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Wild Hare hosts Paint Your Pet event for HSO

by Trey Youngdahl

Wild Hare Art Glass Studio & Gallery is offering an opportunity to commemorate your pet, while simultaneously supporting a good cause. 

Aiming to give the majority of the proceeds to the Humane Society of the Ouachitas (HSO), Wild Hare will be hosting an event where participants can be coached as they paint a picture of their pet(s).

“People kind of overlook the Humane Society. I think if you give people something fun to do that they appreciate, they’ll appreciate the HSO, too,” shop owner Linda Ostman said.

The event will take place at the Gallery located at 609 Main St. (across from the Ouachita Little Theatre) on Friday evening, Jan. 21 at 5:30. This will be the second time that Wild Hare has hosted an event like this, the last being conducted in August 2021. The event costs $65 per person. The registration deadline is Jan. 19.

The gallery opened in March 2019 after owners Linda and Greg Ostman moved to Mena from Plano, Texas. Being big pet enthusiasts themselves, they have a slew of pets that cohabitate their shop during business hours, one of which is a rescue pup.

“Missy is a poodle and terrier mix. We found her running out on Mena Street and she’s been with us ever since,” Ostman reminisced. “It’s one of the reasons we like to donate to (the Humane Society).”

Wild Hare Art Glass Studio & Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Those interested in participating can contact them at 479-234-4927 or stop by the gallery.

“I just want people to come out and have some fun,” Ostman continued. “It’s not about talent. It’s about having a good time.”

Tina Ball, director of HSO, also spoke about the event.

“I was at the last one they did, and everybody had a fantastic time! I appreciate Greg and Linda Ostman for taking the Humane Society in,” Ball commented. “Fundraisers like this are incredibly valuable to the Humane Society. The money will be used to care for the almost 800 cats and dogs that the Humane Society takes in annually.”

The high population of cats and dogs kept at HSO is due in part to the number of pets in Mena that are not fixed. To remedy this, the HSO will once again be hosting the Ozark Mountain Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic at the Mena Elks Lodge, Tuesday, Jan. 25 through Thursday, Jan. 27. Clinic costs will be lowered to have your pets either spayed, neutered or vaccinated for rabies. Cats will cost $40, dogs will be priced based on their weight starting at $65. Rabies vaccinations will be offered at only $5 per pet.

Ball said, “This is a great opportunity to spay or neuter your pet at an incredible low cost.”

Appointments are required and must be made prior to event dates as there are a limited number of spots available. To schedule an appointment, call 479-394-8001.

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