The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is asking people to make the humane choice and refrain from acquiring live chicks and rabbits as Easter gifts this holiday season. Instead of live animals as gifts, consider giving children a plush toy or a chocolate rabbit.
“Rabbits and chickens can make wonderful companions, but those adorable babies grow up quickly into adults that will need proper socialization, care and companionship for many years,” said Ed Boks, executive director for YHS.
After cats and dogs, rabbits are the animals most frequently surrendered to animal shelters, largely because people acquire them as youngsters but aren’t prepared for the long-term commitment involved. Others are simply released into backyards by people who mistakenly believe they will be able to fend for themselves. Unlike wild rabbits, domestic pet rabbits cannot survive on their own outdoors. Chickens also need dedicated, consistent care and far too many of them end up in shelters, rescues and sanctuaries as well.
The decision to add any new pet to your household, whether it is a baby rabbit or chick, a puppy or kitten, or any other pet, should be considered carefully to ensure you have the time and resources to devote to the animal’s long-term care.
YHS often has rabbits available for adoption. Visit www.yavapaihumane.org to find rabbits, chickens and other pets already waiting for a wonderful new home like yours.
First Annual Walk for the Animals Event
This event will take place at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University on Saturday, April 21. The gates open at 8 am, the walk starts at 9am.
A 5K and a 1K course will be offered, so anyone of any age and any energy level can participate. Get a group together and make a fun day of it!
Check out our website Yavapai Humane page to see how they're doing in raising our goal amount.
The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is the largest animal rescue organization in Northern Arizona. YHS has been serving Yavapai County’s citizens and animals since 1972. YHS has an animal shelter, a Cat Adoption Center in PetSmart, a Thrift Shop and a Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic all in Prescott, AZ. In July of 2010, YHS adopted a “no-kill” ethic which led to a 87% decrease in pet euthanasia and a 96% live release rate.
YHS Main Shelter Campus- 1625 Sundog Ranch Rd, Prescott, AZ, 86301- (928) 445-2666
YHS Spay/Neuter Clinic- 2989 Centerpointe East, Suite B, Prescott, AZ 86301- (928) 771-0547
YHS Thrift Shop- 1046 Willow Creek Rd, #127, Prescott, AZ, 86301- (928) 445-5668
YHS Cat Adoption Center in PetSmart- 277 Walker Rd (on Hwy 69), Prescott, AZ, 86303- (928) 776-9636