On Friday, February 23, Yavapai Humane Society celebrated the re-launch of its Second Chance Program. The program is an effort to provide medical support for low-income pet owners’ cats and dogs that have an illness or injury and nowhere else to turn.

While this program was launched in 2013, the scope of its services operated on a small scale. Through the generous support of two donors, Phyllis and Gerald Scheuerman, the program was able to add an x-ray machine to the program’s equipment, broadening the abilities and services of the Second Chance Program.

Gerald Scheuerman said, “The Second Chance Program sponsored by the Yavapai Humane Society is of much benefit to the low income pet owners who find themselves facing the expense of medical treatment for a sick or injured pet. Too often such instances cause the pet owner to sadly an unwillingly relinquish the pet over to a shelter, when proper medical treatment could have saved that pet’s life. Second Chance provides a means for low cost veterinary care that enables owners and their pets to stay together. As a donor to this program this seemed a most worthwhile benefit to support.”

Not only does the program provide support to low income pet owners, it is intended as a resource for local veterinarians. While caring veterinarians commonly work with pet owners to accommodate difficult financial situations, there are times when a pet owner’s resources have been expended.

Veterinarian Dr. Katherine Siens, who manages Yavapai Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic and the Second Chance program, relates to this difficult circumstance in private practice veterinary care. With great passion she shared, “There were times when I knew what a pet needed to be medically treated, but the owner’s finances created a barrier from that happening. I would have loved to have a resource to give them. That’s why being able to offer this program, which is funded by donations and grants, is so valuable for our community.”

To celebrate the re-launch, Yavapai Humane Society hosted a ribbon cutting on February 23, jointly officiated by the Prescott Valley and Prescott Chambers of Commerce.

For more information about applying for assistance through the Second Chance Program, please call 928-771-0547.

Yavapai Humane Society cuts the ribbon to re-launch its Second Chance Program. From left to right: YHS Board of Directors Rich McClish; Prescott Valley Town Councilmember Marty Grossman; YHS Medical Services Director Christine Campbell; YHS Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic Dr. Katherine Siens; YHS Veterinary Technician and Office Manager Emy Smith; Prescott Mayor Pro Tem Billie Orr; Prescott Valley Chamber Ambassador Debbie Clark; YHS donor Gerald Scheuerman; Prescott Valley Chamber Ambassador Jann Watts; YHS donor Phyllis Scheuerman; Prescott Chamber Board of Directors Andre Carman; Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Jack Smith; Prescott Valley Chamber CEO Marnie Uhl; Yavapai County Bagdad-Yarnell Precinct Constable Dennis Dowling. Photography credit: Gary Gromer.





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

YHS Volunteer Animal Advocate Coleen with shelter pet Samsun

At Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) we are always looking for new ways to help our pets find their perfect homes. However, some pets get adopted a lot faster than others. Often times we cannot pinpoint why. It is not uncommon to overhear staff and volunteers on campus pondering why a dog or cat has stayed in the shelter for so long despite their wonderful personality. These special animals could use some extra promotion and support to help get them adopted into the right home and this is where our new Animal Advocate program comes into play.

The program supports volunteers who want to advocate for long term dogs and cats. Dogs like Harley who was with us for 92 days. Harley, a cute black lab mix, was the first pup in the animal advocate program. His advocate was YHS volunteer Coleen Stivers. Coleen was brave enough to be our first official animal advocate and it only took her 17 days to find Harley’s perfect family.

Coleen has been instrumental in launching the animal advocate program. Not only has she found perfect homes for five harder to adopt dogs during her 3 months advocating at YHS – she’s also volunteered her time to coach other volunteers on how to be successful animal advocates.

Last month Coleen put on an animal advocate class with the help of volunteer photographer Stephanie Brown and a few YHS staff members. The class was held at the Prescott Library and open to the general public in hopes of recruiting volunteer animal advocates.

During the class Coleen talked about identifying those animals most in need of advocacy and how all it takes to become an advocate is commitment, creativity, and a big heart. Stephanie taught the attendees the importance good animal photos to promote the homeless pets, and with her photography expertise, she gave the volunteers tips on getting just the right shots. Elisabeth Haugan, Marketing and Development Director at YHS, shared tips on using social media and presented other ways to market homeless pets. Plus, the YHS Behavior Team taught some basic dog handling skills for making the pups show their best for photos and off campus appearances.

We are all excited about this new way to promote and campaign shelter pets. For more information on the Animal Advocacy program contact our YHS Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@yavapaihumane.org or 928-445-2666 ext 103.

Yavapai Humane Society received a wonderful gift this holiday season when Kingman Animal Hospital donated an ultrasound machine to our shelter’s clinic, with the help of transportation by Victor Medical.

This high tech piece of equipment will be put to good use. Before receiving the machine our clinic’s only way of diagnosing a growth or tumor was to do x-rays or exploratory surgery, which can be traumatic for the animal. The ultrasound machine will allow us to do more advanced diagnostics without invasive procedures. The donated ultrasound machine was a significant piece of technology on our major medical equipment wish list and brings Yavapai Humane Society’s clinical capabilities to the same level of any state-of-the-art veterinary practice.

We can’t thank Kingman Animal Hospital enough for their generous gift, and Victor Medical for facilitating the donation, which will help so many homeless pets in our area.


This spring, a commercial played on the radio announcing that the Findlay Auto Group had come to town and was looking for nonprofits in the community to support. We had never partnered with Subaru before but were excited to give it a shot. Yavapai Humane Society is always in need of support and the prospect of a company inviting partnership is unique and special.


A grant opportunity was announced by Subaru and the ASPCA encouraging shelters like ours to partner with a local Subaru retailer for events for the Share the Love and Subaru Loves Pets campaigns. Our local Subaru retailer, Findlay Subaru of Prescott, was more than excited to collaborate. That was the first sign that our new Subaru friends were going to come through in a way that we never expected.


The planning of two adoption events followed–one at our shelter and one at the Subaru dealership. We experienced the excitement of filming a TV commercial with Findlay Subaru of Prescott to promote the events, showcasing adoptable pets and the philanthropic spirit of Subaru.



Meanwhile the dates of the events grew closer and I saw Findlay Subaru of Prescott’s compassion all over the community–from donating 500 turkeys to our community’s food pantry Thanksgiving Drive, to sponsoring a number of nonprofit fundraising events, to putting bikes together for Toys For Tots. Their impact in our community has been undeniable. In the back of my mind, I wondered if there would be enough goodwill to go around as we waited with anticipation for our adoption events.


October came and Findlay Subaru of Prescott announced that with every Subaru sold our local retailer pledged to donate $100 to Yavapai Humane Society!


Our first adoption event was held on October 21. Findlay Subaru of Prescott brought vehicles for display, adopter kits and free swag for our shelter visitors, and their positive energy. They were more than excited to entertain our adoptable pets and engage with shelter guests. It was such a fun experience that our local Subaru retailer invited us for two extra adoption events in addition to the two we had planned! The following events took place on October 27, and November 17-18. The experience was nothing short of terrific. Subaru went above and beyond to accommodate our shelter pets, volunteers, and staff at their location. In fact, several employees ended up adopting dogs and giving them a forever home!

In all, 37 dogs and cats were adopted through our events with Findlay Subaru of Prescott. One adoption event even sent our staff back to the shelter with an empty van after having adopted all 5 dogs we took with us–a first for our animal shelter!


The only thing to wrap up was the proceeds from the $100 donated to our humane society per Subaru sold. Drum roll, please…. Findlay Subaru of Prescott invited us to a check presentation and kept the total a surprise. The anticipation was more than we could stand! Gasps of shock and wide eyes came from every staff member when it was revealed that Findlay Subaru of Prescott had raised $7,800 for our humane society!



Every part of collaborating with our local Subaru retailer was an absolute delight–from their hospitality and positive energy during the events, to the generosity of their donation, to the power behind their marketing to raise awareness of our efforts. We remain so grateful for the commitment to good corporate citizenship that flows throughout the Subaru company and reaches out, touching the lives of pets and people in our community.

Michael Hoyt, General Manager of Findlay Subaru of Prescott, presents the team of YHS and adoptable dog “Jax” with a check for $7,800 to help our mission.

It was such a pleasure to work with Prescott Media Center on their new TV show, Prescott’s Animal Corner! The team–Robert Milligan, Jim Adams, Emma Heim, and Linda Knudson–are total pros and did a great job producing the first episode touring Yavapai Humane Society. We look forward to additional episodes in 2018!


What would you say if someone told you that you could do a hobby you love, and benefit a charity at the same time? It’s not too good to be true. A month ago, August 30, a group of 137 ladies (and a few gentleman) did just that. They filled three rooms to full capacity to play the Chinese tile game Mah Jongg.

Sure, many of these ladies play weekly or more often with friends and neighbors, but this day was different. This day, they played the game to support a cause.

The exciting gathering was the third annual “Mah Jongg for Mutts,” a fundraiser organized by Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) volunteer Candy McLeod. If the saying “Charity benefits the giver more than the receiver” is true, then Candy must be richest of us all. Candy’s passion for helping homeless pets lead her to volunteering for the YHS Thrift Store in January of 2015, and within months she had a vision to turn one of her hobbies into a benefit for the animals at the shelter. That summer she put on the first Mah Jongg for Mutts.

The 2015 event was a smashing success. With her fiery spirit, infectious energy, and unstoppable passion for the cause of animal welfare, she single-handedly recruited 64 Mah Jongg players to come together and raise $1,200 for YHS.

After the event Candy received wonderful feedback from friends who promised to play again so she graciously hosted the second annual Mah Jongg for Mutts at Talking Rock Ranch in 2016. This time she managed to recruite almost twice as many players and the 112 ladies raised just over $3,200 to help our communities homeless animals.

On the event of the the third annual Mah Jongg for Mutts,Candy hoped this year the support from the community would increase by at least 50%. It seemed that could be the reality when the special day arrived and 137 Mah Jongg players were registered for the event.

Players arrived around noon to check in and eat a beautiful lunch prepared by Talking Rock Ranch, who generously donated their clubhouse space for the event. Participants picked up their name tags – those who played in 2015 and 2016 were proud to show off the three paws stamped on their name tag (one paw for each year) and exclaimed that next year they would have four paws on their name tag.

Volunteers sold tickets for wonderful raffle prizes, including a barbeque package, spa facial sessions, a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and theater tickets. The grand prize was 50% of the raffle proceeds. By the time the winning tickets were drawn the pot had reached $925—an exciting prize for the lucky winner who donated $500 of her winnings back to YHS.

The proceeds of all the donations, raffle ticket sales, and the $10 entry fees were tallied as the Mah Jongg players got their game on. The final total was an incredible $6,346! Far more than what was expected. Candy was overcome with emotion and friends celebrated with her, sharing joyful tears knowing they were helping even more pets in need. It goes without saying that next year’s Mah Jongg for Mutts, will be held on August 29, 2018 (register by emailing yhsgames@gmail.com), is highly anticipated.

Candy said she was motivated to put on the event because “Prescott is an active community. When it comes to supporting a cause, we want to participate, not just attend a fundraising event. The Mah Jongg for Mutts tournament gets people excited because they get to play a game while raising money for homeless pets. So this type of FUN-draising it is a win/win”.

If Mah Jongg isn’t your thing, but helping the animal shelter with a hobby you already enjoy sounds like fun (or perhaps you enjoy event planning), you can get involved! YHS is following the success of Mah Jongg for Mutts by organizing a series of game tournament fundraisers called “Games that Give.” Earlier this year the series had a “Cribbage for Critters” fundraiser and there are plans for “Poker for Ponies” and “Bridge the Gap between Dogs and Cats” in 2018. If you are a gaming guru with a passion for pets consider hosting your own “Games that Give”. Contact YHS at 928-445-2666 or email info@yavapaihumane.org.

Last week was one of our most favorite times of the year: Critter Camp! We love camp week so much because we get to bring young animal lovers into our mission. Critter Camp 2017 was only the second humane education day camp that Yavapai Humane Society has put on, but it was a fantastic week thanks to the volunteers and community partners who helped out.

This year, 12 campers joined us this year between Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14 for a doggone good time. During their time, campers…

– Learned about animal sheltering and how they can help

– Met public servants including Animal Control, Search and Rescue, and Police K9

– Interacted with dogs, cats, horses, and even non-domestic animals, and learned about their health, safety, training, behavior, and body language

– Learned how people need pets, and how they enrich our lives

See highlights below, and to view photos from the full week, please visit our online album.


A very special THANK YOU to 2018 Critter Camp Supporters

Yavapai Humane Society is so grateful for our Education Committee and has many wonderful volunteers, as well as special guests to thank for giving your children a great experience at camp this year!

Camp Planning Committee

Janice Ashby, Aubrey Castleberry, Candy McLeod, Dianne Olson, Bailey Frances, and Jessica Brown

Camp Teachers and Assistants

Janice Ashby, Margi Jacobsen, Candy McLeod, Judy Reza, Elizabeth Todd, Shelley Ventana, and Allie Raugust, YHS Volunteer Coordinator

Special Guests

Officer James Risinger and Officer Evelyn Whittaker of Prescott Valley Animal Control
Shawn Marcum of Marcum Mountain Dog School 
Tony Turrek and his Search & Rescue dog, Hogan
Phil Weliky and his guide dog Simba
Nurse Practitioner Kaylee
Matt Buchholtz, YHS New Hope and Foster Program Coordinator
Cathy Palm-Gessner of Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary
Lucy Berg, YHS Equine Director
Ariel Redd, YHS Animal Behavior Specialist
Eric Media of Sons of Liberty K9
Officer Sean Brey and K9 Blue of Prescott Police Department
Officer Scott Potts of Yavapai County Animal Control


Yavapai Humane Society is especially grateful to Kiwanis Club of Prescott for financial sponsorship supporting this year’s Critter Camp! YHS would also like to thank ASA Party Rentals for the donation of a bounce house on Family Day.

Critter Camp 2018

Do you already know that you would like your child to be involved in next year’s Critter Camp? Get on our waiting list for 2018 here (information will be sent next spring to complete enrollment).

How could simply taking your dog for a walk raise $40,000 for pets in need? When more than 300 dedicated animal lovers come together to support homeless pets. It’s called peer-to-peer fundraising and it’s exactly what the Prescott-area community did for Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) last weekend at the 6th annual Walk for the Animals sponsored by Talking Rock Ranch.

Saturday, May 20, hundreds of pet parents and friends of the animals joined together for Yavapai County’s largest dog walk at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The Walk celebrated the special bond people share with their pets, and raised much needed funds and awareness for animals in need.

“Every dollar raised through this event stays right here in our community helping to fund more than two dozen programs and services that help support pet owners in need as well as more than 3,000 of the most vulnerable dogs, cats, and equines who come to YHS each year, “ says Jocelyn Bouchard, executive director at YHS.

Hundreds of dogs brought their people out to this premier pet lover’s event to enjoy a beautiful 5K or 1-mile course and enjoy fun activities which included a lure course by Brittany AZ Rescue, pet-friendly vendor booths, dog adoptions sponsored by The Kendall Posse at Bloomtree Realty, animal wellness tent offering low cost vaccinations and microchips sponsored by Prescott Area Pet Emergency Hospital, music, food, face painting, a bounce house for the kids and more.

By all the laughs and cheers, it was clear that the crowd-favorite was the Strut Your Mutt contest sponsored by Prescott Animal Hospital. Dogs competed in three fun categories: best trick, best costume, and owner look-alike. The hundreds of smiling faces at the Walk for the Animals—both human and canine—were a true testament to the joy a pet brings and the love of animals this community shares.

With the help of sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and participants, the Walk for the Animals proved to be a giant success once again by reaching the $40,000 goal! Businesses who are interested in sponsorship of the 2018 Walk for the Animals are encouraged to contact the YHS Marketing and Development Director at 928-445-2666 x 104. To view photos and a recap of the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/YavapaiHumaneSociety


Thank you to rapidwristbands.com for these wonderful event wristbands!


Last week we celebrated our hard working volunteers for National Volunteer Week with cookies, a fun mixer, and lots of “thank you”s but nothing can fully explain how grateful we are for our team. National Volunteer Week recognizes and thanks community members who lend their time, talent, and support to causes they care about. For Yavapai Humane Society, our volunteers give not only their resources but also their hearts to animals in need.

Nearly 170 volunteers serve Yavapai Humane Society, helping all the species its organization cares for—including cats, dogs, and horses—as well as supporting other programs such as its low-cost public spay/neuter clinic and its Thrift Store.

“We want to thank our volunteers for their incredible service,” said Jocelyn Bouchard, Executive Director of Yavapai Humane Society. “There is no one more committed and caring than the volunteer, and we are so fortunate to have their support. We wouldn’t be able to offer the services and programs we do without them. They are precious to us.”

Last year, Yavapai Humane Society volunteers provided shelter, comfort and hope while rehoming nearly 3,000 county pets that faced homelessness. Additionally, they supported the affordable spay/neuter program for 3,366 publicly-owned animals in 2016. Volunteers accomplished all this great work by giving 9,534 hours to the organization last year.

According to Independent Sector, a coalition of charities, foundations, corporations, and individuals that publishes research important to the nonprofit sector, the estimated value of volunteer time for 2016 is $24.14 per hour. Based on this measurement, volunteers donated almost a quarter of a million dollars-worth of time to Yavapai Humane Society. It’s not just the financial value our volunteers have to the organization, it is so much more! The friendship, the compassion, the commitment, and the capacity to carry out our mission are all the reasons that we so deeply value our volunteers.

The animal shelter hopes to grow its volunteer program this year, with new and expanded volunteer roles. “There isn’t a skill set or talent that couldn’t be put to great use here at our organization,” says Volunteer Coordinator Allie Raugust. “Volunteering is also an awesome way to learn or practice a new skill and gain experience; there are endless opportunities at the humane society to do that.”

Visit www.yavapaihumane.org/volunteer to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.