Sat, May 25

Rumors vs. facts

The Verde Valley Humane Society Pet of the Week is “Cookie,” a medium-sized shepherd mix. She is a sweet dog with beautiful markings and a great personality.

The Verde Valley Humane Society Pet of the Week is “Cookie,” a medium-sized shepherd mix. She is a sweet dog with beautiful markings and a great personality.

As I sat out back this morning thinking about my column, many things went through my mind.

The first thing that came to mind was about nasty rumors that are going around. They always upset me since we try so hard to do great work.

Why do rumors start? For many reasons I guess. In fact I wonder how people come up with such nonsense.

Everyone is still working very hard around here and they simply adore our animals. That’s the key to job security. It’s about the animals.

Isn’t it better to all work together to achieve our common goal of caring in the best possible way for the homeless animals?

These animals need us and they need you. Teamwork is the key to success in all walks of life. There honestly isn’t time in the world of animals for anything other than getting along.

It’s not about egos and who is right or wrong, it’s about the animals. That’s the reason everyone in our facilities comes to work every day.

Without everyone working together no one survives, especially the defenseless animals that have been abandoned.

Fights, lies, gossip and arguments only cause distress and sadness for everyone. We’re here to help the animals, how about you?

There is much controversy going around about VVHS not getting the Yavapai County contract this year.

Why aren’t we taking YC animals? We didn’t get the contract, that’s why. It went to Sedona without VVHS even knowing it.

I explained that in my previous column also. Phone troubles, lack of communication and other things that we are unsure about cost us the contract. We are saddened by all of it.

In a previous Pet Corner I printed parts of our normal contract. The contract reads that we only charged YC for animals that the officers brought in. The same goes for all of our contracts.

We took animals from citizens that found animals as a courtesy to all of the residents that lived in YC. Not everyone could wait for animal control; these officers are busy.

After all we were getting paid to care for the animals brought in by YC animal control. We felt it our duty to take strays from the citizens also.

Please understand that we are not a shelter that has one contract and the ability to take animals from areas outside of our contracts.

We have contracts with Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome and the Yavapai Apache Tribe, which covers the Reservation in Clarkdale and Camp Verde.

We accept stray animals from citizens in all of those areas. Losing the YC contract hasn’t freed up space for us. We still have two facilities filled to max capacity.

When it comes to what are called “strays” it is often misunderstood. In the AZ State Book of Statutes it clearly states in Article 6. 11-1001.12 “Stray Dog” means any dog four months or older running at large that is not wearing a valid license tag.

Article 6. 11-1001.1 also states that “animal” means any animal of a species that is susceptible to rabies, except man.

Which meant to us that even though YC didn’t pick up cats except under certain circumstances, we would gladly take them from the citizens just the same as dogs.

We did our best to care for all animals, not just dogs. We still do this with all of our other contracts. We feel that is a service that a contract should provide.

It’s about the animals, but it’s also about helping the citizens. We have always believed in that manner, but without any funds at all it’s a service we aren’t able to provide for other than our contacted areas.

On many occasions we had to refuse animals and put them on our waiting list. These were not strays, by law they were considered “owner owned.” We are contracted to take all strays/at-large animals and we do.

Article 6.11-1001.10 states that “owner” means any person keeping an animal other than livestock for more than six consecutive days.

Therefore a family of cats living under your porch for the past two weeks while you fed them are by law considered owned, by you.

The dog that you found and cared for a month and found that he didn’t work out was also considered owned.

Even though you considered them strays, they are considered to have a home. We know that you were just being kind, but unfortunately they would have to be put on our waiting list due to a lack of room in the shelter.

It may have felt like you were being turned away with a stray dog or cat, but you weren’t. It simply meant that since the animal lived at your home we would call when space opened.

With all of the contracts that VVHS handle, we don’t often have room for owner owned animals. When we do, we gladly bring them in.

Fortunately our adoptions have been fantastic and we have been able to call many of you needing to surrender your animal.

Join the fun and feel the excitement in the air. Help us take care of the ones that can’t take care of themselves. Show your support to your shelter.

Times are tough right now and many people are forced to give up there furry best friends.

It makes the days pretty rough for everyone. It’s such a sad departure for everyone.

No matter which way you decide to help the animals it is greatly appreciated. We can’t think you, the citizens of the Verde Valley for all you do.

We strive to be responsive to the needs of the ever- changing and continuously growing community.

We always appreciate your personal contributions to our cause. This is your Humane Society, come be a part of what we do.

Sure we need financial backing, but we are also looking for people to actually join our ranks in supporting and giving help to those who can’t help themselves.

With our new facility we have double utilities and electricity alone is running us about $1,000 a month.

If you would like to make a donation, please stop in or mail your donation to: VVHS, P.O. Box 1429 Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

If you are financially strapped at this time due to all of the economy issues, we understand. We are too, but there really are other ways to help us help the animals.

• Walk dogs or pet the cats at the shelter.

• Participate in our off-site adoptions.

• Help on a committee in the planning and production of special events.

• Volunteer at the shelter or our thrift store, the Good Buy Shoppe.

• Come in and pay special attention to the animals. It’s amazing what a few minutes out of your day can do for the moral of the animals and staff.

• Shop or donate to the Good Buy Shoppe. It all helps the animals.

When our homes are full of our own animals, we need to help those that don’t have such a luxury in life.

Please help us take the best possible care of them. Not just financially, but in other ways too.

Come in and spend some time with these precious animals, you’ll be amazed at how it makes you feel inside.

You’ll walk out knowing that you did something wonderful in the life of an animal waiting for a new family.

The days can be very lonely as these animals wait for new homes. A warm touch and a smile go a long way in the life of an animal.

We all need someone. In some way, shape or form, please be that someone.

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers we are now offering dog walkers an evening to come and enjoy with the animals, weather permitting.

We are meeting at “Adopt for Life” Center for Animals, at 1520 W. Mingus each Tuesday night from 7- 8:30 p.m.

If you’d rather pet and brush the cats, come on over. The cat rooms will be open. Everyone needs special attention.