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Mon, Jan. 27

Maximize happiness and get your pet a playmate

Last weekend the Yavapai Humane Society teamed up with other local animal rescue agencies, including United Animal Friends, Greyhound Rescue, Golden Retriever Rescue, and Miss Kitty's Cat House, for an adopt-a-thon. This was the second three-day animal adoption event at the Prescott PetSmart this year, and it proved to be a lot of fun for all who participated. Twelve dogs and 27 cats and kittens found new homes! This semiannual event has been a huge success since its inception in Prescott. And, although we were somewhat disheartened we didn't find homes for more of the deserving dogs seeking a second chance, it was gratifying that so many cats and kittens did find loving homes. We're proud of the YHS staff members and all the dedicated volunteers for making such a great effort. Everyone pulled together and worked long hours to ensure the pets were well cared for before, during, and after the event. It is this dedication and compassion that enables YHS and the other rescue groups to continue to perform their good work on behalf of the community and the homeless animals.

One of our adoptions in particular was heartwarming and we would like to share the story with you. Among the many cats searching for new homes at the adopt-a-thon was Buffy Joy, a beautiful blue point Himalayan cat. She is about 15 years old and suffers from kidney failure, which means she is a special- needs animal. Unfortunately, this debilitating disease is not uncommon among elderly cats. Finding a suitable home for her seemed unlikely, even to the most optimistic among our volunteers and staff. Buffy would require a special diet, a lot of TLC, and close monitoring to ensure her comfort. Then, a very compassionate lady, trained as a veterinarian technician, fell in love with Buffy and adopted her. Buffy will now share a household with other special-needs felines where she will receive the care she needs to contentedly enjoy her remaining years. This is the kind of story that makes the effort put forth by all volunteers and staffs of animal welfare agencies seem worthwhile. And it also rejuvenates their resolve!

Now, with all the new pet owners resulting from last weekend's adopt-a-thon, we thought it would be appropriate to pass on a few hints to help avoid some common pet problems. Remember, a bored pet often becomes a destructive pet. When left alone, your pet can be soothed if you leave a radio on that's tuned to a soft music station. Some suggest turning on the TV to play an appropriate video, a hint that can be especially effective for cats. Such videos are usually available from pet stores. If you have an answering machine, you can call home and talk to your pet(s). You can give your pet a special chew toy as you leave. Then, take it back when you return. One suggestion we certainly endorse is to get your pet a playmate. Such playmates are readily available from YHS and other local animal rescue agencies. Please call or visit us to determine whether we have an animal that would be an appropriate addition to your family. We are located at 1625 Sun Dog Ranch Road in Prescott, and our phone number is 445-2666. For your convenience we're open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. On Sunday, our hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are closed to the public on Mondays when we do a thorough cleaning and take care of routine maintenance. We also invite you to visit our website, www.yavapai, where you can preview animals available for adoption by clicking on "Adopt a Pet" and then on ""

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