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9/18/2013 6:02:00 AM
Is the Yavapai Humane Society no-kill ethic here to stay? It's up to you
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Yavapai Humane Society executive director Ed Boks (left) and Board President Gloria Hershman (far right) present the prestigious Yavapai Humane Society Founderís Award to Kathy Coleman, John Tarro and Max Fogleman.
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Yavapai Humane Society executive director Ed Boks (left) and Board President Gloria Hershman (far right) present the prestigious Yavapai Humane Society Founderís Award to Kathy Coleman, John Tarro and Max Fogleman.

Ed Boks
Yavapai Humane Society

What a celebration! I'm talking about the Yavapai Humane Society's annual Reigning Cats & Dogs Gala this past Saturday. This year we celebrated YHS's 41st anniversary and the role the organization has played in transforming the central and western region of Yavapai County into one of the safest, pet-friendliest communities in the nation!

As we celebrated the many successes of the past four decades, a big question concerning YHS's future was put before the over 350 Gala celebrants. That question was this: Is no-kill here to stay? Was the success of the past three years an anomaly or a beachhead?

The resounding response of the gala guests was "Yes, no-kill is here to stay" - and their commitment to the "no-kill" ethic was demonstrated by what may be a record yield in donations dedicated to funding the Yavapai Humane Society's many life-saving programs. The exact amount raised will be announced in next week's article.

At this year's event, YHS Board President Gloria Hershman presented the prestigious Yavapai Humane Society Founder's Awards to former board members John Tarro, Kathy Coleman and Max Fogleman. This dynamic trio helped guide YHS through some of its most difficult years while laying the foundation for YHS's most recent successes.

One of the livelier auction items was for naming rights for the new YHS Cat Care Center. The opening bid was $10,000 and, after a fun and exciting bidding war with Hooligan's proprietors Pat and Nancy O'Brien, Don and Shirl Pence emerged the winners with a $32,000 bid.

In addition to winning the naming rights for the new Pence Cat Care Center, Don and Shirl served their traditional role as this year's Founders of the Feast by underwriting another year's gala. Without their generous support, and the support of so many others, YHS could never accomplish all that it does.

The Pences were recognized along with Lou Silverstein and Peggy Stidworthy in the first-ever Founder's Award Presentation at last year's gala. The vision, leadership and generosity of all our founders laid a sure foundation for YHS and we are profoundly grateful to them all.

Would you like to help make sure "no-kill" is here to stay? Please consider joining these visionaries in their support of the "no-kill ethic" through the YHS PAWS program. Together we can continue to make our community the safest in the nation for pets.

You can do this by donating just $10 a month to ending the killing of adoptable pets. What a difference that would make! With that kind of steady support, YHS could reliably continue to save animals' lives, fight cruelty, and rescue and protect lost, homeless, sick, abused and neglected animals in our community.

And it's easy to participate in the YHS PAWS (Planned Automatic Withdrawal Service) program. You'll be joining a growing number of people who are making our entire community a true humane society. 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 (or more) helps feed hungry homeless animals, provide life-saving medicine to ailing animals, and vaccinate and spay/neuter needy pets to help reduce pet disease and overpopulation. Where else can so little do so much?

Visit to sign up to be part of the YHS PAWS solution and help make sure no-kill is here to stay!

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

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Kathy Saunders

I should have signed my name to my "Kudos" post. No reason not to! Just got excited, I guess!

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Kudos !

I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Kathy, Max, and John. I served on the YHS Board with them for a time, and they were amazing to watch. They did indeed overcome some powerful obstacles on the way to making YHS a much better place. I was humbled and felt rather useless along side them, but in retrospect, we all had a role in moving things along. But without the leadership of these three it would have been a major struggle. So a well-deserved congratulations to the 3 of you!

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Jen g

Great news. It would be great if some of your funding could go to obedience classes for not only your adoptable dogs but those already having a home that are in need of some training to stay there. A sliding fee scale for payment would do wonders for low income homes. You could do weekly classes that way if you have to pay the trainer it wont be a full time employee ,you might even be able to find one that will do it for free.

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