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Yavapai Humane Society is an independent, non-profit organization that has been serving Yavapai County’s animals and citizens since 1972. The society has three pet adoption centers in Prescott, Arizona:
The shelter takes in and rehabilitates cats, dogs, and horses before finding them new forever homes. Their mission is to promote and protect the health, safety, and well-being of all companion animals in their county. The society also strives to serve and educate the community by offering the following services:
Yavapai Humane Society is committed to finding forever homes for the 3,000+ animals that end up at the shelter every year. When you choose to adopt from the shelter, you will not only save a life but are given a lifetime of unconditional love.
Yavapai Humane Society offers adoptions every day of the week. The process begins with finding a candidate companion animal.
As passionate advocates for animal welfare, Yavapai Humane Society is dedicated to matching the right family with the right pet. When you arrive at one of the Adoption Centers, an Adoption Counselor will work with you to find the pet of your dreams.
At the main shelter, there's a dog park where you can spend time getting to know your new friend. Yavapai's amazing staff encourages you to bring other family members, including resident dogs, to have a play and see how you all get along.
There's also a cat meet-and-greet play area with toys where you can look for the feline of your dreams!
Their helpful staff will share any health/background information on animals you're interested in adopting. They will also be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have about the adoption process.
Once you've found the animal you're ready to commit to, it'll take around 30 minutes to finalize the adoption. There are two requirements:
Dogs and puppies must go home with a leash and collar. These can also be purchased from the shelter if you don't already have them.
Adoption fees at Yavapai Humane Society are given as minimum donation amounts. You are, of course, welcome to donate more if you can afford it to support the amazing work they do from Prescott and the surrounding community!
Your adoption fee covers routine spay/neuter surgery, any prior necessary medical treatment, microchipping and registration, and one month of free pet insurance.
For cats optional FELV/FIV testing can be carried out for an added fee. Extra licensing fees may apply for dogs.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.