Operation Kindness Spay/Neuter Clinic Success

The Operation Kindness 3 Day Spay and Neuter clinic held last week (March 14-16) at Leslie was a rousing success as a total of 81 cats and dogs were altered.

The great volunteers of Operation Kindness worked very hard during, before and after the event to make sure all the animals received tender loving care while they were at the clinic.  None of the volunteers get paid for this service.  They do this all for the animals, and as a service to the area communities.

The mobile clinic which comes here and does the services, goes all over Arkansas providing this much needed and low cost service.  The charge for cat spays and neuters is $25.00 per animal.  For dogs up to 75 pounds, the charge is $50.00, with the price increasing to $60.00 for dogs over 75 pounds.

State law requires that all dogs and cats must have a rabies vaccination each year.  If an animal comes to the clinic to be altered, and does not have the RV, the DVM administers the vaccination for a charge of $5.00.   Vaccinations are not available at the clinic for animals that aren’t altered at the clinic.

JoAnna McManus, DVM, has been working for Arkansans for Animals for 14 years in the mobile unit.  Their new 2 year old Mobile trailer is 40 feet long, and contains a hospital unit in the rear, and sleeping quarters in the front.  This custom unit cost approximately $150,000.  Dr. McManus, and her Vet Tech assistant are both licensed in the State of Arkansas and have excellent reputations.  The Vet Tech, Dian Ladner is also the driver of the truck that tows the MASH unit.  Arkansans for Animals website is www.arkansansforanimals.org for more information about their service

What do the operation kindness volunteers do besides make appointments?  A couple days before the clinic begins, they all meet at the American Legion building in Leslie where the event is held, to set up tables, dividers, organize paperwork, (which must stay with the pet at all times during it’s appointment).  They bring in supplies, blankets, wipes, newspapers, so each animal can be kept clean and dry.  Once the clinic is in full swing, Operation Kindness provides at least 2 meals per day for all volunteers, plus they feed Dr. McManus and her staff, normally 3-4 additional people.  Operation Kindness volunteers carry out and retrieve all the animals from the surgery unit.  It is a very satisfying, but unpaid job that they do, and each member is very happy knowing that for each animal that has been altered,   hundreds of dogs and cats may be prevented from dying of hunger, abandonment and abuse.

Operation Kindness will be holding another clinic in May and yet another in September 2011.  They are now making appointments for both clinics.  They are already booked up for female dogs at the May clinic, but other appointments are available.  For more information or to book an appointment at the clinic, call 870-221-1630.  You may also e-mail them here.

Operation kindness is a great member of the Searcy County Chamber of Commerce, and we should be proud to have such a good group of volunteers supporting this noble cause.  Operation Kindness is also sponsoring several events in the upcoming Spring Fling.   Help support their cause.

 

Buffalo River Spring Fling

Buffalo River Panorama from Roark Bluff

Links to Registration Forms and Information!!!

The First Annual Buffalo River Spring Fling, will be held Memorial Weekend,  Friday thru Sunday, May 27th -29th.  There will be events all over Searcy County that weekend.

Check out the Schedule of Events below for more information.

Food and Fun Festival

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Printable Schedule of Events


Friday, May 27th, 2011

  • Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast  —   7:30AM-11:00AM       Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds      Sponsor:  Operation Kindness-Searcy County Humane Society
  • Hot Dog Lunch — 11:00AM-2:00PM   Location: EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds  Sponsor: Operation Kindness – Searcy County Humane Society
  • Craft Fair —  9:00AM-5:00PM     Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor: Buffalo River Artisans Guild
  • Bingo —  6:30PM     Location: Searcy County Civic Center     Sponsor: I.O.O.F.  Aaron Lodge #4     Proceeds Benefit the Veterans Memorial Museum
  • Music at the Killebrew Theater  — “The Tuells” — 7:30PM — Killebrew Theater — Ozark Heritage Arts Center  — Leslie, Arkansas    Proceeds Benefit the Ozark Heritage Arts Center

 

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

  • 5/10K  Walk and Run — Registration Beginning at 7:00 Am, Run begins at 8:00 AM  Location: Searcy County Civic Center      Sponsor: Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.   Registration Form Hot Link PDF File
  • 24th Annual Hillbilly Daze —  All Day  — Location:  Witts Springs, AR       See   Hot Link For More Information
  • Ozark Mountain Market — 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon  — Location:  Leslie, AR    Also Fiddling in the Park in Leslie starts at 10:00 AM
  • Barnyard Buddies Petting Zoo and Pony Rides — 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM  — Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds   Sponsor: Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • BB Shooting Gallery —  9:00AM – 5:00PM  — Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds   Sponsor: Boy Scout Troop 150 of Leslie, AR
  • Craft Fair —  9:00AM-7:00PM     Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor: Buffalo River Artisans Guild
  • Morning Star Baptist Youth Group Bake Sale  — 9:00AM-3:00 PM  —  Location:  EH Building – Searcy County Fairgrounds
  • Loafers Glory Community Church Lunch — 11:00AM-3:00PM  — Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds
  • Dog Show — Registration 9:00 AM — Show 9:30 AM     Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor: Operation Kindness -Searcy County Humane Society
  • 2K  Pet Walk — Begins at 11:00 AM      Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds    Sponsor: Operation Kindness-Searcy County Humane Society   2K Pet Walk Entry Form
  • Pet Adoption — All Day   Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds  Sponsor: Operation Kindness – Searcy County Humane Society
  • Hillbilly Skeet Shoot — 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon  —  Location:  Searcy County Rock Quarry (Quarry Road, 5.0 Miles South of the Stoplight in Marshall on Highway 65)  Sponsor:  American Legion Post 131, Leslie   Proceeds Benefit the Veterans Memorial Museum Facebook Link
  • Car/Motorcycle Show —  9:00AM Registration – 2:00PM Judging  — Location:  Courthouse Square, Marshall   —   Sponsor: Marshall Screen Printing    Printable Flyer PDF File Car Show Entry Form
  • 50’s Music on the Square all Day during the Car Show   — Sponsor:  Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Dunking Booth —  Location: Courthouse Square, Marshall   —  Sponsor: Lions Club
  • Gun Show by M &R Gun Shows — 10:00 AM-4:00Pm    Location: Commercial Buiding, Searcy County Fairgrounds   Admission $5.00 per person  —   Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Lions Cooking on the Square —  11:00Am-1:00PM   Location: Marshall Courthouse Square    Sponsor:  Lions Club
  • Spaghetti Dinner — 4:30PM-7:00PM     Location: EH Building, Searcy County Fairgrounds     Sponsor:  Operation Kindness – Searcy County Humane Society
  • Buffalo River Bull Bash —  7:30PM    Location:  Searcy County Fairgrounds Arena    Sponsor: Flintrock Saddle Club and Produced by  Heath Horton Rodeo Co.
  • Music at Ozark Heritage Arts Center — 7:30PM   Featuring  “In Cahoots” — Location: Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie, AR    Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce  —    Admission:  $5.00 at the door — All Proceeds Benefit the Ozark Heritage Arts Center

Muscle Car

 

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

  • Honoring Veterans Memorial Day Service — 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon      Searcy County Civic Center  — Information Hot Link PDF File
  • Potluck Luncheon after the Veterans Service — 12:00 Noon     Searcy County Civic Center  Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Gun Show by M &R Gun Shows — 10:00 AM-4:00Pm    Location: Commercial Building, Searcy County Fairgrounds   — Admission  $5.00 per person  —  Sponsor: Searcy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Gospel Music “The Gospel Trio”   at Ozark Heritage Arts Center —  3:00PM-4:30PM      Location:  Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie, AR
  • Chuck Wagon Gathering — 5:00 PM    Location: Searcy County Fairgrounds Show Barn    Sponsor: Thousand Hills Cowboy Church      Details:  Will include “Dutch Oven Supper”  (Free to the public)  Musical Performance by cowboy musician Sean Burgess, and concluding with message by the Thousand Hills Cowboy Church

 

Remember, this events schedule is evolving day by day, and we will update this page frequently as the events and the planning details are completed.   This will be a weekend of food and fun for kids of all ages.   Keep checking back for more details.     For more information about any of these Events send us an e-mail.

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