‘I’m Your Huck­le­berry’ To Ben­e­fit An­i­mal Res­cue

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Rachel Dick­er­son

The I’m Your Huck­le­berry An­i­mal Res­cue is spon­sor­ing the Huck­le­berry Run, a poker run through the Ozarks, on Aug. 25.

Paula Phillips, a mem­ber of the board of the res­cue, said the or­ga­ni­za­tion started be­cause peo­ple were dump­ing dogs in the coun­try. It was started by De­bra Par­nell and Bev­er­ley Bart­ley. Vol­un­teers res­cue dogs or cats and get them vac­ci­nated and spayed or neutered. The or­ga­ni­za­tion works solely with con­tri­bu­tions and vol­un­teers, Phillips said.

“It’s re­ally needed in McDon­ald County be­cause be­fore there wasn’t any­where to go with the strays,” she said.

She added, “We need more fos­ter homes be­cause peo­ple on the board are just keep­ing them in their homes, and we need more homes un­til they are adopted.”

I’m Your Huck­le­berry An­i­mal Res­cue has a Face­book page and a web­site. Adop­tion forms and fos­ter par­ent forms are avail­able at the web­site.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion has helped more than 150 an­i­mals in a year that have gone to per­ma­nent homes, Phillips said. There is an adop­tion fee of $100.

The group takes the an­i­mals to Spay Arkansas in Spring­dale, which has a low-cost spay and neuter pro­gram.

“We’re try­ing to help peo­ple get their an­i­mals spayed or neutered. If we can slow down the pop­u­la­tion, that’s go­ing to elim­i­nate a lot of the prob­lem,” Phillips said.

She said she is in­volved with the or­ga­ni­za­tion be­cause help­ing an­i­mals is a way to help the com­mu­nity.

“To me, it’s sad when an an­i­mal, a child or an el­derly per­son doesn’t have a place to sleep or food. So this is some­thing I can do to help the com­mu­nity.”

All cars and mo­tor­cy­cles are wel­come at the Huck­le­berry Run. All pro­ceeds will go to the res­cue.

Reg­is­tra­tion is from 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 25 on the south side of the Wal­mart in Jane. The run ends at the Pineville Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

First par­tic­i­pants will ride out at 9 a.m., and the last will leave at 10 a.m. En­try fee is $15 per rider/driver and $5 per pas­sen­ger.

A meal is in­cluded at the Pineville Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. The pub­lic is in­vited to the meal at $5 per per­son.

There will be prizes for the best and worst hands, a silent auc­tion and a draw­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Phillips at paula­tex55@ya­hoo. com.

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