On Giving Tuesday, help community's homeless pets

Courtesy photo<br>Yavapai Humane Society needs your help keeping our community’s homeless pets warm this winter. You can donate a bed from www.yavapaihumane.org and the bed will be shipped directly to YHS. Also consider taking a pet home for the holidays by adopting a pet from the Yavapai Humane Society this Black Friday.

Courtesy photo<br>Yavapai Humane Society needs your help keeping our community’s homeless pets warm this winter. You can donate a bed from www.yavapaihumane.org and the bed will be shipped directly to YHS. Also consider taking a pet home for the holidays by adopting a pet from the Yavapai Humane Society this Black Friday.

It's that time of year when we consider our blessings and express our gratitude. I'm thankful to be part of an organization governed by a compassionate board, staffed by committed employees, served by dedicated volunteers, and supported by a kind and caring community.

We are grateful for an astounding 95 percent decrease in pet euthanasia and an amazing 97 percent live release rate since embracing our "no-kill" ethic in July of 2010. The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) could never have accomplished this without the support of each and every one of you!

Your support helps YHS fulfill its mission to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of thousands of lost, homeless, sick, injured, abused and neglected animals every year. Our shared commitment to this mission has made western and central Yavapai County the safest region in the United States for pets! Thanks to you, we are transforming our community into a model humane society.

Special YHS Holiday Reminders:

The YHS Thrift Shop is having a 50 percent off everything Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The YHS Thrift Shop is located at 1046 Willow Creek Road in the Safeway Shopping Center. This is a great opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done.

The YHS Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic is offering low-cost vaccinations and $15 microchips this Black Friday. The Walk-in Vaccination Clinic is from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. No appointment necessary. First come, first served. The Clinic is located at 2989 Centerpointe in Prescott.

Recently YHS received several grants specifically designated to provide free spay/neuter surgery to the pets of active and retired military personnel; dogs belonging to people living in 86314, 86315, 86327, 86329 and 86333 zip codes; and any pit bulls. For more information or to schedule an appointment for your pet, call 771-0547 or visit www.yavapaihumane.org/clinic.

Home for the Holidays: As tempting as it might seem to give a pet as a gift, YHS is reminding you that this seldom works out well. Instead, put a YHS Pet Adoption Gift Certificate under the tree. This will give everyone involved the chance to make a well informed pet adoption selection. Gift Certificates come with a cute stuffed dog or cat toy and include a collar and leash for dogs and a Kitten Kaboodle starter kit for cats. YHS will be open Dec. 26 for Gift Certificate redemptions!

The 2014 YHS Calendar is now available and features the dogs and cats of local animal lovers. This beautiful full-sized wall calendar is only $10. All proceeds benefit YHS homeless pets. Call 445-2666 for more information and to find local sales locations.

How you can help: As the end of 2013 approaches your help is still needed. Please remember the Yavapai Humane Society with a tax deductible gift so you can help us continue to make a difference in 2014. Consider too making the Yavapai Humane Society a beneficiary in your planned giving and make your love of animals a part of your lasting legacy.

Giving Tuesday: Remember the Yavapai Humane Society on Giving Tuesday this Dec. 3. Giving Tuesday marks the opening day for the end-of-year-giving season, much like Black Friday and Cyber Monday marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

Giving Tuesday is a fairly new national holiday that encourages Americans to give back with a gift designed to make their community a better place to live. YHS encourages you to give back with a gift to help our community's animals in need.

On behalf of the Yavapai Humane Society, have a happy Thanksgiving, a blessed Holiday Season, and a prosperous New Year!

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.