SCHS' Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program
Spaying and neutering is important because one female and her offspring can produce 128 dogs or more in one year. One female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in just 7 years.
SCHS offers a low cost spay/neuter program for Stone County residents only. We are able to do this with the help of a local vet who provides the service at a discounted price to SCHS clients. The full cost is $80 per animal: Clients pay $30 and SCHS pays the remaining $50. If one can afford to pay the full $80, which is still cheap compared to what one would normally pay, it will help SCHS use funds to subsidize for others who cannot pay this.
Monthly Clinic Information: The clinics are held once a month at Nixon Animal Hospital, usually on a Saturday. The SCHS board approved $10,000 this year to support our monthly low-cost clinics. This allows for the clients to pay only $30 for each of their animals and SCHS subsidizes the rest. This program is for individuals who have little or no steady income. It is conducted on the honor system and there is no proof of income required. The program will continue
until that funding is exhausted. Call the shelter for more info about dates/times for clinics.
Partnership with Spay Arkansas
We recently partnered with a wonderful group called Spay Arkansas whose primary purpose is to to reduce the number of unwanted and stray animals entering shelters by offering high quality and affordable spay/neuter services to under-served individuals, shelters, and rescues. We were contacted by SpayAR who offered to come to Mountain View and hold a few clinics for Stone County residents, as well as the six surrounding counties.
The total animals altered in Mountain View with Spay Arkansas from 2019 - 2021 was 1,479!
All of the clients paid $15 per cat and $25 per dog. This low price also included rabies shots, annual shots, flea/tick meds if needed and Ehrlichia (the tick disease) tests for the dogs. The Ehrlichia positive dogs even got sent home with Doxycycline medication to treat their disease.
We thank everyone for their contribution of time and talent during these clinics.
Unfortunately, we are no longer able to host this event due to lack of volunteers and resources. For future clinic dates for SpayAR in other locations, please check spayarkansas.org.
Paws in Prison (PIP)
We send shelter dogs to the North Central Unit located in Calico Rock, AR to participate in 8 weeks of training. This program is operated by the Arkansas Department of Correction in several prisons throughout the state. A professional trainer works weekly with inmate trainers to teach the dogs basic commands and some tricks. You can see SCHS PIP trained dogs available for adoption on this here. The adoption fee is $200 and you can arrange a visit to the prison to see the dogs by calling the shelter at 870-269-5200.
Click the link for an article about the Paws in Prison program by Julie Kohl who adopted one of our PIP dogs. http://onlyinark.com/homegrown/paws-in-prison/
Returning Lost Pets
We make every effort to return lost animals to their owners. A log is kept of lost pets, pictures are posted on our Facebook page, and a notice is placed in the paper. We encourage owners to keep collars with ID tags on their pets to aid in their safe return.
Paws for the Cause
We created a fundraiser in the Fall of 2019 called the "Best Ever Bake Sale" and boy was it a hit! Our supporters from the community donated their home-made baked goods and we sold them on the sidewalk in front of our Second Chance Shop. In 2021, we were able to raise $1,124. We are so grateful for the help our community offered and we cannot wait to do it again next year!
Youth Group Volunteers
We welcome numerous youth organizations at the shelter. Some local groups that have participated are:
- BETA Club
- Ozark Mission Project
- Stone County Youth Leadership