The mission of Humane Society of Pulaski County is to rescue, rehabilitate, provide veterinary care, spay/neuter, and find loving homes for Central Arkansas dogs and cats in need.



1. Funded a wonderful new shelter facility with enhanced capability for rehabilitation, abuse and cruelty investigation, adoption expansion and educational rooms. The new shelter houses more animals. It gives Central Arkansas a focal point for the animals and creates an animal-friendly location for volunteers and citizens alike to see the animals, attend education programs and obedience classes, and become responsible guardians. More specific behavioral rehabilitation will occur and more injured animals can be saved with the enhanced medical facilities.

2. Saved over 50,000 animals: HSPC’s sheltering, adoption and outreach programs have reached over 50,000 animals in the last 53 years. Many of them were abused, abandoned or stray animals who were rescued from the streets or from “death row” at Animal Control agencies.

3. Written and promoted legislation in 1979 which outlawed the use of the decompression chamber for “euthanasia”: HSPC’s advocacy, legislative and abuse programs promoted state legislation to prohibit the use of decompression chambers, which were used by some Animal Control agencies in Arkansas. The horror of what was occurring prior to HSPC’s intervention is long past, but at the time, living animals were placed in these chambers and slowly exploded from within–a terrifying and agonizing death.

4. Written and promoted Arkansas’ Retail Pet Store Act of 1991, which is the most comprehensive law in the nation protecting dogs and cats in pet stores: HSPC’s advocacy, legislative and abuse programs made inhumane conditions in pet stores a crime in Arkansas.

5. Created “Puppy Love” and other Humane Education programs: HSPC’s Outreach and Humane Education programs have taken animals to local nursing homes, hospitals and area facilities for over 20 years, making the day brighter for thousands of elderly and disabled Arkansans. The Humane Education program has reached thousands of school children with presentations on animals, their proper care and treatment, and respect for all living things.

6. Written and promoted legislation in 1981 to make dog fighting a felony in Arkansas: HSPC’s advocacy, legislative and abuse programs gave Arkansas’ prosecutors an effective law to deal with this vicious “sport,” which is so closely associated with illegal gambling, drug trafficking and gang activity.

7. Written and promoted Arkansas’ first Spay/Neuter law in 1981, which was further enhanced by HSPC’s 1999 amendment: As Arkansas’ leader in the Spay/Neuter effort, HSPC has begun and extended a campaign to end the mass extermination of those species which have loved and served us for eons.

8. Formed and funded disaster response teams: HSPC was the only private organization working directly in the disaster areas in the wake of the Little Rock tornadoes in 1997 and 1999. We also coordinated resource and supply delivery to affected disaster areas outside Little Rock. In the Central Arkansas relief effort alone, HSPC rescued, treated, rehabilitated and adopted over 250 animals into loving homes. Over 1,300 residents offered their homes to HSPC for foster care and assisted by donating supplies, money and time.

9. Rescued, treated, and found loving homes for thousands of animals from abusive situations: Most of those animals the public never heard about, but the best remembered are . . .

MERCY, a beautiful black shepherd, found with 8 layers of duct tape around his muzzle, was thrown into a ditch beside a busy road on a hot day, with two small puppies by his side, to await death by asphyxiation, heat stroke or traffic accident. MERCY refused to leave the puppies and shielded them from traffic until an HSPC employee driving past noticed movement in a ditch, and rescued both. MERCY’s temperature was 106o when found, but he recovered fully and was placed in a loving home.

HOPE, a beautiful tan shepherd-mix, was locked in a garage when the owners abandoned her, and could not stand when found. A neighbor child who realized that the dog “that used to bark” was crying, had peeked into the garage and saw that she was too weak to lift her head. The child called HSPC, who discovered that HOPE had survived by eating lumber, bugs, leaves, and her own hair and by drinking rainwater which had seeped into the garage. The vet estimated that HOPE had been without food or water for over a month. She was not expected to live, but recuperated fully after six months of intensive efforts by HSPC.

FAITH and SAINT, one who lived and one who died, were both doused with kerosene and set ablaze. SAINT died at the vet’s office, but FAITH recovered. Little Rock Animal Services employees turned to HSPC as the only organization willing and able to fund the medical care needed by these pitiful victims. After extensive care by Dr. Rene Lavergne, FAITH has now been adopted into a loving home.


COUNTLESS ABUSED HORSES–starving to death, beaten until unconscious, shot, mangled, broken in mind and body–are now retired to green pastures, sugar cubes and carrots, thanks to the generosity of HSPC supporters.



1. Continue to work with Central Arkansas Animal Control agencies to advance the “no-kill” philosophy, upon which we have all agreed: HSPC will continue to work to make this agreement a reality and then assist other Arkansas communities in ending the senseless slaughter of companion animals in Arkansas. Employees of Central Arkansas’ Animal Control agencies desperately want to be relieved of the terrible duty that falls to them. The solution is in the hands of the citizens of Central Arkansas. HSPC will go as far toward realizing this dream as your support will take us.

2. End inhumane methods of “euthanasia” by Animal Control agencies in Arkansas: Until HSPC’s “no-kill” dream becomes a reality, we will continue our struggle to ensure a humane death for all animals destroyed by Animal Control agencies by outlawing cruel heart and liver injections and other inhumane methods of killing unwanted animals presently in use in some locations.

3. Expand our disaster response capability to physically assist statewide, as needed by local governments and animal agencies: While we are able to assist outlying communities indirectly at this time, we will expand our disaster response program to assure the capacity to mobilize and assist at the request of any community across Arkansas.

4. Establish a low-cost Spay/Neuter clinic at HSPC’s new facility and expand our cooperative programs with veterinarians and governmental and private agencies: The only answer to the extermination of 10,000 animals a year in Animal Control agencies in Pulaski County, and thousands more across the state, is continued and aggressive Spay/Neuter programs.


5. Abolish puppy and kitty mills in Arkansas. Our best friends should not be relegated to lives of neglect, starvation, untreated illness and injury, mutilated feet from constant living on wire in quarters too small for movement, living in the stench of ammonia and eating their own excrement, drinking filthy water, encrusted with fleas and mange, making futile attempts to protect their dying infants from extreme weather (both hot and cold) and having those who live torn from them unweaned, sometimes being abandoned to die slowly in wire cages–all in order to provide a “cash crop” for irresponsible and unfeeling humans. Arkansas is among the largest producers of “shelf product” for the pet store industry. While HSPC has begun this journey, it is our continuing mission to change Arkansas from “the problem” into a national example of the solution.

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