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S.T.A.R. Special Treatment And Recovery

Special Treatment and Recovery, S.T.A.R., provides funds to care for medical needs that an animal might be euthanized for in other shelters. YHS believes in it's "no-kill" ethic and will continue to heal animals. This is the fund we go to when we need additional funds for medicines, x-rays, medical tests, and reconstructive surgeries that our budget can't support otherwise.

Injured animals don't stop coming through our doors which is why the S.T.A.R. program is in constant need of funds. Please consider a special contribution to this special cause.

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Some of our favorite S.T.A.R. stories...



A good samaritan rushed Ginger to the Yavapai Humane Society after finding her on the side of the road in Prescott. It appears Ginger had fallen out of or been struck by a car. Her right front leg was paralyzed and it was clear she was blind.

In the majority of animal care communities, Ginger would have been a candidate for euthanasia. Thankfully, Yavapai Humane Society rescues many severely injured or ill animals with the help of our STAR (Special Treatment and Recovery) Fund.STAR donations allow us to treat and rehabilitate many animals who would have been euthanized without medical attention.

Our clinic team was able to reduce the swelling on Ginger’s brain, and to our excitement, Ginger’s eyesight was fully restored. Her paralyzed leg was amputated, but it hasn't slowed her down a bit. Ginger is just like any other kitten; full of energy to play and full of love for snuggles.

The whole world seemed to fall in love with Ginger. We shared her photo on Facebook and our community shared back its unabashed compassion. After she healed, Ginger was quickly swooped up by her new forever family. For them it was love at first sight.

Ginger would not be alive today without the Yavapai Humane Society STAR program. See her story in action, and her playful, resilient nature in the video below. Donations to the YHS STAR program contribute to alleviating the suffering of hundreds of animals in our community. If you want to help other animals like Ginger, please consider making a lifesaving donation to the Yavapai Humane Society STAR program. Every gift makes a difference.



This is Buckaroo, a purebred Boxer rescued by YHS with a broken front leg.  He has undergone about $1800 worth of surgery and has now fully recovered thanks to the YHS STAR (Special Treatment And Recovery Program). Buckaroo is now adopted!



Bossley & Kelly

These two Chihuahuas were rescued from an inexperienced backyard breeder unable to properly care for them. Bossley (left) is a 6-month-old male and Kelly (right) is a 6-year-old female. The dogs appear to be related. An abdominal midline scar on Kelly indicates a possible C-section. Each had a nonfunctional rear limb. Radiographs found that both dogs appeared to suffer from congenital anomalies and not fractures. The limbs appeared to have never been functional, with no chance they ever would be. They were amputated to enhance both dogs' quality of life. Kelly has a heart murnur and cleft lip (another congenital anomaly).


A dog that was found in Dewey on the side of the road. He was so emaciated he couldn't walk. With help from the STAR fund, Dewey recovered and was happily adopted.



A one year old tabby who lost a battle with a car's fan belt. Peggie has been adopted.



A 1-year-old Bombay, had his right rear leg amputated due to open/compound fractures resulting from being hit by a car. Thor was adopted in 2012.



Jujubee was surendered to us as a puppy. She came in with a condition called "cherry eye". Without surgery, Jujubee would have severe eye problems and would have been hard to adopt out. Dr. Darling performed the eye surgery. Jujubee was adopted in 2012.


He Man

Also know as Pancake, He Man was run over by a car. Without our STAR program, we would not have been able to save He Man. He had many broken bones and had to have major surgery and rehabilitation. He was adopted in 2011 and is doing well.




Heather had completely shut down by the time she found her way to YHS. She was put in our foster care program to help her trust humans again and then S.T.A.R. funds were used to remove possibly cancerous mammary masses. Heather came out of her shell with much work and love. She was adopted in 2011.


Waste Management

WM was found by a sanitation worker at the landfill after spending an unknown amount of time in a garbage can and then surviving a trash compacting garbage truck. Her will to survive and the help of our STAR program, nursed WM back to health. She was adopted in 2010.



Buddy came to the Yavapai Humane Society in September in very bad shape. The four-month-old brindle shepherd mix had been hit by a car. He lost one of his eyes in the accident, and one of his hind legs was severely injured. According to our shelter Veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Darling, most of the muscle mass in Buddy’s injured leg was destroyed, and he was in extreme pain when he was surrendered to YHS. With the STAR program, Buddy was adopted and is now with his forever family.


Hassy was found by a member of our staff one evening in early February of this year, hovering in the snow behind a newspaper machine at one of Prescott’s oldest historic hotels, The Hassayampa Inn. That’s why we named her Hassy! She was shivering, terrified, and very thin. Naturally our staff member brought her to the shelter. Just two
weeks later, the 4-month old grey tabby was back up to a healthy weight, spayed and vaccinated, and out on the adoption floor. She stayed just two days in the shelter and she’s now in her forever home.


Sunset is described as a gentle soul who would make a wonderful therapy dog or pet. Sunset is a loving, happy go lucky little girl and is a staff favorite. Unfortunately, Sunset has been diagnosed with a Lateral Luxating Patella on right hind leg.  The injury is most commonly caused by severe trauma such as results from being hit by a car.

Sunset had surgery with the help of our STAR program, was nursed back to health and was adopted in 2011.




Trudy was hit by a car in Prescott Valley and came to the Yavapai Humane Society with a severely comminuted (shattered into many pieces) humeral fracture. Thanks to the STAR program YHS was able to amputate the shattered leg and Trudy is happy as ever and was adopted!





Mimi, a sweet 2-year-old Labrador retriever mix was sadly surrendered by her owners becaue of a divorce. Sadder still is the fact that Mimi came to YHS with a painful chronic orthopedic condition in her right front leg. Mimi's medical bills, including X-rays and blood tests exceeded $500. STAR funds helped pay for the expense.


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