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Why Giving Local Matters

In Paw Talk by HSO Sally0 Comments

While there are many wonderful animal welfare advocacy organizations out there, not all are created equal and this is certainly the case in the arena of national level organizations. Did you know that the Humane Society of the United States is not an oversight or umbrella group for local humane societies? Rather, they are a national level lobbying and advocacy group that has distinct goals and objectives that are quite different from ours here at HSO and most local humane societies. They very rarely become involved in assisting with local rescue efforts, even when it is large scale hoarding situations that tap every resource a local organization has, whether it be financial, veterinary care, places to care for the rescued animals …

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Realities of Rescue

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Rescue work is amazing. Rescue work is heartbreaking. Rescue work is rewarding. Rescue work is the right thing to do. All of these statements are true and there is one other big reality. Rescue work is not cheap. It takes time, it takes resources, it takes money. All of the animals must receive veterinary care. They must have testing for parasites and most of the time they need treatment for at least fleas, ticks and worms. They must receive vaccines. They must be quarantined until we are certain they do not have contagious illnesses such as Parvo or Distemper. They also must be spayed or neutered and have a microchip placed. We have wonderful partnerships with veterinary clinics that do …

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Preparing Your Pets For Winter

In Paw Talk, Seasonal Tips by HSO Sally0 Comments

Have you seen the weather forecasts for next week here in Northwest Arkansas? Baby, it’s going to be cold outside! Why not prepare some shelter for any outdoor cats in your neighborhood? We have some great tips and videos on easy, inexpensive shelters. All animals need shelter and of course we at HSO hope all your animals are inside where it is safe and warm at night. We do know there are neighborhood cats and other cats that primarily stay outside, though, and we have found a wide array of options for keeping them warm and dry. You also want to remember that these outdoor cats will consume more calories as they try to stay warm in the winter, so be …