19 Apr Day 3!
Written By: Krystal, Database Coordinator
On Saturday a group of us spent some time at Benton Animal Control in Benton, Arkansas. This was the largest shelter we visited, and also the fullest. I came to the Benton shelter last year as well and was happy to have the opportunity to visit again this year. Both times I have visited, almost all kennels indoors and outdoors were full. It’s heartbreaking to see how many dogs are just sitting there waiting for the chance to get the life they deserve. At the same time, it was a good feeling to get them out of the kennels and show them some love, even for just a brief amount of time.
I started out by taking a few minutes to play with a pit bull mix puppy named Thompson who was spunky and full of life. Being a pit bull owner, I have a soft spot for them and was so happy to see Thompson get adopted by a local while we were there. Puppies had to be carried away from the shelter and it was imperative that we didn’t let them touch the grass to eliminate the risk of them contracting Parvovirus, which is extremely contagious, expensive to treat, and often fatal.
After having those few minutes of playing, it was time to get down to business. A few other volunteers and I began clearing, scrubbing, and disinfecting each of the kennels while other volunteers took the dogs for walks and to be heartworm tested. We worked like a well-oiled machine taking turns swapping shovels, sprayers and brushes. It’s great to be able to get into a groove when working with a group of people – Teamwork!
After cleaning, I spent some time clipping nails and giving belly rubs while we waited for the last of the heartworm tests to be done. It’s always sad to see a positive test result, but it’s such a relief when the test is negative. Last Hope was able to save five dogs while we were there, and had a few more in the works waiting for foster homes to become available. It really shows how truly important all foster homes are, both in Arkansas and New England.
During our visit, we worked alongside Angie, one of the shelter’s volunteers. She dedicates a lot of her time and money to helping these dogs. Her commitment is unwavering and inspiring and we are lucky to have her working with us and the dogs. We spent just one day doing the work she does week after week and we are thankful for the eye-opening experience. I feel like we were able to make a small difference in the lives of the dogs at Benton, but even more so, they made a difference in ours.