Saturday, April 20, Yavapai Humane Society hosted the Second Annual Walk for the Animals. This fundraising event’s goal was to raise $40,000 to assist in finding homes for 3,500 sheltered animals this year. It would provide spay and neuter services, canine and feline vaccines, de-worming, microchipping, canine heartworm testing, feline FELV/FIV testing, and nail trimming. Thanks to fundraisers like this, the Humane Society is able to keep their prices incredibly low for all of their services.

This event, held for its second year at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus, managed to raise their goal of $40,000 this year, with over 450 people attending to walk in the event. This year’s event consisted of a 1k and 4k walk/run around or through the University, in which people were encouraged to bring their dogs to join. The walk started this year at 9:00 a.m. and lasted until about 11:00 a.m. The event featured the Bittersweet Band, a classic rock group, and had over 20 booths from local businesses that target pet owners, in and around the Prescott Area. Many local businesses also donated items or money,including Olsen’s Grain, Hooligan’s Pub, Whisker’s Bakrkery,, Prescott Dog, The Village Groomer, TimberWoof Pet Boutique, Left-T’s Steakhouse, and many others.

Embry-Riddle students did their part this year to assist with the walk. The Embry-Riddle Air Force ROTC Color Guard attended at the beginning of the event to post the colors and kick off the start of the walk. Christina Gonzalez volunteered because she wanted “to keep helping and saving more dogs and cats. And that is exactly what the Humane Society is doing. They operate on a no kill policy which according to Ed Brooks, Yavapai Humane Society’s Director, is ‘a principle, an ethic, and once applied the practical consequences begin to fall into place.’ The principle is that animal shelters should apply the same criteria for deciding an animal’s fate that a loving pet guardian or conscientious veterinarian would apply. That is, healthy and treatable animals are not killed simply because we lack the room or resources to care for them.”

Yavapai Humane Society’s no-kill policy is not the only thing that sets it apart. It is neither a member of the Humane Society of the United States, nor a member of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This means that the Yavapai Humane Society receives no funding from either organization. They are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which is why events like the Walk for the Animals are so important to them. They accept donations online, and volunteers are encouraged to call the Humane Society at 928.445.2666 x 20.a

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