It has certainly been a busy April for the Shelter. Although we are adopting by appointment only, we fostered/adopted 18 cats and kittens! We are so grateful that these wonderful pets found new homes. Kitten season is in full swing. We recently took in a mom and 8 kittens (all have been adopted) and have 12 more kittens and several adult cats waiting to come in. On April 13th Have A Heart took in the 1000th dog since opening in March 2016.  That is quite an accomplishment for a small, 100% volunteer organization! For the first quarter of 2020, we have already taken in 129 animals, adopted 61, returned 4 to their owners and transferred 58.  These numbers do not include the 10 pups that left on Transport for Chicago on April 9th or the 13 adult dogs who left for Massachusetts (all pre-adopted) on April 16th. We could not do this work without support from our community. Thank you to all who support the Shelter.  There are many more animals in our community that need our help. If you are bored staying at home, maybe you would want to consider becoming a foster.  The Shelter covers the veterinary expense and food for all fostered animals.  Give us a call and we will send you a foster agreement to complete.

Our featured dog this week is a 7-month-old Texas Heeler named Arlie. This wonderful boy was brought to the shelter by his owner who could no longer care for him due to a change in his living circumstances. Arlie walks well on a leash, is used to being indoors, is house broken and gets along with other dogs. He may chase cats if they run. Arlie will be neutered this week and is ready for a new home.

Our featured cat is Checkers. This 7-month-old boy is friendly and playful. He loves to meet people and enjoys playing with children. He would make a great family pet. He was brought to the shelter with the rest of the litter when he was tiny. His brother and sisters all adopted several months ago, leaving poor Checkers behind. If you are interested in adopting Checkers, Arlie or any of our other pets, please call the shelter to set up an appointment to come in.

Because our Thrift Store is temporarily closed to the public, we are not turning over donated goods. We appreciate all donations, and 100% of the proceeds of the sales are used to care for our shelter animals, but we do ask at this time that you save your household goods until we have the opportunity to reopen our Thrift Store. We are asking for donations of pet food, especially puppy and kitten food, as we are caring for many animals and are running low. If you wish to deliver pet food to the Shelter, we will have bins placed outside of our building. We ask that you place the food in the bins. Our volunteers will retrieve the food daily. The temporary closing of the Thrift Store has greatly reduced the financial support received for covering the costs of veterinary care and the overhead necessary to maintain the building. As we do not receive public taxes or funding, we appreciate any contributions you are able to make. Contributions may be made via PayPal or by mail to P.O. Box 1030, Yellville, AR 72687. Have a Heart is located at 657 Highway 202 in Yellville. Phone 870-449-7387.