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Editorial: Help Yavapai Humane Society continue to set the standard for aiding animals

Animal lovers have something magical going on right in our own community.

They'll get a big boost this Saturday night when the Reigning Cats & Dogs Gala takes place at the Prescott Resort to benefit the Yavapai Humane Society. The Yavapai Humane Society, as you know, is a private nonprofit solely supported by donations and fundraisers.

As far as community relief efforts, theirs is one of the true models: community member donations and an unparalleled track record of success.

The proof is in the most recent available numbers, from July 2013.

The Yavapai Humane Society maintains a 96 percent live release rate; that is, 96 percent of the animals leave the local shelter alive, through adoptions, transfers and lost pets returned to their owners.

Folks, that's remarkable.

YHS has made amazing progress on its rapid decline in euthanized animals. Just since 2009, the euthanasia kill rate has dropped 94 percent. That is not a typo. In March of this year, the Prescott-based center was tied with New York City as the second-safest community in the U.S. for pets. The ranking is determined by the number of shelter animals killed per 1,000 residents. In the 12 months ending in February, the YHS kill rate fell to an all-time low tied with NYC at 1.0.

In contrast, Arizona's Mohave County weighs in at 33. The most dangerous community in the U.S. for shelter animals is Amarillo, Texas, at 54.5 pets killed for every 1,000 residents, according to data provided by Animal People, the leading independent newspaper providing investigative coverage of animal protection.

Everyone involved in this effort deserves special recognition, from the YHS staff and volunteers to, well, all of you. We are a community literally setting the standard in animal humanity.

This Saturday night's Reigning Cats and Dogs Gala at the Prescott Resort will raise more needed money to help achieve needed results.

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