Where do all these puppies come from? We work so hard to educate of the importance of spay and neuter, and work hand-in-hand with low cost sterilization services to try to ensure that as many people as possible can participate, but homeless puppies are still shivering in the cold.  Fortunately for a few of these puppies, the promise of a better life came to them last week. Seventeen puppies and six dogs left Arkansas for good and were transported to adoption partners out-of-state where they will find loving homes. All of us who work in animal rescue hope that one day soon the phone calls from people looking for pets will far out-number the calls for assistance with dumped or unwanted litters.

Adoptions were very slow for us last week. We hope to make up for it by featuring a couple of beautiful pets that are available right now. Bella is a two-year-old Husky/Lab mix with a thick coat and striking eyes. She was found as a stray and fostered until she could be taken into the shelter (here’s a big THANK YOU to all the folks who foster for us). She is housebroken and walks nicely on a leash. She is affectionate with people, but choosy about her animal friends and would do best as an only dog.

This week’s featured young cat is named Leo.  This handsome, lean brown tabby boy was rescued as a stray kitten near Crooked Creek. He has grown up at the shelter and is now a well-socialized, playful one-year-old. We believe that he would adapt to new situations very well and he gets along with other cats.

You can meet Leo, Bella and the other adoptable pets 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.