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September is "Pick Your Price" Month for Black Animals

02 September 2011   Missy Paschke-Wood

Back in Black: Pick Your Price on Black Animals in September

The color black is very rock and roll. Band members wear black leather jackets, black hair and black eyeliner. Bands name themselves Black Sabbath and sing songs like Back in Black, Paint it Black and, of course, Led Zepplin’s Black Dog and Janet Jackson’s Black Cat. The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) knows that black animals rock, too! That’s why they’re allowing adopters to pick their price on black dogs and cats all September.

Dogs may be color blind, but their prospective adopters may not be it seems. So difficult is it to adopt out black dogs in local shelters the industry refers to the challenge as “black dog syndrome”. That is when a shelter has more black dogs than it can possibly adopt out. This is particularly unfair at YHS where our black dogs possess amazing promise for being exceptional pets.

All animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and examined by a vet before they can be adopted. Adoption fees only cover about 20% of the cost to prepare an animal for adoption, the rest is covered by donations from the public. Normally adoption fees range from $35 to $120 depending on the age and type of the animal. But this September, adopters name their price for any black pet.*

YHS is open for adoptions every day except Tuesday. The shelter is located at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road. For more information on “Back in Black” visit or call 928-445-2666. Black cats are also available at the YHS Cat Adoption Center at PetSmart on Hwy 69.

These “Black Dog”s and “Black Cat”s are singing “Take Me Home Tonight” so they can change their tune to “You Really Got Me”. Adopters feel “Satisfaction” and “Good Vibrations” from their beloved “Hound Dog”s, “Bird Dog”s and “Black Cat”s. These “Back in Black” dogs and cats will give you a “Whole Lotta Love” “Every Breathe You Take”. During September, you can shake the “Summertime Blues”, by finding “Somebody to Love” at the Yavapai Humane Society!

*When more than one party is interested in a pet, YHS holds a silent auction.


The Yavapai Humane Society has been serving Yavapai County’s citizens and animals since 1972. YHS has shelters and a spay/neuter clinic offering low-cost spay/neuters and low-cost vaccinations in Prescott. In July of 2010, YHS adopted a “no-kill” ethic which has led to a 72% decrease in euthanasia.

YHS Main Shelter Campus- 1625 Sundog Ranch Rd, Prescott, AZ, 86301- (928) 445-2666
YHS Spay/Neuter Clinic- 2989 Centerpointe East, Suite B, Prescott, AZ 86301- (928) 771-0547
YHS Thrift Shop- 1046 Willow Creek Rd, #127, Prescott, AZ, 86301- (928) 445-5668