Before we get to Shelter happenings for this week, the Board members and volunteers at HAH would like to acknowledge the passing of a good friend and supporter, Dr. Gary Ponder. Doc worked with us when we were a start up Shelter with extremely limited resources and gave us guidance in effective, cost efficient methods to provide care for Shelter animals. He also assisted us by being the Emergency Vet for the Volunteer Low Cost Spay & Neuter Program and issued several health certificates for animals being transported out of state. Without his generosity, compassion, knowledge and support, we probably would have not been as successful as we have been in establishing an animal shelter in Marion County. The Shelter feels honored that Dr. Gary Ponder liked what we were doing at the Shelter well enough to have memorials directed to us upon his passing. See you over the Rainbow Bridge, Doc.
Although Have a Heart Shelter and Thrift Store is temporarily closed for walk-in business (due to concerns about Covid-19), we continue to find new homes for the less fortunate animals in our area. Adoptions are being done by appointment only. This past week’s adoptions included sweet kitty, Ms. Tiddles, 6 puppies and 1 dog. Lucky pups for the week were Jaxon, Cooper, Ruby, Rosie, Bo, Maggie and Nova. Check out our Facebook page to see pictures of the fur-kids with their new families. Have a Heart also took in 7 Coonhound/ Great Pyreneese puppies last week. We don’t see much Pyrenees in these pups. They all look like adorable little hounds. There are 2 males and 5 females. They are going to a foster home and will be available for Foster/Pending adoption in 2 weeks.
Our featured dog for this week is Buddy Holly. Buddy Holly is a 3 ½ month old, Doxie-Border Collie mix. He currently weighs 16 lbs and may get to 40 lbs. when he is full grown. He came to the Shelter on Saturday because he was being a bully to his brothers. Didn’t you ever pick on your brothers? Because he is not old enough to be neutered and have a rabies vaccine, he cannot be adopted for another couple of weeks. However, Buddy can be fostered pending adoption. That’ll be the Day when Buddy Holly gets adopted, maybe by Peggy Sue.
This week’s featured kitty is Chili. Chili is a drop dead gorgeous female Maine Coon mix. She is a deep Chocolate color on top and a lighter Chestnut color underneath. We estimate her to be about 5 to 6 years young. Her owner passed away and she and several other house pet kitties were being temporarily cared for by Community Cat Project coordinator, Rose Hilliard. Unbeknownst to Rose, the out-of-town family members tossed all the inside pets outside one day and changed the locks, without saying anything. Once Rose realized what had happened, she went into action and rescued as many of the inside cats as she could. They were scared and hungry, not understanding why they had been thrown out. She vetted them and got basic blood tests done. Chili did test positive for FIV, but she appears to be healthy and has been well cared for.
Call HAH to schedule an appointment to meet Chili, Buddy Holly and our other adoptable pets. You can see our adoptable pets on the Shelter website, www.haveaheartpetshelter.org, or on Petfinder, Adopt a Pet, Petango, and Pet Harbor. Have a Heart is located at 657 Highway 202 in Yellville. Phone 870-449-7387 to schedule a meet and greet for adoptable pets or for more information.