Yavapai Humane Society 1625 Sundog Ranch Road Prescott, AZ 86301
Where every animal counts! Dear friend, Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is able to provide the amazing lifesaving programs we do because of you. Your support makes a difference for thousands of homeless pets each year. We want to celebrate the difference you make for our community’s neediest dogs, cats, and horses at our 7th annual Walk for the Animals. The annual family friendly Walk, presented by Findlay Subaru of Prescott, is coming up this month! During the event we will celebrate the special bond people share with their pets, raise funds to help even more pets, and increase awareness for our programs which support people and pets in need. The YHS Walk for the Animals will take place on Saturday, May 19. We invite you, your family (2-legged and four) and friends to join us at Mile High Middle School (300 South Granite Street, Prescott, AZ). When you register at yavapaihumane.org - you will be able to choose from a beautiful 1 mile or 5 K (just over 3 miles) course. Plus, you will enjoy a morning featuring a Barketplace with local pet friendly vendors, a kid’s zone, dog friendly activities, dog adoptions sponsored by Cable ONE Advertising, an animal wellness tent offering low-cost microchips and pet health information sponsored by Prescott Area Pet Emergency Hospital and an exciting Strut Your Mutt Contest sponsored by B & M Painting. When you sign up you will get your own customizable fundraising page where you can ask friends and family to support your efforts by donating to your page. You can help homeless pets by collecting donation money on or offline and, as a thank you, we have some great prizes ranging from bandanas for your dog, to a vacation trip for you and your friends. The more you raise the better the prizes get! Best of all, every dollar raised through this event stays right here in your community helping to fund more than two dozen programs and services that support pet owners in need as well as more than 3,000 of the most vulnerable dogs, cats and equines who come to YHS each year. This is a fun event and we hope you will be able to come out and enjoy a day dedicated to our cause. Can’t be there this year in person? You don’t have to walk to raise money. You’ll still be able to provide your valueable support and will still be eligible for those great prizes! And we promise to take lots of pictures and videos for you to enjoy. Your friends at Yavapai Humane Society,
Julie Ellegood Board of Directors, President email@example.com
Leading the way at YHS Pouring over pictures of Pat Colin was almost like being there on the journey of a young farm girl who loved animals all her life and showed kindness to them in the end. Pat, who was dearly loved by many, had a sparkle in her eye and a smile that broadcast her kindness. Upon her passing she left a generous portion of her estate to the animals of Yavapai Humane Society. Her trustees and dear friends, Bill and Shirley Blackburn, had the honor of making sure Pat’s wish to help the animals in a big way was carried out. We wanted to know everything we could about Pat—from how she first fell in love with animals, to the dear pets that touched her life. Bill and Shirley were kind enough to bring her photo album, and to share special memories with Pat over their 25-year friendship. Bill reflected on the legacy Pat has left saying, “Pat was a lifelong lover of animals of any type. She grew up in Illinois where, at an early age, she was put in charge of the farms’ animal population – including chickens, dogs, cats, and horses. That began the love affair. In later years in Prescott she was limited to household pets, but supported a great many animal welfare causes. Pat had a great sense of humor and was always a delight to be around.” The photo album was filled with countless pictures of Pat and her horses, dogs, kittens and, even, snakes! Imagine our delight when Bill and Shirley showed us the picture of Pat feeding a carrot to a burro at the property that eventually became Yavapai Humane Society’s Equine Center! How proud we think Pat would be. Her beauty, zest for life, and love for animals radiates through the old black and white and faded photos. We remember Pat and thank her for the blessing she has been to animals all throughout her life, and even after. Her gift will help homeless animals in Yavapai County who come through our doors for years and years to come.
Volunteer of the Quarter: Judy Dahlbeck Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is lucky to have an extremely dedicated core group of volunteers. One of those amazing volunteers is Judy Dahlbeck. Judy has been a volunteer at our organization for 2 years. She currently volunteers at our front desk helping staff, volunteers and potential adopters in endless ways. When she isn’t busy assisting the many visitors to YHS she is making calls to adopters checking to be sure everything is going well, and offering advice to make the transition of a new pet into a home easier. Judy is originally from Sacramento, California but moved in 1977 with her husband to finish college. Her husband then joined the Air Force, which caused them to move 19 different times over the course of his career. The coupled has lived all over the United States and Japan, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Korea. Judy has spent 25 years in higher education working with undergraduates and graduate students, as well as adults returning to school. Judy and her husband were “part timers” in Prescott for 4 years before moving here full time in 2016. She has had a passion for animals her whole life, and couldn’t think of a better place to spend her time. Judy volunteers for many reasons saying, “First, I want to help the animals in need to the best of my capability. Second, I love getting to know the people who have as much passion for animals as I do, both staff and volunteers.” Judy, we are so lucky and grateful to have you on the team - the animals are so fortunate to have you in their corner!
Expanding resources for pet owners in need
On Friday, February 23, Yavapai Humane Society celebrated the re-launch of its Second Chance Program. The program provides medical support for low-income pet owners’ cats and dogs that have an illness or injury and nowhere else to turn. While this program was launched in 2013, the scope of its services were limited. Through the generous support of two donors, Phyllis and Gerald Scheuerman, the program was able to add an x-ray machine to the program, broadening the abilities and services of the Second Chance Program. 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 and unwillingly relinquish the pet to a shelter. Second Chance provides a means for low cost veterinary care that saves pets lives and enables owners and their pets to stay together. As a donor to this program this seemed a most worthwhile program to support.” Not only does the program provide support to low income pet owners, it is a resource for local veterinarians. While caring veterinarians commonly work with pet owners to accommodate difficult financial situations, there are times when a pet owner’s resources have been expended. Veterinarian Dr. Katherine Siens, who manages Yavapai Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic and the Second Chance program, relates to this difficult circumstance in private practice veterinary care. With great passion she shared, “There were times when I knew what a pet needed to be medically treated, 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.” To celebrate the re-launch, Yavapai Humane Society hosted a ribbon cutting on February 23, jointly officiated by the Prescott Valley and Prescott Chambers of Commerce. Assistance is provided through recommendations from veterinarian. For more information about applying for assistance through the Second Chance Program, please call 928-771-0547.
Above: Yavapai Humane Society cuts the ribbon to re-launch its Second Chance Program. From left to right: YHS Board of Directors Rich McClish; Prescott Valley Town Councilmember Marty Grossman; YHS Medical Services Director Christine Campbell; YHS Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic Dr. Katherine Siens; YHS Veterinary Technician and Office Manager Emy Smith; Prescott Mayor Pro Tem Billie Orr; Prescott Valley Chamber Ambassador Debbie Clark; YHS donor Gerald Scheuerman; Prescott Valley Chamber Ambassador Jann Watts; YHS donor Phyllis Scheuerman; Prescott Chamber Board of Directors Andre Carman; Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Jack Smith; Prescott Valley Chamber CEO Marnie Uhl; Yavapai County Bagdad-Yarnell Precinct Constable Dennis Dowling. Photography credit: Gary Gromer. Right: Referbished x-ray machine donated by Scheuermans
You helped Cochise start his new life on the right hoof Cochise, a 14 year old gelding, came to Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) Equine Center because his owners wanted him to have a better life. This beautiful paint horse once enjoyed hitting the trails but his previous owners were rarely able to take him. They let us know Cochise suffered from arthritus in his front hooves. The condition’s severity requires him to wear special padded shoes as well as take medication to reduce the inflamation and pain. Finding Cochise a home where he would be given everything he needed and deserved was not an easy task. It took a few months, but our amazing team found Cochise’s perfect match a couple who wanted a second horse for gentle trail rides. This special couple was willing to accept Cochise’s challenges along with the special care and attention he needs for his arthritis. Today Cochise is enjoying a life free from pain, committed owners who love him and promises of many trail rides in his future – all thanks to caring people like you.
Cheese overcame all odds thanks to you Cheese was fighting for his life when he was found by a kind Samaritan who rushed him to Yavapai Humane Society. He arrived with a severely damaged left eye and multiple deep cuts along his back and throat, which we believe were inflicted by a coyote. Thankfully, we were able to provide the expert veterinary care Cheese so desperately needed. Today, Cheese’s surgery is behind him and he is well on his way to being fully recovered, all thanks to the generosity of donors like you. Cheese has shown how resilient animals can be as he heals from having his left eye removed due to extensive irreparable damage. Recently, Cheese found his forever home, where his parents lovingly call him ‘One Eye Jack’. His adopters say he is energetic, full of personality and easy to love.
We Paws to Thank You
On Tuesday, April 3, people all across Arizona donated to nonprofits during AZ Gives Day. Thanks to your kindness, YHS supporters raised $2,222.85 for pets in need in just 24 hours! To our friends who supported the shelter and many great causes in our state, thank you for making a difference! Please save the date for next year’s for AZ Gives Day, April 2, 2019. Our goal will be to raise $2,500 and we know that animal lovers like you will be a voice for the animals by supporting our cause.
May 19 Mile High Middle School, Prescott
Register today at www.yavapaihumane.org