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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Pups program promising

  • An animal rescue center located in Minnesota is actually showing southern hospitality in a big way.
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  • An animal rescue center located in Minnesota is actually showing southern hospitality in a big way.
    Dogs from the Hope Animal Shelter are going to Minnesota several times a month, according to Carol Robinson, director of the Hope for Paws organization.
    We had 13 dogs go to Minnesota three weeks ago and 13 dogs went a week ago,” she said. “In fact, the lady who lives in Minnesota, traveled to Little Rock to pick up our dogs.”
    They have been well received, Robinson notes.
    She said that the people in Minnesota loved our dogs, because they were so well-behaved,” Robinson said. “That's because we spend time with them and give them attention, to where they are socialized and loving by the time we adopt them out.
    If anyone is interested in tracking our dogs, go to the rescue's website at: Wags and Whiskers Animal Rescue of Minnesota,” she said.
    The effort is part of a local relationship that has worked to benefit the animals.
    The working relationship between the shelter and Hope for Paws is fantastic,” JoAnn Sandlin, also known as 'Pound Granny,' said. “Cooperation is a vital part of the Hope for Paws organization. The rapport is really good and our joint mission is to get the dogs adopted.
    Our numbers are down as far as euthanasia is concerned,” Sandlin said. “That's also because of the rapport between Hope for Paws and the animal control officer, Tammy Austin,” she said.
    More help is needed, however.
    In January, 45 dogs were adopted, in February, 25 dogs were adopted, and in March, 10 dogs were adopted,” Sandlin said. “We appreciate all the volunteers who help walk, bathe, and play with the dogs while they are waiting for their 'furever' family. We can always use more volunteers and the schools have been real good about holding pet needs drives. We can use anything from puppy food, to adult food, to blankets. We appreciate everything people bring us.”
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