Good Shepherd to host Cause 4 Paws Aug. 8

Thursday, August 1, 2019

By Samantha Jones

If you'd like to eat pizza for a good cause, Good Shepherd Humane Society has the purrfect event for you.

Good Shepherd will host Cause 4 Paws from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at HotBoxx WoodFire Pizza & Side Bar at 102 AR 187 in Eureka Springs near the Beavertown Bridge. It costs $10 to enter, and food and drinks will be available. There will be a few raffle prizes. Fundraising chair Fiona Richards said those who bring a canned dog or cat food donation will receive one free raffle ticket. Music will be provided by Los Roscoes, Richards said.

Richards said she's been working on the logistics of the event, saying a shuttle service will be available near the fire station for those who can't find parking at the venue. The carts used to shuttle folks back and forth have been donated by HotBoxx Pizza and the Holiday Island Golf Club, Richards said. The best part about the event, Richards said, is the way the entry fee benefits the animals.

"One hundred percent of the proceeds go to Good Shepherd," Richards said.

Richards continued with the fundraising report, reminding the board that the annual Bonejour Gala is coming up in November. She is still looking for sponsors for the gala, Richards said.

"We need 10 sponsorships," she said. "We're down to eight."

Also at the meeting, the board heard from shelter manager Sandra Mittler. Mittler said the shelter had high intakes for the month of June, saying the shelter brought in four dogs, one cat, 18 kittens and three puppies. The shelter adopted four cats, seven kittens and two dogs, Mittler said, and returned one cat to its owner. Two cats and one dog were returned to the shelter, Mittler said.

Mittler gave a few more updates on the shelter, including good news on the electrical box and kennel upgrades. The electrical box is being fixed, Mittler said, and the kennels now have new boards between them. Mittler said the boards make the kennels look more professional.

"That will help keep the dogs from barking so much at each other through the kennels took," she said.

The shelter has bought a new weedeater, Mittler said.

“We've had various weedeaters. They have all broken," she said. "We did purchase a new weedeater for the shelter. We got a really good brand, so we hope this lasts us a while."

In the future, Mittler said, she hopes to advertise adoptable animals to those who live in the Fayetteville and Rogers area.

"We find we are able to place some of our harder-to-place dogs there, because in cities like that they do have fenced-in yards and that kind of thing that makes them good matches," Mittler said. "I hope that's something we can do in the near future, and that will help our adoptions as well."

The board's next regular meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the meet and greet room at the shelter.

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