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YHS Foster Program saves lives

Courtesy<br>Butch was rescued in a severely emaciated condition. Thanks to the YHS Foster Care Program, Butch has fully recovered from nearly starving to death. Because of his loveable personality, he quickly became a YHS staff favorite. Butch is available for adoption today!

Courtesy<br>Butch was rescued in a severely emaciated condition. Thanks to the YHS Foster Care Program, Butch has fully recovered from nearly starving to death. Because of his loveable personality, he quickly became a YHS staff favorite. Butch is available for adoption today!

Butch is a lovable 5-year-old, snaggletoothed, neutered Boxer mix rescued by the Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) in January. Veterinarians often use a 1 to 5 Body Condition Scoring Chart to describe an animal's physical condition. The number one refers to an emaciated animal while five describes an obese animal. Three refers to an average physique.

The number on is assigned when the animal's ribs, vertebrae, pelvic bones and all body prominences are evident from a distance; and there is no discernible body fat and an obvious absence of muscle mass.

When Butch arrived at YHS, he was assigned the number one. His body weight should have been about 70 pounds but he was a gaunt 50 pounds. A physical exam found no abnormalities other than a severe loss of body mass, suggesting serious neglect or deliberate starvation so dire he was immediately placed in foster care.

Butch's foster parents quickly learned that Butch loves to eat. However, he still has manners and will patiently wait for other dogs to finish before asking for their leftovers. Greater than his love of food though is his love of people. During his stay at YHS, Butch demonstrated nothing but kindness and warmth towards everyone he's met, be it man, woman, child, or dog.

YHS employees describe Butch as smarter than the average dog, with a remarkable willingness to learn new things. Since his arrival he has worked hard to impress adopters with his ability to sit, shake (with either paw), lie down and stay.

He is not a chewer; you'll never have to worry about shoes, shirts, or couches being chewed up. As behaved as Butch is indoors, he really enjoys the outdoors. He's great on walks, and even loves a good run. His affectionate grin is an uplifting welcome when you walk in the door. He's a one-of-a-kind dog; and we're glad to have had the opportunity to know him.

It is possible however, that Butch may have one vice. Given his hind leg muscles, we suspect Butch may be a jumper. Which begs the question: does Butch jump fences only when he's neglected? YHS is confident that with loving care and attention Butch can be disabused of any proclivity to jump fences and will make a wonderful companion.

Today Butch weighs in at a happy 71 pounds thanks to the loving care he received from his foster parents. Butch is available for adoption today at YHS at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road in Prescott.

The YHS Foster Care Program provides care to needy animals like Butch to help prepare them for adoption. Underweight, underage, sick or injured animals are provided loving care in the homes of volunteers who give these animals the time they need to grow or heal. Foster parents choose the type of animals and length of stay that their lifestyle can accommodate.

If you are interested in becoming an animal foster parent please contact YHS Foster Placement Coordinator, Lisa Phillips at lisaphillips@yavapaihumane.org or 445-2666 x18.

If you want to help provide for the cost of the medical care animals like Butch need to survive, please make an on-line donation to the YHS STAR (Special Treatment And Recovery) program by visiting www.yavapaihumane.org/star or by dropping your donation in the mail to Yavapai Humane Society, 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott AZ 86301.

If you want to help YHS never have to worry again about providing for our community's needy animals, consider becoming a sustaining YHS member. Sustaining members donate a little each month by automatic credit card payments. You can sign up as a sustaining member at www.yavapaihumane.org/donate.

Ed Boks is the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society. He can be reached at eboks@yavapaihumane.org or by calling 445-2666, ext. 21.

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