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Critter Chatter Winter 2016




More than a shelter

Letter from Ed By Ed Boks

Executive Director, Yavapai Humane Society

Happy New Year to all our volunteers, supporters and partners! The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is on the launching pad to an incredible year. In 2016 we are expanding our circle of compassion to include equine. The YHS Equine Rescue Ranch in Chino Valley is undergoing a significant facelift as of this writing and is scheduled to be operational in June – possibly sooner. There are two big “Save the Date” events to help celebrate the opening of this wonderful new lifesaving program. In addition to saving these dates for yourself, please help get the word out to others - and watch our website for updates. Saturday, April 30th: YHS is partnering with Prescott Animal Hospital, Midwestern Veterinary College, and the National Equine Resource Network to host a Gelding Clinic at the Equine Rescue property located at 3731 North Road 1 West. Gelding services will be provided for just $75 - by appointment. Saturday, June 4th: YHS will host a Grand Opening to properly introduce this vital new program to our entire community. More on this event as the details come together. YHS has successfully placed 97 percent of all the homeless animals we rescue into loving homes three years in a row. Think about that for a moment. To the best of our knowledge our region of the country may be home to the only communities in the United States that have effectively ended the use of euthanasia, (or killing, as some prefer to call it), as a way to control pet overpopulation. With that kind of success coupled with our community’s compassion as our foundation, it seemed morally prudent for YHS to take this step of faith. If you are willing and able to help support this critical program please send your donation to YHS marking it for the Equine Initiative – or you can make your donation online at www.yavapaihumane.org/equine.


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Lost & Found Pet Center

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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


Friday Vaccination Clinic 8-11:30am & 1-4:30pm Toe Nail Trim · Microchipping Heartworm Testing · Vaccines

Cover dog: Beautiful Remington, a 6 year old German Shephard, has been adopted!

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No More Pain for Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo has such a big smile on his face, you’d never know all he has gone through just by looking at him. An animal rescue in a small town of Colorado desperately reached out to Yavapai Humane Society to help them save this dog. This Boxer was owned by someone the neighbors described as a “very scary man” who trained his other dogs to beat up on poor Magoo. When he no longer wanted Magoo, the owner threw him over the fence onto the street. The neighborhood came to Magoo’s aid and worked with the local rescue to send him far away from the small town in Colorado for the dog’s safety. The shelter took great care in selecting YHS as an outlet for Magoo, because he is a senior at 10 years of age. He also appeared to have some health problems—both reasons that could make his chances at adoption bleak. YHS was honored to bring Magoo to Prescott in November. He had an unrepaired hernia, for which we performed surgery. Magoo’s surgery was made possible by our STAR (Special Treatment and Recovery) fund— donations set aside specifically for animals with serious injuries, illnesses, and reversible conditions, which is made possible by the many faithful friends of YHS. Surgery for his hernia, gentle love for his spirit, and for his age…love knows no age. His new family knows that. Mr. Magoo’s recovery lasted nearly a month—the latter half of which he spent enjoying love at one of YHS’ volunteer’s home for two weeks. We discovered during his time in foster that Magoo was a sweetheart who is so mellow and loves everyone. Although he loves everyone, someone very special was waiting for his love. Cathlin has a senior Boxer named Trevor who lives with her on 40 beautiful acres in the country. As Trevor has gotten older in years, his back legs are weakening. Cathlin is currently making a custom wheelchair for Trevor’s back legs to make it easier for him to get around. Cathlin wanted another senior Boxer to keep Trevor company during the days when she went to town. Then she saw Magoo. A meet and greet revealed that Magoo and Trevor get along like brothers, and Cathlin knew Mr. Magoo was meant to join her family. * YHS reported this case to county authorities for investigation.

Magoo with new mom Cathlin and new brother Trevor

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Thanks to you, Yavapai Humane Society helped Mr. Magoo and many other animals that needed love, care, and a new home last year. More than 3,200 pets were placed with loving families, over 700 lost animals were reunited with their owners, and our shelter rescued, rehabilitated and placed 92 pets out of animal hoarding situations. To save even more lives this year, YHS is asking our supporters to renew their commitment to our work with the animals through our 2016 Supporter and Friend fundraising challenge. More than $2,200 has already been raised toward our $10,000 goal. We’re nearly 25% of the way there! If you’d like to help YHS meet this goal, donate online at www.yavapaihumane.org/renew.

Equine Update In January 2015, YHS purchased 7.3 acres in Chino Valley. The property came with two substantial equine buildings and several smaller structures. However, the facilities were in poor condition and the utilities were not up to code. A great deal of work is required to make the property operational. Fortunately, there are many who share YHS’ vision for establishing an equine rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption center. Over 80 volunteers joined YHS staff, including our new Equine Initiative Director, Nina Ekholm Fry, and Board Directors Jerry Kipp and Al Bryant to develop a business plan, a budget and the resolve to make the property operational. "The purpose of the equine facility is to find horses which have been neglected, abused, or abandoned that still have quality of life and potential to be somebody's horse,” explains Fry. The facility’s design will focus around welfare enhancement and include an arena, barns, and plenty of space for the horses to live. At the new center, the horses will learn safety basics such as how to respond to traffic, trailer loading, and how to interact with other horses as they prepare to be put up for adoption. Featured are some pictures of the hard work to transform this property into an innovative, enriching environment for equines in need. With the sweat equity of our volunteers and staff, and the support of our local municipalities and community animal lovers, the Equine Program is planning a grand opening on June 4!

YHS volunteers, staff, and board worked hard to reconfigure barns and stalls on the property on January 16.

Board of Directors President Jerry Kipp, Board of Directors Member Al Bryant, and volunteer Andy Carson work on the property.

Gifts in Memory of Kenneth Kranhold Joshua, Nicolas & Becky Kranhold Bill Fornaro Fred & Marlene Mulch Phyllis Stratton Evelyn and Buz H David Trudi Rae Schultz Wayne and Geraldine Wenzel Bradley Woods Patricia Woods Randy Butts Janet Feil Gene Logan Michael & Susan Allen

Ben Bruce Edward Bridwell Richard Karen Larson Jim Lewis Joseph & Nancy Mederiros Nygord Donneta David Reed Sr. Prep Hickman Armstrong Michele Simmons Chrissy George Steiner

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Gifts in Memory of Beloved Pets Jennifer and Doug Schwed in memory of Mikey Bradshaw-Weisbuch Jeanette Myrick in memory of Beau Steve, Tatyana & Karl Jungquist in memory of Roper Tiny and Beth Noonan in memory of Sara Edward Bridwell in memory of Dover Edward Bridwell in memory of Salchicha Geraldine Garrison in memory of our beloved family pet Donna Graves in memory of Kiki Leo Halpin in memory of Sage Richard Hibbard in memory of Bert Rosemary Lang in memory of Cream Puff Donald Socha in memory of Prince

Chino Valley Councilmember Susie Cuka and YHS Equine Initiative Director Nina Fry survey the work being done at the new YHS Equine facilities.

Gifts in Honor of Pamela Geisel in honor of Gene and Betty Wilkison Katie Kipp in honor of Jerry Kipp Pat McCarthy in honor of Tim and Nancy Bolger Marti & Richard Warriner in honor of Aaron Matsuura Marti & Richard in honor of Warriner Shelby Kocee and Dan Sykes Marti & Richard Warriner in honor of Curtis Matsuura Marti & Richard Warriner in honor of Josie Richards Maxine Pollock in honor of Heidi Evelin Clabes in honor of Jonathon Ute Sue & Patricia Taylor in honor of Patrick & Michael

Gifts in Honor of Beloved Pets Devera Thorpe in honor of Tucker

The Season of Goodwill

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We at Yavapai Humane Society hope your holidays were filled with love, laughter, and joy. Thanks to you, our holidays were filled with kindness and compassion. Our animal shelter encouraged friends to remember the cats, dogs, and equines during the season of goodwill. You blessed us with more than $127,431 in donations during November and December. Not only did you give, you celebrated with us! Nearly 200 supporters joined our team on December 12 at the Phippen Museum for a Christmas Party. Our staff members sincerely enjoyed meeting people who care about the work we do, and honoring the real reason each employee comes to work everyday—the precious lives that depend on our compassion. Yavapai Humane Society thanks Lamb Chevrolet and Prescott Area Pet Emergency Hospital for sponsoring this event, as well as Allan’s Flowers for donating the lovely, festive table decorations, Catering by Liz for the delicious hors d’oeuvres, along with Prescott Winery and Liquore Barn for providing the beverages. We enjoyed your company as well as the financial support many gave at the event towards operational and program expenses at YHS. These funds will be put to lifesaving uses. Your gifts make it possible to spay or neuter homeless pets, update their vaccinations, microchip them so they can always be identified if lost, and heal injuries and illnesses. th om The lives you’ve touched include pets like Acacia, a 13-year-old e. Retriever who was found in November. She must have been wandering for a long time, because she was dangerously thin and fragile. We put her with a foster family to help regain weight and become healthy again while we searched for a forever home. She has gained over 15 pounds and is on the road to full recovery! Your support gives hope to pets like Tallulah, a stray hound dog who could not walk on her back leg. X-rays revealed that she had been injured so severely, it nearly had to be amputated. Our team operated then sent her to a foster home to exercise and regain strength in her muscle. Slowly but surely, her body mended. Her foster mom Katherine grew so fond of sweet Tallulah, she adopted her! Thank you for helping animals in need beat the odds and find forever love. r el a






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Since beginning with YHS in July 2015, Evelin Clabes has been very consistent in giving our dogs much needed attention and TLC through walking and play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. It is clearly evident that all of the dogs’ behaviors have improved with Evelin and the rest of the volunteers’ help. Evelin offers such great insight into each of the dogs that she takes out. Every time we talk with her, we learn something new about one of our fantastic, adoptable animals. She is a great ambassador for the animals and the organization. Through all of the hard work, Evelin keeps us all smiling with her great, positive personality. We are thankful to have Evelin among our ranks of animal lovers. Her dedication to our mission helps to inspire us all.


Volunteer of the Quarter: Evelin Clabes

How Can You Save 1000 Animals’ Lives? Spay or Neuter One! 1 UNSPAYED FEMALE AND 1 UNNEUTERED MALE CAN PRODUCE:

February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness month, and Yavapai Humane Society is celebrating this important time with increased education on the importance of spay and neuter. 1 Year: 12* It is easy to say that spay/neuter efforts are important, but the gravity of the situation is undeniable when one takes a step back and looks at the long-term realities of an unaltered animal. Over the course of a five-year time span, a single unspayed female dog and her 3 Years: 376* offspring can produce over 7,776 puppies.* When viewed through this lens, little else needs to be said about the pet overpopulation crisis in our world. The fact that more than 2.7 6 Years: 66,088* million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters nationwide each year is a result of pet overpopulation. Shelters are overcrowded and pets are left homeless every single day. Yavapai Humane Society urges pet guardians to do the right thing and get their 9 Years: 11,606,077* pets fixed. Not only does spay/neutering slow down the pet overpopulation * Based on two litters a year at a survival rate of 2.8 kittens per litter. cycle and prevent thousands of homeless animals, there are a number of beneficial results for you and your fur family member. Spay/Neutering often counteracts bothersome behavior of pets in heat, such as howling, spraying, and the urge to roam. In addition, getting your pets fixed can keep them healthier and help prevent certain cancers. According to a USA Today report, neutered dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered dogs and spayed dogs live 23% longer than unspayed dogs. Adding to the countless reasons to have your cat or dog altered, pet owners will receive 20% off their pet’s spay/neuter when they book a surgery appointment at Yavapai Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic during the month of February. Yavapai Humane Society also offers an assistance program for spay/neuter called Big Fix to military veterans and qualifying low-income pet owners. This program deeply discounts or completely covers the cost of these surgeries. Continuing this program is of great importance if YHS is to maintain its No Kill Ethic and come to the aid of other shelters across the Southwest who are unable to keep up with the number of homeless animals in their communities. To support low-cost spay and neuter programs in Prescott, simply write “Big Fix” in the memo of your check donation and mail it to Yavapai Humane Society at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ 86301. Thank you! *Statistic of 7,776 puppies produced over the period of 5 years is factored on 6 female puppies per litter breeding every 12 months.

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If you’ve visited www.yavapaihumane.org in the New Year, you may have noticed our website looks…different. Our team worked hard to update the website to be a more user-friendly resource. Welcome to the new and improved website! The evolution of Yavapai Humane’s online presence offers new tools, including an easy 1-2-3-step donation process, a blog with the latest pet tips, a calendar of events where you can reserve tickets or just see what’s going on. The site also provides contact forms that are easy to fill out—whether your pet is lost, you’d like more information about an adoptable animal, or you want to learn about volunteering. Another feature of the new website are easy-to-complete applications for employment opportunities, and programs like Big Fix (learn more about this in the article about spay/neuter, above) and Safety Net (assistance for pet owners who are temporarily displaced and need a foster home for their cat or dog). YHS has experienced a significant increase in applications for these programs since the launch of the new website, and we are honored to be there for the pets and owners in need of these programs, and to support our community. Check out the new website today! While you’re online, don’t forget to subscribe to Yavapai Humane Society’s monthly eNewsletter and follow YHS on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy stories and pictures of the cutest animals, the best pet tips, and the most fun events from YHS!

Upcoming Events FEB Spay/Neuter Awareness Month: 20% off spay/neuter surgeries when

1-29 booked during February at YHS’ Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic

FEB My Furry Valentine: Pick your price adoptions February 12-14.

12-14 If you can’t adopt, send a valentine to a pet waiting for their forever home (available at YHS’ Adoptions Center)

MAR Lucky Charm Adoption & Shop: Pick your price on pet adoptions


at the shelter, and receive 50% off at YHS’ Thrift Store

Save the Date!

APR Arizona Gives Day:. A statewide, 24-hour online giving campaign that is a way for people to find, learn about,


and contribute to causes they believe in. Support Yavapai Humane Society with your donation at www.azgives.org

APR National Pet Day: Support homeless pets by shopping at YHS’ Thrift Store and receive 50% off your purchase


APR Gelding Clinic: YHS is partnering with Prescott Animal Hospital, Midwestern Veterinary College and the National


Equine Resource Network to host a Gelding Clinic at the YHS Equine Rescue property located at 3731 North Road 1 West. Gelding services will be just $75 - and will be by appointment only.

MAY Walk for the Animals Pre-registration Party: Sign up for the 5th annual Walk for the Animals at the


Prescott Petco Store (1931 AZ-69) to receive a discount on your ticket and great pet giveaways. Watch www.yavapaihumane.org for upcoming details

MAY Walk for the Animals: Bring your pooch and walk or run the 5K or 1-mile course at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical


University’s beautiful campus to show your support for homeless pets! Watch www.yavapaihumane.org for upcoming details and registration.

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