“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
“The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?'”
“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 dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”
“I could not have slept tonight if I had left that helpless little creature to perish on the ground.”
“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”
“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
“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
Robert A. Heinlein
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
“If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.”
“Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.”
“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do.”
“Man’s highest duty is to protect animals from cruelty.”
“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”
“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.”
“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.”
Franklin P. Jones
“Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
Charles de Gaulle
“I’m suspicious of people who don’t like dogs. But I trust a dog when it doesn’t like a person.”
“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 greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”
James D. Miles
“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than dream: work.”
William Arthur Ward
“Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend…never owned a dog.”
“I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”
“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Winston S. Churchill
“We have more to learn from animals than animals have to learn from us.”
Anthony Douglas Williams
“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.”
“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
Frequently Asked Questions
These are the most frequent questions we receive about HOPE Humane Society:
How do I adopt from HOPE Humane Society?
We love visitors at our adoptions center. We are open from 10 AM to 7 PM Monday through Saturday and Closed on Sundays and typically have over 100 animals at any one time for you to visit with. If you find an animal that you are interested in, our adoption counselors can assist you in giving any information that we may have on that pet. You will be asked to fill out an adoption questionnaire and a photo identification is required for all adoptions so please remember to bring one with you.
Do you require spaying/neutering of adopted pets?
Yes. We are committed to ending pet overpopulation and consider spaying and neutering the number one solution to this tragic problem. A small number of our pets are already spayed or neutered before coming to HOPE Humane Society and those who have not been are altered while they are at the shelter. Barring an illness that would prevent such operation prior to adoption, 100 percent of the cats and dogs adopted are already surgically altered.
Is HOPE Humane Society a “no-kill” shelter?
We started a 2 year plan to go No Kill on April 1, 2016. This plan is a major undertaking for us and we will not be able to achieve this goal without the help and support of the whole community! Read more about our No Kill plan here.
What is the fee to reclaim my lost pet from HOPE Humane Society?
All animals that are reclaimed by their owner have a $19.00 fee for every 24 hour period they stay at the shelter. If the animal receives vaccination or veterinarian treatment while at the shelter there will be a charge to cover these expenses. We also require you to provide photo identification when claiming your pet.
How long can an animal stay at HOPE Humane Society?
We assign NO time limit to our animals. As long as an adoptable animal remains physically and mentally healthy, we keep the animal until it is adopted. Our record length of stay for an animal is nearly a year before being adopted.
When I adopt a dog or cat, what does the fee include?
- Dogs and cats are implanted with a microchip for permanent identification.
- Dogs and cats adopted from the shelter receive a complimentary medical examination within 5 days following the adoption, courtesy of participating veterinarians in the Fort Smith area. A list of those veterinarians that offer free exams will be provided at time of adoption.
- Every dog, cat, puppy and kitten that are adopted from HOPE Humane Society are spayed or neutered.
- Dogs and cats are dewormed prior to going up for adoption.
- Cats/Kittens are FeLV/FIV tested negative unless otherwise noted.
- Dogs over the age of six months are Heartworm tested negative.
- Dogs/puppies are all started on Heartworm preventative.
- Cats/Kittens have had FVRCPP (yearly vaccination).
- Dogs/Puppies have had Rabies, DA2PP-L and Bordetella (yearly vaccinations).
I found an animal in my neighborhood. What should I do?
- Put up “found” posters around the area.
- Register the pet on Petango.com’s national listing
- Take the animal to a vet clinic or to HOPE Humane Society to make see if it has a microchip.
- If you are unable to keep the animal, you should call your local animal control agency. HOPE Humane Society will take in stray animals from the city of Fort Smith, you will be asked to provide photo identification to prove residency.
- Anyone with animals from outside city limits will need to call and make arrangements to hold kennel space before bringing them in.
- Our fee for taking an animal from outside the city limits is $25. We will do our best to accommodate you but please be patient as we take in many animals every day. If there is an emergency, please make us aware and we will make sure that a kennel is held for you.
Help! I’ve lost my pet. What do I do?
- First, call HOPE Humane Society and make sure that your pet has not been picked up by animal control or brought in/found by a citizen. We prefer, if you are able, to come to the shelter and fill out a lost pet report and check our stray hold area to make sure your animal wasn’t brought in. It always helps to bring a picture of the animal to hang up on our lost/found board.
- Check our Lost a Pet? page for new listings of animals that have been brought to the shelter.
- Post information about your missing pet to the Lost and Found Pets in Fort Smith Facebook page.
- Post information about your missing pet to the Craigslist lost & found page.
- The return to owner fee is $19.00 per 24 hours.
Does HOPE Humane Society accept owner surrendered animals?
Yes. We request a nominal Owner Surrender fee that covers a small portion of the animal’s care while at the shelter.
How many animals does HOPE Humane Society care for?
We care for approximately 7,000 animals each year.
How much does it cost to care for each animal?
The average cost to care for each animal from the time it is received to the time it is adopted at HOPE Humane Society is $350.
It costs $19.00 a day to care for each animal in the shelter.
Does HOPE Humane Society have veterinarians on staff?
We have a veterinarian that is contracted with the shelter that takes care of all of our spay/neuter surgeries and prescribes medications for sick/injured animals at the shelter. We also work with several local vets for emergencies and special cases. The State Veterinary Board regulations do not allow shelters to perform veterinary services for the public.
How many volunteers does HOPE Humane Society need to operate?
We need approximately 150 volunteers each year to walk and play with animals, assist with fundraising activities, and lend a hand wherever help is needed.
Whom do I call when I see a loose dog, roaming cat, or dead animal in my yard/road/neighborhood?
If you are located within the City of Fort Smith limits, please call the police department to make a report, 479.709.5100. If you are outside city limits, we ask that you call the sheriff’s department of your county. If your sheriff’s department feels that there is a problem they will contact us and assist us at the property.
How can I help?
Let us count the ways – HOPE Humane Society greatly appreciates donations of cash, time, and items. The HOPE Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Your financial support helps us maintain and even expand the programs and services we offer for the animals that come into our care. There is a world of opportunities offered to individuals who want to volunteer at HOPE which includes socializing the animals here at the shelter, fostering animals at your home, helping with offsite adoption events and parades. To reduce expenses, the public is encouraged to donate needed items directly to the shelter. This not only reduces HOPE Humane Society costs but you may be able to write off the donation on your taxes. If you would like your donation to be used for a specific area (i.e. medical care, maintenance, or general funding) of the shelter, please let us know so we can allocate your gift to the appropriate fund.