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
Review from Guidestar
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.
Board of Directors
Review from Guidestar
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.
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.
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.
This place is in terrible management. The dogs are being mistreated by staff members who have little or no experience. I have seen these staff members grab the dogs by the neck and pull them across the kennels. I understand that they are trying to improve things by hiring new people. Whoever is responsible for the hiring doesn't seem to have a clue what a dog person is. If they want to improve things this person should be removed asap! This place needs people who understand dog behavior to be able to say that they care!
Review from Guidestar
I volunteer as a dog walker, and I assist my husband who is a volunteer photographer of dogs looking for new homes. This is a wonderful place. The dogs have a decent place to live, they get walks, attention, and enrichment from volunteers and staff. When we were asked to assist by photographing dogs, we were hesitant to do so because we did not want to see dogs locked in cages - not so! We were amazed at how decent the kennels are.
Yavapai Humane Society bottle fed 5 kittens which were found under a hot tub. 3 of those did not make it. When we adopted the remaining 2, they had been beautifully fostered and were so loving that one was given the name Lovebug, the other is Sylvie Short Tail. YHS does so much to try to promote adoption including 2 for 1 cat sales. We ended up with 3 kittens from this sale who have made life so much more fun! The facility is well run, clean, and every precaution is taken to ensure the health of the animals. I know when I donate to YHS that the money or supplies will be used wisely.