YAVAPAI HUMANE SOCIETY
Rating: 4.62 stars 13 reviews
Location: PO Box 12 Prescott AZ 86302 USA
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Years before I joined the Yavapai Humane Society Board of Directors, I had a great experience with the organization, as a local resident. Nine years ago our daughter finished college and moved to Prescott, Arizona where my wife and I lived. She wanted to adopt a pet. We made several visits together to the Yavapai Humane Society and she did not find the exact dog she wanted to adopt. One day she went by herself and asked to spend some time with a small white Chihuaha that weighed about 2 and a half pounds. Sara sat down and the dog climbed into her lap. This was a match made in heaven. Sara adopted her and named her Mini, reflecting her tiny size. The staff was patient with Sara and took care of her while she went through her search for the perfect pet. This has been a great love affair between Sara and Mini.
About a year ago, I was invited to join the Board of Directors at Yavapai Humane Society. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to find an Executive Director and a Board that operated at such a high level of Commitment to serving a community and fulfilling such a noble cause. I now can see from the inside the incredible service and commitment to the no kill ethic that I first experienced as a customer and resident nine years earlier. It has been a privilege for me to be on both sides of this equation. First to be served by this organization and then to come back and serve the community as part of a greater Team with such a high level of commitment to service.
We are volunteer "fosters" for kittens. This has been a wonderful experience because the staff at YHS has been supportive, caring and immediately responsive when we had questions or problems. They have always answered our (sometimes silly) questions quickly and clearly. The result is our fosters get adopted quickly. It is a team effort.
After losing our kitty to cancer, we ventured into YHS to see if we could find a new one that would click. We found little Lily, a 3-month old gray and white bundle of love. It didn't take her long to settle into our home. She is full of spunk and her days are filled with endless playing and naps to recover from all her spent energy.
My boyfriend Jim Flower adopted Woody in November 2014 following a long hiatus from owning a dog after his beloved Jake had passed on. I found Woody at YHS and knew he was the dog for Jim. He's been such a love to Jim and filled the void that Jake left behind. Today he is a handsome, healthy black lab, affectionate to the core and forever grateful for his forever home!
I adopted my best friend from the Yavapai Humane Society five years ago and will be eternally grateful to them for saving my buddy. I chose the Yavapai Humane Society based on recommendations from friends, and the organization was everything they promised it would be - organized, compassionate, and professional.
My wife died a year ago and I cannot imagine how lonely I would be without my best friend. I recommend the Yavapai Humane Society without reservation!
My wife and I began as dog walkers in 2007 purely for my love of dogs. We had done the same thing for the city pound for about 2 years prior to that. The YHS organization was not doing well financially at the time and was relying on euthanasia to control the number of animals that it housed. We made many friends among the other volunteers during our first 3 years. In 2010 one of the other dog walkers asked me if I would be interested in serving on the Board of Directors. I joined the Board and became the Treasurer in the first quarter of 2010. We hired Ed Boks as the new Executive Director at the same time. With the new proactive Board working closely with Ed Boks positive changes began almost immediately. The work began to spread in the local animal welfare community that we were evolving into the kind of organization that got things done. We contracted with the Cities of Prescott and Prescott Valley as well as the County of Yavapai to handle all of their impounded animals in one central location. We began holding many successful public events and our reputation grew. By 2013 our finances had become stable and Ed Boks' "No Kill" policy was getting national attention. One of our ongoing goals was and has been raising our staff's compensation to a "Market Level." We have succeeded in that respect and are still trying to create an atmosphere for our employees that is career oriented. I am proud to have been associated with the Yavapai Humane Society for the past 7-plus years. Our reputation has now progressed to the national level.
Stephen L Dinneen
The Yavapai Humane Society is truly a great organization. The board, administrators and employees work together as a supportive team that has facilitated YHS in achieving the well-deserved recognition as one of the safest animal shelters in the nation. The specific data that supports this great distinction would not be possible without the outstanding leadership of the dedicated Director and entire staff. The organization has well-defined missions statements and yearly goals and objectives that everyone on staff is involved with. Long term goals and strategies are well- maintained so that YHS will continue to provide the high level of services to our community for decades to come.
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I have had the opportunity to serve in numerous executive management positions, and I can say without reservation that the Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is one of the best-managed and most compassionate organizations that I've had the pleasure of serving. With a 97% Live Release Rate, YHS is obviously committed to the well-being of the animals in its care, but what really differentiates this organization are the numerous programs in place that also take care of the needs of the surrounding communities.
Programs like Seniors for Seniors (a program that matches senior pets from YHS with senior adults), Low-Cost Spay and Neuter, Humane Education, Safety Net (helping pets and their families stay together during difficult financial times or dislocations, hospitalizations, evictions, domestic violence displacements and other sad situations), and Second Chance Medical (designed to provide needed veterinary care to injured or sick animals whose owners are unable to afford normal veterinary rates) and many others show a dedication to both the animals and the people who love them.
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As a volunteer Board Member, I am very impressed with the staff's commitment to animal care as evidenced by the 97% live release rate over the past several years. I am extremely proud to be involved with the safest Shelter in the Country.
The Clinic staff includes both medical and animal behavior evaluations so that all animals can be adopted by appropriate Adopters, greatly reducing animal returns to YHS. In addition, staff and volunteers are trained in animal care and handling to minimize animal stress, minimize animal and human injuries and promotes the proper animal/human interaction. Weekly training sessions promote and reinforce proper animal care. New staff and volunteers undergo additional training so that they are rapidly integrated into YHS best practices.
YHS employs an innovative budgeting process to establish each year's budget from the "ground up" so that all revenue and expense streams are fully described and shared with all staff. All staff are strongly encouraged to identify and champion cost saving ideas in all ares of YHS operations and a cost saving sharing policy is in place to reward all staff for these ideas.
Over the past 4+ years, YHS has performed over 16,000 low cost (sometimes free) spay and neuter operations. In the YHS service area, YHS estimates that over 60% of all cats and dogs have been spayed or neutered, greatly reducing the number of stray or unwanted animals. The 16,000 YHS operations represent over one-third of the total spay and neuter operations in the YHS service area.
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I have been on the Board of the Yavapai Humane Society since 2010. This organization is now one of the premier animal welfare organizations in the country, boasting a 97% LRR. I personally adopted a small dog that most organizations would have euthanized at first contact. She had been abandoned in a rural setting for months and it was questionable whether she would ever recover. Through the efforts of the YHS medical and kennel team, she did recover and has been a joy to our household. Our adoption story is not unique, it happens every day at YHS. This organization deserves to be recognized for the great work it does.