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Yavapai Humane Society

Where every animal counts.

Yavapai Humane Society was founded in 1972 by a group of concerned animal lovers. Forty years later we are still providing compassionate care to animals that find themselves homeless providing medical treatment to injured and abused animals, we also offer helpful programs and services to the pet owners of Yavapai County.

Explore the pages in this section to learn about our organization, the "No-Kill ethic" we use to guide our decisions, brush up on your YHS history and maybe even apply to be a part of our incredible team.

Funding and Support

YHS is a private, non-profit organization. Our operations are funded primarily with donations, fundraisers, grants and the support of the community. We do have a contractual obligation to provide animal care for stray dogs and cats brought in by animal control officers of Prescott, Prescott Valley and Yavapai County, but these funds represent less than 10% of our annual income. We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under section 501(c)(3). Our tax ID number is 86-0327745.

You can support YHS through the donations of cash and supplies and through wills and bequests. Also, we welcome volunteers to assist with various activities such as fundraising and helping out with routine duties around the shelter, Thrift Shop and Clinic. Please click on any of the links to help your Yavapai Humane Society.

Please Give Locally!

Many local residents mistakenly believe that Yavapai Humane Society or their own local animal shelter is funded by national animal welfare groups. However, Yavapai Humane Society currently receives no funding from the national groups, nor are we governed by or affiliated with any other national animal welfare group. We are a local nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to caring for homeless and needy animals in our community.
The only way to help local homeless, unwanted, abandoned and abused pets is by making a donation directly to the Yavapai Humane Society.  Please donate online or contact us at 928-445-2666 x 20 if you would like to help. Thank you!

Give with Confidence

Your support keeps Yavapai Humane Society at work to provide care and safety for each animal in need in our community. Donating is a noble and generous act of compassion and service, and we know you have many things to consider when making a gift. That's why Yavapai Humane Society is proud to announce it has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independing charity evaluator, for sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Since 2002, using data-drive analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. Charity Navigator's rating methodology reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measure of openness, providing information on its website for each of the charities it evaluates. Its metrics reveal which charities have "best practices" that minimize the chance of unethical activites and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

"YHS' coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities," according to Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator. "Out of thousands of nonprofits Charity Naviator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars--a rating that now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigot, responsibility and commitment to openness. YHS' supporter should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibility when it acquires such a high rating."

"in the current economic environment, it's important our donors trust that we're using our funding wisely to accomplish our  mission to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of our community's lost and homeless pets," said Ed Boks, YHS executive director. "Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously."

YHS' rating and other information about charitable giving are avaialble free of charge on More detailed information about YHS' rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

Not only does Yavapai Humane Society ensure transparency through it's accountability with Charity Navigator, it also holds a Gold Seal from Guidestar, an organization that connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. This seal is a symbol signifying that a nonprofit has completed its GuideStar Exchange profile to the fullest, thus demonstrating its commitment to transparency. See detailed information about Yavapai Humane Society's Gold Seal at


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