YAPS, rescue facility, saving animals since 1957

Dogs in the kennel are ready to find their “fur-ever home.”

The Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS) is a non-profit rescue facility for canines and felines and has been serving the citizens of Yucaipa and surrounding areas since 1957 and for many of those years the entire Inland Empire. The Executive Director of YAPS is Annette Florez.

The YAPS facility has a cage-free cattery which is 1644 square feet, a small holding area for felines, 12 adoptable dog kennels, 18 quarantine dog kennels in a separate holding area and two play yards. As a pet rescue facility, YAPS finds it necessary to separate recently rescued pets to avoid possible contamination of their adoptable pets. The length of stay in the holding /quarantine area is 10 to 14 days and during this time careful watch is on each pet’s eyes, ears, nose, fecal matter and respiratory activity. If a pet comes in with no vaccine history, they get a booster two weeks after their arrival, spay or neuter, rabies vaccine, dewormer, whatever is necessary for adoption.

YAPS is proud to announce that it was able to find forever homes for 503 homeless pets in 2019. “As of last month the intake shows 518 lives were saved, 365 of those pets came from owner surrenders or owners that can no longer care for their pets, 135 came from local shelters and 18 that were returned and readopted out. Out of the 518 pets, 187 were cats and 331 dogs,” said Florez.

“YAPS was started by Betty Martines who lived on California Street. She was very charismatic and definitely a rescue pioneer. At that time, Yucaipa was very rural and people would drive out here to dump animals. She had a special way about her and would call her friends that had ranches and lived locally and she would convince them that they needed this dog that she had just found. That is really how she started YAPS,” said Florez.

Florez went on to say, “In 1982, the kennels, which are at the top of the property, were the first construction project, completed in 1983. That is when they first started operating here. Her family along with her husband and local groups including the Yucaipa Rotary were instrumental in helping to get various buildings at this facility built.”

Volunteers play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the YAPS facility performing a variety of tasks from socializing with the animals to assisting with adoptions, daily cleaning duties, fundraisers, and everything in between. No matter the interest, skill set, or age of the volunteer, YAPS has a task that any age can perform and would love your help. You are never too young to make a difference. Check out the “Volunteer Program” on YAPS website (yaps.org) to see all the recommendations for all ages for the volunteers.

The Senior to Senior program offers an opportunity for seniors in the area. “This program is open to anyone 65 and older. Our goal is to match pets that are considered seniors, 8 years of age and older, with a human senior citizen,” said Florez.

There is a discount for the Senior to Senior program which is $75 for the adoption fee. The adoption includes all the same things as it would for a normal adoption which are spay/neuter, vaccines, microchip, and dewormer plus tooth extractions if necessary. Before adoption, pets are taken to the veterinarian and if there are any medical issues they are disclosed to the adoptees.

You can help with your donation by shopping at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to YAPS. YAPS is doing business totally from private donations 47%, fundraising events 15%, grants 1%, owner surrender donations 2%, miscellaneous income 2%, YAPS store 2% and adoption fees 32% as referenced from the annual report of the 2018 income and expenses report. The public can find out about the fundraising events through The News Mirror, social media, and YAPS website.”

“We are looking forward to another year of saving lives. The biggest thing is that people sometimes confuse us with animal control and we are not, we are a non-profit rescue facility for cats and dogs. The majority of our pets do come from owner surrenders and the reason why that is important to us is that it does provide a service to the community that supports us but also it keeps pets out of the municipal shelter environment where they could be exposed to different illnesses,” said Florez.

YAPS has a donation “Wish List” includes can be found on their website. Every donation gives life; every donation creates hope, every donation inspires others.

The YAPS is located at 11937 13th St., 790-1440. Hours Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday, yaps.org

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