Prescott, Ariz., August 12, 2010 – The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) today announced a new program designed to raise funds for animals with special medical needs. The S.T.A.R. program, which stands for Special Treatment And Recovery, identifies those animals that come to YHS injured, abused, or with an illness that requires special medical treatment.
"When an animal is not irremediably suffering and has a condition that will respond to treatment, we want to make that animal healthy again so we can find them a home," said YHS Executive Director Ed Boks. "Unfortunately, the treatment cost for many of these animals often exceeds the budget of YHS, which is why we are reaching out to the public to pay for the special veterinary services for these animals that require surgery or special treatment."
The Yavapai Humane Society's first S. T. A. R. animal is Mimi (see attached photo), a two-year-old Labrador retriever mix who was surrendered by her owners due to a divorce. When Mimi came to YHS she had a fractured front leg which may need to be amputated. The Yavapai Humane Society estimates Mimi's medical bills, which include X-rays, blood tests, and a possible amputation, to be in excess of $500.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to help animals like Mimi and other S. T. A. R. animals can donate online with an annotation for the S.T.A.R program or mail a check to YHS at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ 86301.
For more information visit www.yavapaihumane.org or call (928) 445-2666.