A new organization aimed at the rescue and adoption of homeless animals has been operating since January. Humane Education Adoption Rescue & Treatment (HEART) is a newly formed non-profit corporation with members from Sharp and Fulton counties.
The organization's goals are to raise awareness about the growing problem of homeless and abandoned pets, provide resources for rescue and adoption, develop an ongoing spay/neuter program with local veterinarians and provide public education about animal ownership, health and welfare. Its most important goal is to raise money to build a shelter on either donated or purchased land.
With an established physical shelter, adopters would have a place to go when looking for a dog or cat. Local and county authorities would have a facility to house homeless animals. And owners of missing pets would know where to look first to recover their pets.
HEART is a totally volunteer organization. It relies on volunteers to pick up and deliver animals to vet clinics, care for animals awaiting adoption, answer crisis calls about animals in need, help with fund-raising and distribute literature about the programs and events. It counts on voluntary donations from the community to fund the organization. All funds go toward the care of animals as well as the shelter fund. There are no paid officers or directors.
Pets can be adopted by answering the HEART ad in the Sharp County Record or coming by the pet adoption days the first weekend of each month at Tri-County Farm and Ranch Supply in Ash Flat.
Anyone interest in volunteering and/or donating can call 856-3228 or 956-2589 for more details.