PRESCOTT VALLEY- Since 2009, the Yavapai Humane Society and the Prescott Valley Animal Control have agreed on one-year partnership deals to provide shelter and care to animals. Recently, a deal has been made to extend the partnership to a three-year agreement.
“I think it’s a mutually beneficial agreement,” Yavapai Humane Society Executive Director Jocelyn Bouchard said. “We want to be able to provide support and assistance when it comes to people and pets.”
Law requires a shelter to be set up in order for an animal control sector to exist. Since one does not exist for Prescott Valley, the agency partners with the Yavapai Humane Society. Upon entering the Yavapai Humane Society, the animal will receive a health exam, be entered into system and set up in a kennel with food, water and bedding. An owner will try to be found or the animal will be put up for adoption. In addition, employees will handle the customer assistance side of owners trying to retrieve their lost pet.
“It’s a resource,” Prescott Valley Animal Control Officer James Risinger said. “It’s an avenue when I’ve exhausted all my resources that I personally have whether looking at tags, names (or) talking to people.”
Animal control officers will do everything they can to try and find an owner before brining the animal to the Humane Society in order to cut down on animal numbers in the shelter. Meanwhile, the Yavapai Humane Society has a number of avenues in case the shelter gets full such as partnering with other organizations across the state, foster homes or adoption sales. The Yavapai Humane Society remains a no-kill shelter.
“We’re never going to euthanize and animal for space,” Bouchard said. “The only time an animal is euthanized (is) when there is really no way we can do anything medically to make an injured or sick animal comfortable and give them quality of life or when we have an animal that has so many bites or such an egregious bite that it prevents a real danger to the community.”
Considering the deal is a three-year pact instead of just a one year contract, it will allow the Prescott Valley Animal Control to see trends about animals in the city.
“Numbers gives us a lot,” Risinger said. “It gives us direction, tells us growth, tells us what is happening and what could happen.”
Risinger mentioned the deal will allow the units to collect information on numbers of animals, bites, strays, returns etc. If necessary, this will allow the department to try and work with an individual whose animal constantly escapes.
In addition, the additional length of times saves money for the Prescott Valley Animal Control. According to the contract, the one-year cost was $69,054. Over the length of the contract, the unit will save approximately $12,000.
“We are very excited about what we have accomplished in this contract,” Risinger said. “I think that speaks a lot of volume to the team and everybody working together into providing the best service.”
Risinger says the biggest thing the public can do to make the process of a lost pet easier is vaccinate and license their animals. Meanwhile, the Yavapai Humane Society recommends individuals who find lost or stray animals to bring them into the Humane Society for care.