Column: Support local animals in need through gala, raffle, thrift store

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Lucky is a 7-year-old male purebred wirehaired Jack Russell terrier with a high play drive. He comes with the tennis ball. YHS often has purebred dogs available for adoption, and this month all dogs are just $25. Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, microchip and vaccinations – a $400 value. If you are 59 or older, all adoption fees are waived. Donations are appreciated.

Courtesy photo<br> Lucky is a 7-year-old male purebred wirehaired Jack Russell terrier with a high play drive. He comes with the tennis ball. YHS often has purebred dogs available for adoption, and this month all dogs are just $25. Adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, microchip and vaccinations – a $400 value. If you are 59 or older, all adoption fees are waived. Donations are appreciated.

If you're an animal lover, you're invited to celebrate the Yavapai Humane Society's 40th anniversary at this year's Reigning Cats & Dogs Dinner Gala and Silent Auction. The gala is scheduled for Saturday evening, Sept. 8, at the Prescott Resort. Tickets are on sale now. Call YHS at 445-2666 or visit our website at www.yavapaihumane.org to purchase your tickets today. Tickets are $100 each, or $900 for a table for 10. I look forward to seeing you there!

Raffle tickets for the Reigning Cats & Dogs Grand Prize are also available. Imagine winning a three-night stay at the AAA Four Diamond award-winning El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos, N.M. The resort was featured in Travel and Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, and is on their elite Gold List. With sunlit fish-filled streams, tropical flora and the sounds of calming waterfalls, the nurturing effects begin the moment you arrive. Should you opt for a winter visit, a ski shuttle runs daily to Taos Ski Valley. El Monte Sagrado ensures a level of personalized pampering you won't soon forget. For more information on the resort or to purchase raffle tickets, visit www.yavapaihumane.org; tickets are also available at the YHS Thrift Shop, Spay/Neuter Clinic and by calling 445-266. You do not have to be present to win. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold at $5 each, or five for $20.

YHS has new hours: YHS is now open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays.

Adoption Special: YHS is promoting an adoption special on all Certified Pre-Owned Cats! That's right, $0 down; $0 financing; and no payments EVER! Nose to tail, multi-point inspection and catjack (microchip) included. (Testing fees apply.) This means all cats and kittens are available for the price you pick. This is a $400 value (including spay/neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations, etc.) for the price you can afford.

Microchips: This is the busiest time of the year for YHS. With the rodeo, parades, fireworks and thunderstorms, we rescue more terrified lost pets than any other time of the year. Getting your lost pet back to you quickly and safely is our highest priority. To do this better YHS has lowered the price of a microchip to $20. You can have your pet microchipped from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the YHS Lost & Found Pet Center, 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott Valley, or any Friday at the YHS Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic located at 2989 Centerpointe East in Prescott. Don't delay, protect your pet today!

Spay/Neuter Special: Are you looking to save your furniture from scratches and snags? Get a free nail trim for your pet cat at the time you schedule a spay/neuter surgery for him/her. Just mention this offer when you call to schedule your appointment at 771-0547.

Thrifter Alert: Have you been by the YHS Thrift Shop located at 1046 Willow Creek Road lately? Come by to see our new look, lower prices and great bargains. All this for a great cause to help fund our life-saving programs!

From clothing and household items to jewelry and more, the YHS Thrift Shop is loaded with great deals for every bargain hound! If you're moving, downsizing or just cleaning, please consider donating to YHS Thrift Shop. We respectfully request donated items be saleable and in good condition. When you drop off your donations, take a moment to shop our fine collectibles, jewelry, antiques and other treasures. If needed, we do fetch large items; call 445-5668 to schedule a pickup.

Ed Boks is the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society. He can be reached at eboks@yavapaihumane.org or by calling 445-2666, ext. 21.