Rector Woman's Open House Shows Love of Animals
Candy Hill of Rector shared her love of animals and helping others with her neighbors when she recently held an open house to benefit the Kennett Humane Society.
She asked those attending to bring along simple items they could find in their own home.
"That was the great thing about it, I didn't ask anyone to spend any money though there were monetary donations," Hill said. She got the idea after holding an open house when she first moved back to Rector, because at that time "everyone was interested in what I had done with the old Crow home," Hill said. "So when I decided to do it this year I had the idea of an open house with a purpose." After noticing last year that the pet angel tree at her veterinarian's office, Kennett Animal Clinic, hadn't been filled with needed items for animals who haven't found "their fur-ever home," she decided to make a bigger effort for the shelter.
The Kennett shelter asked for old towels and blankets to be used for bedding, Clorox wipes or paper towels, combination food and water dishes and dog collars and leashes. The turnout surprised Hill. "Everyone loved this idea, and the shelter was given so much, about two dozen people attended but even people who couldn't make it, donated." Monetary donations went into a care fund for the Humane Society called the KHD Foundation, which Dr. Edward Mobley set up for the extensive costs of caring for such a large number of animals.
Dr. Mobley said Hill gave quite a bit last year all by herself and "the open house she had with her neighbors produced literally a truck load of things needed." Mobley said in Kennett animals are very rarely put to sleep, which causes an increase in need for cleaning supplies, bedding and other items. "There's no way the city could fund such a thing, so Tena Petix has gone to Facebook and has been able to run the shelter off donations." The idea for the pet angel tree is also one of Tena's ideas.
Petix, the animal control officer in Kennett, is "basically a one person humane society," Mobley said. She took care of about 700 animals last year and found almost all of them homes. "They were either adopted through other agencies or straight out of the shelter, but it's been an extraordinary feat for one person; Candy's donations helped this cause immensely," Mobley said.
Hill learned a long time ago adoption was important and many animals need help. "They depend on us," she said. "They can't do it for themselves." Every animal Hill has owned has either been a stray or an adoption. Currently she has three adopted family members in her home; Tiger came from the NEA Humane Society in Jonesboro, Toby came from a rescue organization in Central Arkansas and Trio, a three-legged cat, came from the humane society in Faulkner County.
Hill said she would like to make the "open house for a purpose" an annual event, though she hasn't decided if it will always be for the animals or if she will change the purpose every year.
Those interested in donating to the shelter can drop of items at the Kennett Animal Clinic or make monetary donations to the KHD Foundation by visiting Mobley's office.