At the Yucaipa City Council meeting on Dec.14, the city of Yucaipa presented a Capital Improvement Grant to Executive Director of YAPS (The Yucaipa Animal Placement Society) Annette Florez, in the amount of $50,000.

Fellow board members Jolena Grider and Denise Work accompanied Florez for the evening presentation.

“I am here to say thank you to Councilmember Riddell for all his hard work on our behalf and to the rest of the council for always being there to support YAPS, we sincerely appreciate it,” said Florez.

Councilmember Dick Riddell said, “On behalf of the council I would like to present this check of $50,000 to YAPS to complete its quarantine building. YAPS has been a favorite charity of mine for many years. I want everyone to understand that this was unanimous by the city council.”

 Florez said, “I just want to thank everybody here for this as it is the biggest donation YAPS has received to date.”

“This is going to be altering for our organization. At this point now we have been working really hard on our K-9 holding area.

“This gives us promise to enclose the area, to save more pets and to be a better resource to our local community as well as our outlying communities … It means everything, not only to us but to the pets that are homeless at YAPS,” Florez said.

Written by Michelle Lopez as printed by News Mirror