Humane Society of the Ozarks actively works to overcome the challenges causing animals to be abandoned, abused and overpopulated in Northwest Arkansas. We believe the main causes are economic stress, lack of proper education in pet care and lack of informational resources. In response to these challenges, we have developed the following programs:
Adoption Program: HSO acquires animals that have been abused, abandoned, neglected or as relief to shelters in need of more space. These animals need medical care ranging from vaccinations and routine veterinary exams to treatment of illness or injury or surgery. Our foster families and volunteers work tirelessly to promote our adoptable animals at adoption and community events. Through our efforts we raise awareness to adopt versus buy from breeders. Click here for more information about this program, to view our adoptable pets, or to donate to this program.
Foster Program: HSO often acquires animals that have been abused, abandoned or neglected and are in need of finding their forever homes. These animals require a special kind of love and understanding in order to be matched with their forever family. Because of this, our foster program is one of the most important programs that we have. In order for these animals to find their forever home they need to be properly socialized and provided with a safe, loving environment. We are in constant need of foster families. A loving home is the best possible place for an animal and is important for their well being. It also gives us the opportunity to learn more about that animal when they are in a home environment. Click here for more information about this program, to donate to this program, or to apply to foster a pet.
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Voucher Program: HSO provides low-cost spay/neuter vouchers to residents of Northwest Arkansas, regardless of income level or location. We pay a portion of the spay/neuter surgery and the pet owner pays a portion. Due to the generosity of participating veterinary clinics agreeing to the reduced fee, which is paid by the pet owner and the rebate given by HSO, any pet owner can obtain reduced cost spay or neuter service. Click here for more information about this program, to donate to this program or to apply for a spay/neuter voucher.
Feral Cat Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR): We provide residents of Northwest Arkansas with the knowledge and resources to conduct a Trap/Neuter/Release (TNR) program in their own community. We loan humane traps, provide the information needed to successfully complete the TNR and refer a low-cost spay/neuter program. We are also available for consultation, encouragement and advice. Click here for more information about this program or to donate to this program.
Emergency Veterinary Care Voucher Program: Our emergency veterinary care vouchers provide assistance in obtaining basic veterinary care for pets of low income families. These vouchers are not for routine care. The program is designed to help low income families when their pet is ill or injured. Animals can be taken to one of our participating veterinary clinics for evaluation and care. By providing assistance, we hope that more pets can be kept with their families rather than relinquished because the family couldn’t afford veterinary care. Click here for more information about this program, to donate to this program. To apply for an emergency veterinary care voucher, please call our office at (479) 444-PETS.
Education Program: In order to make a larger impact in our community Humane Society of the Ozarks is partnering with a community-wide Animal Care Education Committee (ACE). By collaborating with other animal welfare organizations we are able to make a larger impact. Our education program focuses on proper pet care, the importance of spaying and neutering, how to properly approach an unfamiliar animal and what to do if animal abuse is suspected. Click here for more information about this program.
Senior Pet Care Program: We provide senior citizens of Northwest Arkansas who are going into a nursing home or assisted living facility with the knowledge and resources to keep their animals with them and make arrangements for their future. We furnish seniors with information regarding facilities that allow pets, access to pet sitters, dog walkers and volunteers that can help them care for their pets. We also provide counseling regarding future placement to prevent these pets from winding up in shelters in the case their owners become unable to care for them. Click here for more information about this program.
Shelter & Rescue Outreach Program: Providing care and assistance for all the companion animals in need in Northwest Arkansas cannot be accomplished by any single organization. HSO is proud to provide grants to 501(c)(3) rescues and shelters through-out our region to assist in their operations and needs. Click here to find out more about this program or to donate to this program.