Yesterday people all across Arizona donated to nonprofits during AZ Gives Day. Thanks to the kindness of friends like you, Yavapai Humane Society raised $1,642 for pets in need in just 24 hours! “ME-WOW,” that’s great!

To all those who supported the shelter and many great causes in our state, thank you for making the difference!

Please save the date for next year’s for AZ Gives Day, April 3, 2018. Our goal will be to raise $2,500 and we’ll need the help to get there from friends and neighbors like you, Friend of the animals.

With gratitude,

Your friends at Yavapai Humane Society

P.S. For more great stories on the pets you’ve helped with your donation “like” Yavapai Humane Society on Facebook!

When choosing Yavapai Humane Society this Arizona Gives Day you are investing in life-saving programs that serve our community’s neediest pets…pets like Pumpkin (the pretty kitty pictured above).

After Pumpkin was hit by a car her family rushed her to the vet. They were given the bad news that Pumpkin’s jaw was broken and her surgery would cost more than $3000 – money the family didn’t have. In desperation, her owners turned to us hoping we could help their sweet kitty.

Happily we were able to provide the veterinary care Pumpkin so desperately needed at a cost her family could afford. Most importantly, she did not have to be separated from her family. Today Pumpkin’s surgery is behind her and she is well on her way to being fully recovered, all thanks to the generosity of donors like you, Friend of the animals.

When you donate to YHS on Arizona Gives Day you become a hero to pets in need like Pumpkin. Please help them today!

When Isabella first arrived at our shelter she was in great pain. Her little body was shutting down as she struggled for her life. We knew we had to do everything we could to help her. With lots of medical care, the generosity of our donors, and compassion of our team, Isabella’s story has a heartwarming ending. Watch her video to see “Bella-Boo” happy at home by clicking below.

We are grateful at Yavapai Humane Society for the businesses who provide services, support, and financial contributions for the benefit of the homeless animals in our care. One of our valued mission partners is the UPS Stores of the Quad Cities.

UPS Stores Quad Cities came up with a really creative idea that engages their customers in helping the YHS mission. They once charged one dollar to tape boxes being prepped to send for their customers, but now ask for a dollar donation to YHS for the taping service-most are thrilled to give. With two stores in Prescott, one in Prescott Valley and one in Chino Valley, the YHS donation boxes the UPS Stores have available for customers are adding up too, for a total of $10,722 in the last two years!

Greg Kingsbury, Business Manager for the UPS Stores and dad to five dogs, said “We are glad to help, anything we can do.” He also noted that he is an animal lover. “I’d like to encourage other businesses to get on board and really back the Humane Society.” Suggested Greg. The UPS Store is a shining example of business leadership in our community.

Elisabeth Haugan, Development and Marketing Director for Yavapai Humane Society said, “Greg and his team really understand supporting the community in a special way. Not only are they doing something they personally believe in, they’re also showing their customers that corporate social responsibility is important to their business. On top of it, they’re INVOLVING their customers in giving, which increases brand loyalty. A community initiative like Greg’s doesn’t take anything away from business—it only adds! On this end, in the nonprofit world, our organization is receiving an amazing partner who is helping our mission. Talk about a win/win! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, UPS Stores Quad Cities.”

Yavapai Humane Society is closed to the public today due to winter weather conditions. We give our incredible staff a big “THANK YOU” for coming in for a short while today to clean kennels, feed, give medical treatment, and give love to our furry friends!


Please keep your pets safe in the cold.

See this great information, shared from the American Veterinary Medical Association:

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Happy CATurday from our Cat Team, with a few favorites from the Cattery. Our wonderful staff came in today for a quick snuggle, to clean, and to feed our furry friends. But due to the weather, our shelter and our Thrift Store are closed today.

Winter wellness: Has your pet had his/her preventive care exam (wellness exam) yet? Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year, and it’s as good a time as any to get him/her checked out to make sure (s)he is ready and as healthy as possible for cold weather.

Know the limits: Just like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly. You will probably need to shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets. If you need help determining your pet’s temperature limits, consult your veterinarian.

Provide choices: Just like you, pets prefer comfortable sleeping places and may change their location based on their need for more or less warmth. Give them some safe options to allow them to vary their sleeping place to adjust to their needs.

Stay inside: Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. It’s a common belief that dogs and cats are resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it’s untrue. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.

Make some noise: A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats, but it’s deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood.

Check the paws: Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding. During a walk, a sudden lameness may be due to an injury or may be due to ice accumulation between his/her toes. You may be able to reduce the chance of iceball accumulation by clipping the hair between your dog’s toes.

Play dress-up: If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by the cold weather, consider a sweater or dog coat. Have several on hand, so you can use a dry sweater or coat each time your dog goes outside. Wet sweaters or coats can actually make your dog colder. Some pet owners also use booties to protect their dog’s feet; if you choose to use them, make sure they fit properly.

Wipe down: During walks, your dog’s feet, legs and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze, or other chemicals that could be toxic. When you get back inside, wipe down (or wash) your pet’s feet, legs and belly to remove these chemicals and reduce the risk that your dog will be poisoned after (s)he licks them off of his/her feet or fur. Consider using pet-safe deicers on your property to protect your pets and the others in your neighborhood.

Collar and chip: Many pets become lost in winter because snow and ice can hide recognizable scents that might normally help your pet find his/her way back home. Make sure your pet has a well-fitting collar with up-to-date identification and contact information. A microchip is a more permanent means of identification, but it’s critical that you keep the registration up to date.

Stay home: Hot cars are a known threat to pets, but cold cars also pose significant risk to your pet’s health. You’re already familiar with how a car can rapidly cool down in cold weather; it becomes like a refrigerator, and can rapidly chill your pet. Pets that are young, old, ill, or thin are particularly susceptible to cold environments and should never be left in cold cars. Limit car travel to only that which is necessary, and don’t leave your pet unattended in the vehicle.

Prevent poisoning: Clean up any antifreeze spills quickly, as even small amounts of antifreeze can be deadly. Make sure your pets don’t have access to medication bottles, household chemicals, potentially toxic foods such as onions, xylitol (a sugar substitute) and chocolate.

catlookingatsnowProtect family: Odds are your pet will be spending more time inside during the winter, so it’s a good time to make sure your house is properly pet-proofed. Use space heaters with caution around pets, because they can burn or they can be knocked over, potentially starting a fire. Check your furnace before the cold weather sets in to make sure it’s working efficiently, and install carbon monoxide detectors to keep your entire family safe from harm. If you have a pet bird, make sure its cage is away from drafts.

Avoid ice: When walking your dog, stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and other water. You don’t know if the ice will support your dog’s weight, and if your dog breaks through the ice it could be deadly. And if this happens and you instinctively try to save your dog, both of your lives could be in jeopardy.

Provide shelter: We don’t recommend keeping any pet outside for long periods of time, but if you are unable to keep your dog inside during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind. Make sure that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water (by changing the water frequently or using a pet-safe, heated water bowl). The floor of the shelter should be off of the ground (to minimize heat loss into the ground) and the bedding should be thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment. The door to the shelter should be positioned away from prevailing winds. Space heaters and heat lamps should be avoided because of the risk of burns or fire. Heated pet mats should also be used with caution because they are still capable of causing burns.

Recognize problems: If your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite is harder to detect, and may not be fully recognized until a few days after the damage is done. If you suspect your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Be prepared: Cold weather also brings the risks of severe winter weather, blizzards and power outages. Prepare a disaster/emergency kit, and include your pet in your plans. Have enough food, water and medicine (including any prescription medications as well as heartworm and flea/tick preventives) on hand to get through at least 5 days.

Feed well: Keep your pet at a healthy weight throughout the winter. Some pet owners feel that a little extra weight gives their pet some extra protection from cold, but the health risks associated with that extra weight don’t make it worth doing. Watch your pet’s body condition and keep them in the healthy range. Outdoor pets will require more calories in the winter to generate enough body heat and energy to keep them warm – talk to your veterinarian about your pet’s nutritional needs during cold weather.

We have wonderful news. Today, Murphy was adopted. He is the last to reach his forever home of the twelve dogs YHS retrieved from a difficult situation on Nov 10, 2016.

In an area low on resources in northern Arizona, a man took on about thirty dogs that had it rough on the streets. But helping so many is more than any one person can do. This man reached out for help to the animal welfare organization Blackhat Humane Society, which is a part of our New Hope rescue network. Blackhat contacted Yavapai Humane Society and a team from our shelter took swift action.

All of the dogs on property were treated immediately upon arrival. Our team removed twelve dogs that were in the worst condition—starving, ill with parasites and mange, and infected open wounds. We also left 150 pounds of food and later sent medication to help the man with the remaining dogs. Murphy has a special place in our hearts not only being the dog most medically at risk, but being such a trooper in dealing with his horrific state of health.

Of the twelve dogs rescued, Murphy was adopted last because he needed extended care due to the severity of his wounds caused by an extreme case of mange and he was especially emaciated. In fact, the man who rescued Murphy off the streets was saving up to have Murphy humanely euthanized because of his poor condition, but our medical team knew with the right resources and time, he could be saved. During his recovery, Murphy continued his medical treatment, gained strength and enjoyed lots of love at a wonderful foster volunteer’s home (thank you volunteer, Traci!).

Cupid, Sparrow, Roulette, Magic, Zippy, Meeko, Lady, Raven, Chevy, Sandy and now Murphy have regained their health and have been adopted. Atari, a one year old Australian Cattle Dog, is being trained with the group Soldier’s Best Friends to become a service animal for a local veteran. This is another New Hope rescue partner that benefits our veterans and companion animals. These dogs respond well to their training and are happy in their meaningful work.

A $10,000 grant from the PEDIGREE Foundation supported the medical care for these twelve dogs during their treatment and stay at YHS. With the help of this grant, the veterinarian team, volunteers who washed the dogs in medical baths, foster parents, the shelter team, community well-wishers and adopters, we were able to take twelve dogs from awful circumstances to wellness and in their forever homes in just over two months.

We are grateful to all who help our pets in need, greatly improving their quality of life. It is the volunteers, donors, adopters, partners, the community and caring employees that made this rescue happen and our work possible. What impact our mission has made in the lives of these dozen precious pups and what joy these dogs will bring to the people who are now loving them. What a difference your support makes for our organization.

Photo by Les Stukenberg. Yavapai Humane Society volunteer Sam Tarhan walks Gypsy at the facility on Sundog Ranch Road in Prescott Wednesday, January 4. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

Photo by Les Stukenberg.
Yavapai Humane Society volunteer Sam Tarhan walks Gypsy at the facility on Sundog Ranch Road in Prescott Wednesday, January 4. (Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)




Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) volunteer, Sam Tarhan, was recently featured in an article by Nanci Hutson in The Daily Courier. We are honored to have Sam as part of our YHS team. Read the full article here.

To volunteer contact Yavapai Humane Society, 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, contact Allie Raugust at 928-445-2666, ext. 103.

Yavapai Humane Society is grateful for the many businesses in the area that lend their services, support and sponsorship to our mission. One important sponsor and good friend of YHS is B&M Painting based in Chino Valley, AZ. Since October 2015, B&M has become a true community leader, making a tremendous impact with their discounted and fully donated service towards multiple projects for YHS.

The B&M Painting team has helped YHS in completing improvement projects including work done in the Lost and Found building, Equine Center, Adoption Center, the new Petco Adoption Wing and several offices. Jason Nance, President of B&M Painting also helped us by connecting with our local Sherwin Williams to donate paint for many of the projects B&M has been involved in.

A love for animals himself and a parent of four Boxers, Jason said “I believe in what you are doing. I see how much you guys do to put a pet into someone’s home, how much they are cared for warms my heart. That’s why I have passion for what we do for YHS.”

What an example Jason has set for businesses in our community. Businesses like B&M share in the mission by helping YHS stretch our donated dollars. Lori Richey, YHS Operations Director said, “B&M is amazing to work with, amazing partners. They are great at what they do, very professional. They are so supportive of us, always willing to help.”


Yavapai Humane Society’s Equine Center is the home of our adoption program for horses in need of rehabilitation. Every horse we work with receives health care and training prior to being made available for adoption. Located in Chino Valley, Arizona, the Center launched in June 2016. Equipped for caring for ten horses on site at any given time, the equine team of staff and volunteers are involved in a constant process of preparing these horses for adoption and a healthy life.

Equine Center Director, Dr. Lucy Berg, personally owns two horses that are both kept at the facility. These two certainly earn their keep! Working in some capacity every day of the year, her horses enjoy the experience and are a key part of the healthy and productive progress of the horses being prepared for adoption.

Seventeen years ago, Dr. Berg (Lucy) adopted a six-year-old Arabian gelding named Norm. Immediately, Lucy loved his trot and long stride. She was told this horse was “untrainable”. Of course, Lucy took care of that. She knew this would be a project horse. She patiently worked with him on his manners and ground training. Horses are mighty and it takes time, a special talent and heart to bring out the best in a horse–our equine director has this ability.

One month after bringing Norm into her life, she adopted Rose, a just-weaned six month old Arabian mare. Lucy trained Rose in dressage–an advanced form of horse performance. Both horses lived with Lucy in Utah, Louisiana and Arizona. Also, both have had endurance training, developing the ability to comfortably travel 25, 50 and even 100 miles.

With many duties, sometimes working alone and sometimes together, Norm and Rose are the animal ambassadors of the Equine Center system. When a new horse comes in they serve as a greeter, basically hanging out with the new arrival for a couple weeks, keeping them calm and beginning their socialization work at the intake barn or in the paddock.

As the newcomer moves into the herd, one of Lucy’s horses will go with them, easing this new experience. When bathing new horses, Norm and Rose will be bathed as well, being an example of peace and composure. One of Lucy’s horses will work on ponying (riding a horse and leading another horse) so Lucy can ride her horse while leading the new horse. As you can gather, horse adoption success, as with dogs and cats, a great deal of focus is given to preparing the animal for adoption so that their transition into a forever home is successful. This attitude respects all animals as individuals and ensures they are treated properly.

Norm and Rose are also ridden by prospective adopters (even experienced riders), for Lucy to evaluate the potential adopter’s comfort and ability level. Since Lucy has had these two horses in her family so long, she is in tune with their responses in every possible condition. This serves well for the handler assessment. Finally, if a potential adopter is interested in a horse that has been through training and now rideable, Lucy will take Norm or Rose out for a ride on property along with the potential adopter and the prospective horse. We are fortunate to have these hard working, helpful horses as key members of our Equine Program.

Want to get involved with our program? Equitation Science (horse welfare methodology) classes will be available in early 2017. To volunteer or donate, visit Tours and visits to the Equine Center are by appointment only. Please set up an appointment by calling 928-350-8688 or emailing our Equine Director, Dr. Lucy Berg, at moc.d1493574685aolpu1493574685ptfym1493574685.63e.1493574685f2d@g1493574685rebl1493574685. Public tours are scheduled for the first and third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Equine Center Director, Dr. Lucy Berg (Left) with Linda, Equine Center volunteer.

Equine Center Director, Dr. Lucy Berg (Left) with Linda, Equine Center volunteer.




The horse in middle is new, learning ‘outside of the barn’ manners with Norm (foreground) and Rose (background).