Pets of the Week

With the start of the New Year, the volunteers and board members at Have a Heart want to continue to grow and evolve as an organization that helps the less fortunate animals in our county and surrounding areas. We plan on improving with technology, building updates and animal enrichment programs. As mentioned in a previous article, we wanted to purchase a Shelter software program. After comparing the benefits of several different programs the board members decided upon Pet Point. With this program it will be easier to stay up to date on vaccines, medications and other records concerning the animals in our care. Some other benefits of this program include microchips and registration for all adopted animals at no additional charge for their new owners. Newly adopted pets will also come with one free month of Pet Insurance. After the first month the owners will have the option of continuing to pay for the benefits in both programs. The new software will also upload our information to multiple pet adoption sites and our website so our fur-babies get more online exposure, which in turn means a better chance at adoption. As for the building, we are in the process of constructing a cinder block wall on the rear wall of our building. Once it is painted and sealed, this will make it easier to keep the kennels clean and help prevent the spread of any infectious diseases. Thanks to the volunteers that have been working on this project. Animal enrichment is anything that improves our pets lives while they wait to find their fur-ever homes. This may include playing fetch, interactive toys or learning basic commands for the dogs. Cats are more independent so enrichment for them could be time spent in the Catio or play time with a volunteer. If a cat has been homeless for some time he or she may not be very trusting of people so even just being held and petted could be enrichment for them. If you are interested in the Animal Enrichment Program or would like to help in any other way, we can always use more volunteers. Visit the Shelter for more information.

This week our kitty gets top billing. Meet Marian the Librarian. She was found trying to get into the Reynolds Library in Mountain Home by way of the roof. Thankfully, she was rescued by some of the library staff. Marian is a petite, long haired girl with dark tabby markings that are almost marbled. We estimate her age at about 8 months. Marian is sweet and friendly and purrs easily. She is a bit underweight at this time, but we’re trying to get her up to a normal weight. Marian would love to curl up in your lap and read a good book with you. You can meet Marian and our other adoptable kitties at the Shelter.

Mona is our featured pup this week. Mona is a sweet loving girl who is almost 3 months old. She appears to be a boxer mix and was surrendered by her owner. Like most puppies, she has a lot of energy and loves her toys. She is doing very well with learning housebreaking, but is still young and is not yet fully potty trained. Mona loves everybody and would be a great addition to your home if you have the time, energy and patience to train a young dog. Mona has not yet been spayed, but she could be fostered pending adoption until she’s old enough to be spayed. Stop by Have a Heart to meet Mona and our other adoptable dogs. While you’re there check out the bargains in our Thrift Store. Have a Heart is located at 657 Highway 202 in Yellville. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 am to 3 pm. Phone 870-449-7387.