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Moving animal rescue and adoption forward together



Last weekend Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) participated in NBC/Telemundo’s nationwide Clear the Shelters animal adoption event. Eighteen cats and dogs were adopted on July 23 from YHS. On average, five animals are adopted per day, so 18 pets adopted in seven hours is spectacular.

The day just kept getting better from there. Six lost pets were returned to their owners from YHS’s Lost & Found Pet Center. Simply put, it was a great day for animals in Yavapai County!

The success of the event is owed to our community. Hundreds spread the news about this event and networked lost animals. It’s a great example of what can be done when we work together.

Last Friday, The Daily Courier Editor, Robin Layton, published an editorial calling residents to look at YHS’s recent change in leadership as an opportunity to “renew the commitment to abused and abandoned animals.”

History shows us that when we work together, amazing things can happen in our hometown. The very fact that YHS exists is owed to a group of citizens who cared enough to roll up their sleeves 44 years ago and found this shelter. YHS’s existence to this day is still owed to a caring group of citizens—those who volunteer and donate to keep the shelter operating. Simply put, the lifesaving work being done on behalf of animals in Yavapai County is due to no one person, and requires the effort of us all.

In beginning this new chapter of YHS, our staff humbly gives thanks to this community. We thank each of the 232 volunteers giving their time to animals in need. We thank the donors who give funds to keep the lights on, food in the bowls, and so much more. We thank the businesses that welcome us into their spaces to promote pet adoption and foundations that direct contributions to programs with fiscal needs. We thank the 80 concerned citizens who came together last year to help us create a business plan and launch the YHS Equine Center. We thank the municipalities and local and statewide rescues who partner with us in our mission to protect animals and give each pet its best chance at a forever home.

Without you, we would be nothing and in unity, we can accomplish much.

At the announcement of Ed Boks’ resignation, YHS Board of Directors President Jerry Kipp, shared that the shelter has a strong team in place to keep operations running without interruption. If you haven’t visited YHS in a while, we invite you to come down and meet the staff. Each employee sincerely cares for the homeless pets that come through our doors.

Compassionate hearts are invested in the mission to save these animals. Hearts that rejoice when a cat or a dog that was once lost is reunited with their owner. Hearts that break when we receive an animal that is injured or has been neglected. Hearts that grow attached to the pets that stay with us for weeks and experience bittersweet emotion when they are adopted.

In our search for a new director, we embrace the opportunity to grow closer as an animal-loving community. We welcome your input in this search. All who would like to have a voice in the search for a new YHS director, please complete the online survey that can be found at We look forward to your participation and the chance to make a positive impact for animals in need together.

Elisabeth Haugan is the marketing & development director for Yavapai Humane Society. Contact YHS at 928-445-2666 or email

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