Thirty-six of the close to 100 dogs that survived a trailer fire in Greenbrier over the weekend are being treated and housed by the Humane Society of Faulkner County.
A mixture of mainly Chihuahuas, some miniature pinschers, dachshund, and other small breeds are now receiving veterinary care.
The surviving animals are relatively healthy according to HSFC volunteer Shirley Jarmon. She said three are staying at local vet clinics while others are being tested for heartworms and receiving vaccinations at the group’s Companions Spay and Neuter Clinic in Springhill.
"All of them are heartworm negative so far. This couple that had them had been bringing in a few at a time to our clinic to get them fixed, so some are spayed and neutered," Jarmon said. "They’re not in that bad of shape."
The group plans to quarantine the dogs for 14 days before some become available for adoption.
"We’ve had offers from more rescue groups to help, and we’re going to have a meeting to see how best to handle this with the limited number of volunteers," Jarmon said.
The Humane Society of Faulkner County does not have a facility to routinely shelter animals and relies on volunteers to provide foster homes for adoptable dogs and cats.
"Those that are vetted and ready will be up for adoption in two weeks. We don’t know yet if some may have medical problems that need to be dealt with," Jarmon said.
According to Jarmon, the rest of the surviving animals were turned over to area rescue groups including Arkansas Chihuahua Rescue, P.S. I Love You Animal Rescue, and Wishing Well for Paws in Greenbrier. The Faulkner County Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also helped with rescue efforts, according to Jeannie Frizzell, and the group took in 45 dogs. Most of them have been sent to various rescue units, and "only a handful" of the dogs remain with that group.
Before any dog is available, it will be assessed, vaccinated and spayed or neutered, said Jarmon.
Volunteers described some dogs as timid or scared, while others appeared to be socialized. Ages of the animals vary from puppy to senior.
More volunteers are needed to care for and socialize the dogs. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be a volunteer, or sign up at the group’s website, www.fixingfaulknercounty.com. There is also an opportunity to donate at the site.
Jarmon said the Humane Society hopes to purchase small beds, and many have already contributed supplies.
Two cats were rescued, and 41 dogs perished in the structure fire Friday.
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