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10/30/2013 6:00:00 AM
The Big Fix: Grant funds free spaying, neutering
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Ed Boks
Yavapai Humane Society

The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) recently received a generous grant from PetSmart Charities to fund the fixing (spaying or neutering) of 1,200 dogs belonging to residents in Prescott Valley, Dewey/Humboldt, or Mayer. To be more specific, the grant provides free spay or neuter services to any dog belonging to a person or family living in any of the following zip codes: 86314; 86315; 86327; 86329; or 86333.

If you know anyone who lives in these areas who owns a dog that needs to be fixed, please let them know their pets can be spayed or neutered at no cost at the Yavapai Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic located at 2989 Centerpointe East in Prescott. An appointment is necessary and easy to make by calling 771-0547.

When given the opportunity, everyone usually does what is right for their pets. Everyone agrees that fixing their pets is in the best interest of the animals and the community at large. Wouldn't it be a shame if someone wanting to take advantage of this opportunity for their dogs(s) was unable to do so due to simply not being aware it existed?

That is why we need your help in getting the word out about this opportunity for the dogs and families residing in the communities listed above. Reducing the number of homeless pets in our community enhances the quality of life for all of us. PetSmart Charities believes in YHS's ability to fix 1,200 dogs living in these zip codes, but we cannot do it without more people knowing about the opportunity.

If you visit the YHS website (www.yavapaihumane.org), you will find a link to a flier with more information on this amazing opportunity. Please print this flier and post it on local bulletin boards at churches, temples, libraries, municipal buildings, and other places of business.

You can also visit and like YHS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yavapaihumanesociety. Then you can share this valuable information with your online friends and/or on your own business page.

If you don't live in one of these zip codes but still need help getting your pet(s) fixed, contact the YHS Spay/Neuter Clinic (771-0547) to ask about other opportunities that may help assist you and your pet. YHS has grants to help low-income pet owners and owners of pit bulls fix their pets. We even have grants to help fix feral cats in your neighborhood. By working together, we can dramatically reduce the number of homeless animals suffering in our community and maintain our status as the most humane community in the United States.

If you come across someone who questions the value of fixing their pets, here are just a few reasons to help them understand:

1. Fixed pets are less likely to leave home, reducing the risk of being hit by a car or attacked and possibly killed by a wild animal.

2. Fixed pets have a reduced risk of contracting many diseases and infections, resulting in fewer veterinary bills and a longer, healthier life.

3. Fixed pets are less likely to bite or be involved in fights with other animals.

4. Fixed pets have fewer behavioral problems.

5. Fixed pets means no more messy and annoying heat cycles.

6. Fixed pets means fewer unwanted and unplanned litters that contribute to high euthanasia (kill) rates in local shelters.

If your pet needs to be fixed, call 771-0547 to make an appointment today.

If you're looking to adopt the love of your life, now is the time: Every dog, cat, puppy and kitten is available for just $10 through this Sunday. That's a more than $400 value (spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip) for just $10 at the Yavapai Humane Society.



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



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Article comment by: Jen g

Dogs dont wander if they are properly contained. They dont breed if you keep them properly contained and seperate the female when in heat. Agressive dogs wont stop being agressive,male dogs that already mark wont suddenly stop either. There are studies showing increased risk of hip and joint problems in dogs s/n before the age of six months. It does not prevent diseases other than cancer of reproductive organs. It can cause spay incontinence where the females cant control their pee. There are risks as well so be honest. Google it you will see.

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Article comment by: Inappropriate Term

The word "Fixed" seems very inappropriate as used in this article. There's nothing wrong with these pets, except that their owner has not taken the responsibility to protect them and prevent them from having numerous litters. Please use the word "neuter"..... it has a much more appropriate and positive connotation.



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