It has been another good week at the Shelter. Some dogs and cats found their forever homes, and seven dogs were transported to Massachusetts, where their new adopters were waiting. Ten dogs will leave next month, but some adoptable dogs have come in so please check our website, Petfinder, Petango, Adopt-a-Pet or Pet Harbor to see the new faces. In addition, Have a Heart Pet Shelter received a grant from American Humane’s Feed the Hungry fund. “We serve Marion County, Arkansas, which includes four major communities; Yellville, Bull Shoals, Flippin and Summit,” said Linda Vincent, President of Have a Heart Pet Shelter. “We started a program this year called The Pet Food Assistance Program and it’s primarily for people who are at the impoverished level, who are disabled, and are unable to provide adequate food for their animals. We are doing this with the assistance of American Humane, who recently gave us a grant so that we can provide food to these people, so they are able to continue caring for the animals in their homes. Thank you so much to American Humane for helping us with this wonderful program.”

Our featured dog this week is a 3-year-old handsome bulldog/terrier mix named Bandit. This friendly dog was brought to the shelter as a stray a year ago. Although he was heartworm positive, he was successfully treated by a veterinarian and is now on heartworm prevention. This boy is playful and jolly and was taken through a basic obedience class by one of our volunteers. He loves people, riding in cars and playing with balls. He chases cats and small dogs and would not be suitable for a home with small children as he is likely to knock them over and give them slobbery kisses. He especially likes young men! He is such a wonderful dog and will be a great companion for the right person.

This week we are featuring one of our kittens – a 10-week-old black and white tuxedo named Johnny. He is cute little fellow and can be fostered until he is neutered, at which time we would complete the adoption. If you are interested in adopting, please call the shelter to set up an appointment to come in.

We anticipate that our Thrift Store will be opening soon, and we plan to hold a big outdoor yard sale to celebrate our re-opening. We appreciate all donations (except for clothing or shoes), and 100% of the proceeds of the sales are used to care for our shelter animals. We ask that donations be placed in the marked bins outside of our building. Our volunteers will retrieve the donations 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.