Last week the Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic was held at Have a Heart. It was a hectic 3 days with several set-backs, but the volunteers got through it and over 100 animals were sterilized. This Spay and Neuter project has been in existence since 2010. There have literally been thousands of animals sterilized in an effort to reduce the amount of unwanted domestic pets and to help reduce the number of pets that end up in shelters. You would think with these numbers we would be seeing a reduction of animals at local shelters and rescues. Sadly, that is not the case. If you follow HAH on Facebook, you can see all of the animals that are constantly being found roaming in rural areas. These pets are most often dumped by irresponsible owners and left to fend for themselves. Our Shelter kennels are always full. We have a waiting list of people wanting to surrender their pets. There are dogs being held at Animal Control, but since there are no available kennels they may be euthanized when their holding time is over. Most of these issues could be prevented if people would take responsibility for their pets. Before you take on the responsibility of a new pet, make sure you will be able to provide for this animal for their whole life, not just until it’s no longer convenient for you.

            This week’s featured dog, Sally, is most likely one of these dumped dogs. She was found as a stray in a rural area. This sweet little girl is a tri-colored beagle mix weighing about 30 pounds. We estimate her to be about one year old. Sally is housebroken and gets along well with adults, children and other dogs.  She walks well on a leash and is very quiet and wants to please. She would make a great family pet. Stop by the Shelter to meet Sally or any of our other adoptable dogs. You may just fall in love.            

The featured kitty this week is Sherry. Sherry came to the Shelter as a stray with her 4 adorable kittens Butterscotch, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Ginger. She’s a beautiful cream color and is believed to be under a year old. Sherry is extremely affectionate and calm, but can be playful at times. She takes everyone and everything in stride. Lots of sweet personality in this girl! Sherry is up to date on her vaccines, she’s been spayed and is ready to meet her new owner. Stop by Have a Heart to meet Sherry and all of our other adoptable cats and kittens. Have a Heart is located at 657 Highway 202 in Yellville. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9am-3pm. As usual, we are still looking for reliable volunteers. Phone 870-449-7387.