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HEBER SPRINGS HUMANE SOCIETY
September 10, 2009

I have been involved off and on for 10 years with the Heber Springs Humane Society. It is located in rural north central Arkansas and is the only shelter in a 50 mile radius. It is a private 501C-3 organization and takes in abandoned strays from Heber Springs and Cleburne County. After 17 years of keeping their adult dogs on chains outside, a new kennel building was opened in August 2007. It is beautiful and the dogs seem very happy to have a great home. Outside they used to jump on me and I would be covered in mud, now they are ready to go for a walk. The HS only has 3 employees to care for 2,000 animals per year. HSHS has a Thrift Shop on the court house square that helps support the shelter. There are over 100 volunteers that give a lot of hours of their time to help the animals in many ways, cleaning cages, dog walking, Thrift Shop (6 days a week, 9am - 3pm), fund raisers. This small shelter struggles to meet expenses, But they have been here since 1984. HSHS also is offering low cost spay/neuters for low income families. Call 501-362-7322 and talk to Wendy for this service.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The number of euthanasias are down this year by 50%. The manager really works at placing pets in permanent homes through rescue groups. I even drove 6 dogs 150 miles to Memphis TN to meet a wonderful rescue volunteer group. These dogs went to Canada.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work to pass city/county ordinances that would require spaying/neutering of pets over 6 months of age.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing pets find lifelong homes. Watching the new building being built with my volunteer help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

cheerful and very hard working

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire enough staff to walk all of the dogs twice a day and spay/neuter every pet in the county.

Ways to make it better...

There were fewer animals needing home.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

working with antiquated ideas concerning pet ownership and pet sterilization. the public is very un-educated when it comes to pet overpopulation and why healthy dogs and cats are dying so that the public may indiscremately breed their pets and have more.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Heber Springs Humane Society really tries hard to do the right things for the animals here. The county elected officials are a bunch of good ole boys that need a real education concerning animal welfare. I feel I have regressed 20 years by moving here.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & help with paper work.