Verde Valley Humane July News

July 1, 2024

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July 2024

VVHS in a Nutshell

Animals at Verde Valley Humane Society matter deeply to us. Because VVHS is a Socially Conscious animal shelter, we rely on our community to understand our role in finding the best outcomes for our animals.

An examination by our Animal Behaviorist can reveal possible health issues, bad teeth, lumps and bumps, bone and joint issues, and much more. Behavior, in general, is noted: as timid, and scared, (which is not abnormal) along with aggression, stranger danger, or possible bite history. We conduct a standardized behavior evaluation. This information is in our system for each animal so we can make informed decisions on the placement of healthy and safe animals in our adoption program. We use the following points as we consider each animal.

  • Non-intervention: If we are not able to treat a behavioral or medical condition, what will the impact be on this animal? Will the animal have the freedom to express normal behavior and freedom from distress and fear?
  • Benefit of treatment: Will treatment result in freedom from pain, injury, or disease and will the animal lead a comfortable life physically and behaviorally?
  • Reasonable for an average adopter to manage: Can we expect an adopter to take on the medical or behavioral issue? Does the adopter have the knowledge, resources, and skill set? Is there a chance for long-term success?  
  • Resources: If we treat the animal’s behavior or medical condition, what will be the impact on our ability to help the other animals in the shelter?
  • Liability/risk: Is there a risk to the community by placing this animal?

We work hard to place safe, healthy animals to adopters. If an animal faces an impossible medical diagnosis or has a behavior that makes it unsafe for the community, euthanasia may be considered the most compassionate option. VVHS has a strong medical and behavioral criterion which is discussed with a team of five staff and board members who make the difficult decision, taken seriously, to alleviate the suffering of animals in our care. We strive to ensure the welfare of the individual animal. This is difficult and heartbreaking.

VVHS is very proud of our incredible staff and the many volunteers who show such commitment and compassion to show up each day, never quite aware of what they might encounter. Knowing these animals have no voice to tell us their horror stories when they are brought in, our staff and volunteers have to pull back their shoulders, maintain composure, and take care of business with a smile and a positive attitude! We see hoarding situations, abused animals, and most animals that just shiver with fear. Shelter life is scary. Our loving staff and volunteers are a group of souls who spend time with them every day.

We are always in need of dog walkers, cat socializers, courtyard play groups, adults, young and older to read to our dogs, and ‘energizer bunnies’ who might want to clean windows, pull weeds, or even help with fundraising events. You can find a volunteer application online at

–  Alice Klies
VVHS Board Chair 

Exciting Summer Activities

Summer is in full swing, and so are our activities! Last month, the Verde Valley Humane Society sponsored a Cottonwood Parks & Rec Kids Camp session featuring Jason from Ardent K9 Training and our Search and Rescue volunteers. The session, called “Hug-a-Tree,” focused on staying safe if lost. The children watched an informative video, met a rescue dog, and even tried on the heavy backpacks used by rescue volunteers.

We have a lot of great events coming up this summer and fall. Be sure to mark your calendars and come support the Verde Valley Humane Society! 

Upcoming Events

Verde Valley Humane Society will be at the Grand re-opening of Olsen’s Verde Valley Store. We will have a table and animals available for adoption. Come check out their new stores, their grand opening sales and adopt your new best friend! 

Join the event on Facebook

Mark your calendars for Yavapai College’s Wine & Wags on Thursday, August 8th from 4-6PM. We will be there with some of our adoptable dogs and enjoying the wine, food, and live music! We hope to see you there.

Join the event on Facebook

Join us for the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at Agave Highlands and help us raise $20,000 to purchase a new transportation van for our animals!$100 per golfer to sign up.

– Scramble Format
– 8 AM Shotgun Start (Registration at 7 AM) 
– Price includes: 18 holes, a cart and Lunch provided by LaLo’s Restaurant
– Complimentary golf balls and tees
– Contests and more!

This year’s Hole in One prize is $25,000!

When: Saturday, October 26th, 2024
Where: Agave Highlands Golf Course, 645 S. Verde Santa Fe Parkway, Cornville
Cost: $100 per golfer
Not a golfer?
Sponsor a “Hole” – $150 or
Sponsor a Cart  – $20

Register today
Join the event on Facebook

Thank you Northern Arizona Healthcare

On August 30th, we’re excited to welcome 25 volunteers from Northern Arizona Healthcare who will help us clean and repair our building and agility yard. Yay for volunteers!

Interested in Volunteering? Apply today

Thank you to all the Donors and In the Dog House Participants

We had such a successful In The Dog House event! We are deeply grateful for the generous donations and unwavering support from our Verde Valley VIPs, who stepped up to support the Verde Valley Humane Society. A big thank you to:

  • Catherine McCan
  • Alice Klies
  • Ken Wood
  • Donna Michaels
  • Christopher Dowell
  • Hank Abrahams
  • Brian Wattenbarger
  • Steve Moss
  • Christian Olivia del Rio

To all our donors, thank you for joining us and making a difference in providing care and shelter for homeless pets throughout the Verde Valley.

Meet Our Featured Pet Up for Adoption:

Say hello to Lynn

Lynn is our shy gal, super affectionate when she knows you. She’s learning quite rapidly to trust even strangers and we are so proud of her! Lynn walks well on leash and likes other friendly dogs. She’s a great medium size, around 37 lbs. Lynn is looking for adopters who will let her settle into her new routine at her pace and provide her plenty of loving and fun. (This rascal enjoys chasing cats-no cats please).
To view our adoptable pets:

Support Verde Valley Humane Society

Did you know that Verde ValleyHumane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization? We are not affiliated with any other shelter or humane society, either locally or nationally. We rely on the public to support our efforts and 100% of your donations go directly to caring for the animals!

Your gift today can help ensure the most vulnerable pets, the lost, the abandoned, and the orphans have a safe place and find a forever home. All contributions, large and small, truly make a difference in the lives of our shelter animals

Donate today

Verde Valley Humane Society

1520 W. Mingus Avene
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Verde Valley Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
100% of your donations go directly to VVHS
EIN# 74-2400312

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