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Critter Chatter Fall 2015




More than a shelter

The Season to Give Thanks By Ed Boks

Executive Director Yavapai Humane Society


“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Marcus Tullius Cicero penned these words in the century prior to the turning of the Common Era. They still ring true today. Each day, looking at our animals’ faces at Yavapai Humane Society we see evidence of happiness. Some more muted than others, but there nonetheless. This happiness, this anticipation of a life in a forever home to come is all thanks to you-our supporters, our friends, our community. Each day, we are able to provide these animals the necessities of life. Your donations help us provide food to fill empty stomachs, medication to heal sick and injured bodies, and shelter for warmth. Without your help we would not be able to care for these animals in the ways we do. Some of you give your time. Your muscles are sore after six hours of being walked by our dogs, or your cheek is raw from being licked by kittens. In many ways we can give our animals what they need to get by, but there is not a single thing more important than love. You help us fill the hearts and souls of these displaced animals during their times in transition. Without your love, support and exercise these animals would surely lose hope and diminish right before our eyes. You help us in so many ways. Your support allows us to do all of these things, but your compassion and love drive us to help these animals in the best ways that we know how, day in and day out. One day, we will, together, fulfill our vision to see the day when every pet has a good home and is well cared for all of its life.

Administration & Pet Adoption Center

(928) 445-2666 Open Daily 11am-6pm 1625 Sundog Ranch Rd, Prescott


Lost & Found Pet Center

(928) 515-2379 Open Daily 11am-6pm 1625 Sundog Ranch Rd, Prescott


Thrift Store

(928) 445-5668 Mon-Sat 9am-5pm 1601 Iron Springs Rd, Prescott


Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic

(928) 771-0547 Tues-Thurs By Appointment 2989 Centerpoint E Dr, Prescott

And in the Season of Good Will...

Please consider YHS in your year-end, tax-deductable gifts. Help our holiday fund drive at www.yavapaihumane.org or by mailing in the enclosed envelope.


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Yavapai Humane Society was a recipient of a new animal photography studio. Thank you to Shelter Art Foundation for donating the photography equipment and to Petco for providing funds for our new photo booth. The new studio is a treat for both our photographers and our pets!

Celebrating Anniversaries This fall Yavapai Humane Society pauses to reflect on the tremendous progress of two our lifesaving programs: YHS Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic and YHS Thrift Store.

YHS Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic It's hard to believe, but the Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic opened six years ago. Since we have welcomed public animals through our doors for affordable spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, microchipping, and other wellness services making much of our community’s pets healthier and happier. The amazing staff at the Clinic performed nearly 20,000 spay/neuter surgeries. Each pet that is spayed/neutered prevents countless animals from becoming homeless in the future. Not only that, the Clinic has given over 52,000 vaccinations and microchipped over 3,700 pets. We are proud of our community for partnering with us through our public Clinic to protect the pets in Yavapai County!

YHS Thrift Store

Right: Staff and volunteers at the YHS Thrift Store ribbon cutting ceremony October 2014.

While the Thrift Store has also played an important role in our animal shelter for six years, it is celebrating a very special one-year anniversary at its new location at 1601 Iron Springs Road in Prescott. While the new store is nearly double the size, it is half the cost of operation, run largely by YHS’ team of PAWsome volunteers, and brings in important donations and revenue that support the lifesaving programs helping animals at the shelter. The Thrift Store recently added an equine department featuring items for horse enthusiasts. Revenue from the equine section of the store will support our new Equine Rescue program.

Volunteer of the Quarter: John San Agustin

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Yavapai Humane Society would like to recognize John San Agustin as Volunteer of the Quarter! Since John’s orientation on July 18th, he has been a true role model for the staff and volunteers. Always with a good story and a can-do attitude, John helps our organization give our best to the animals every day. John has helped us with almost every volunteer role imaginable. He is always one of the first responders in calls for help for offsite events and will rework his schedule to accommodate helping the animals. He has worked his way from walking the easy-to-handle dogs all the way through to receiving training to handle dogs brand new to the shelter environment. The big motivator behind this was his instrumental role in helping our homeless pets’ adoptability through our photography program. Always in need of more hands, John has dedicated multiple days a week to helping with our photography team. John helps by retrieving animals from their kennels and helping get them in place for their glamour shots—the pictures that will capture the eyes and hearts of potential adopters and motivate them to come down to the shelter to adopt a new family member. We are proud to call John an integral part of our YHS team. We cannot thank him enough for the level of service and compassion that he brings with him every day he is here to volunteer.

Dog goes “Woof”, Cat goes “Moo”?

By Matthew Buchholtz This summer, five little kittens We didn’t name any of and a mother cat were brought the kittens in the group into Yavapai Humane Society except this special one. with a heavy heart because of landlord issues with the owner. We called him Cow. The kittens were too young to thrive in a shelter environment and needed care in YHS’ foster program. My girlfriend, Bri, and I took them on to keep them healthy and socialized until they were old enough to come back to the shelter for surgery and find their forever homes. Quickly we realized that one of these little guys was very special. When we picked him up, we felt vibrations that mimicked the ebb and flow of an ocean. We didn’t name any of the kittens in the group except this special one. We called him Cow. We had our suspicions of what Cow’s abnormal heartbeat might be. However, some medical issues that present at a young age resolve on their own. We hoped he would simply grow out of it and his body would right itself. During his vaccination appointments, we kept tabs on his progress, crossing our fingers, all the while hoping he would be getting better. As the magic age of eight weeks approached (when kittens are old enough for spay/neuter surgery), YHS’ clinic decided that we needed to give him more time in our home to figure out what was wrong. We signed on for another eight weeks of fostering Cow. His brothers, sisters and mom left him for the YHS PetSmart adoption location and were all adopted shortly thereafter. Now alone, we had to become his mentors and his entertainers. We are thankful to the YHS medical and foster programs for really going above and beyond by scheduling an appointment with a board-certified veterinary cardiologist in Phoenix once Cow grew to 16 weeks of age. In preparation for his important adventure, we took him for a few trips in the car to get him ready. When the time came, his little heart had not improved, so it was off to see the cardiologist! After stealing the hearts of everyone at the cardiology office, it was determined that Cow had a severe heart condition known as patent ductus arteriosus. Because of the severity and added complications, this would be an inoperable issue, as anesthesia could be fatal to him. With a little kitty in such bad shape, there were few options. For Bri and myself, there was only one. We officially adopted Cow into our family and now have the pleasure and honor of keeping him happy until the end of his kitty days. For now, this kitten is a crazy, happy boy.

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Matching Funds Campaign Doubles the Impact Yavapai Humane Society recently partnered with a charitable donor who offered to match August and September donations up to $30,000 dollars. With your help our matching funds challenge raised almost $35,000. This amount plus our anonymous donor’s matching gifts means our community donated nearly $65,000 for the homeless pets at YHS! These generous donations will provide food, shelter, vaccinations, medical care and more to our communities neediest pets. Please consider YHS in your year-end, tax deductable gifts to help fund the shelter’s lifesaving programs.

This holiday season, open your heart to a pet from Yavapai Humane Society

Three ways you can help homeless pets


Give the gift of life and love!

What better gift can any of us give during the holiday season than to save the life of a homeless pet? Adopt a new furry family member into your family. Doing so not only brings so much love into your home, but is also a great opportunity to teach your children about compassion and kindness. If you’re unable to adopt, connect friends and family with the fur love of their life instead.


You can directly impact the life of a homeless animal by making a one time or even monthly recurring contribution at yavapaihumane.org. Thank you for considering YHS in your year-end, tax deductible gifts. Tax deductable donations can be mailed to: Yavapai Humane Society 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ 86301

Gifts in Honor of Barbara Rissmann in honor of Dude Betty Lillibridge in honor of Luke Lorraine Muller in honor of Buddy Roberta Meehan in honor of Nancy Anderson Helga W. Brandon in honor of Ted Rozendal

Gifts in Memory of Helena Howell Brigitte Dickinson Jim Hiller Ken Myers Lorraine Carson D. Keith Humphries Jim Jackson Phillip Preble Nancy Lee Bolgerthank Edmund Optics, Inc. Phyllis Stratton Evelyn David Helen Stanvile Helen Sullivan

Stuff the stockings!

Mary Banning Mr. & Mrs. Culler Gary Sohm Gordon Tamplin Barbara Howard Melvin Scarbrough Mary Vavrik Jeffrey Brady Dorita Seyfried William Seyfried Gary Sohm Kenneth Myers David & Sharon Woods Sharron Mckinney Cheryl Figs Judith Blackwell

Gifts in Memory of Beloved Pets

Sign up to foster a shelter pet this holiday season and you’ll be giving two gifts: one to the pet who gets a home for the holidays, and another to Yavapai Humane Society staff and volunteers who take care of these pets year-round. Visit yavapaihumane.org/foster to get signed up.

Bart’s story In animal behavior, a pet’s actions must be looked at comprehensively in a shelter environment. At times, a medical problem may be contributing to a behavior problem. This is why Yavapai Humane Society’s Behavior Department is a division of our Medical Team. That’s a lucky thing for one particular pet resident in YHS’ care during September. Bart is a 5-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei mix who was found as a stray in Yavapai County and brought to YHS. Bart was hesitant and fearful, but furthermore he had an eye condition practically rendering him blind. Poor Bart bumped into objects and got tangled up in his leash when navigating terrain and was jumpy when touched. The eye condition Bart was suffering from, called Entropion, is common for breeds with flat faces, short muzzles, and heavy facial skin folds—like the Chinese Shar-Pei. However, it typically just affects the bottom eye lids and Bart’s was severely affecting his bottom and top eye lids. Thanks to YHS’ STAR (Special Treatment and Recovery) program funded by donations, our medical team was able to perform surgery on Bart to fix his condition. After surgery, Bart could see again and wasn’t fearful. In just a couple days he transformed into a sweetheart who loves having his head petted and scratched. His road to recovery still has a ways to go as he heals from surgery and continues socializing and learning good manners. The future is bright for Bart, and now he can see it!

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Robert & Elaine Willis in memory of Klien’s cat Edward Bridwell in memory of Tess, Jasper, Legend, Buck, & Sassy Donald Socha in memory of Prince Diane Lyons in memory of Sierra Jennifer Schwed in memory of Mikey Sherry Hibbard in memory of Bert Laurie McCoy in memory of Annie


Offer a temporary ho-ho-home!

Thank You to Our Generous Donors Donor recognition from June 1 to September 30, 2015

Animal Angel

($10,000.00 to $200,000.00)

Anonymous Mrs. Dorothy Groves

Animal Champion ($5,000.00 to $9,999.00)

Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davidson Margaret Stidworthy Banfield Charitable Trust Tech-specialties, INC Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Brooks Harry F. Dise Petsmart Charities, Inc. Wanda McCall MCS Charitable Foundation Robert D. Ullery Norma Geri Smith Petco Foundation

Animal Visionary ($2,000.00 to $4,999.00)

Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Ryniak Patrick Lilly Mr. & Mrs. Stu Horn Mr. & Mrs. William Seyfried Edmund Optics, Inc. Prescott Area Pet Emergency Hospital Mr. & Mrs. Richard Belveal Arizona Community Foundation

Animal Benefactor ($1,000.00 to $1,999.00)

Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Tanko Larry & Emma Hall Charlotte Cotner Dorna Christell Norman Caouette Mr. & Mrs. William Cheek Mr. & Mrs. Clark Gable Margaret Wells John Huff Home Fur Good Animal Rescue Placement Garce Futerer Mr. & Mrs. Jerry S Kipp John Brown

Golden Paw

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($500.00 to $999.00)

Anonymous Gerald & Phyllis Scheuerman Michele Wolfgram Dr. Michael j geboy John Reding Cathlene Wright Connie Barnett Stanley Hobbs Clemene Alascano Henry A Bryant ASPCA Top Dog Performance Club of NA Lynn Cody Ken Epstein Nancy Lee Brenfleck Grace Allsop Eagles Anthony Hutson Susan E Bowen Bettcher Mr. & Mrs. Ray Ver Velde Mr. & Mrs. Robert Moore Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Delano Prescott Valley Christian Avion Management Corp

Mr. & Mrs. Thad Crooks Shawn Miller Dr. Steven Dow Mr. & Mrs. Peter Lang Paula Cupples Honeywell International Charity Matching

Silver Paw

($250.00 to $499.00)

Anonymous Virginia Pearson Mr. Joseph Rindone Mr. & Mrs. Edward Kelley Judith Zurbriggen Dorothy Wessels David L Riggs Mr. & Mrs. Richard Pauwels Suzanne Caudle Mary Ann Williams Mary Supergan Marita Callaway Rosalie A Burns Michael & Lesley Nystrom Cathy Hilts Mary Dallas Barbara Nelson Judith Blackwell John Ferkan Mr. & Mrs. Victor Moreno Silicon Valley Community Foundation Chevron Humankind Employee Eng. Fund Nancy Miser Kevin Rethman Mary Ann Scrimgeour Betty De Jong John Brackman Florence Kik Candy Biller Barbara Brown Peggy Russell Sukey Waldenberger Rebecca Pinkley Shirley Campbell Mr. & Mrs. Julia E Ellegood Fern Heckman Betty Lillibridge Deahn Kincaid Robert Trumpfeller Marie Smith Wayne Coates Joyce Mackin Elise Nordbrock

Bronze Paw

($100.00 to $249.00)

Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Richard Acosta Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Bailey Lois Battin Max Campbell Shawn Cardinal Kathleen Cartier Kathy Coleman Dr. & Mrs. David Danowski Mr. & Mrs. Lyn DeLano Linda Driscoll Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Flanagan Lorain J Tonnesen Althea B. Friedman Mr. & Mrs. Orbin Joplin Rev. Wayne Lang Dr. & Mrs. Clay C Maupin Mr. & Mrs. Gerald McNew Barbara Miske Betty Newell David Passell

Nancy Peterson Dorothy Potter Beryl Rae John & Patti Range Mr. & Mrs. Larry Scott Tania Stinnett Ann Tewksbury Mr. & Mrs. Joanne Thorpe Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Van Demark Aleida Vanderpyl Mr. & Mrs. William S Weiss Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Whipple Lavern Wolf Mr. & Mrs. Fulton Wright Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fadness Ronald Smith Marjorie Hultberg Alan M. Hendrickson Sara Campbell Betty Stephens Mr. & Mrs. Gill Read Marie Moseley Mr. & Mrs. John Van Fossen Mr. & Mrs. Julie Van Wuffen Mary Jane Harwin Mr. & Mrs. Donovan Fletcher Mr. & Mrs. Onan Coppage Martha Lichlyter Mr. & Mrs. Mark Timm Mr. & Mrs. Mary B Noonan Mr. & Mrs. Fred Schmal Gerald Kieckow Barbara Wing Joseph Hall Joe Nemec David Genther Mercy Johnson Deane Winkler Manfred E. Poppe Mr. & Mrs. George Miller Kathryn Vines Tara Sholle Mr. & Mrs. Ed Coyle Donna Graves Mr. & Mrs. Ed Patterson Lynda Swanson Terry Kempf Mr. & Mrs. Lowell Zander Eileen M. Roberts Carol A. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Richard Creech Mr. & Mrs. Ray Zeek Mr. & Mrs. Delbert Hopkins Robert F Steele Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Sweet Luanne Frederick Linda Barron Micki Freshour Mr. & Mrs. N.S. Mawk Christine Bohannon Roys Mansur Floyd Waite Cynthia Eberhart Mr. & Mrs. Jacque Foster Cece Raak Michael Stevens Margaret McConnell Jackie Robinson Mr. & Mrs. Morgan Craighead Helen Son Charles Zunker Mary Bessette Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Hudson Mr. & Mrs. Joseph King Eunice C Anderson Richard R Baldauf Mr. & Mrs. Robert Flores

Mavis Lavin Dr. & Mrs. Deborah Jane Ayers Judy Baum Saverio Barone Selmer Lutey Kathryn Phillips Dorothy Wood Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Haney Mr. & Mrs. Sandra B Kukol Mr. & Mrs. Richard Clemmer Judith Duffy Patricia Carberry Deanne C Brewster Paul Cozby Dave Daucher Christine Davis Wolf Roger Skaggs Marcia Pfeffer Pfeffer Evelyn C Doyle Shari Daiutolo Todd Knowles Rose A Ryff Florine Brower Stephen Straussner Trudy Huddleston Caryl Spears Lorraine Muller Jeanne Morrison Eileen Saboski Bobette J Campbell Marsha Noyes Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Trahern Damon Manomet Marilyn Snyder Cyndi Hensley Michael Ryan Monika Vogler Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Rogers Wendy Weber Nancy Cusimano Mary Martikke Ronald H Mayer Melvin Scarbrough Fariseo Mr. & Mrs. Karen Gates Gayle Hinze Mr. Wyne Patrick Hayman Mr. & Mrs. Roberta Meehan Gail Van Horsen John J Kaiser Dominick Lodato Melissa A Hauer Jeanne M Cross Arthur Zdawczyk Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Tamplin Diana Boyle Johannah Cousins - Malti Caroline Moore Jack & Shirley Heisey John Mocek Jeffrey & Madeleine Osborn David & Sharon Woods Sharron Mckinney Kenneth J Paris Lynn Rubel Eileen Sherrill Mr. & Mrs. John Britt Mr. & Mrs. James M. Williams Barbara H. Kennedy Mr. & Mrs. Hal Krizan Mr. & Mrs. Jack Preston Chuck Sterling Mr. & Mrs. Donald Shuck Sandra Sandersfeld Jann Browser Linda McLargin

Moorehead Communications Christian Church in Arizona Shelley Belt Linda Lomax Mr. & Mrs. James Sexton SWC Prescott Sharon Gates Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Hofman Mr. & Mrs. James Lange Glenda Wagner Mr. & Mrs. Harold Watters Mr. & Mrs. Howard Whittaker Dr. & Mrs. John La Tourette Eva Decker John Field Janet Julien John Jay McCoy Michael & Penny Bumgarner Sharon Emmons Robert Burke Judith Potthast Barbara McClymonds Joy Vogt Robert Salk Mr. & Mrs. Neil Weiss Adventure Auto Glass Nancy Palazzi Mr. & Mrs. Doug Harwood Mary Ellen Mcatee Sandra Bennett Diana Butitta Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Chesson Mr. & Mrs. John Larson Mr. & Mrs. John Mann Valerie Marsh Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Powell Mr. & Mrs. William Rayl Roberta Tyler Beth Swain Donald Socha Maurine Haeberlin Hai Chi Keng Carol Ann Kearns Mr. & Mrs. Paul Plummer Denise Meyers David Foote Patricia Williamson Mr. & Mrs. Larry Axley Doris Frechette Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Ossanna Lorna Falkenstein Richard Cook Dr. Ronda Moffit Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Liss Larry Plaster Harold Starkey Diane Lyons Carol Black Joanne Blatt Paul Zeliar Karen Clallce Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Brady Mr. & Mrs. Sue Manuel Cynthia M Ventricelli Barbara Riddle Maureen MsGovern Barbara K Borbely Sandra Proefrock Margaret Sidwell Fletcher Dunn Jodi Maas Accidental misspelling, omission, or correction? Please accept our deepest apologies and email donate@yavapaihumane.org so we may correct the error

Helping Our Horses In January YHS announced including equines in our mission to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of pets. In December 2014 YHS purchased 7.3 acres in Chino Valley equipped with facilities designed to care for up to 35 equines. On October 24, YHS hosted an informative gathering—Helping Our Horses—to share our plans for the new Equine Facility. Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, beverages and western art at the Phippen Museum thanks to our sponsors: Prescott Area Pet Emergency Hospital, Prescott Animal Hospital & Equine Center, Prescott Winery, Catering by Liz, and Prescott Brewing Company. Amidst a wonderful evening shared with equine lovers, the buzz around the unveiling of YHS’ innovative plans for the equine facility was palpable. Attendees heard from Executive Director Ed Boks and pro bono equine consultant for YHS, Nina Ekholm Fry, about a new approach called the “track system”. This design meets the physical, emotional, and social needs of equines, including: unrestricted movement; frequent eating; social housing and interaction; comfortable resting areas; shelter from sun and inclement weather; choice in sensory stimulation; variation in environment; and predictability in interactions with humans. This pioneering design provides equines more opportunity and motivation to move because resources are spaced along a track, as opposed to in stalls. The enriched environment helps equines rescued from abandonment, abuse, and neglect rehabilitate more naturally. To date, nearly $25,000 has been raised for the program. Another $50,000 is needed to complete facility upgrades and implement the track system. You can help this lifesaving effort by making an online donation at www.yavapaihumane.org or by sending your donation to YHS (Equine Initiative) at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott AZ 86301.

Kodiak’s Inspiring Happy Tail Kodiak came to YHS this spring with a group of 20 Akita / Malamute dogs rescued from a hoarding situation. This pack of dogs was feral and not used to human handling. So our behavior team went to work rehabilitating and socializing them in hope of finding each dog a forever home. When Kodiak was 3 months old our behavior team deamed him ready for adoption. Shortly after Lucy Reynolds came to the shelter and met little Kodiak. She saw great potential in him and knew he was the dog for her. Kodiak has been with Lucy for four months and in that time he has been training with her to become a certified service dog.

2016 YavaPAW Calendar Look for your opportunity to support YHS through buying a 2016 YavaPAW Calendar!

1000 Each

Available soon at

YHS Adoption Center, YHS Thrift Store, YHS Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic, & online at yavapaihumane.org

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Calendars Just

The calender cover and months were auctioned online and local professional photographers volunteered their time to to take the photographs; Chronicker Photography, A Portrait Park by J, Brooke Photography, and Stephanie Strasser Photographymaking this year’s calendar a work of art.

1625 Sundog Ranch Road Prescott, AZ 86301

Christmas Party Yavapai Humane Society’s

Yavapai Humane Society invites you for an evening at the Phippen Museum, honoring the homeless animals of the Yavapai Humane Society. Appreciate the fine art of the museum and celebrate the precious lives of our community’s pets.

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres served; valet parking provided. Entertainment by San Diego singer/songwriter Gene Warren.

Call 928-445-2666 x 105 or visit www.yavapaihumane.org for tickets.

Tickets: $50 per person in advance, or $75 per person at the door.

Catering by Liz Prescott Winery

Be Santa “Claws” for a Cause December 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

at Phippen Museum 4701 Hwy 89 N, Prescott, Arizona

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