Calendar helps Heroes and Hounds (cats and horses, too!)

Groom Creek Fire District firefighter Daniel Boutin is pictured in the 2017 Heroes and Hounds Calendar with Skipper the horse who entered YHS’s Equine Program in July and is looking for his forever home.

Groom Creek Fire District firefighter Daniel Boutin is pictured in the 2017 Heroes and Hounds Calendar with Skipper the horse who entered YHS’s Equine Program in July and is looking for his forever home.

If there is anything we Prescottonians love, it’s our firefighters and our pets. That’s why Groom Creek Fire District and Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) have teamed up to put on a fundraiser benefiting both nonprofits: a 2017 calendar called “Heroes and Hounds,” featuring YHS adoptable pets and the Groom Creek firefighters. They’re available for sale now at $15 a piece at www.yavapaihumane.org and at the YHS Adoptions Center, Thrift Store, and Spay/Neuter Clinic.

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Groom Creek Fire District firefighter Chris Derosiers is pictured in the 2017 Heroes and Hounds Calendar with YHS pet resident Jared, a German Shorthaired Pointer mix who was adopted in September.

Both Groom Creek Fire District and Yavapai Humane Society work for worthy causes on a limited budget, relying on the support of the community to help fund our lifesaving programs and services. Our organizations will split the proceeds of calendar sales.

The calendar’s stunning photos were taken by Chad Castigliano of Chronicker Photography. Castigliano, well known for his viral photo series “The Whimsical Woodsman,” donated his time and talent to the project.

“I am proud to help YHS and the Groom Creek Fire District come together to create a calendar that will benefit a wonderful humane society that protects animals and a fire department that protects lives. Together these two organizations are pillars of our community and should always be supported by citizens and governments alike,” says Castigliano.

Together, we hope to sell 1,000 calendars which will raise $7,500 for each organization, thanks to the sponsorship of several philanthropic local businesses that covered the cost of printing. One local business, B&M Painting, Inc. based in Chino Valley, is even donating $1 per calendar purchased, up to the first 250 sold! YHS and Groom Creek Fire District thank the following sponsors: Allegra Prescott, Manzanita Outfitters, Addictions Bar & Grill, Cartridge World, ZebraScapes, National Bank of Arizona, Snickertales Children’s Stories with Heart, Prescott Valley Pet Clinic, B&W Fire Security Systems, Helken & Horn Advertising Agency, Barrett Propane, Haley Construction, and Nexus Southwest Registered Land Surveyors.

The critical need for fundraisers benefiting our two organizations is undeniable. In the face of the economic downturn, Groom Creek Fire District has faced a loss in property value resulting in a deficit in funds. Groom Creek, the heavily-forested unincorporated community neighboring Prescott, benefits tremendously from the Fire District. Without it, no municipality would have a duty—or the resources—to provide fire service to the area. The District already runs lean operations, with just a two-man fire engine, and cannot reduce their budget any further. The community relies on its fire and paramedic services to more than 150 calls per year, 60 percent of which are medical emergencies.

Firefighter Josh Krueger said, “We are super excited to be part of this project. Yavapai Humane Society has gone out of their way to offer us the opportunity to be part of this fundraiser. The guys were a little apprehensive at first but after a little interaction with these awesome critters they lightened up and got some really great photos. The funds raised will help support our daily operations while serving our community, visitors and neighbors.”

As a not-for-profit 501c3, YHS also relies on the community to fund operations. Each dog and cat in its care costs $400 on average (equines can cost many times that)—from sheltering costs, to medical care, and behavioral rehabilitation.

The photo sessions were entertaining with many laughs, silly poses, and—not to hurt the tough guys’ reputations—but the animals got a lot of cuddles, treats and petting from the firefighters. We think it turned out amazing and can’t wait for our community to see all the great photos! Please add the “Heroes and Hounds” calendar to your list of unique holiday gifts and support two great hometown organizations.

Elisabeth Haugan is the Marketing & Development Director for Yavapai Humane Society. Contact YHS at 928-445-2666 or email info@yavapaihumane.org.