Last week Have a Heart hosted the final Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic for 2019. During the 4 day Clinic, 150 dogs and cats were sterilized. Thanks to all the pet owners who signed up for the clinic and are doing their part to help put an end to overcrowded shelters and rescues, and the abandonment of unwanted domestic pets. Also thanks to all the volunteers who worked together tirelessly to make this happen. Many of our volunteers were there for all 4 days and stayed most of the day, if not all day. Thanks for stepping up and doing your part to help the fur-kids.

            As the Clinic was winding down on Friday afternoon, the Thrift Store volunteers were breaking down the Spay and Neuter kitty recovery room and beginning to set up Christmas items. There will be new merchandise as space becomes available. Make sure to visit the Thrift Store and browse the holiday items. We have a lot of donated merchandise that is worthy of gift-giving and many bargains to be had.

            Our 4th annual Soup and Chili Dinner fundraiser will be held this Saturday, November 23rd from 5 to 8 p.m. at Madden’s Auction House on 14th St. in Yellville. C’mon out and enjoy a delicious meal of soup, chili, cornbread and desserts, all for a $7.00 donation. Rio, a local favorite band, will be performing. We will have a pie and cake auction as well as a silent auction. This is always an enjoyable evening to catch up with friends and neighbors that you may not see very often. The HAH volunteers hope to see you there. Tickets are available in advance at the Shelter or you can get your ticket at the door on Saturday.

            We have multiple featured kittens this week, all hoping to find their fur-ever homes. The featured kittens are the tiny babies that were abandoned (dumped) a couple weeks ago on a cold night with no heat source. The smallest one weighed only 0.38 lb and we weren’t sure that little one was even going to make it. One of HAH’s dedicated volunteers provided extra care and hand fed the three smallest and they are all stronger and happy now. We are looking for permanent homes for these little ones. They are up for adoption and will be spayed/neutered when they reach the right age.  We would like to have them raised in a loving home rather than in a kennel at the shelter, not to mention that the cattery is full!  As much as the Have a Heart volunteers love each of our shelter cats and kittens, we know that they deserve a better life as a cherished companion with a home of their own.  Do you have space in your home and your heart to give one (or more) of these little babies the chance they deserve? Stop by the Shelter to meet these little cuties and see if one of them might be the little companion you need in your life.

            Our featured pup this week is Ellie. Ellie came in with her brother and sister as strays from a small rural community. They look like they may be full blooded Walker Treeing Coonhounds. Ellie and her siblings were a little skinny when they arrived, but are putting on weight daily. Ellie currently weighs about 28 pounds and is estimated to be approximately 7 months old. Ellie is a very friendly and loving little girl.  She is learning to walk on a leash and is also getting the hang of house training. She gets along well with other dogs and children.  If you love the sound of a baying hound, adorable Ellie may be the pup for you.

            Have a Heart is located at 657 Highway 202 in Yellville. Hours are 9 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Phone 870-449-7387.