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TOL Dispatch 03/17/2017

In TOL Dispatch by HSO Sally

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! We hope you are enjoying your spring. We are working on putting more into our blog here on our website and will also be restarting a newsletter. The newsletter will be in the format of a short, informative update sent out monthly with links to relevant upcoming events and accomplishments. Be watching for the TOL Dispatch to begin hitting your inbox at the end of every month. Another great way to keep up with what is happening at HSO is to follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts! We know you love seeing pictures of the cute pups.  Our annual membership meeting on March 6 had a nice turn out and we so enjoyed seeing everyone that made it out …

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Happy 2017

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Team HSO is gearing up for a fantastic year with all of our animal welfare programs. This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the HSO Dogwood Walk at Gulley Park. We are very excited to announce that we have received a generous grant from the Arkansas Animal Rescue Foundation to assist in funding all of our spay and neuter endeavors for the year. Our online fundraiser for rescue dogs Hope and Tank was a huge success and we are watching them gain weight and thrive as they wait for their new forever homes. January is the time of year when we ask all our members to please renew their annual memberships and kick off our membership drive for new …

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Rescue Tails: Prince

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Hi, Prince here! I am having a BLAST in my new home. My dad and mom love me very much! I have four human siblings whom I love playing with in our two acres yard, along with my two doggie siblings! My family has all rescue dogs, which is great. They were able to provide me with a loving, high energy life which is just what I need, being a one-year old German Shepherd. Before I met my new family I had a bit of a rough life. I had to have surgery on my leg after being hit by a car, and once I was healed up, I did not get enough of the exercise or training that I …

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The Strays of Northwest Arkansas

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Let’s talk about stray animals in our area. I routinely hear of people that found a dog, for a variety of reasons cannot keep it, but do for a few days or a week, and then they are stunned to find out they cannot just walk into their local shelter and turn it over at that point. They need to schedule a surrender date because by that time, the law considers it their animal. There are actually a number of reasons why this is not the best way of handling a stray dog.  The first place most people turn to after losing a pet and not being able to find it in their immediate neighborhood is their local animal control …

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Why Giving Local Matters

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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 …

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The Importance of Winter Care for Your Animals

In Cats, Paw Talk, Seasonal Tips by HSO Sally0 Comments

Tessa’s Tale Meet Tessa! This precious little girl’s life got off to a pretty rough start. She was found in January of 2014 (during a particularly cold period) on the side of the road. She was alone, half-frozen, and near death at only six-weeks old! Thanks to a Good Samaritan she was rescued and taken to a local veterinarian where she could be taken care of. It was there that it was discovered that she was suffering from frostbite on her ears and the tip of her tail. Frostbite can occur at (or just below) the freezing point of 32 degrees Fahrenheit when an animal is exposed for more than a few minutes. The extremities, including the ears, toes, tails, …