On Monday, Hot Springs Animal Services shared on its Facebook page that they had two pugs surrendered that must be adopted together. HSAS Coordinator Faith Wetzler said they received about 15 adoption inquiries on the same day of the posting.
Following standard practice, HSAS scheduled a drawing the following day. They were opening at 10 a.m. and drawing a name of those interested who showed up by 10:15 a.m. The pair were surrendered after the death of their owner, so they were to be adopted out together at a discounted rate.
To everyone's surprise, no one showed up for the pug pair.
As a kill shelter, HSAS has many nonprofit rescues taking its animals daily.
Danna Knight, a volunteer for Little Rock's Rescue Road, was there at the opening to rescue up to four small senior dogs. Only one small senior dog was available — a chihuahua named Jojo, posted alongside the pugs Monday. Since she had the room, Knight said she would take the young adult pug pair if no one came for them.
In a last-minute phone call by Wetzler to Garland County Humane Society Coordinator Kaye Gilder, the pugs were rescued. They will be available for dual adoption from the Humane Society within the next week. If interested, call the society at 501-623-5012.
And just as Knight was about to leave with Jojo, a couple came in to surrender their senior chihuahua named Walnut. She had the room, so Knight packed up Walnut and Jojo and went on her way.
However, about 40 animals remained at the shelter after both rescue parties left. And Wetzler said they receive anywhere from 15-30 animals a day.
Depending on space, HSAS typically euthanizes animals once a week.
One animal that's expiration date is pretty close is a senior male Labrador Retriever. Wetzler calls him "Big Bubba" and says he needs a "retirement home" to relax in. She could skip Big Bubba during the last euthanization period, but said he may have to be put down this week if HSAS receives an influx of animals over the next few days.
Located in pen 20, Big Bubba has a large bark if he doesn't know you, but once you introduce yourself, he is a loving four-legged friend.
The HSAS adoption fee for dogs is $75 and for cats is $55. This includes a spay or neuter, microchip and rabies vaccination. The department is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, located at 319 Davidson Drive.