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Humane Society of Garland County (Hot Springs)


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At the Humane Society of Garland County, we cherish our animal companions for their unconditional affection and acceptance. We act out of a sense of social responsibility to nurture and find good homes for abandoned and abused animals, because, unfortunately, some pet owners mistreat their animals or leave them altogether. That's where our work is most valuable.

The HSGC makes a difference in the lives of animals in Hot Springs and throughout Arkansas. Our board, staff, volunteers and supporters are dedicated to building an environment in which human relationships with animals are guided by compassion.

As united animal lovers, we are a truly humane society whose members care about animals and show it.


Address:
P.O. Box 1484,
Hot Springs, AR 71902
Kennel: 501-623-5012

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
1.5
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
2.4
Rescue Groups
2.1
Foster Care
2.1
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
2
Pet Retention
1.9
Medical and Behavior Programs
2.1
Public Relations/Community Involvement
2.1
Volunteers
1.9
Proactive Redemptions
2
A Compassionate Director
2
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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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Very sadly, this organization, under a new board, is no longer a no-kill shelter nor does it rescue abused, neglected or injured animals. Their phone message directs callers to a kill shelter that does not offer medical assistance, animal abuse/neglect calls and is basically unprepared to rescue and aid neglected, injured or abused animals. When donors have asked for an accounting of funds.... no responses have been given. The focus now is basically working ONLY with animals that they can readily 'turn over' at Petco....it is certainly not animal welfare or the humane treatment of animals. Donors have been alienated and knowledgeable volunteers / animal socializers have been run off. Members are no longer permitted to vote for board members - they are 'appointed.' The only thing members are permitted to do is give them money....not opinions or voice concerns. Due to their 'new revised policies', their is no refuge or assistance for abused, neglected or injured animals. These animals must remain in situations of abuse / neglect and injured animals are 'left' until the kill animal control shelter is open, and if they have time/manpower, they will retrieve and kill the pet. The new kennel manager had NO experience with abused/neglected animals or kennel management - only as a vet tech in an office. The other 'new board members' had never volunteered or been involved at the kennel yet professed to be experts / knowledgeable enough to 'critique' years of experienced people. I will no longer donate to them, they have been removed from my will and I no longer will volunteer. Hardly would I consider it a 'humane society' when it ignores the plight of helpless animals. 'humane' society
posted by (empty name), on 2015-06-24 19:23:30
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The current administration is very good at changing the subject away from the fact they killed 5 healthy, young Hound-Beagle mixes that were scared to death of the way they were being handled. If the current administration of HSGC has decided to discuss the receivership then it should tell the whole story not just the part they want told. Yes there was a receivership ordered by the court per a petition of 2 individuals who were familiar with HSGC for less than 2 months. Their intentions were questionable to most people who felt it was intended to benefit them professionally and hopefully assist in building up their personal businesses. Now understand before the hostile takeover by these 2 individuals, the board of directors consisted of a retired FBI Agent, a highly respected retired Banker who personally owns 2 banks in Arkansas, a retired IRS Agent, a Real Estate Agent, a semi-retired Property Manager, a Quorum Court Coordinator & a retired School Teacher. Unbelievably they were refused a chance to refute the misleading information provided to the local Judge. The receivership was placed and consequently had devastating effects on HSGC. The killing of 5 Hound/Beagle mixes was the most horrific consequence. Longtime volunteers insist these dogs were never aggressive but were claimed to be in order to justify an unwillingness and inexperience to deal with unsocial dogs. Most likely these poor scared dogs were neglected by the current administration and staff. Apparently this was hidden from the general public until accidently exposed by you guessed it… inexperienced board member.
posted by (empty name), on 2015-06-15 11:13:53
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The Humane Society of Garland County was placed in receivership in March 2014. By order of the Garland County Circuit Court, the kennel manager and assistant manager were both removed from their positions. HSGC emerged from receivership in the fall of 2014 after a new kennel manager and a new board of directors were installed. Since the new administration has begun directing the organization, the displaced former administrators have engaged in a concerted effort to malign the organization and undermine the great things happening at the direction of the new administration.
posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-08 09:21:57
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This organization does not euthanize nonaggressive animals. They work wonders in placing neglected, abused, and abandoned animals into safe, loving homes. They underwent a major change in management about a year ago, and they have successfully placed over 160 animals in the past 8 months. Prior to this change, the kennel was overrun with animals and could not take new rescues. The difference in management of the kennel is very easily noticed now, as they are able to take in and rehome animals at a much higher rate than before. Many of the animals who were overlooked before are now being socialized and are able to find permanent homes. The volunteers who are still active in the organization after these changes can attest to the vast improvement in conditions in the kennel, and visitors remark frequently about how much better the organization is run.
posted by (empty name), on 2015-04-07 21:43:29
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This facility euthanized 5 dogs in 2014. It is no longer a no kill facility
posted by 282brad, on 2015-02-01 18:17:50