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HSO Receives More than $26,000 from PetSmart Charties

Humane Society of the Ouachitas (HSO) is excited to announce it received a grant of more than $26,000.00 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to support the low-cost “Spay Neuter Assistance Program” for Polk County pet parents!

The PetSmart Charities grant will help subsidize spay and neuter costs, helping pet parents of lower income and, thereby, reducing the overpopulation of pets by preventing unplanned litters in the county in a humane way.  HSO expects to be able to serve over 500 pets!  By altering their pets, pet parents do not have to worry about dealing with an unexpected, unplanned litters of puppies and kittens, and the cost and stress to feed and find them homes.

These free or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries are income based. For more information on how to apply for the Spay Neuter Assistance Program, please call the shelter at 479-394-5682. Various locations around Mena have Spay Neuter Assistance applications available, such as the public library, Department of Human Services, Department of Workforce Services, Mena Animal Control, Veterans Services, to name a few. Dr. Randy Burgess, DVM, of Mena, is a supporter of the Spay Neuter Assistance Program and will be providing the surgeries. You can download the simple one-page application from Simply fill out the application and mail or return to the shelter, email a scan or photo to, or call the shelter and they will take your application over the phone!

Thanks to PetSmart Charities, cost will no longer be a barrier for dog and cat owners who desire to spay or neuter their pets!

HSO has been helping pets in Polk County since 1978. Its mission is to rescue unwanted pets and find them loving permanent homes. HSO also assists with spay-neuter services, and with animal cruelty/neglect cases, which most often take a ‘helping hand’ approach to resolution.

PetSmart Charities aims to proactively prevent pet homelessness and assist pets in need through many efforts including facilitating adoption and increasing spay and neuter initiatives.  With the help of its more than 3,000 animal welfare partners, including the Humane Society of Ouachitas, PetSmart Charities has funded more than 1.4 million spay and neuter surgeries in the U.S. since 2009.

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