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An inside look into what YHS is all about

Sometimes, those of us who work closely with the Yavapai Humane Society, including our staff, board of directors, and volunteers, assume that the general public knows more about us than they really do. The unfortunate result is that we don't always communicate the details of our operation to others as clearly as we should. So, today we'll try to rectify this situation, at least to the extent possible given time and space constraints.

Who are we and what do we do? The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is an animal shelter operating from a newly remodeled facility that now includes a spay/neuter clinic. We should not be confused with our next-door neighbor, Prescott Animal Control, although we often work closely with them. Our mission is to provide care and shelter for homeless animals until they are placed into loving and lifetime homes. In an average month, there will be about 200 animals surrendered to us. Our monthly adoptions will normally be somewhat less than 200. We do not euthanize animals due to space needs, or because we have had them beyond a specified period of time. When we're full, we simply do not accept additional animals until we have room. We provide low cost spay/neuter surgeries for the public as time and space allow, and we can also provide cremation services for deceased pets.

We strive to create a community awareness of the worth of animals and the importance of the human/animal bond. The vision and objectives of our organization include the following:

• To have a center that provides all aspects of care to any animal in need that comes to our door.

• To find loving lifetime homes for all our healthy adoptable animals, and to continue caring for them until we realize this objective.

• To reduce pet overpopulation through education and spay/neuter programs.

We have many generous and compassionate volunteers who give their time, talent, and energy to help us meet and exceed our objectives. We need, and appreciate their efforts; and we invite anyone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer, and/or a YHS member, to contact our outreach coordinator, Tiffany Rice, at 445-2666, extension 14. Or, stop by the shelter at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, in Prescott to inquire in person.

You may also help through your donations and planned giving. Your tax-deductible gift of cash offers immediate help where the need is greatest. Or, you may wish to make a memorial gift to honor a pet or person. Finally, your charitable gifts of stock, securities, stock options, property or insurance benefits, either donated now or as part of your long range plans, will help us care for many animals in need. You may be eligible for a federal tax deduction for the full present value of a donated gift. Your gift may also make you eligible to bypass capital gains. We suggest you contact your financial consultant and/or tax advisor on the benefits and details of planned giving.

YHS is a private non-profit organization founded in 1972. We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501 (c) (3). Additional information can be found on our Web site www.yavapaihumane.org.

We hope the information contained in this article will provide you with a better understanding of the Yavapai Humane Society. We need your support! With it, we can continue to make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of unwanted animals.

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