia (or killing as some prefer to call it) as a method for controlling pet overpopulation. This achievement places us among the nation’s most humane communities. Many ask, “How in the world did you do this?” It was the result of strong community support and involvement.
Here is a list of YHS’ 2012 Top Ten Accomplishments that directly led to this amazing feat:
- Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic: The YHS Clinic was certified by the esteemed Humane Alliance in North Carolina, a nationally recognized organization that focuses on high-volume, high-quality, low-cost companion animal sterilization. This prestigious certification resulted in a sizeable Petsmart grant for staff training and medical equipment.
- Walk for the Animals: The first annual YHS Walk for the Animals was a huge success with nearly 400 participants and their dogs. Mark your calendar for the second annual Walk for the Animals on Saturday, April 12, 2013.
- YHS Thrift Shop developed the reputation as the “Neiman Marcus” of local thrift stores because of its exclusive merchandise at affordable prices. If you haven’t already, make the YHS Thrift Shop a weekly destination. It is located at 1046 Willow Creek Road in the Safeway/Cal-Ranch shopping center.
- Reigning Cats & Dogs Gala: The 2012 Gala celebrated YHS’ 40th Anniversary raising over $117,000 to help fund life-saving programs.
- Hospital Facility: YHS received funding from Yavapai County, the City of Prescott, the Town of Prescott Valley and several private supporters to build much needed medical isolation, observation and holding wards for animals in need of special care. The facility will also provide a room for staff and volunteer training and warehouse space. Opening Day is expected in March or April.
- Digital X-Ray Machine: Thanks to the support of many YHS acquired a digital x-ray machine that enables our compassionate medical team to effectively diagnose and treat rescued sick and injured animals.
- Enrichment Program: YHS develop an Enrichment Program designed to help enhance the shelter experience of our animals so they are better prepared for adoption. Thanks to the support of many YHS now has an enrichment dog training park and facility; soothing music piped throughout the shelters; beds in every kennel; a robust dog walking/training program; and guidance from expert dog behaviorists.
- Big Fix: Several grants allowed YHS to provide hundreds of low cost spay/neuter surgeries free of charge or with small co-pays to pit bull owners, military veterans and low-income pet owners. If your pet still needs to be altered don’t wait another moment; call 928-771-0547 today for an appointment.
- Annual Car Raffle: Pat and Nancy O’Brien (Hooligan’s Pub proprietors) donated a fully restored1971Jeep CJ5. Raffle tickets ($10 each/6 for $50) are still available at all YHS outlets, Olsen’s Grain in Prescott, Dewey and Chino Valley, Whisker’s Barkery and Timberwoof Pet Boutique. The winner will be randomly drawn at Whisker’s Barkery this Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.
- Ninety-five percent Live Release Rate: Thanks to the support of our community we transformed our community into one of the safest for pets in the nation.
All of these accomplishments are the result of the support of many. There is still time to be part of this remarkable success in your community. Consider making a tax deductible end of the year donation to help your local shelter fund its many life saving programs in 2013.