Last week was considerably slower for local adoptions at Have a Heart. A sweet little dog named Teeko was the only pet who was adopted locally. Although adoptions numbers were down for the week, the HAH volunteers still had plenty of things to do at the Shelter. We are getting ready for the upcoming Spay and Neuter Clinic. This involves setting up recovery areas for both dogs and cats. We rearrange Thrift Store merchandise to make room for kitty recovery. Temporary kennels and mats have to come out of storage for dog recovery, as well as kennels for the kitties. Conducting the 3 day Clinic is a huge effort. Many of our volunteers work all three Clinic days. Things can get stressful at times, but everyone who volunteers knows the only way we’ll ever reduce the numbers of unwanted puppies and kittens in our area is through spay and neuter. In addition to preparing for S & N Clinic, our volunteers took 10 dogs to get their Health Certificates so they can leave for transport to Massachusetts on April 2nd. These dogs have all been adopted and have families awaiting their arrival. Good luck to the fur babies in their new homes.
Speaking of Spay and Neuter, Community Cat Project numbers for last month were very good. Despite a full 10 days of very snowy, freezing winter weather, this February was our best February since we’ve started the program. A total of 33 community cats were Trapped, Neutered and Returned: 15 females & 18 males at a total cost of $1,236 averaging $37 per cat. County Breakdown: Baxter 15, Marion 10, Boone 3, Newton 5 and Searcy 0. We issued 78 new vouchers during February, while answering many resident’s calls for help with the cats they’re feeding outside. This brings our total to date of community cats TNR’d to 1,019 since we began the program. Yes, we fixed our 1,000th cat last month! Many, many thanks to all of you for your efforts, your support and your belief in spay/neuter as the best solution for outdoor cats and the people who care for them! If you would like more info about the Community Cat Project contact Rose Hilliard, 870-427-4013.
This week’s featured cat is Chloe Marie. Chloe Marie is about 3 years old. She was found as a kitten and cared for by a kind gentleman. Unfortunately, he was no longer able to care for her and she was brought to HAH. Chloe is a very loving cat and enjoys being petted and snuggled. She was an indoor cat and is litter box trained. Chloe is not very fond of dogs. You can meet Chloe and our other adoptable pets at Have a Heart during regular hours, Thursday through Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm. We do not have a featured dog for this week. Have a Heart is located at 657 Highway 202 in Yellville. Phone 870-449-7387.