Tail­wag­gers helps find an­i­mals new homes

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - RANDY MOLL rmoll@nwadg.com

WEST­SIDE — Tail­wag­gers, a lo­cal an­i­mal res­cue non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in Siloam Springs which works with an­i­mal shel­ters in Gen­try, De­catur, Gravette, Siloam Springs, West Siloam Springs and other agen­cies, goes to great lengths to find homes for dogs and cats, some­times go­ing to the added ex­pense of trans­fer­ring an­i­mals hun­dreds of miles to other an­i­mal res­cue groups around the na­tion rather than see­ing an­i­mals eu­th­a­nized.

Just a few weeks ago, it trans­ported an­i­mals to Colorado for place­ment. The or­ga­ni­za­tion invites an­i­mal lovers to do­nate to help cover the costs of such an­i­mal trans­fers.

One suc­cess­ful adop­tion story fol­lows.

A few months back, the De­catur An­i­mal Shel­ter, with the as­sis­tance of Tail­wag­gers, sent an older dog that had been im­pounded for sev­eral months to a res­cue in Illi­nois. Once there, it was dis­cov­ered the dog — nick­named Red — was heart­worm pos­i­tive.

Ac­cord­ing to a post by lo­cal res­cue “Spay Arkansas,” it “some­times … takes awhile for just the right fam­ily to come along. Last sum­mer our friends, Res­cue War­riors Corp of El­gin, Ill., ac­cepted a dog we named De­catur. He’s what we’d call an Arkansas porch dog and prob­a­bly had never seen the in­side of a home.

“As he spent week af­ter week at the De­catur Shel­ter, we re­ceived a re­quest to help get him a home. There was a slight prob­lem though be­cause he’s not only a se­nior but had one of the worst cases of heart­worms we’ve come across.

“Thanks to kind bene­fac­tors, we were able to do his ini­tial vet­ting and help spon­sor his heart­worm treat­ment. He coughed for months, getting rid of the re­mains of the worms that has in­vaded his body.

“He’s had many mee­tand-greets but, sadly, none of the folks were se­ri­ously in­ter­ested in a very ‘used’ model dog un­til today. De­catur, we hope you have the most en­joy­able life a dog can ever imag­ine and we thank ev­ery­one who was in­volved in his res­cue both here and at Res­cue War­riors.”


Red, a dog from the De­catur An­i­mal Shel­ter, is pic­tured with his new fam­ily in Illi­nois, thanks to the work of an­i­mal res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tions like Tail­wag­gers.

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