Lilly Florez and Pony Boy

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. She also is a Highland resident and attends Beattie Middle School.

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 info@yaps.org.

Yucaipa Valley Animal Placement Society is a no kill, non profit animal shelter that strives to prevent euthanasia of dogs and cats in shelters throughout the region by providing them a temporary safe haven until a permanent loving home can be found.

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