I always seem to be on the go and see many things that catch my eye during my travels. This past week, as I was driving through town, I glanced down a side street and saw a very intact male pit bull strutting down the road by himself. I hate to see this since I am always promoting our low cost spay and neuter clinic, and because there are literally MILLIONS of unwanted animals that are euthanized in this country every year. If you choose not to spay or neuter your pet, that’s your business, but you should at least be a RESPONSIBLE pet owner and keep the animal in your own yard. Your pet should not be out wandering the streets causing more unwanted litters that are then left for someone else to deal with. There are dozens of volunteers who work tirelessly with the Spay and Neuter clinic to help prevent these unwanted puppies. If people took the time to look into this matter, they would find that there are many benefits to spaying and neutering besides just preventing unwanted litters. It’s better for your pet’s health, male dogs are less likely to roam, and may be more well behaved. It costs less money to spay or neuter your pet than it does to care for a litter of puppies. I found a lot of information on this subject on the ASPCA website. If you would like info about our local low cost spay and neuter clinics, visit the website at www.spayneuterncar.org. Do the right thing; spay or neuter your pet.
With that said, it’s on to this week’s featured pets. Our kitty Willow gets top billing this week. Willow is a darling grey and white kitty who is estimated to be about 6 months of age. Around mid-January, she was rescued from under a porch where someone was threatening to shoot her. She was very shy when she first came to the shelter. After a couple months of love and care from our awesome cat volunteers, Willow is much more sociable and has become a real people lover. She is very sweet and loving and has turned into a total lap cat. If you’re looking for a cuddly kitty, she may just be the girl for you. You can see her affection for people in her picture as she is gazing up at our volunteer. Stop by and meet Willow and our other adoptable cats.
We are featuring 2 dogs for this week, Jackson and Biscuit. The boys have been in the shelter since around Thanksgiving. They were illegally dumped at the Shelter and were rather feral. They were afraid of everything and everybody. Within a couple of weeks they became familiar with all the volunteers at the Shelter and quickly learned the schedule of being walked twice a day and when they would be fed. They have become very attached to us. One day, Jackson got loose from the walker and ran straight to the door to come in. They are very well acclimated to their kennel life. That being said, they are also protective of their space. When unfamiliar people come in, they bark and act aggressive toward them so as to protect their space. We feel strongly that both of them can adjust to a new environment if it is their new home and they are well cared for. These dogs would be excellent watch dogs and protectors of your property. If you live at the end of a road and worry about unwanted people showing up or if the deer continuously eat your garden, these are the dogs for you. They are Mountain Curs and are about 1 1/2 years old. As with all our dogs, they are neutered, and up to date on all their shots. The adoption fee is $75 or both for $150. Give these boys a chance. Our shelter is located at 657 Highway 202 in Yellville. We are open Tuesday through Saturday 9am-3pm. Closed Sunday and Monday (but we still walk the dogs). Phone 870-449-7387.