PRESCOTT, Ariz., (January 30, 2015) – Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) announces the closing today of its purchase of a 7.3-acre property located in Chino Valley, Ariz. The property is equipped with barns and stalls. This purchase is designed to allow YHS to bring equines under the umbrella of its life-saving animal welfare programs at some point in the future.
The property was previously occupied by Hacienda de los Milagros (HDLM), which closed its doors in 2013. HDLM was an equine sanctuary sheltering as many as 145 burros and horses since 1993.
Executive Director, Ed Boks, explains the impact YHS’ future equine program will make for Yavapai County. “Our community has struggled to find a safe place for homeless, abandoned, and neglected equines. It has always been our organization’s goal to fill this gap and provide a haven for these animals in need. This purchase allows us to begin moving in this direction.”
The expansion of YHS’ mission to include equines is currently being developed. At present, it is certain that the facility will operate as a rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption agency for equines. Long-term plans may also include therapeutic, educational and recreational activities with horses for youths with cognitive, physical, emotional or behavioral disabilities.
The organization is requesting support from the community to help bring the future equine program to life through monetary donations and equestrian expert volunteers to assist guiding the organization as it plans the program launch. Parties interested in being involved should contact Executive Director, Ed Boks at 928-445-2666.
equipped with barns and stalls will allow the organization
to expand its mission to provide welfare to equines in need.