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Nationally-recognized fundraiser to visit HSO

Local residents to raise money by taking pies to their face

National fundraiser, Kris Rotonda, will be visiting the Humane Society of the Ouachitas (HSO) for a four hour Facebook Live fundraising event Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kris established the nonprofit, Jordan’s Way, to honor his beloved four-legged friend, and has been featured in national media.

Kris met his best friend and inspiration 11 years ago at a local shelter. Jordan spent her whole life in a shelter until Kris was able to rescue her. Over the years they helped each other grow as their bond strengthened. 

“Many of us know the profound affect that an animal can have on your life, and the impact that we have when we rescue shelter pets,” Kris explains on the Jordan’s Way website.

Sadly Jordan passed in the fall of 2018 after a battle with cancer. However, her passing fueled interesting fundraisers, where Kris has locked himself in a cage for 72 hour and other tactics to bring attention to the needs of shelters.

“We are working with one of the top dog food companies in the United States. They have promised to match us dollar for dollar on all donations once we reach our 500,000 goal,” Kris explained. “We know this is a difficult feat, but it can be done! Please help us feed as many shelters as possible … And don’t forget your local shelter that is in need. We want help and honor the shelters that need it the most.”

Tina Ball, HSO volunteer, said she is thrilled to have Jordan’s Way participate in this event.

“We are excited to welcome Kris of Jordan’s Way to our shelter. It will be a fun day of games, surprises and prizes,” Tina said. “Many well-known Polk County residents will be showing up to offer support and maybe even take a pie in the face for fun and fundraising.”

Pet lovers and supporters of HSO and shelters are encouraged to watch and share the event on Facebook Live.

HSO is a non-profit, no-kill shelter that serves Polk County. HSO relies on donors to support their work to help animals. The shelters efforts are supported by caring individuals, businesses and foundations. 

HSO in 2020

*  730 cats and dogs taken in and placed in homes. Of these, 66 were transferred to HSO from the City of Mena Animal Control.

*  77 owned pets in Polk County were spay at no charge to their owners.

*  Almost 5,000 pounds of pet food and other pet care supplies were distributed to Polk County pet owners in crisis.

*  The approximately 50 year old shelter had $20,000 in much needed facility repairs and improvements, funded by ASPCA.

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