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Whoever said money can’t buy happiness has never paid an adoption fee!

Our Program: The Humane Society of the Ozarks rescues animals that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or as relief to shelters in need of more space.  Each animal we take in is given a thorough examination by a veterinarian and treated for any ailments prior to becoming available for adoption.  Our wonderful fosters and doggie-daycare facility then takes the time to get to know that animal and show them the kindness and compassion that has been missing in their lives.  They are also able to give them specialized behavioral training and socialization to make sure we can successfully match them to their forever families.  We continue this relationship even after their adoption by providing any support or advice the adoptive family might need.

Each animal has been spayed or neutered, tested (and treated if necessary) for all parasites, received all vaccinations to bring them up to date for their age, and flea and tick medication.  They will receive their first month of Sentinal (which protects against heartworm, fleas, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms) free as well as a detailed description of their personality and likes/dislikes.

invisible-fence-logo-smAs a bonus, the Invisible Fence Company of Arkansas offers pet containment solutions to fit a variety of needs and a variety of animals.  They offer a training program that ensures the pet’s safety and a money back guarantee.  Each person that adopts a pet through HSO is offered a $100 discount on the purchase of a fence.  In addition, $75 is donated to HSO for the purchase of any fence by an HSO member.  The Invisible Fence Company of Arkansas has been a supporter of HSO for several years, so please help support a company that has the safety of pets as its main goal!

Not Sure You’re Ready to Commit to Adoption Yet?

You are welcome to foster them in your home while you get to know them and determine if they are the right companion for your household.  You can also sponsor a pet’s boarding costs or a portion of their adoptions fees as well. Donate To This Program!

Want to Meet One of Our Adoptable Pets?

Fill out our Adoption Application.  Upon approval our office will contact you to arrange a meeting.

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Let our office know which animal you are interested in and we can make sure they are at one of our Adoption Events.

 

Things to consider before you adopt:

Adopting a pet is a big decision.  Dogs and cats require a lot of time, money, and commitment – over 15 years worth in many cases.  Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt a companion.  There are many dogs and cats at the shelter who were obtained by people who didn’t think through the responsibility of pet ownership before they got the animal.  Please don’t make the same mistake.  Think before you adopt.  Sharing your life with a companion animal can bring incredible rewards, but only if you’re willing to make the necessary commitments of time, money, responsibility, and love – for the life of the pet.

It is essential that everyone in your family supports the decision to add a pet to your household.  If you’re adopting a pet for your kids, understand that the responsibility is yours.  Kids, by their nature, often tire of things that were once new and exciting, and this includes their pets.  You will most likely end up being the one who provides most of the pet’s care.  Too many pets are relinquished to shelters because family members were not consulted or children taken into consideration before the adoption.  This can be hard on the person wanting to adopt but is definitely hard on the pet.  Please be responsible and communicate with the other members of your household.

It’s amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this before they get a pet.  If the reason is because you like the idea of a cute puppy or kitten, you feel sorry for them, you think it’s trendy, or your friend has one and you think it looks like fun – think this through carefully!  That cure puppy or kitten will stay cute, but will grow into an adult and eventually a senior pet – all the while requiring your time, energy, and money.  Food and health care are regular expenses that grow as the pet ages and potentially grows in size.  They may not always behave perfectly and you will have to learn how to handle this and learn training techniques.  These are animals with personalities just as complex and diverse as any human, which can be rewarding and a definite learning experience.  Make sure you have the time to responsibly commit to raising this pet as a member of your family.

Dogs, cats, and other animal companions cannot be ignored just because you’re tired or busy.  They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year.  Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn’t realize how much time it took to care for them.

The cost of pet ownership can be quite high.  Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly.

If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might want to consider waiting a few years before you adopt a companion.  Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible.  If you’re a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is wise.

Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren’t yet housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.

Many rental communities don’t allow pets, and most of the rest have restrictions.  Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.

Animal size is not the only variable to think about.  For example, some small dogs such as terriers are very active, require a great deal of exercise to be calm, and often bark at any noise.  On the other hand, some large dogs are laid back and quite content to lie on the couch all day.  Before adopting a pet, do some research.  That way, you’ll ensure you choose an animal who will fit into your lifestyle and living arrangements.

You’ll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.

Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets are all part of being a responsible owner.  Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.  Your pet’s well-being will have to be considered in all kinds of decisions, including travel, social life, relocation to a new home, adopting other pets, having children, etc.

When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her entire lifetime, just as you would with a child.