Yavapai Humane Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Petco Foundation in May 2016, to support our work in sheltering animals, providing vaccinations and medical treatment, spaying/neutering. These are always needed as we prepare our dear furry friends for adoption.

In addition to preparing animals for adoption, this grant is providing for a needed remodel of one wing in the shelter’s Pet Adoption Center to facilitate adoptions of dogs who need a quieter area to recover from surgery, or who are more fearful of a shelter environment.

Ryan Stringham, YHS’s Safety Officer and Facilities Manager, and in charge of the retrofit said, “We take our responsibility of donor stewardship seriously; this gift from The Petco Foundation makes it possible to do things right for the needs now and for the next generation of homeless animals. We are committed to the vision of continuous improvement regarding the protection of the animals in our care.”

Vendors and local contractors also share in the mission by helping YHS stretch our donated dollars in the way of reducing costs or donating their time and product in full. An example related to this project is B&M Painting based in Chino Valley, generously donated significant labor and worked with Sherwin-Williams located at 435 Miller Valley Rd in Prescott, to supply all the paint at no charge. Many supporting contractors have adopted new family members from YHS as well. The discounted rates and donations of time and material have made it possible to keep the budget for the improvements to about $52,000, leaving enough funds to prepare 175 pets for adoption. Wow, thank you. You are awesome!

During October, the adoption wing was painted, received new lighting and had 16 no-scratch/no-break glass kennel doors replacing the former chain-link gates. Next, industrial grade epoxy will be applied to the floors and kennel walls greatly enhancing safety and sanitation for the animals’ health. The entire project will be completed and in use by November 30, 2016. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the fabulous renovation is being planned.

Scott Shephard is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Yavapai Humane Society. Contact YHS at 928-445-2666 or email info@d2f.e36.myftpupload.com.