OZARK HUMANE SOCIETY

WELCOME TO THE OZARK HUMANE SOCIETY

The Ozark Humane Society is a non-profit 501 (c) 3  volunteer organization dedicated to the care and welfare of all animals.

Adopting

Our main goal is to make the best possible match between the dog and the adopter. Adoptions are not on a first come first serve basis. There is a minimum adoption donation which helps us to offset veterinary costs (YES, THE VETS DO CHARGE US) for the dog you adopt so that we can continue to help OTHERS in need. These fees now include spay-neutering, age appropriate shots for the animal. This increase also helps to cover any medical care the animals have received when they are with us. 

Please remember, you are not paying for the dog. You are helping to offset some of the costs associated with spaying and neutering, heartworm testing and preventative care, basic vaccines and parasite control.  Also, there are many dogs that come to us with health problems that have expensive veterinary bills, i.e. heartworm treatment, broken legs, mange.

After the adoption we are always available to assist and advise our adoptive families in every way we can. If for any reason an adoption does not work out we will gladly take the animal back.

Due to our overpopulation we are trying to move as many animals as we can into foster care. These dogs will still be listed here as they will still need forever homes. But if you see one that is in foster care please contact our shelter, 870-741-3050, and we'll be able to put you in contact with the foster family. Please don't think that because these animals are in foster care that they don't need forever homes. If you adopt one from foster care (just as at our shelter) it makes room for other homeless pets to have a place to live.

We are overwhelmed with animals needing good homes. Please come by and visit with these animals, all deserving of good homes instead of the crowded kennels they currently occupy.

Think before you adopt

It can happen to the best of us. You see a cute, tiger-striped kitten with white paws and green eyes, just begging for attention. Or maybe it's a gorgeous Labrador mix whose tails seems to be wagging just for you. You take one look, and the next thing you know, you're walking down the pet food aisle at the supermarket.

If you're like most of us, falling in love with a pet is easy. And no wonder! Sharing your home with a four-legged friend can be one of life's greatest joys. Dogs, cats, and other pets give us unconditional loyalty and acceptance, provide constant companionship, and even help relieve stress after a hard day's work.

Adopting a pet, though, is a big decision. Dogs and cats require lots of time, money, and commitment—over 15 years' worth in many cases. Pet ownership can be rewarding, but only if you think through your decision before you adopt a companion.


Things to Consider
The fact that you're thinking about adopting from an animal shelter means you're a responsible and caring person. But before you make that decision to bring a furry friend into your life, take a moment to think over these questions:


• Why do you want a pet? It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they get a pet. Adopting a pet just because it's "the thing to do" or because the kids have been pining for a puppy usually ends up being a big mistake. Don't forget that pets may be with you 10, 15, even 20 years.


• Do you have time for a pet? Dogs, cats, and other animal companions cannot be ignored just because you're tired or busy. They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to care for them.


• Can you afford a pet? The costs of pet ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other expenses add up quickly.


• Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a pet can cause? Flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, accidents from animals who aren't yet housetrained, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership.


• Can you have a pet where you live? Many rental communities don't allow pets, and most of the rest have restrictions. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.


• Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet? If you have kids under six years old, for instance, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a companion. Pet ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible. If you're a student, in the military, or travel frequently as part of your work, waiting until you settle down is wise.


• Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Animal size is not the only variable to think about here. For example, some small dogs such as terriers are very active—they require a great deal of exercise to be calm, and they often bark at any noise. On the other hand, some big dogs are laid back and quite content to lie on a couch all day. Before adopting a pet, do some research. That way, you'll ensure you choose an animal who will fit into your lifestyle and your living arrangements.


• Do you know who will care for your pet while you're away on vacation? You'll need either reliable friends and neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.


• Will you be a responsible pet owner? Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying community leash and licensing laws, and keeping identification tags on your pets are all part of being a responsible owner. Of course, giving your pet love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet, and regular veterinary care are other essentials.


• Finally, are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for his or her entire lifetime? When you adopt a pet, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her lifetime.


Get an Animal for Life
Sure, it's a long list of questions. But a quick stroll through an animal shelter will help you understand why answering them before you adopt is so important.

Many of the shelter's homeless animals are puppies and kittens, victims of irresponsible people who allowed their pets to breed. But there are at least as many dogs and cats at the shelter who are more than a year old—animals who were obtained by people who didn't think through the responsibilities of pet ownership before they got the animal.

Please, don't make the same mistake. Think before you adopt. Sharing your life with a companion animal can bring incredible rewards, but only if you're willing to make the necessary commitments of time, money, responsibility, and love—for the life of the pet.

 

Urgent dogs

Due to our overpopulation and the length of time the following dogs have been part of our Society family, the below-listed dogs have a special discounted adoption fee. If you see one of these dogs and you would like to adopt them please speak to a shelter worker about this special fee. The names below are the most urgent--

 
Dogs needing homes

Our Adopted Canine Friends!

Cats needing homes

Our Adopted Feline Friends!!

Adopt-a-Thons

We will be holding Adopt-a-Thons from time to time. If you are interested in attending an Adopt-a-Thon, please call the shelter at 870-741-3050 for scheduled dates.

Volunteers needed

Here are just a few of the benefits of volunteering: