“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”


Albert Schweitzer

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2017-11-16T21:43:07+00:00

Albert Schweitzer

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."

“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.”


Kinky Friedman

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2017-11-16T21:39:38+00:00

Kinky Friedman

"Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail."

“I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground.”


Abraham Lincoln

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2017-11-16T21:29:23+00:00

Abraham Lincoln

"I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground."

“Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.”


Pythagoras

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2017-11-16T21:27:33+00:00

Pythagoras

"Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul."

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”


Charles Schulz

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2017-11-16T21:35:41+00:00

Charles Schulz

"Happiness is a warm puppy."

“Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.”


Caroline Knapp

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2017-11-16T21:51:17+00:00

Caroline Knapp

"Before you get a dog, you can't quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can't imagine living any other way."

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”


Andy Rooney

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2017-11-16T21:52:41+00:00

Andy Rooney

"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."

“Man’s highest duty is to protect animals from cruelty.”


Emile Zola

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2017-11-16T21:28:59+00:00

Emile Zola

"Man's highest duty is to protect animals from cruelty."

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”


Leonardo da Vinci

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2017-11-16T21:24:25+00:00

Leonardo da Vinci

"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men."

“Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?”


Jean Paul

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2017-11-16T21:27:59+00:00

Jean Paul

"Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?"

“The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?'”


Jeremy Bentham

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2017-11-16T21:32:11+00:00

Jeremy Bentham

"The question is not, 'Can they reason?' nor 'Can they talk?' but 'Can they suffer?'"

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”


Josh Billings

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2017-11-16T21:39:03+00:00

Josh Billings

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself."

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”


Anatole France

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2017-11-16T21:44:35+00:00

Anatole France

"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”


Winston S. Churchill

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2017-11-16T21:32:41+00:00

Winston S. Churchill

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”


Josh Billings

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2017-11-16T22:13:05+00:00

Josh Billings

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself."

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.”


Franklin P. Jones

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2017-11-16T21:41:54+00:00

Franklin P. Jones

"Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job."

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”


Groucho Marx

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2017-11-16T21:41:04+00:00

Groucho Marx

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than dream: work.”


William Arthur Ward

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2017-11-16T22:10:07+00:00

William Arthur Ward

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than dream: work.”

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”


Mahatma Gandhi

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2017-11-16T22:20:30+00:00

Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”


Sigmund Freud

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2017-11-16T21:40:24+00:00

Sigmund Freud

"Time spent with cats is never wasted."

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”


Martin Buber

Quotes
2017-11-16T21:28:25+00:00

Martin Buber

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."

“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”


Charles de Gaulle

Quotes
2017-11-16T21:54:11+00:00

Charles de Gaulle

"The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs."

“Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend…never owned a dog.”


Author Unknown

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2017-11-16T21:36:27+00:00

Author Unknown

"Whoever said that diamonds are a girl's best friend...never owned a dog."

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”


Robert A. Heinlein

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2017-11-16T21:42:32+00:00

Robert A. Heinlein

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”


James D. Miles

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2017-11-16T21:37:13+00:00

James D. Miles

"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."

“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”


Terry Pratchett

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2017-11-16T21:51:52+00:00

Terry Pratchett

"In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this."

“We have more to learn from animals than animals have to learn from us.”


Anthony Douglas Williams

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2017-11-16T21:36:48+00:00

Anthony Douglas Williams

"We have more to learn from animals than animals have to learn from us."

“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do.”


Albert Schweitzer

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2017-11-16T21:26:12+00:00

Albert Schweitzer

"We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do."

“If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.”


Charles Yu

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2017-11-16T21:34:50+00:00

Charles Yu

"If I could be half the person my dog is, I'd be twice the human I am."

“When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”


A.D. Williams

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2017-11-16T21:36:04+00:00

A.D. Williams

"When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul."

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”


George Eliot

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2017-11-16T21:25:19+00:00

George Eliot

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms."

“I’m suspicious of people who don’t like dogs. But I trust a dog when it doesn’t like a person.”


Ron Burgundy

Quotes
2017-11-16T21:35:18+00:00

Ron Burgundy

"I'm suspicious of people who don't like dogs. But I trust a dog when it doesn't like a person."

“Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”


Margaret Mead

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2017-11-16T21:30:15+00:00

Margaret Mead

"Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”


Anatole France

Quotes
2017-11-16T21:34:23+00:00

Anatole France

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."

“I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”


Abraham Lincoln

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2017-11-16T17:08:36+00:00

Abraham Lincoln

"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."

Fort Smith’s Animal Shelter

HOPE Humane Society was established in 1937 and has been providing care for unwanted animals for over 79 years. We promote the notion that human and animal life are interdependent and that all animals, human and non-human alike, have needs and rights; most importantly, the right not to be abused but to be loved and respected for who they are.

HOPE Humane Society takes in all kinds of animals (birds, horses, goats, pigs, rabbits, snakes, etc.) and do our absolute best to give them all a fair chance for adoption. We take in animals from six surrounding counties in two states and have an average of 450-500 animals on any given day.

Since 2013, we have adopted out over 2,000 cats and over 4,800 dogs into loving homes and to loving families.

HOPE Humane Society receives no funding from the United Way or from the local, state, or federal government. We receive no funding from national animal organizations and no funding from the Humane Society of the United States. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on the donations of individuals and businesses within our community to take care of over 6,000 animals each year. Without your support we cannot shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, or take care of the sick.

Since we start our no-kill plan in April 2016, we have decreased the number of cats put down by 93%, the number of dogs put down by 87%, and the plan is not complete yet. We have increased cat adoptions by 144% and dog adoptions by 232%.

To provide care for these animals we rely on support from people like you. Donations of cash, food, and supplies are graciously accepted. Come find a friend for life. No one will ever provide you with as much unconditional love and loyalty or greet you with as much enthusiasm as a pet will. Every animal in the shelter can provide you with boundless love and companionship, and every animal deserves a lifetime home.

Find Your Pet

Our Mission

The purpose of this society is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, the placement of animals in responsible homes, and the extension of humane education.

No Kill Plan

As of August 1, 2016 we are happy to say that thanks to the generous donation from the public and the support of Yeager’s, we have completed phase one of our plan. A free range cat room and kitten room have been completed, repairs to our a/c have been done, and puppy boxes have been added to the lobby. Our first run of advertising has started and thanks to all these items, adoptions are up. All of this has been done and we have money left over in our animal enrichment fund to get ready to start phase two.

We are also excited to say that thanks to a national foundation, we have received funding to help purchase a mobile adoption vehicle which was phase 3 of our plan. So they helped us jump ahead of phase 2. We will be receiving this vehicle in November or December, if not sooner.

Funds are still needed for Phase 2 of the plan as we begin repair and replacement of the dog kennels in the shelter.  To handle both the repairs on 200 kennels and the replacement of others, we are looking at a total cost of around $45,000. We are also getting ready to start the next run of advertising to help increase adoptions even more. For this, the public and business community’s help is needed. You can sponsor a kennel, donate materials needed to do the repairs, or make a cash donation. *Please mark the donation for the Animal Enrichment Fund

Please contact Terrance or Raina for more information at 479-783-4395.

Shelter Statistics

You can follow along with us in our progress towards becoming a ‘no-kill’ animal shelter.

Dog Intakes


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Dog Adoptions

Higher numbers are better.

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Dog Transports

Higher numbers are better.

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Dog Euthanizations

Lower numbers are better.

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Cat Intakes


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Cat Adoptions

Higher numbers are better.

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Cat Transports

Higher numbers are better.

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Cat Euthanizations

Lower numbers are better.

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Dog & Cat Surgeries


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Volunteer Hours

Higher numbers are better.

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Our Staff

We are very fortunate to have a dedicated staff who all share the love for animals:

Raina Rodgers
Interim Executive Director

Terrance Richardson
Assistant Director

Carole D Grimm-Shelton
Shelter Manager

Marcus A White
Kennel Supervisor

Amber D Neal
Transport Director

Tina M Worthey
Accounting / HR

Lisa Koenig
Administrative Assistant

Heather Williams
Special Events Coordinator

Our Board of Directors

The members of our Board of Directors:

Board Meetings

Upcoming

Thursday, October 11, 2018
12pm (noon) at the Fort Smith Public Library (main branch) – get directions
Click here for the board meeting packet

Past

Thursday, September 13, 2018
12pm (noon) at Temple Live in Downtown Fort Smith – get directions
Click here for the board meeting packet

Thursday, August 16th, 2018
12pm (noon) at the Hampton Inn Fort Smithget directions
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Thursday, July 12th, 2018
12pm (noon) at the Hampton Inn Fort Smithget directions
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Thursday, June 14th, 2018
12pm (noon) at the Hampton Inn Fort Smithget directions
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Thursday, May 10th, 2018
12pm (noon) at the Hampton Inn Fort Smithget directions
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Thursday, March 15th, 2018
12pm (noon) at the Hampton Inn Fort Smithget directions
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Thursday, February 8th, 2018
12pm (noon) at the Hampton Inn Fort Smithget directions
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Thursday, January 11th, 2018
12pm (noon) at the Hampton Inn Fort Smithget directions
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Thursday, December 14th, 2017 – meeting was cancelled
12pm (noon) at the Hampton Inn Fort Smithget directions
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Thursday, November 16th, 2017
12pm (noon) at the Hampton Inn Fort Smithget directions
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Thursday, October 12th, 2017
12pm (noon) at the Hampton Inn Fort Smithget directions
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Entity and Tax Documents

HOPE Humane Society is a non-profit entity which means that your contributions are tax-deductible. We are also fully transparent which means that the public can see that all of the money we raise funds our mission of being the ‘no-kill’ animal shelter for the Fort Smith area.

2016 Tax Return

2015 Tax Return

2014 Tax Return

Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Determination Letter

Arkansas Secretary of State Application for Fictitious Name for HOPE Humane Society

Bylaws