Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Yavapai Humane Society Reigning Cats & Dogs Gala the best ever

Don & Shirl Pence recieve
YHS Founder's Award
What a celebration! I am talking of course about the Yavapai Humane Society's annual Reigning Cats & Dogs Gala this past Saturday, which also served as the Society's 40th anniversary celebration.

More than 300 animal lovers came together to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the past 40 years and to help raise a record amount (to be announced) to help fund YHS' life saving programs.

The biggest message of the evening was how every donation YHS receives goes directly to saving lives. The response of those in attendance was wonderful. So much so, that I want to share the same powerful opportunity to help support YHS with all my readers.

Imagine for a moment if everyone reading this article donated $1 a day to YHS - what a difference that would make! With that kind of consistent support, YHS could reliably continue to save animals' lives, fight cruelty, and rescue homeless animals in need. In this economy, it is a challenge to find continuing sources of income that allows us to faithfully fulfill our mission to protect lost, homeless, sick, abused and neglected animals in our community.

However, through the YHS PAWS (Planned Automatic Withdrawal Service) program we can come together as a community to truly make a difference. You are invited to join the growing number of people who are making our community one of the safest in the nation for our pets. By joining PAWS, an automatic donation of your choice is safely sent to YHS each month. Donors can sign up using a Visa, MasterCard or Discover. You simply choose the amount that feels comfortable to you; and you can change or cancel your participation any time.

A monthly contribution of just $10 provides vaccinations to needy animals, which helps keep other animals in our community healthy; $19 feeds homeless animals for a month; $30 provides life-saving medications to ailing animals; $50 provides a spay/neuter surgery to help reduce pet overpopulation; or $100 ensures a litter of puppies or kittens is altered, vaccinated, de-wormed and microchipped.

Visit to sign up to be a dependable part of the pet solution in our community.

Teri Taylor, winner of the 40 Years of Saving Lives Essay Contest, led the festivities with a reading her winning entry, "The Yavapai Humane Society rescues a teen." There was nary a dry eye in the place.

YHS Board President Gloria Hershman then presented the first ever Yavapai Humane Society Founder's Awards to Lou Silverstein, Peggy Stidworthy, and Don and Shirl Pence.

Lou, president and general manager of KYCA, was instrumental in the founding of YHS and served as the first Board president. Lou established the daily YHS Pet Report, which is distinguished as the longest running radio show in Arizona.

Peggy Stidworthy was the major fundraiser during those early days. Her efforts included bake sales, raffles, donor drives, donation cans in all the businesses in town, and hundreds of solicitation letters.

More recently, Peggy was the major donor establishing the YHS Spay/Neuter Clinic, which opened in 2009. She continues to contribute through the Yavapai Community Foundation and her family trust. Peggy is one of the first to join YHS' legacy circle.

Don and Shirl Pence also received a Founder's Award in appreciation of their substantial support of YHS for nearly a decade. When it comes to the YHS Gala, the Pences are the Founder's of the Feast, and have underwritten the Gala for years. Without their generous support, YHS would not have achieved the level of success that we have.

The vision, leadership and generosity of our founders laid the foundation for YHS and we are profoundly grateful to them. Please consider joining them through the YHS PAWS program. Together we can continue to make our community the safest in Arizona for pets.

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