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Tue, Oct. 15

Editorial: Animals need your help this Christmas

If the state of our society and the goodwill of your fellow man ever worried you, rest assured, all is not lost.

Let's start with the good news. On Black Friday - a day that many people decry for its commercialism over all else, a day that screams "me, me, me" - the Yavapai Humane Society found homes for a record 32 cats and dogs.

That's right - citizens among us thought more about animals in need than the latest high-tech device or that bauble that was on sale.

It is a big deal because, among the things we often forget during the Christmas season, the first is our neighbors in need. (The second is to shop local, so the benefit stays local - but that's another editorial).

Animals are certainly among our neighbors in need, and the bad news is they are the forgotten and have no voice.

This time of year we urge everyone to dig deep - comfort the lonely, feed the hungry, and shelter the homeless.

Our defenseless furry friends deserve what the Humane Society calls "forever homes." The caveat is to do so not as a gift, but as adding to your family. A big difference.

This holiday season, give a little extra to help, even if it is just a few dollars or a bag of food.

Yavapai Humane Society is located at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road and invites the public to see all of the animals available for adoption at www.yavapaihumane.org.

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