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Jul 10 2018

 

Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS) is proud to announce the recipient of this year’s Volunteer of the Year award. Each year, this honor is awarded to an outstanding volunteer for their valuable and selfless commitment, dedication, and contribution to the homeless pets at YAPS.

This year’s award was given to Redlands resident, Monica Harris, for generously giving of her time and dedication as the YAPS Volunteer Coordinator, Wags & Walk Coordinator and for being instrumental in the rehabilitation of Malki the once feral Shepherd/Dalmatian.

Monica's dedication to YAPS has helped countless dogs get the socialization they needed to be adoptable. Many dogs come into YAPS feeling scared and alone and some may have been in abusive or neglected situations before coming to the YAPS facility. One of the most important tasks at YAPS is to socialize these pets so that they can be ready for adoption. Monica has done many jobs at the YAPS facility, but perhaps her largest contribution has been to aid these pets on their journey home.

Monica began volunteering with YAPS in August of 2011. She was motivated to volunteer by her love and relationship with her dog Rio. ”It was kind of a pay-it-forward for the love we had for each other. He expanded my heart and enriched my life. I wanted to share that with other dogs,” said Monica Harris.

Monica made it her personal goal to interact with the large shy dogs, dogs that needed experience walking on a leash, and the challenging dogs. She has spent countless hours with many dogs but her biggest reward has come from working with Malki.

Malki, named for the exit off Interstate 10 where she had been roaming, was feral and protective of her 2 pups when she first came to YAPS in 2015. Malki spent well over a year learning to trust. Monica has been part of a team dedicated to Malki’s rehabilitation. Every day she got out for free time following volunteers and staff around the YAPS grounds after closing. During her “free time” Malki would not allow anyone to touch her and the very first time she got close enough to Monica to give her a lick was on July 23, 2016, and the first time Malki allowed Monica to pet her was on March 5, 2017. It has taken patience and consistency but now Malki is completely comfortable with people and ready for adoption.

 “We are truly thankful for our volunteers. Their help is vital to the pets at the YAPS facility and I am inspired by the dedication of our volunteers. Monica has filled an important role here at YAPS and we are fortunate that she is part of our team,” says YAPS executive director, Annette Florez.

Dec 09 2017

17,000. An impressive number no matter what it references. Unfortunately, I am referencing the nearly 17,000 animals that were euthanized by the 17 shelters located in San Bernardino County in 2016. These shelters span from Apple Valley to Yucca Valley and the cities in between.

17,000. Acknowledging this number increases the pressure on all pet lovers, especially the YAPS team of staff, volunteers and donors. Although we celebrated 640 cat and dog adoptions in 2016, it’s sometimes hard to feel successful when so many pets continue to lose their lives in the municipal shelters that surround Yucaipa. Still, we remain committed rescue warriors at YAPS, and we’re determined to lower the euthanasia rate in San Bernardino County one pet at a time.

Each week, YAPS takes in pets from both municipal shelters and from owners that can no longer provide care. Each week we field hundreds of calls from organizations and individuals looking for a no-kill shelter where they can safely surrender pets. Sadly we sometimes have only one vacancy at our facility and have to choose which life to save. This is the hardship of a rescue warrior. We face heartbreaking challenges like this together. It’s difficult, but the reward of a saving even a single life is well worth it.

To that end, YAPS placed 612 pets in 2017. So, whether you donate your time, talents or hard earned dollars to YAPS, please know that you are sincerely appreciated. Every donation gives life; every donation creates hope; every donation inspires others.

Thank you for your continued support. I wish you peace and happiness in 2018.

Sincerely,

Annette Florez

Aug 23 2017

 

Birthday Wish for Homeless Dog

 Hearing “I don’t want him . . . he’s not cute,” is all it took to motivate local middle school student, Lily Florez, to step into action. Lily is a volunteer with Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS), a nonprofit, pet rescue facility. On a recent Saturday afternoon she overhead a potential adopter say this about Pony Boy, a shepherd mix.  Lily’s birthday is next week and she has started a fundraising campaign asking for donations to go to YAPS to help cover the cost of his adoption fee in lieu of presents.

Lily, visits with 6 years young Pony Boy every chance she gets and her birthday wish is for Pony Boy to get a Forever home. Pony Boy has been at YAPS for 165 days and sometimes the pet care team wonders if it due to his scar.  He came in with this scar after sustaining a kick in the face from a horse.

Lily has learned that Pony Boy loves to go for walks, loves to play ball, enjoys a good meal and enjoys curling up next to you until he falls asleep. “I spend as much time as I can with Pony Boy when I volunteer at YAPS and hearing someone say he is not cute bothered me. I had to do something,” said Lily.

There have been other children in the community that have requested donations for the orphaned pets at YAPS in lieu of gifts. Recently, 7 year old Alex Grider, was able to raise $450.00 plus much needed supplies by making such a request for his birthday. “This is a positive way students can help homeless pets at YAPS and gives family members and friends the opportunity to make a difference as well,” said Ginger Bryk, YAPS Operations Manager.

 Donations for Pony Boy have not been totaled but it is likely that his fee will be reduced. For more information on Pony Boy, or any of his furry friends at Yucaipa Animal Placement Society call (909)790-1440 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jan 01 2017

Record Number of Pets Placed By YAPS in 2016

 YAPS is proud to announce that we have placed 640 homeless pets in 2016. The grand tally is 395 dogs and 245 cats placed.  These numbers equate an unmeasurable amount of love. This is the highest number of pets adopted out in YAPS’ 59 year history. 


"At YAPS, we save lives by accepting pets from owners and rescuing those that face euthanasia in local shelters.  These pets in turn, change the lives of the families that adopt them from YAPS.  This is a great way to be part of a positive change in our community," said YAPS Director, Annette Florez.

In 2016, YAPS accepted 426 dogs and cats from owners that could no longer care for them and rescued 169 dogs from the following local municipal shelters located in: Redlands, Devore, San Bernardino City, Corona, Coachella Valley, Apple Valley, and Rancho Cucamonga.

 “It is truly a team effort to help this many homeless pets,” said Ginger Bryk, Operations Manager at YAPS.

 Yucaipa Animal Placement Society was founded by Betty and Jim Martines in 1957.  The YAPS facility was built in 1983, at the current location on 13th Street in Yucaipa.  YAPS staff and volunteers are dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets in the region.

Apr 21 2016

YAPS Names Volunteer of the Year for 2016

 

During the month of April, Yucaipa Animal Placement Society celebrated “National Volunteer Appreciation Week” by hosting a luncheon for all current YAPS volunteers. 

During the luncheon, Redlands resident, Darlene Edwards, was named “Volunteer of the Year” and presented with a certificate of appreciation donated by Cobb’s Printing.

Darlene's dedication to YAPS has helped countless dogs get the socialization they needed to be adoptable. Many dogs come into YAPS feeling scared and alone.  Some may have been in abusive or neglected situations before coming to the YAPS facility. One of the most important tasks at YAPS is to socialize these animals so that they can be approached by adoptive families and so that they can learn to trust people again. Darlene has done many jobs at the shelter, but perhaps her largest contribution has been to aid these animals on their journeys home.

Darlene has been a volunteer for more than two years. She had recently retired from her job and wanted to volunteer somewhere where she could work with animals.

She had first heard about YAPS when she adopted a dog in 2005, but she was not aware of the volunteer program until she spoke to her neighbor, Monica Harris. Monica is also a volunteer at YAPS and she recommended the program to Darlene.

Darlene soon attended an orientation and has since been enjoying her time volunteering at the YAPS facility. Darlene does whatever is needed around the shelter, but she usually spends time socializing and exercising the dogs in the play yard.

"I enjoy seeing the dogs happy and playing in the yard," she says, "They are so excited to run around."

All of the dogs at YAPS have been special to Darlene, but she recalls one in particular that really touched her. Cinnabun was a scared little guy alone in quarantine. Darlene went and sat with 

him in his kennel. At first, all he did was sit and shake, but after some time he started to warm up to Darlene. After several weeks he felt secure enough with her to climb into her lap and let her pet him. He even seemed to look forward to Darlene's visits. Finally, Darlene decided that since he had adopted her, she should return the favor and adopt him.

“Everyone at YAPS is truly thankful for our volunteers.  Their help is vital to the animals at the YAPS facility and I am inspired by the work and giving hearts of all of our volunteers.  Darlene has filled an important role here at YAPS and we are fortunate to have her here every week,” says YAPS executive director, Annette Florez.

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Pets Placed in 2017

612

Animals Placed this Year

285

 

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