An Old Timers Day booth for the Almost Home Shelter and Rescue in Van Buren will allow area residents to meet adoptable dogs and sign up to volunteer.
Almost Home, a dog shelter and rescue that recently opened at 3390 E. Pointer Trail in Van Buren, will have a booth at Old Timers Day with rescue dogs ready for adoption, raffle tickets and volunteer opportunities, said Connie Martin with the shelter.
Festival goers are invited to meet the dogs and sign up to volunteer, Martin said.
“We are asking dog lovers to consider donating one and one-half hours a week to help at the shelter,” Martin said. “Anyone desiring to volunteer may show up at 5:30 p.m. any day of the week to help out (and) volunteer forms are on site.”
Martin said “good things” are happening at the shelter.
“Volunteers are helping each day to walk the dogs, clean kennels and give the animals much needed love and attention,” Martin said. “Dogs are being spayed or neutered and receiving medical care if necessary. Puppies are receiving their puppy shots and worming. This medical attention prepares the animals for adoption.”
Numerous adoptions already have taken place, Martin said.
Almost Home is located in what was the City of Van Buren’s dog pound. The city turned the pound over to Rebecca Kaszubowski, director of Almost Home dog shelter, earlier this year to operate as a no-kill shelter as part of a tentative partnership.
Security of the facility and the safety of the animals is of the utmost importance, Kaszubowski said.
“Volunteers who want to work in the shelter must be screened and approved by Almost Home to work with the animals,” Kaszubowski said in an earlier interview.
Almost Home only accepts dogs picked up by animal control, because the shelter has limited capacity, Kaszubowski said. There are only eight holding pens in the shelter and it will be some time before the shelter can expand, she said.
Almost Home holds the dogs for the city-mandated five days for owners and then shelters them until they can be adopted out, Kaszubowski said.
Kitties and Kanines Veterinarian Clinic in Fort Smith is partnering with Almost Home to spay and neuter the dogs and provide their vaccinations before adoption.
Donations to the shelter are being accepted by the shelter to help with the veterinary costs. For more information about volunteering, donating or adoption, contact Kaszubowski at (479) 462-3122.