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Yavapai Humane Society Puts $125K Grant from Petco Foundation to Use

12 November 2016   Elisabeth Haugan

$125,000 Grant from Petco Foundation  Improves Yavapai Humane Society’s Adoption Center

PRESCOTT, Ariz., (November 11, 2016) – Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) of Prescott, Ariz. was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Petco Foundation in May 2016, to support its work in sheltering animals, providing vaccinations and medical treatment, spaying/neutering, and creating lifesaving communities across the Southwest.

In addition to preparing animals for adoption, this grant is providing for a needed remodel of one wing in the shelter’s Pet Adoption Center to facilitate adoptions of dogs who need a quieter area to recover from surgery, or who are more fearful of a shelter environment. 

Ryan Stringham, YHS’s Safety Officer and Facilities Manager, and in charge of the retrofit said, “We take our responsibility of donor stewardship seriously; this gift from The Petco Foundation makes it possible to do things right, for the needs now and for the next generation of homeless animals. We are committed to the vision of continuous improvement regarding the protection of the animals in our care.”

Vendors and local contractors also share in the mission by helping YHS stretch their donated dollars, in the way of reducing costs or donating their time and product in full. An example related to this project is B&M Painting based in Chino Valley, generously donated significant labor and worked with Sherwin-Williams located at 435 Miller Valley Rd in Prescott, to supply all the paint at no charge. Many supporting contractors have adopted new family members from YHS as well. The discounted rates and donations of time and material have made it possible to keep the budget for the improvements to about $52,000, leaving enough funds to prepare 175 pets for adoption.

In the last five weeks, the adoption wing was painted, received new lighting and had 16 no-scratch/no-break glass kennel doors replacing the former chain-link gates. In the coming week, industrial grade epoxy will be applied to the floors and kennel walls, greatly enhancing safety and sanitation for the animals’ health. The entire project will be completed and in use by November 30, 2016. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovation is being planned.

To view pictures of the renovation, see YHS’s photo album on Facebook.

YHS is a nonprofit organization serving Yavapai County that promotes and protects the health, safety, and welfare of all animals. The shelter has cared for homeless cats and dogs since 1972. Partnering with other shelters and rescue groups across the Southwest through its New Hope Program, YHS maximizes resources to give each pet its best chance. Thanks to the Petco Foundation, YHS can save even more animals.

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About Yavapai Humane Society

Yavapai Humane Society (located at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, Ariz.) has been serving Yavapai County’s citizens and animals since 1972. YHS operates a shelter in Prescott; a Cat Adoption Center in the Prescott PetSmart store; a Thrift Store; and a Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic which offers low-cost spay/neuter services and vaccinations. In June 2016 YHS launched a rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption program for equines. Connect with YHS or

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $157 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 4.9 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

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