We are a small group of people who originally formed the 501(C)3 in 1999. We are retired to this area from other places and have professional backgrounds. Our President is a retired Air Force Colonel who was a nurse. She and others saw a real need in this rural community for someone to help educate the people on how to better care for animals and the need to spay and neuter and decided to build a shelter and start housing the unwanted animals of Stone County. I have been actively involved since 2008. Our shelter dream was finally a reality when we were given a wonderful gift from a local person who died and left an estate trust to us that will be disbursed over a 12 year period. We were able to secure a bank loan to build the shelter based on the annual disbursements from this estate trust and it was completed in August. We believe that all animals should be properly cared for and loved and not tied up in a yard or left out in weather with not shelter or used for breeding. We have conducted several small size rescues in the area over the years with the help of the local authorities and helped stop one hoarder who had 200 dogs at one time and could not care for them. The ASPCA was called in to help with this issue. We can only house about 20 t o 25 dogs and the same number of cats at any one time. We do not have a viable foster program to help take in more unwanted animals. We work from a wait list and take animals that are in danger sooner than ones that are being cared for by someone. Last year in 2016 we adopted out 128 dogs and transported 37 dogs to another rescue in Colorado that we work with that takes our dogs or puppies that we do not have room to keep. This shelter has a facility as well as a large foster program to house the dogs till they are adopted out by them. We took in a total of 170 dogs and returned 38 to owners who had lost dogs. We adopted out 59 cats, had 68 cats surrendered and spayed and neutered 249 animals.
Blaze is a good looking, young Coonhound Mix. His mother is a Golden Retriever and we have no idea who dad is but he was obviously a hound, we are guessing Coonhound. Blaze came to us with his sister Rain. Blaze has not been inside before coming to the shelter-he does pee in his room but does not poo, so housetraining should be easy. Blaze is a little more timid than his sister and follows her every lead, but once separated from her he will come out of his shell. Blaze also has that classic hound "Bay" and let's you know when he wants something. The fur on his back is thick and a little wavy, showing the Retriever in him. Blaze is very energetic and playful and will make a great family pet or companion for an active person. He is just under a year old and weighs 75lbs. If you would like more information, please go to our website www.schspets.org and complete an adoption application and someone will contact you to answer questions and to arrange a meet and greet. You can also contact our shelter at 870-269-5200.
Adoption Process We have an adoption application that can be found on our website and sent to our email or people call or inquire through adopt-a pet and petfinder where all our animals are posted and our FB page we call Stone County Humane Society Adoptions Available. It is a group page we use to find owners of lost pets as well as post our animals ready for adoption. Our normal FB page got hacked a few years ago and I have never set one up again. Our adoption fees are $100 for dogs and $50 for cats, and $150 for a trained dog through a local Paws in Prison training program we participate in every 8 weeks we send 2 dogs to be trained and adopted through this program. Our adoption fees include spay/neuter, rabies shots, 2 cat/dog shots and more for puppies, 4DXPlus Idexx Snap test for heartworm, ehrlichia, lime and one other disease, and worm medicine. We ask for vet references and get all the information we can to determine if a person can adopt an animal from SCHS.
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