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 $75 per animal: Clients pay $30 and SCHS pays the remaining $45. If one can afford to pay the full $75, 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 Romaine Kobilsek, the President, 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 in 2019 was 933.
The total animals altered in Mountain View with Spay Arkansas in 2020 was 546. Significantly lower than 2019 due to the Corona Virus but we were happy to get any done at all. This clinic was done "drive-by" style where the clients drove up, masks on and animals already in crates. Masked volunteers outside would take the animals and hand them off to the vet techs inside. Very new and interesting experience for all involved.
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. We also thank our sponsors who helped pay for the March 2020 clinic, Fabulous Felines and Boehringer Ingelheim.
For future clinic dates please check back on this website or 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
Paws for the Cause is a community wide annual event to raise funds for the spay/neuter program and to celebrate the bond between people and animals. Families bring their pets and enjoy music, food, bake sale, games and various contests. The event is held on a Saturday in October, weather permitting, at the Centennial Bank Park in Mountain View. This is an opportunity for us to express our thanks to the community for their support. Families are encouraged to bring their pets to celebrate and take part in the festivities. Some festivities include a Bake Sale, Cake Walk, Games and Face Painting for the kids, Bounce House, food, and music by local musicians, contests and prizes for a Cat Photo Contest, and performances by Lee Fairchild with his amazing Disc Dogs!
Paws for Cause 2019 was cancelled due to wet weather. We were able, however, to still have the "Best Ever Bake Sale" and made $1,500.
COVID precautions in 2020 created yet another year without our event, but we were still able to raise funds in various other ways.
We hope 2021 will be the year we can bring back this favorite fundraising event. Tune into our Facebook Page mid September for updates!
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