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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Yavapai Humane Society's mission is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of pets. We provide compassionate care to lost and homeless animals, administer medical treatment to inured and abused animals, as well as offer helpful programs and services to the pet owners of Yavapai County, Arizona.

Results: Since 1972, Yavapai Humane Society has fostered the belief that every pet deserves a good home where they are well cared for all their life. We operate under a No Kill Ethic, resulting in a 97% annual live release rate, and we are proud to be recognized as one of the safest shelters in the nation according to Animals 24/7.

Target demographics: promote and protect the health safety and welfare of all pets

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,000 pets

Geographic areas served: Yavapai County, Arizona

Programs: animal sheltering and adoptions, reuniting lost pets with owners, providing affordable spay and neuter surgeries to the public to reduce pet overpopulation

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Yavapai Humane Society is a place where so many members of the community come in daily, weekly, or monthly to volunteer their time to these wonderful animals. YHS has volunteers to assist with clerical, cuddling cats, walking dogs, adoption events, finding animals homes, foster care, and I am sure more "behind the scenes" opportunities. So often we think of Yavapai Humane Society as a place to adopt cats, dogs, and now horses. We also think of the great staff that is there to help out in so many ways. In addition to those wonderful aspects of YHS there is also this dedicated group of volunteers that enjoy what they do and look forward to coming to YHS and helping out this organization! Yavapai Humane Society is an all around great non profit animal shelter.

Client Served

Rating: 5

5 yrs ago we saw 2 dachshunds advertised at YHS as being auctioned off that weekend. We were one of many who were there to bid on them but several people wanted to bid on them separately. The staff decided to auction them as a pair because they were so bonded. This left only 3 of us who stayed to bid and we were the lucky winners. I thought that this was so compassionate of the staff to truly put the emotional welfare of the dogs first even though it was risky and perhaps they would have even had made more money from auctioning them off separately. They had us bring our alpha dog back for a meet and greet and when that went well, we all went home. We also adopted 2 feral cats through their barn cat program. Both cats became lap cats and follow us around like the dogs. The staff were all warm and friendly. They made the adoption process amazing! We love YHS!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Rottweiler mix 2 years ago. Of course he is a wonderful dog and an important part of the family. The staff and volunteers were great. They knew Jack (Denver) and had worked with him. They were excited both for us and the dog. They have opened an adoption and care for facility for horses and other hoofed animals.

They are also involved in the community - offering educational and adoption outreaches. When people had to evacuate their homes this summer because of fire and flooding, YHS worked with the Red Cross to provide shelter for the animals as well as their owners. They were the drop off point for food and supplies for the animals.

We lost our older dog a month ago, and when we are ready we will be heading back to YHS to find an addition to our family.

1 Tammy143

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Mac he was said to be 2 yrs old but my vet said he was 1 yrs old ( corgi/ blk lab mix) he was so full of energy. I fell in love with him. It was hard once we got him home at first because he had no training & did whatever he wanted. But through training & patients he has turned out to be an amazing, funny, loving little guy. He's my walking buddy to. Everyday he makes us all laugh. We are so glad we got him.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an employee of Yavapai Humane Society I know how much our staff cares about the animals and the people we serve. We are proud of our No Kill ethic and we know we couldn't sustain a No Kill shelter without the help of our compassionate community. I enjoy working for a cause I believe in, but ultimately I would love to be out of work because we found every pet a good home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a cat from YHS earlier in the year. The staff was caring and wonderful and made sure that it was the right match for both Tucker and us! Tucker is amazing and wonderful and we adore him! Thank you, YHS, for making sure that we got a wonderful new family member! He is perfect for us and he seems to be happy in his new home as well!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We adopted our Aussie border cross 6 years ago and he is still going strong. One of the best decisions we made was to come to Yavapai Humane Society and find our next fur baby. The staff was helpful and caring. We now adopt instead of go to breeders for our house pets.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

YHS works hard around the clock to make sure their animals are well cared for and the facility stays clean for both the animals and the customers. From newborn kittens and puppies all the way to the golden ages, every cat and dog there receives the best love and care from each and every employee and volunteer until they find their forever home. YHS has excellent staff and a wonderful facility. I adopted both of my loving little fluffballs from here, and highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a new furry family member!

Client Served

Rating: 5

YHS is a great organization with knowledgeable staff and dedicated volunteers. Everyone there is full of compassion and does everything they can to look out for the well fare and quality of life for the animals in their care. This organization isn't only dedicated to the well being of the animals in their care, but to all the public. They offer low cost vaccines, spay and neuter services with knowledgeable technicians and veterinarians through their clinic to the public; as well as, always willing to give helpful advice. They have even recently expanded their reach to helping horses with their newly opened equine center. I have not only had the pleasure of adopting animals from this wonderful facility, but working there too! Couldn't imagine a better place to be full of hope, love, dedication, and compassion!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

YHS is an amazing organization, with a great team of professionals and volunteers. I adopted my beautiful dog Cally, and my beautiful cat Lucy from YHS. They are two of the most amazing animals I've ever had. I've also had the privilege of working at YHS for the past two years, and I'm proud to be a part of an organization with a great mission and vision. We have an amazing clinic and our behavior team is always available to answer questions or make suggestions about your new pet. We truly have the most amazing animals at YHS and they're ready for their forever home. Please come and visit us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Bernese Mountain dog mix from YHS about 5 years ago. The facility was great then. I recently came back and adopted two cats and, WOW, they have been working hard to upgrade their facilities and programs. It far exceeded what I would have expected from a "small town" operation. Kudos to all that has been and all that is currently happening at YHS!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

YHS is an amazing organization with great staff and wonderful volunteers who's compassion and love for the animals shows day in and day out. Having the live release rate they do is evident of the job done there and I am thankful that we has a community have a shelter like this in Yavapai County. Keep up the great work.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for this shelter and hope many more shelters with open-door policies will come to emulate its no-kill ethic best as they can...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first visited the Yavapai Humane Society almost three years ago to add a cat member to my family. I was so pleased with the facility, staff, and volunteers that I ended up gaining employment at YHS months later. I have been with this organization for over two years, and although I will be leaving soon due to relocation, this organization will always hold a special place in my heart. They have a solid mission and wonderful staff members and volunteers to lead the way.

1 Chelsea26

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our hound mix from Yavapai Humane Society about two months ago and they were so helpful in our process! We went in wanting N to know about two other dogs and met one other before we found our Indy. The guy at the front desk was so helpful and ready to tell us anything and everything he could about every dog we asked about. We found a new member of our family that day and we could t be more grateful!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I always had cats growing up, and the two cats I adopted from Yavapai Humane Society in 2011 are the sweetest I've ever met. The volunteers and employees absolutely love the animals they care for here and make sure that they all go to a good home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted three cats from the Yavapai Humane Society. They are the best ever. I was a volunteer at YHS for over two years and the standards of care and standards for adoption are extremely high. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to making sure all the animals are adoptable and go to their forever homes.

1 Elisabeth8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my two dogs I have adopted from Yavapai Humane Society, and they are the best! Now I am an employee at the shelter and love working for a great cause that I believe in. I know every member of the team really cares about these animals and has so much compassion. And the volunteers are amazing, having given years of their life to this place in order to give love to the cats and dogs.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I are always impressed when we visit the Yavapai Humane Society. With every visit we can see how much the staff at YHS cares for the animals in their charge. We also really appreciate that this shelter has a no kill ethic. We know when we donate that the money is going to help every homeless pet that comes through their doors not just the highly adoptable ones.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Steve Siegel

Review from Guidestar