Program to assist the needy with pet medical care is open, again
Yavapai Humane Society’s Second Chance Program is once again providing medical support for low-income pet owners’ cats and dogs that have an illness or injury and nowhere else to turn for help.
The Second Chance Program was initially launched in 2013, offering fewer services than in the program’s latest iteration, since it re-opened in February.
Through the generous support of Phyllis and Gerald Scheuerman, the program has expanded to add an x-ray machine broadening the services it can offer to indigent owners of cats and dogs.
Gerald Scheuerman said, “The Second Chance Program sponsored by the Yavapai Humane Society is of much benefit to the low-income pet owners who find themselves facing the expense of medical treatment for a sick or injured pet. Too often such instances cause the pet owner to -- sadly an unwillingly -- relinquish the pet over to a shelter, when proper medical treatment could have saved that pet’s life. Second Chance provides a means for low-cost veterinary care that enables owners and their pets to stay together. As a donor to this program, this seemed a most worthwhile benefit to support.”
The program also is a resource for local veterinarians who, in the course if their work, encounter pet owners whose difficult financial situations prevent their pet from receiving the medical care it needs.
Veterinarian Dr. Katherine Siens, who manages Yavapai Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic and the Second Chance program, too, relates to encountering such circumstances in private practice veterinary care.
“There were times when I knew what a pet needed to be medically treated,” she said, “but the owner’s finances created a barrier from that happening. I would have loved to have a resource to give them. That’s why being able to offer this program, which is funded by donations and grants, is so valuable for our community.”
Yavapai Humane Society’s ribbon cutting ceremony of the re-launched program, February 23, was jointly officiated by the chambers of commerce of Prescott Valley and Prescott.
For more information about applying for assistance through the Second Chance Program, call 928-771-0547.
Yavapai Humane Society (located at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, Ariz.) has been serving Yavapai County’s citizens and animals since 1972.
It operates cat, dog, and horse adoption centers, promoting and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of companion animals in Yavapai County.
The Society’s spay/neuter and wellness clinic offers low-cost spay/neuter services, vaccinations, and microchips.
The Yavapai County Humane Society supports its mission with a thrift store.
Connect with Yavapai Humane Society at www.yavapaihumane.org or at www.facebook.com/YavapaiHumaneSociety.