Column: YHS donors surpass Matching Fund Challenge

Tallulah the hound dog, Smokey the pit bull and Cow the tuxedo cat are three examples of the hundreds of animals who survived serious injuries or illnesses in 2015 thanks to YHS supporters.

Tallulah the hound dog, Smokey the pit bull and Cow the tuxedo cat are three examples of the hundreds of animals who survived serious injuries or illnesses in 2015 thanks to YHS supporters.

The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) has a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous. Despite the anonymity, our benefactor enthusiastically shares YHS' vision to make sure every pet in our community has a good home and is well cared for all of its life.

In 2015 our patron gifted YHS $60,000 to offset spay/neuter surgery costs at the YHS Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic. Specifically, the gift was restricted to providing free or low-cost spay/neuter surgery to the pets of owners needing financial assistance, and pets belonging to veterans and active duty military personnel.

The gift was based on the belief that nothing helps ensure the health, safety and welfare of our community's pets as much as guaranteeing every pet owner can afford to have their pets spayed or neutered - which is the very mission of the Yavapai Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic.

There was, however, a significant string attached to this gift - it came as a challenge. That is, our benefactor agreed only to match every dollar given by other YHS supporters up to $60,000 - thereby creating the possibility of raising $120,000.

The challenge was promoted by YHS in two separate Matching Gift Campaigns in 2015. We asked our community to please match our benefactor's generosity - and you didn't let us down. Not only did you match the $60,000 challenge - you contributed an additional $43,583 for a total of $103,583 - transforming $60,000 into $163,583!

Your compassionate generosity once again demonstrated that we are all fortunate to be living in one of the most humane communities in the United States! Here are just some of the lifesaving results from your participating in the challenge:

In 2015 the YHS S/N Clinic performed 3,120 spay/neuter surgeries. Our benefactor's gift paid for 680 (or 22 percent) of those surgeries - surgeries that likely would not have occurred without this financial assistance - to help pets belonging to veterans and active duty military and economically disadvantaged pet owners. These 680 pets will no longer contribute to our community's pet overpopulation problems.

While our benefactor's $60,000 gift was restricted to paying for spay/neuter surgeries, your $148,782 in matching donations were used to help offset the costs associated with preparing over 3,200 homeless pets for adoption, including the medical and behavioral costs to care for hundreds of sick, injured, abused and neglected animals rescued by YHS - animals that likely could have been euthanized if not for your kindness. Animals like Tallulah, who is able to walk again thanks to you; and Smokey, whose leg was saved from amputation thanks to you; and Cow, whose serious heart condition was treated thanks to you.

I can go on and on, but it would be easier for you to "LIKE" YHS on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Twitter to make sure you hear all the amazing stories YHS has to tell every day.

If you would like to play the role of a hero in any of these amazing life-affirming stories, please send your tax deductible donation to YHS, 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ 86301 or donate online at www.yavapaihumane.org.

Remember, February is National Spay/Neuter Month! If you make an appointment to have your pet spayed or neutered in February you will receive 20 percent off our already very low prices. (When you call, ask if you might qualify for any of our free Big Fix spay/neuter specials).

Call 928-771-0547 to schedule your appointment on any Tuesday through Thursday. The Clinic is located at 2989 Centerpointe in Prescott. Don't forget about our Low Cost Walk-In Vaccination Clinic every Friday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Ed Boks is the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society. He can be reached at eboks@yavapaihumane.org or by calling 928-445-2666, ext. 101.