Behind the Yavapai Humane Society's Pet Adoption Center at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road in Prescott, was a large incinerator. Abandoned for several years, the incinerator had become an emblem of a by-gone era when pets in our community were euthanized and discarded like garbage. Yesterday, February 27, 2013, the incinerator was dismantled and removed, symbolic of a whole new day for pets in Yavapai County according to YHS executive director Ed Boks.
"Removing this nightmarish relic is symbolic of a whole new culture in Yavapai County," said Boks. "Today, YHS can boast a 97% live release rate following a 97% reduction in pet euthanasia since embracing a 'no-kill' ethic in June of 2010."
As a result of this progress, central and western Yavapai County is now the safest community in Arizona for pets and is among the safest communities in the United States.
This is quite a transformation from 1935 when, according to the Prescott Courier, "unfavorable publicity of the worst kind threatened Prescott when a national officer of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was visiting and witnessed somebody tossing a litter of neonate kittens on the road." This incident followed two other undisclosed accounts of animal cruelty and incensed the ASPCA officer to threaten to "blast Prescott as the most inhumane city" in the United States in their national publication.
Today, YHS is a national model having eliminated killing as a method of pet overpopulation control. At the same time the incinerator was removed, a hospital for homeless cats is being built on the YHS campus thanks to municipal and private funding. YHS plans to open the new life saving facility in early May.
"This transformation is the direct result of YHS supporters, volunteers and donors," said Boks. "It could not be done without them!"
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