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8:57 AM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Yavapai Humane Society faces overcrowding; dogs in dire need of homes

The Yavapai Humane Society has sent out a New Hope Alert to the Prescott-area community to help find homes for 15 dogs in order to avoid inhumane overcrowding, Ed Boks, executive director, said Friday.

While Boks said the shelter has reduced euthanasia by more than 56 percent over the past five months, the shelter was caring for 78 percent more animals on Nov. 30 compared to the same date a year ago and 47 percent more animals on Nov. 1 of this year than the same date in 2009.

"Clearly," he said, "we are saving more animals than ever before, and we are better managing our life-saving space better than ever before. But we cannot continue to take in more animals than (get adopted) without violating humane laws ourselves."

Here are the dogs on the New Hope Alert list:

Ajax is a 3-year-old retriever/rottweiler mix. Very nice; has been at the shelter 47 days.

Copper is a 1-year-old Dalmatian mix. He has a strong play and food drive; would do well in fly ball, frisbee or search and rescue. Has been at the shelter 44 days.

Idex is a 10-month-old lab/shepherd mix; been at shelter 42 days; abandoned, behaves as though he never had any home life; sweet young dog that needs a chance.

Iceman is a 10-month-old lab/shepherd mix; been at shelter 42 days; abandoned, behaves as though he never had any home life; sweet young dog that need a chance.

Pixie is a 3-year-old retriever mix; came in with Ajax 47 days ago; very nice.

Jackaroo is a 2-year-old black lab; shy, timid; easy to manage outside of kennel; been at shelter 56 days.

Charlie is a 2-year-old Shar-Pei mix; aloof, disengaged; been at shelter 25 days.

Lan is a 2-year-old Aussie. This is a great dog that should be adopted out to families with children older than 12. Would do well with a mellow female dog.

Gypsy is a 1-1/2-year old shepherd/pit mix and has been at the shelter for 68 days. She's sweet, loving and very social. Whoever gets this beauty will be getting a very nice girl.

Mango is a 6-month-old shepherd mix and has been at the shelter for 62 days. She and her four siblings came in as strays. Mango was shy, timid and stayed to the back of the kennel. She has started to blossom with the help of the YHS staff and volunteers. She spent 10 days in ISO; while there her siblings were adopted. Mango is beyond sweet!

Duchess is a 2-year-old pit bull and has been at the shelter for 50 days. She came in and went into foster care to have the rest of her puppies. She had the first one in the back of the police car! Her six puppies have all found wonderful homes. She is a nice girl and appears to do fine with other dogs. No cats.

Ikona is a 4-year-old chow mix and has been at the shelter for 43 days. Ikona is very social, friendly and playful. Would do well with any family.

Skeebo is a 2-year-old lab/pit mix and has been at the shelter for 42 days. Skeebo has great potential to make a great family pet. He would thrive in foster care while learning the boundaries and rules.

Charlie is a 2-year-old akita/shep mix, and has been at the shelter for 30 days. Nice boy. He is high-energy, and needs more mental and physical stimulation than the shelter environment can provide.

Gavin is a 4-year-old lab mix that came in as a stray and has been at the shelter for 41 days. He's a great dog - sweet, affectionate and picks up what you're asking of him quickly; wants to please.

For more information about these dogs and other animals waiting for adoption at the Yavapai Humane Society, call 445-2666.