Pets of the Week

            Spring is in the air and it’s a great time to be outdoors. Take a break from the yard and garden clean-up and come enjoy some fresh air while taking one of the Have a Heart dogs for a stroll. We could use a few more reliable volunteers. If dog walking is not your thing, we can also use help caring for the cats and kittens, socializing the pets, doing laundry or cleaning and sanitizing.  Stop by the Shelter for more information about volunteering.

            Our featured pup for this week is Odie. Odie is a young boxer mix with a pretty golden coat. Odie and his 3 litter mates were surrendered to the Shelter at a very young age. They have been in a foster home until this week when they were brought back to the Shelter to be adopted. Odie weighs 16 lbs, is outgoing, affectionate, confident, healthy and of course – totally adorable! He is a growing boy and will likely be about 50-60 lbs. when mature. Odie does well with other dogs, cats and children. He has been neutered and is ready to find a fur-ever home and family.  

            Our featured kitty this week is Grayson and here’s his story. “Grayson is the name they gave me when I arrived in February. I’m a large handsome gray tabby boy and I’m about a year old. I had a family, but my people moved and left me behind. I waited for them to return but they never did. I can’t believe they abandoned me. I don’t get along very well with the adult cats at the Shelter, but I’m fine with the kittens. What I would really like is getting a home of my own with a nice cozy lap, lots of attention and a toy or two for chasing.” Stop by HAH to meet this sweet young cat and our other adoptable cats and kittens.

            Last week you may have read the news stories or saw on TV about the disturbing animal cruelty charges brought against a Marion County man. Authorities responding to a house fire discovered a scared, starving dog under the structure and proceeded to rescue her. Other dogs were found at the property, but sadly, it was too late for them. The dog’s owner has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty along with a slew of other charges. Thanks to Marion County Sheriff Clinton Evans and his office for pursuing these charges. If you are aware of this kind of animal abuse, please don’t hesitate to file a report. Fawkes, the rescued dog, now has a home with the Fire Chief and is beginning the long road to recovery. Her story touched the hearts of all the Shelter volunteers. Have a Heart is stepping up to cover Fawkes’ vet bills. The poor girl has multiple health issues.  There is a link on our F/B page to the KY3 News story and Baxter Bulletin articles if you would like more details. You can help out with Falkes’ vet bills by sending a check to HAH including a notation that it’s for Falkes or donate through our website, www.haveaheartpetshelter.org  and message us that you would like your donation to go to Falkes. Have a Heart is located at 657 Highway 202 in Yellville. Shelter and Thrift Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9 am to 3 pm. Phone 870-449-7387.