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12/31/2009 4:38:00 PM
Q&A on Verde Valley Humane Society
The Verde Valley Humane Society “Pet of the Week” is “Dasher,” an older little Doxie mix that is begging for a new home. He greets everyone at the fence and loves to go for walks. Dasher won’t need a big yard, just someone with a big heart. Dasher’s adoption fee has been discounted by $40 thanks to generous supporters.
The Verde Valley Humane Society “Pet of the Week” is “Dasher,” an older little Doxie mix that is begging for a new home. He greets everyone at the fence and loves to go for walks. Dasher won’t need a big yard, just someone with a big heart. Dasher’s adoption fee has been discounted by $40 thanks to generous supporters.

As the holiday season winds down I would like to thank everyone for making this the best year ever for the animals at Verde Valley Humane Society.

If you came in you saw that most of the time our lobby and kennels were filled with people. At one point we had donations blocking the entry.

Beds, food, toys, blankets, treats and everything else you can imagine came in for the animals. What a grand time the volunteers and staff had passing out the goodies.

At times enormous donations came in that had to be taken to our storage area. It looked as if Santa had stopped here first.

All of the animals survived the multitude of treats that they enjoyed with just the normal Christmas diarrhea. Everyone is back to normal enjoying all of their new things that were brought in.

We can’t thank you enough for making the holiday so special for the animals at Verde Valley Humane Society. It was wonderful to see the support and love pour through our doors. The best way to describe my feelings to all of you is that “you are amazing.”

Many of you have purchased the pavers and many of you want to know if you can still place your order.

There is still time for you to stop in or mail in your request. It is going to be great to see all of our supporter names on the pathway to the new facility.

Daily I write down questions that come across my desk and I like to share them with all of you. These are very valid questions and the answers may help everyone at some time or another.

It's also very easy to assume why things are done or not done but knowing the authentic explanation makes more sense.

If things are explained there is no misconception as to what you are observing or hearing. Please feel free to ask questions and offer your ideas to us. We appreciate your input.

Q. Why doesn't Verde Valley Humane Society bathe the adopted animals before they go in for surgery?

A. Our current facility is very cold and drafty. The only place to bathe an animal is in the wash sinks in the cat area where the doors are constantly opening and closing. There also isn't a suitable place to dry the animals without them being in a draft.

We have been very fortunate to have Canine Country Club has pitched in to help the animals at Verde Valley Humane Society. They have offered their services to us for our emergency cases, often taking an animal without any advanced notice. They have been very dedicated to the homeless animals of the Verde Valley. Our most sincere thanks go out to them.

Q. Why won't Verde Valley Humane Society tell customers the vet pricing when applying for financial assistance?

A. We have no idea what the various vet offices charge for the procedures. Vet offices each have their own pricing and they vary with circumstances. We don't quote prices for other agencies. It's best for you to call your vet to find out applicable charges.

Q. Will Verde Valley Humane Society be bringing back the Mobil Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics?

A. We will be facilitating the Clinic as soon as they are up and running again. This is a service that we would like to provide as often as possible.

Q. What types of food does Verde Valley Humane Society feed to the animals? Our newly adopted animal seems to turn her nose up at the brands we have purchased.

A. At Verde Valley Humane Society we mix the top brands of food for the individual species together. There can be up to four or five brands in the mixture. Since our food is mostly donated we could never guarantee that they could be fed the same single brand on a regular basis. Mixing the brands together seems to work well since they are always getting the same brands mixed. While you are trying to get your new pet converted to a single brand we would be happy to give you a Ziploc bag of food to help you wean your furry best friend over to your choice of food.

Q. The animal I am adopting seems to be coming down with a cold. Will she get a health check up before any surgery is performed?

A. Absolutely, the vets completely check the animals over before any surgery is done. If the vet deems the animal sick, the animal does not have surgery. The vet is the only one that can write the notation stating that the surgery needs to be postponed due to illness.

Q. Why do you open at 10 a.m.?

A. The crew begins work at 7:15 a.m. and they work feverishly until 10 just cleaning the part of the kennels you can see when you walk in. Everything is disinfected and cleaned each morning. The process continues behind the scenes up to the lunch hours.

Q. How do you decide which animals you put into foster homes?

A. There has been some confusion in this department for a while now so I am happy that I get to explain the way the program works. We place animals in need into foster care. Possibly an animal too young to eat by itself and needs love and a bottle on a routine basis. It could be an animal that needs socialized by that special someone. We also put animals in foster care that have minor illnesses. A disease that is easy to cure but contagious to the rest of the animals means a foster home is needed.

Q. When I visited Verde Valley Humane Society I saw food dishes but some of them were empty. It was lunch time and I didn’t see anyone getting their lunch.

A. Our animals are fed twice a day and in special cases more often. The animals eat first thing in the morning and again before we go home for the day. Food in a dish at lunch time simply means that the animal didn’t finish the first feed of the day.

Q. I have noticed an increase in activity at the new facility, what is happening? When are you opening ?

A. Many wonderful things are happening next door. The activity is going to increase even more in the days to come. You are seeing the utilities being finalized, along with the plumbing, parking lot, lights and interior finishes. We are working hard to obtain the rest of our needed funds to open the doors in the very near future. Watch the Verde Independent for the Grand Opening announcement.

Q. I wanted to drop my 9-year-old son off on Saturday mornings to volunteer at Verde Valley Humane Society while I did my errands. - I wanted him to walk dogs or brush the cats. - I was told that he wasn’t allowed without an adult. Why do you have that rule?

A. Your son is welcome as long as you are with him. It is a huge liability to have unsupervised children in the kennel. It gets very busy and confusing at times and the staff simply can't be responsible for minors. We welcome all children as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Make a fun family event out of your visit.

Q. My dog bit me and an Animal Control officer took him to Verde Valley Humane Society, why? It was an accident.

A. Animal Control has the authority to make those calls. We are the holding facility for their needs. All bite animals that break the skin have to be quarantined for 10 days according to the AZ State Statutes.

Q. I tried to surrender my cat to Verde Valley Humane Society but I was told there was no room for owner owned animals at that time and I could be put on the waiting list. I didn't want my cat anymore and I wanted to get rid of my cat right then.

A. Due to the size of our facility we have to make sure there is adequate room for an owner owned animal. By law we have to take all stray animals in the areas we serve. If we took an animal without having room it means that we would have to euthanize an animal that doesn't have a home to wait in. If you are contemplating giving up your animal, to save yourself frustration, all ahead of time and put your animal on the waiting list.

Q. Does the revenue from the Good Buy Shoppe go to the construction of the new facility?

A. Absolutely, unless someone donated a specific item for that purpose. The money from GBS goes directly to the care of the animals at Verde Valley Humane Society. Contract money covers three days of stay at Verde Valley Humane Society and the rest has to be absorbed by us. If you frequent the shelter you know that our animals stay with us for weeks and months. A good example is our former Pet of the Week, Dakota. He came to us on Aug. 24th and was adopted just a few moments ago.


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