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Good Shepherd Humane Society (Eureka Springs)


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Good Shepherd Humane Society, Inc. was founded in 1974, in Eureka Springs, AR. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is supported solely by donations, adoption fees, membership subscriptions and fund raising events. We also benefit from the Good Shepherd Humane Society Doggie Thrift Stores, where all proceeds go directly to the Animal Shelter. The stores are located in Eureka Springs, AR. & Berryville, AR.

Our Mission:
To care for the stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats of Carroll County, placing as many as possible into loving homes.

To promote responsible pet ownership and humane treatment for all animals.

To help reduce pet-overpopulation by promoting and providing low-cost spay/neuter programs.


Address:
6486 Highway 62 East
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Call Us: (479) 253-9188

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
4
Volunteers
4
Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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I was blessed to be able to rescue dogs that were abandoned and thrown of a bridge when I lived in Mountainburg, Ar. I had to move to Madison County and was able to take them with me. However, since the death of my Dad in January I have become the sole supporter of my I'll Mom, and we had to give up the farm and move to Farmington, Ar. I cannot take my babies with me. It is reaching a critical point for me. Everyday I drive out and feed, water and love them, but we lost power to the house and now I have to haul water. I've been trying for three months with ads on message boards, Facebook and word of mouth to have someone take even just one dog, with zero luck. I've called and begged Madison county animal shelter for help, the responded with open the gates and let them go. That's murder in my book. If anyone can help me save these beautiful dogs pls pls pls call me at 713-834-7300 pls leave a message if I don't answer. Or email me at [email protected] I have 2 cairn terriers, 7 yellow labs, a blue Australian shepherd and a chow/ shepherd mix. I was not a hoarder. I had the means, time and ability to care for each one of these beautiful dogs until my Dads unexpected death and inability to keep our home due to having to move Mama closer to her doctors. Pls, someone, anyone, can you help them and me? I'm out of time. Thank you.
posted by andreacrumpton40, on 2014-06-14 08:53:20
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I was on the internet and happened to see this. I used to work for Good Shepherd Humane Society until June of this year. Have you tried calling them? Their number is 479/253/9188. I don't know if they take pets from out of their own county but, they might. Plus have you tried putting your plea on FB? Good luck Tracellen
posted by (empty name), on 2016-09-19 19:21:36