Humane Society of Pulaski County
In A Nutshell:
The mission of this private shelter is to rescue, care for and find homes for abandoned, abused, and unwanted animals; to reduce suffering of animals; to prosecute, and prevent abuse; and to reduce the number of homeless animals through adoption, spay/neuter, and through education.
Why They Rock:
- Provides quality animal care in a no-kill shelter, which houses over
200 animals (dogs, cats, and horses).
- Reunites Lost and Found animals with their families via a reporting database.
- Provides emergency animal rescue and medical treatment.
- Grass on-site Dog Park with four runs.
I smile if I see a dog on a poster, so you can imagine my ‘stoked-meter’ when I was surrounded by 100 doggies!!! I wanted to ‘pet-borrow’ 4 dogs, 2 cats, and a horse (my sunroof can accommodate large mammals) for the remainder of the 50Give road trip, although I highly doubt any pet would leave since the shelter is more like a pet country club/hospital/lounge…the Honda Element is no match for the warm southern hospitality of the Humane Society of Pulaski County.
My contact Nancy put me in touch with Christine, the President of animal awesomeness who provided a great tour of Little Rock Hilton Hideaway (50Give should get royalties for name-dropping). I am immersed into a cat playground filled with free-wheeling kittys all trying to pose for the camera, and their environment will be upgraded to ‘cat condos’ meaning they can meander in and out of different cubicles (high-class gerbil housing). Off to doggie town, first room was an actual ‘man-cave’ with TV and couches used to spend quality time giving dogs a break from their cages. Then into a mellow room used as a sanctuary for dogs recently rescued (six dogs just found hidden in a barn…scared crew). I graduated to the Big Dog room filled with a variety of breeds ready for adoption; and some were in training to be people-friendly, usually these dogs are coming from unfavorable situations like drug-houses…and staff trainer Karen transforms their behavior to be exactly like Lassie (okay – maybe Beethoven).
First task (more like a reward), walk a bunch of dogs with Ann and showcase them on TV…yup the local news showed up and I was being pulled by a bloodhound. Amazing fact about hound dogs is they can track human scent for miles if any body part is outside a car window – very useful for abduction. Ann also takes dogs who have been in the shelter for years (no kill = awesome) on a mini road trip to the local hardware store to play…almost every day!
Back inside I meet the vets Theresa and Steve who take care of business by taking the ‘business’ out of the these animals (spay/neutered kind of bizness). Their operating room is spotless and they help with moving hundreds of dogs that get transported up north for adoption. Theresa also manages the horse adoption program at a stable not too far away, and trains the bloodhounds at the local prison…almost 30 of them!
Back to work under the command of Sheldon…he aids with an employment program at the shelter which gives opportunities to those with a prior record. Sheldon is a cool dude (one of those guys who doesn’t try) and is a big part of making the shelter run smoothly – he had me remove advertisements from donated newspaper bundles (glossy no bueno for pee pee) and fold blankets used for beds…EVERY dog gets a clean bed EVERY night, and I got the same southern kindness during my stay…
My hosts Sarah and Jason in Little Rock made me feel like an uncle towards their adorable kids and insisted on making their home mine…spaghetti dinner, access to laundry, and huge Aero bed in the toy room…I got to sleep with Kung Fu Panda!
Some people don’t need a pet to survive, although the Harry Harlow monkey study (no monkey was eaten) tends to shed light on why we exist: baby monkeys were released into an area with a terrycloth fake mother which provided no food, while a wire mother did, in the form of an attached baby bottle containing milk. There were some variables but the baby monkeys clinged to the terry cloth mother in a majority of situations even when food was present in the wire mother. Dogs, cats, even horses give this same type of loving companionship for millions of families and individuals…even provide service for people living with disabilities.
The 50Give tour asks for a favor: send a famous photographer down to Pulaski for a glamour shot session to aid with adoption. Two favorite photographers of mine include David Viet and John Segesta…if you got nections (southern thing)…then please open your warm heart for cold noses.
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.” – Milan Kundera