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New Adoption/Education Center

We anticipate that our new building will be completed by the end of December, and we are looking forward to moving in!  Our existing office/small dog kennel and cattery are in a shocking state of dilapidation, and we knew that something had to be done.  The task was arduous. HSGC, being a private nonprofit, gets no money from taxes or government organizations. We do not receive funding from any national animal welfare organizations either.  Our operations costs are really expensive because veterinary care, overhead, and staff costs add up quickly due to the volume of animal rescue we provide. We knew we had to continue to raise money for operations while raising additional money for a new building.

Two years ago, we began raising money specifically to build a new facility. Our board president, Ivy Wood, worked tirelessly to solicit donations and create a plan for an adequate, durable facility which could withstand the wear and tear of providing shelter and care for animals. We held two Raise the Roof fundraisers which were hosted and underwritten by Dr. Tim Bainum. In addition several members of our community came forward to donate money, goods, and services, and we were able to move forward on construction.  Due to generous donations, we have just enough to complete the building without borrowing money. Some of our biggest donors include The Bainum Foundation and Diamond Bank (monetary donations and hosting/underwriting two fundraisers), Valley Glass (doors), Window Mart (windows), Xtra-Light (lights), Mike McHenry (dirt work), Sanders Supply (toilets, sinks, faucets), and Lakeside Elementary children (refrigerator, washer, dryer). In addition, we have had several other individual donors who gave money. We would also like to thank Mike Harrison for working with us to design an affordable building and working with subcontractors to minimize costs as much as possible, and Horner for discounting our concrete.

We are now working on furnishing the building and raising money to pave the driveway and parking lot. We had enough monetary donations for cat and small dog cages, and different people have donated various items:  a desk, file cabinets, a TV, microwave and coffee maker for our education/break room, and a tub for our dog-washing area. We received a $500 grant from Hot Springs Village Community Foundation which is earmarked to help complete the furnishing of our education room.  In addition to raising money to pave the parking area, we will need to raise funds to furnish our on-site surgery center/recovery room. We would also welcome the donation of a dog-friendly gently used sofa for our meet-and-greet room. Of course, we greatly appreciate any donations which help us continue to operate and care for the animals in our shelter as well.

We will be holding a Grand Opening in the near future as well, and we look forward to hosting lots of HSGC supporters and introducing the community to our new building. We simply could not fulfill our mission of providing shelter and rescue for homeless dogs and cats in the community without strong support from the people in the Garland County area. Now that we have a clean new facility, we plan to work hard to increase HSGC memberships and volunteers. Our vision is that our kennel will be a place where people will enjoy visiting and volunteering.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Bertha was Adopted!

When Bertha, a black lab, came to us earlier this year she weighed over 100 pounds and looked years older than her actual age of around 3 years. She was so overweight she could barely walk. One of our volunteers, Kim, has been fostering her and recently made Bertha a new member of the family by adopting her. Just look how good she looks now! She plays, fetches a ball, and looks like her age. This goes to show you what a proper diet and a good home can do for a dog! Pictured is Bertha with her brother, Sampson. We are so happy for her!

2nd Annual Raise the Roof Fundraiser to be held on September 16th

2nd Annual Raise the Roof Fundraiser to be held on September 16th

Screen Shot 2017-07-21 at 7.24.13 AMPlease mark your calendars for our 2nd annual Raise the Roof fundraising event to be held on the banks of the beautiful Caddo River near Amity, AR! This exciting event is sponsored by Diamond Bank. We will have food, beer, wine, and silent auction items available as we raise funds for our new education/adoption/indoor kennel building. There are a limited number of tickets available, and we are hoping to sell out, so get your tickets now and join us for a night of fun!

Bertha Is Ready For Her New Home!

Bertha Is Ready For Her New Home!

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This is Bertha. She came to the Humane Society in March. When she arrived, she was so overweight that she could barely walk. She also had a severe urinary infection and skin issues due to her obesity. Countryside Animal Hospital assisted us with getting her treated and on the road to recovery. She  is in a foster home and we are happy to report that she has lost 20 pounds! She now likes to fetch ball, play, and do what normal dogs do. She is house trained and likes other dogs, and she gets along well with cats, too. Above is a photo of Bertha socializing at our recent adoption event at the Pet Expo in Hot Springs Village.

Thanks to Countryside Animal Hospital and Barkansas for their donations in getting her fit to be an active doggie again. If you are interested in Bertha, please send in your application.  The link to the application can be found under the Our Pets tab on this website.

 

It’s time for our 3rd Annual Race to the Rescue Fundraiser Event!

It’s time for our 3rd Annual Race to the Rescue Fundraiser Event!

It’s time once again for our annual Race to the Rescue fundraiser event! Join us for an evening of fun and great food as we raise money for our doggies and kitties! Tickets are $50 each, and the event will be held at Froggy’s Restaurant this year.  All proceeds go toward helping homeless, neglected, and abused dogs and cats in our local community. Hope you can join us!Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 4.42.35 PM

Our 2017 Calendars Are Now Available For Purchase

2017 HSGC Calendar Cover

2017 HSGC Calendar Cover

Our 2017 calendars are now available for purchase. They make great stocking stuffers for those animal lovers on your Christmas list! Each calendar is $10, and 100% of proceeds go toward the care of homeless, abused, and neglected animals in our local community. The calendar is filled with great photos of many of the animals rescued and rehomed through our organization. So go buy a calendar (or a dozen or two) and help us forward HSGC’s effort to reduce homelessness of the dogs and cats in our community!
The calendar may be purchased at the following local businesses:
HSGC Thrift Store at 2026 Central Avenue
Chez Julie Gifts on Bathhouse Row
Hyp Boutique at 4334 Central Avenue
Chrysalis Day Spa in Temperance Hill Shopping Center
Lambert’s Salon at 5001 Central Avenue
A special thanks to the guys at the Hot Springs Fire Dept for participating in our photo shoot for the cover!

Raise The Roof Fundraiser

Screen Shot 2016-07-17 at 10.05.51 PMWe are having a really cool fundraiser August 27th at Caddo Meadows, a luxurious little place on the banks of the Caddo River near Amity, AR. We will have awesome food, beer and wine, a silent auction, and a grand old time visiting with one another as we raise much-needed funds for Humane Society of Garland County. Hope you can join us!

Nera, Home at Last!

Nera, Home at Last!

IMG_4335Nera is a 14 year-old shepherd/spitz mix who came to Humane Society of Garland County’s kennel back in 2005.  This shy girl was passed over for years until she came to the attention of our board president, Ivy Wood, after the organization was placed under the direction of a new board and kennel manager a little over a year ago.  The new management has worked hard to get long term animals placed into forever homes, and as the kennel conditions became less crowded, several of our less outgoing dogs became more approachable, and they have made great progress with socialization and human interaction.  Our organization was contacted by staff at The Sentinel Record, our hometown newspaper, regarding featuring a pet makeover of one of our animals.  Ivy chose Nera as the celebrity pet, and her article featured in Hot Springs On The Go magazine brought some attention to Nera’s plight.  Lo and behold, Nera found a new home full of love and attention, and she is continuing to blossom in her new surroundings.

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Ubu’s story

Ubu’s story

ubuUbu is a 2 year old Lab mix who came to our kennel in October 2015.  She had been owner surrendered after being neglected.  She had an advanced skin condition and malnutrition when she arrived, so she received immediate vet care.  Here is a photo of Ubu when she first arrived at the vet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

ubuShe responded quickly to medication and a nutritious diet, and her fur returned to its normal shiny luster.  Ubu is a friendly girl, but she’s calm and not a jumper.  She played well with the other dogs, and she loves people.  However, it’s difficult to find placement for a big black dog, so we all had our fingers crossed that Ubu would find a family to love her and take her to a forever home.

 

 

 

 

ubu adoptedThen, in mid December, a nice couple with 40 acres of land came to the kennel and adopted Ubu. They report that she is loving her new life and fitting in great in their family.  Now, isn’t that a happy ending to this story?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ubuHSGC has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of cats and dogs this year, many of whom were sick, malnourished, abused, and neglected.  Through the generosity of many folks in our community, we have been able to rescue, treat, and rehome these animals.  Please keep us in mind when making decisions regarding donating to charity.  100% of our donations stay in this community, and the results are apparent locally.   Our success is entirely dependent on our donors.

 

HSGC 2016 Calendars

HSGC 2016 Calendars
Mia Christmas photo

Mia Christmas photo

Please stop by the Humane Society of Garland County Thrift Store at 2026 Central Avenue to purchase your 2016 HSGC calendar for $10. They make great stocking stuffers, and they are filled with local pets, many of whom were adopted through our organization. We are 100% donation funded, and we really need to sell as many of these calendars as possible. All proceeds go toward needy animals in our local community. We have a bunch left, and we would love to sell out. Our thrift store hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10-4, so swing by and pick yours up!