Thank you for considering a shelter animal for a forever friend! In 2019, more than 300 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens were adopted from the Animal Welfare League.
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What do you get? (Retail value of $300-400!)
What are the fees?
Our adoption fees vary per animal depending upon age, breed, special needs; the Adoption Coordinators determine each fee.
Thank you for considering a shelter animal for a forever friend!
Louis, the Dog that Sparks Positivity!" - as told by Ashley & his new family
With the exception of my college years, I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a dog as a companion. Just three years ago, this all changed when our family suffered the loss of our rescue dog, Glory, in a terrible accident. Life without a dog in our home was different for me and for all of us! During that time, we made the decision to remain dog-free due to the upcoming adoption of our son from Africa. We thought the added stress of a puppy would be too much with the other major changes our family was about to experience.
In May 2020, one year after bringing our son home, I drove to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, with my three children to visit my parents. All of our children had been begging for a dog, and we thought it would be fun to visit the local animal rescue as a fun activity with their Nana. Upon stepping into the shelter area for the dogs, all of the dogs erupted into loud, excited barking….except for ONE! That “one” ended up becoming our family dog, Louie. It was an instant match!
Louie has enhanced and enriched our family in countless ways. When I asked my children about Louie’s impact on our family, our oldest daughter stated, “He sparks positivity!” This is most definitely true. Louie brings life, love and his ever-wagging tail always commands a smile from those in his presence. Our children cherish Louie “picking them up from school” each afternoon. Louie is well loved by my children’s classmates, and he enjoys “holding court” with the children as they pet and talk with him every afternoon.
Our family enjoys the way Louie encourages us to slow down and “stop and smell the roses.” Louie seems to sit at attention as if he hangs on to every word we say. Whether or not he understands us, he almost seems to beckon conversation and is always attentive to those who are engaged with him. Sitting and talking to “Louie” is a therapeutic experience, and all parties involved always seem better for the time spent together!
While our family has always been quite active, Louie encourages us to be outside more and take more walks. The kids and I take him for a short one mile walk each morning before school, and we all enjoy playing around with Louie outside. While I am home alone during the day with him, he has become a faithful companion as I work inside and outside the house, whether it’s gardening, collecting eggs from our chicken coop or cleaning, Louie is always by my side spreading joy wherever he goes!
Louie and his new family! May, 2020
Double the Pleasure – Times Two! Midge, Mochi, Jake & Mikey - as told by Karen
After my beloved Ivy passed, I knew there would be another dog in my life, but I never thought I would have four! When I searched on Petfinders for Doxies, seniors, and special needs, I saw several pairs of senior Doxies from the Hot Springs Village Animal Welfare League and wondered if there might be more than one dog in my future, as one had calm, loving eyes and the other had captivating eyes that seemed to say, "Please give us a home." Additionally, I was told that bonded pairs were the hardest dogs to place, and I decided that was what I wanted since Ivy had given me so much and I wanted to give back.
When I first saw Midge and Mochi I couldn't believe that they were mine! I had gone from heartsick over the loss of my Ivy to my heart overflowing with joy!
Over the following weeks, we got to know each other and I enjoyed introducing them to the customers who came to my store. Since I own my own small family business I take the dogs to work with me where they greet every customer.
During a follow up chat with the AWL, I said I was so delighted with Midge and Mochi and said that if another senior Doxie needed a home, I would love to take another in. I was told there were not one but actually TWO available!
So, in a whirlwind of just a few hours, Jake and Mickey became a part of my family! They also greeted me with wagging tails and fit in with Midge and Mochi right away.
Now, all four greet the customers in my store and they take turns keeping me company throughout the day. I think they have made an agreement among themselves that one of them should always be with me as they each had lost one mommy in their lives and they are not going to lose another!
I live on a small private lake and recently bought a small boat that was just the right size for my four dogs and I! I didn't know how they would react to the water so thought life jackets were in order. They are all very patient as I fasten them on and get them into the boat. The boys, Jake, Mikey and Mochi are content with the boat rides as they are with me, and Midge is fascinated and excited by all aspects of the adventure from checking out the smells of the boat to keeping watch.
At night, they all have their special spots with me in the bed, and every morning I am greeted with enthusiastic wags and licks, the same as when I met each of them.
While I know that I have given each of them home, they have given me so much more!