Things are definitely “rolling along” for Humane Society of the Ouachitas in Mena, Arkansas. The ‘no-kill’ shelter, not only realized a record fundraising event during its August Radio-thon sponsored by Pulse Multi Media of Mena on KENA radio, but also saw a record-breaking adoption month in August, finding homes for 41 dogs and cats. Two-thirds of its shelter pets are finding their “forever homes” outside of Polk County, due to the efforts of volunteers like Michael and Stephanie Povey of Mena (Stephanie volunteers as HSO President), who donated an older horse trailer for the purpose of transporting shelter animals to off-site adoption-event sites like PetSmart in Hot Springs and Petco in Fort Smith.
With the help of volunteer Shelter Manager Tina Ball of Mena, who commits her time to organizing and attending the adoption events held every Saturday at the pet stores, opportunities for pet adoptions are greatly enhanced. The horse trailer, named “Winnie”, was renovated by Mena businesses with Miner’s A & B Tire, A-1 Trailers, and Linda’s Signs and Custom Stuff, donating their expertise.
“HSO has been rescuing homeless pets and finding them new homes for 37 years,” says HSO volunteer secretary and historian Cheryl Murphy. “Caring volunteers and generous supporters keep the shelter operating and adoption rates climbing. HSO is serving the animals better than ever with most sheltered pets finding new homes within 3 months or less of being rescued. Things are definitely rolling right along for our rescued animals, thanks to HSO’s many supporters.” Anyone finding and willing to temporarily care for a stray animal, may contact the shelter about putting that animal on an ‘intake list’ where the animal can be placed in the shelter as soon as there is an open kennel. Anyone interested in helping with Saturday adoption events or other volunteer activities are invited to contact the shelter at 479-394-5682, or email for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.