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Meets and Greets By Appointment Only

Due to the continuing rise of COVID cases we are still doing our adoptions by appointment only. If you are interested in adopting a dog or cat please fill out an application on this website. If your application is approved, you will be contacted to set up an appointment time for the adoption. Thank you for your cooperation.

HSGC Receives Grant from Arkansas Animal Rescue Foundation

HSGC Receives Grant from Arkansas Animal Rescue Foundation

Humane Society of Garland County is excited to announce that we are the recipient of an $18,000 grant from Arkansas Animal Rescue Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to help equip the surgery and recovery rooms of our adoption and education center, located at 1321 Hwy 128 in Lonsdale, AR. The new surgical center will allow us to provide onsite spay/neuter and basic veterinary services to the animals in our care, thus preventing the need to transport our animals to the vet’s office whenever medical attention is needed.  Our long term plans also include providing low cost spay/neuter clinics for needy pet owners in our local community.  Obtaining this grant is a huge step toward our goal of reducing unwanted animals in our local region by prevention of unwanted litters through spay/neuter. Thank you so much, AARF, for providing this opportunity to us!

Bark on the Park Charity Golf Tournament benefiting HSGC

Bark on the Park Charity Golf Tournament benefiting HSGC

Calling all golfers!! We are looking for golfers and sponsors for Bark on the Park, a 4 man scramble charity golf tournament to be held Thursday, October 4th at Hot Springs Country Club. Entry fees are $125 per person or $500 per team, and this includes lunch, cart, range balls, and greens fees. Sponsorships at different levels are also available.

This is a great opportunity for individuals and businesses to support our organization while enjoying a great afternoon of golf at the Country Club, so sign up today!!

Please see the attached flyers for more info.


Bark on the Park Teams

Bark on the Park Sponsors

New Adoption/Education Center

We anticipate that our new building will be completed by the end of December, and we are looking forward to moving in!  Our existing office/small dog kennel and cattery are in a shocking state of dilapidation, and we knew that something had to be done.  The task was arduous. HSGC, being a private nonprofit, gets no money from taxes or government organizations. We do not receive funding from any national animal welfare organizations either.  Our operations costs are really expensive because veterinary care, overhead, and staff costs add up quickly due to the volume of animal rescue we provide. We knew we had to continue to raise money for operations while raising additional money for a new building.

Two years ago, we began raising money specifically to build a new facility. Our board president, Ivy Wood, worked tirelessly to solicit donations and create a plan for an adequate, durable facility which could withstand the wear and tear of providing shelter and care for animals. We held two Raise the Roof fundraisers which were hosted and underwritten by Dr. Tim Bainum. In addition several members of our community came forward to donate money, goods, and services, and we were able to move forward on construction.  Due to generous donations, we have just enough to complete the building without borrowing money. Some of our biggest donors include The Bainum Foundation and Diamond Bank (monetary donations and hosting/underwriting two fundraisers), Valley Glass (doors), Window Mart (windows), Xtra-Light (lights), Mike McHenry (dirt work), Sanders Supply (toilets, sinks, faucets), and Lakeside Elementary children (refrigerator, washer, dryer). In addition, we have had several other individual donors who gave money. We would also like to thank Mike Harrison for working with us to design an affordable building and working with subcontractors to minimize costs as much as possible, and Horner for discounting our concrete.

We are now working on furnishing the building and raising money to pave the driveway and parking lot. We had enough monetary donations for cat and small dog cages, and different people have donated various items:  a desk, file cabinets, a TV, microwave and coffee maker for our education/break room, and a tub for our dog-washing area. We received a $500 grant from Hot Springs Village Community Foundation which is earmarked to help complete the furnishing of our education room.  In addition to raising money to pave the parking area, we will need to raise funds to furnish our on-site surgery center/recovery room. We would also welcome the donation of a dog-friendly gently used sofa for our meet-and-greet room. Of course, we greatly appreciate any donations which help us continue to operate and care for the animals in our shelter as well.

We will be holding a Grand Opening in the near future as well, and we look forward to hosting lots of HSGC supporters and introducing the community to our new building. We simply could not fulfill our mission of providing shelter and rescue for homeless dogs and cats in the community without strong support from the people in the Garland County area. Now that we have a clean new facility, we plan to work hard to increase HSGC memberships and volunteers. Our vision is that our kennel will be a place where people will enjoy visiting and volunteering.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Bertha was Adopted!

When Bertha, a black lab, came to us earlier this year she weighed over 100 pounds and looked years older than her actual age of around 3 years. She was so overweight she could barely walk. One of our volunteers, Kim, has been fostering her and recently made Bertha a new member of the family by adopting her. Just look how good she looks now! She plays, fetches a ball, and looks like her age. This goes to show you what a proper diet and a good home can do for a dog! Pictured is Bertha with her brother, Sampson. We are so happy for her!

2nd Annual Raise the Roof Fundraiser to be held on September 16th

Screen Shot 2017-07-21 at 7.24.13 AMPlease mark your calendars for our 2nd annual Raise the Roof fundraising event to be held on the banks of the beautiful Caddo River near Amity, AR! This exciting event is sponsored by Diamond Bank. We will have food, beer, wine, and silent auction items available as we raise funds for our new education/adoption/indoor kennel building. There are a limited number of tickets available, and we are hoping to sell out, so get your tickets now and join us for a night of fun!

Bertha Is Ready For Her New Home!

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This is Bertha. She came to the Humane Society in March. When she arrived, she was so overweight that she could barely walk. She also had a severe urinary infection and skin issues due to her obesity. Countryside Animal Hospital assisted us with getting her treated and on the road to recovery. She  is in a foster home and we are happy to report that she has lost 20 pounds! She now likes to fetch ball, play, and do what normal dogs do. She is house trained and likes other dogs, and she gets along well with cats, too. Above is a photo of Bertha socializing at our recent adoption event at the Pet Expo in Hot Springs Village.

Thanks to Countryside Animal Hospital and Barkansas for their donations in getting her fit to be an active doggie again. If you are interested in Bertha, please send in your application.  The link to the application can be found under the Our Pets tab on this website.


It’s time for our 3rd Annual Race to the Rescue Fundraiser Event!

It’s time once again for our annual Race to the Rescue fundraiser event! Join us for an evening of fun and great food as we raise money for our doggies and kitties! Tickets are $50 each, and the event will be held at Froggy’s Restaurant this year.  All proceeds go toward helping homeless, neglected, and abused dogs and cats in our local community. Hope you can join us!Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 4.42.35 PM

Our 2017 Calendars Are Now Available For Purchase

2017 HSGC Calendar Cover

2017 HSGC Calendar Cover

Our 2017 calendars are now available for purchase. They make great stocking stuffers for those animal lovers on your Christmas list! Each calendar is $10, and 100% of proceeds go toward the care of homeless, abused, and neglected animals in our local community. The calendar is filled with great photos of many of the animals rescued and rehomed through our organization. So go buy a calendar (or a dozen or two) and help us forward HSGC’s effort to reduce homelessness of the dogs and cats in our community!
The calendar may be purchased at the following local businesses:
HSGC Thrift Store at 2026 Central Avenue
Chez Julie Gifts on Bathhouse Row
Hyp Boutique at 4334 Central Avenue
Chrysalis Day Spa in Temperance Hill Shopping Center
Lambert’s Salon at 5001 Central Avenue
A special thanks to the guys at the Hot Springs Fire Dept for participating in our photo shoot for the cover!

Raise The Roof Fundraiser

Screen Shot 2016-07-17 at 10.05.51 PMWe are having a really cool fundraiser August 27th at Caddo Meadows, a luxurious little place on the banks of the Caddo River near Amity, AR. We will have awesome food, beer and wine, a silent auction, and a grand old time visiting with one another as we raise much-needed funds for Humane Society of Garland County. Hope you can join us!