Despite the winter weather, the Shelter continues to be a very busy place. Last Tuesday we put five dogs on transport to Massachusetts. They arrived on Thursday, and by Saturday they had all been adopted. Best wishes for those fur-babies in their new homes. Locally, pups Dolly and Hogan were adopted in addition to Ali, the cat. We have four more dogs coming in next week to fill the kennel spaces.
Last week HAH held registration days for the upcoming Spay and Neuter Clinic which is scheduled for March 17th – 19th. About 75% of the openings were filled. If you would like to register for any of the remaining spots, you may do so in person at the Shelter on any Wednesday or Friday from 10am – 2pm. If you missed the first registration, make sure to get to the Shelter soon to reserve your place. Once the schedule is filled, we will take names for a stand-by list in case there are any cancellations.
The 2019 numbers have been totaled for the Shelter. We found homes locally for 155 dogs and 95 cats. We transferred 285 dogs (mostly puppies) to out of state rescues and 6 cats transferred to other rescues in Arkansas. We returned 37 dogs and 2 cats to their owners. Regarding Spay and Neuter, it was our best year to date. The Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinics that were held at HAH sterilized 396 animals. The Community Cat Project (a trap, neuter, release program for feral and outdoor cats) sterilized 298 felines. When you add to that amount the 250 Shelter pets that were spayed or neutered prior to adoption, we have sterilized a total of 944 cats and dogs. These projects prevented the birth of literally thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies. Thanks to the volunteers who freely give their time and energy to make these programs a success. Thanks to all the generous donors who financially support these programs. Great things can be accomplished when a community comes together.
Oscar is our featured dog for this week. Oscar is a handsome, one year old boxer mix who weighs about 65 lbs. He was surrendered by his owners who said they did not have time for him. Oscar walks fairly well on a leash, will sit on command and he is housebroken. He would benefit from additional training since he is an exuberant youngster and will sometimes jump on people. Oscar seems to get along well with other dogs, but we’re not sure how he is with cats. He definitely needs to find a home where his owners can devote more time to this sweet, big boy. Stop by Have a Heart where you can meet Oscar and our other adoptable dogs.
Our featured kitty for the week is Sassyfrass. Adorable, outgoing Sassyfrass is a stray from the Yellville area. She was found on a busy highway near the Post Office. She’s a beautiful, plush, dilute tortoiseshell and is about 4 months of age. Sassy is affectionate and adventuresome. She takes everyone and everything in stride, all with an ongoing audible purr. There is a lot of sweet purr-sonality in this girl! She would be a good family pet but would also be happy with just one person to cuddle with and call her own.
You can meet Sassyfrass and our other adoptable kittens at the Shelter during our regular hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm. Have a Heart is located at 657 Highway 202 in Yellville. Phone 870-449-7387.