Thursday, May 03, 2012

Adopt your party animal at Cinco de Meow/Bow Wow

See Cameo's bio below
This week's column is a roundup of exciting information and announcements:

Cinco de Meow and Bow Wow: This Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and YHS is paying tribute by celebrating its own Cinco de Meow and Bow Wow Adoptathon. On Saturday and Sunday you can pick your own price for any cat or dog six months or older. The only exception is animals that more than one party is interested in; those animals are available through the YHS auction process.

YHS Annual Meeting: You are invited to learn more about how YHS is effectively promoting and protecting the health, safety and welfare of lost and homeless pets than ever before - and how you can help - at the YHS annual meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Yavapai Title Company located at 1235 East Gurley Street in Prescott. There will be lots of topics discussed and staff will be available to answer your questions about our many life-saving programs.

Thrift Shop Half Off Sale: From clothing and household items to jewelry and more, the YHS Thrift Shop is loaded with great deals for every bargain hound! Every first Saturday is a 50 percent off sale and this Saturday Sale is in sync with our Cinco de Meow and Bow Wow celebration. So come on down to our Thrift Shop located at 1046 Willow Creek Road between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for the best thrifting deals in town.

Big Fix Expanded: The YHS Big Fix program already provides low-cost spay/neuter services to low-income pet owners who meet specific criteria. One of the donors who generously donated towards the X-ray machine (mentioned below) also gave an additional gift to be used to spay/neuter pets belonging to veterans and active military.

If you are a veteran wanting to have your pet altered, contact the YHS Spay/Neuter Clinic at 771-0547 to schedule an appointment. There is only a $25 co-pay for Big Fix participants.

The Kitty Cams are Live: Can anything be more fun than watching a room full of cats at play? Well now you can do that any time of day or night. Just go to the YHS website and you will be in for some of the best entertainment you can find anywhere in Prescott. All the cats you see are up for adoption.

X-ray Goal Achieved: In my Feb. 8 column, I expressed the Yavapai Humane Society's desire to celebrate our 40th anniversary this year by raising $40,000 to obtain a life-saving X-ray machine. Thanks to the generosity of a handful of individuals the funding needed to purchase this precious equipment has been raised. Having the capacity to take X-rays on-site will enhance YHS' ability to quickly diagnose and treat animals in serious need of medical treatment. Our special thanks to those who made this incredible gift a reality!

Schedule Change: Starting Monday, June 4, YHS will open for business at 11 a.m. This change enables YHS staff to devote an undistracted hour to enrichment activities with all the animals in our effort to help make them even more adoptable.

Events: The YHS Walk for the Animals was wildly successful, surpassing our wildest expectations, and raising over $29,000. Thank you to everyone who participated!

We are preparing for the 40th Anniversary Reigning Cats and Dogs Gala. This event is scheduled the evening of Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Prescott Resort. Please save the date. Contact us (445-2666 ext. 12) if you have something you would like to donate (art, jewelry, unused timeshares, etc) for the Silent Auction or if your business would like to help sponsor the event.

The cat pictured above is Cameo.  Cameo is a loveable train wreck in need of some TLC. He is a neutered 2-3 year old cat rescued from the side of the road after being hit by a car. He has recovered from a fractured jaw and a “blown pupil.”  His unkempt appearance is due to his inability to groom himself because of the fractured jaw.  Otherwise, he has healed well and adjusted to the loss of vision in his left eye. He is also FIV positive. Cameo is very friendly and wants nothing more than to be home safe and sound with you!

Ed Boks is the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society. He can be reached at or by calling 445-2666, ext. 21.