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8/28/2013 6:00:00 AM
Plan ahead to protect pets
CourtesyChloe is a 13-year-old senior female feline (free to senior citizens). Chloe is a gentle, mellow lady, devoted to her adopter. She is an easy keeper who loves head and belly massages. She is available at YHS today and you can pick your price! Chloe is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and ready to be your best friend.
Chloe is a 13-year-old senior female feline (free to senior citizens). Chloe is a gentle, mellow lady, devoted to her adopter. She is an easy keeper who loves head and belly massages. She is available at YHS today and you can pick your price! Chloe is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and ready to be your best friend.
Ed Boks
Yavapai Humane Society

For many of us, our pets are beloved members of the family; but have you considered what would happen to them if something happened to you? If you have not made arrangements for the care of your pets in an emergency, they could face an uncertain future.

To put your mind at ease, the Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) established the Pet Guardianship program. By enrolling your pet(s) in this program, you can be assured that they will be looked after in times of illness or disability, and in the event of your passing.

YHS will take full responsibility for your pet(s)' well being and veterinary care until we place them into a loving home that meets both the select criteria you set and the willingness and ability to take on this responsibility.

Your wishes and the welfare and happiness of your pet will always be our priority.

YHS takes great care in finding the right home for a beloved pet. To protect your pet(s) through the YHS Pet Guardianship program all you have to do is specify a bequest to YHS in your will or living trust; maintain a yearly gift to YHS; fill out an enrollment form for each pet with their complete details, including personality, dietary preferences, lifestyle and medical history (this will help make the transition as stress-free as possible).

We also suggest you add a simple clause to your will stating you would like your pet enrolled in the YHS Pet Guardianship program, such as:

I direct that the Yavapai Humane Society shall care for my cats/dogs which I own at the date of my death until such time as a suitable home in the discretion of the Yavapai Humane Society shall be found for such cats/dogs."

Should the time come when you can no longer care for your pet YHS will select a loving home based on your pet's history, provided by you; and will maintain contact with your pet's new guardian to ensure they are happy and have a quality standard of care; and we will retain responsibility for your pet(s) for the remainder of their lifetime.

Please make your wishes known to your family to assist transitioning your pet into our care when the time comes.

Contact Jeff Brooks (CPA, CFP®, MBA) at or call 602-292-2009 with any questions about naming the Yavapai Humane Society in your will or living trust. We're happy to help, without obligation.

Don't have a will? You're not alone. Now is a great time to start planning, and please consider including a bequest to YHS in your estate plans. Contact Jeff for suggested "bequest language" and the YHS tax ID to share with your attorney.

Always see your estate planning attorney about making or updating your will or living trust documents. To discuss the legacy your future gift can leave in our community and the Yavapai Humane Society, please contact me at 445-2666 ext 21 or email me at

Speaking of planning, have you purchased your tickets to the Reigning Cats and Dogs Gala at the Prescott Resort on Saturday, Sept. 14? They're going fast so you should get yours today. You can purchase your tickets online or get more information about the event at or by calling 445-2666 ext 20.

We have so much to celebrate this year; 41 years of promoting and protecting the health, safety and welfare of our community's homeless pets; and creating the kind of happiness that can only come from bringing pets and people together. This celebration won't be the same without you; and I look forward to seeing you there!

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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