SUBMITTED BY HSO –
Humane Society of the Ouachitas, Polk County’s locally owned and operated “no-kill” non-profit shelter, is raising awareness with some new fund-raising ideas to keep the shelter operating at it highest efficiency. Just in time for Spring, HSO has welcomed and asks the community to be on the lookout for the new “Miss Kitty” bank, the little “sister” of “Pogo,” the yellow puppy dog bank, that are scattered around town in Mena businesses. “Your extra change is appreciated for deposit,” said HSO secretary Cheryl Murphy.
HSO has reopened its “Critter Corner” at the Mena Flea Market located at 909 Mena Street. Citizens are encouraged to stop by and check out the goodies for sale at booth 14A. HSO is also collecting donations of good household items and small furniture for its annual Rummage Sale as well as the Critter Corner. Please call Dannie at 602-463-6208 or Cheryl at 479-243-0771 regarding donations.
On April 20, from 9 am to noon, don’t forget to listen to KENA 104.1FM, for HSO’s annual Radio-thon fundraiser. As always, 100% of donations benefit the animals rescued, who live at the shelter until their permanent, loving, forever home is found.
Last but not least, for those who love heart-warming stories, “Mitch” of Mitchell’s Computer Services in Mena, and wife Jennifer, heard dogs barking, and rounded up the dogs to find the owner’s name and number on the collar. Mitch returned the dogs to the owner, a lady who was so grateful for their return that she insisted that Mitch take a $50 bill. Paying it forward, Mitch put that $50 in the Pogo puppy dog bank, which is located on the counter in his store. “It’s caring people like Mitch, who give every day, of their time and finances, to help animals,” said Murphy. Since 1978, HSO continues to be grateful for the community’s support.