Monday, January 30, 2012

Izzy - Adopted August 2010

Sometimes NAFA has a family that really stands out when they adopt for one reason or another, this one is because of the great distance that was traveled for a puppy……
                                      Photo Courtesy of  Alyssa Hennessy Photography

She has traveled over 5,000 miles by car with her family and does amazing, even though she hates her seatbelt harness.

So when we received a Christmas card from the family that adopted the Wolfhound / Collie mix we were all thrilled at the photos and letter that was enclosed. The passage in what we are guessing is a yearly letter about the way life has been going included a whole paragraph about Izzy. Here is the excerpt from that letter:

“Izzy, our quadruped fur baby, turned one year old in June (or around there). Her legs have lengthened along with her fur. We still have not bothered to investigate what her mix breed could be, but she does resemble the breeds the rescue thought she was (Wolfhound / Collie mix). In all honesty, we know it’s a really hairy breed crossed with a hyper breed. Graduation from Obedience Training was achieved (Whew!). She can now sit, shake your hand, and when she feels like it she will come inside on command. 

 Izzy would still give Beckham a run for his money. No seriously, the little stinker will actually dribble the ball away from you before she clamps down on it. “

We were so happy to hear about her antics and how life was going for her. She has turned into a beautiful girl as we all hoped she would. We were all saddened when she was adopted to people that are so far away but at the same time happy that she was getting such a fantastic home. We are glad that she is our friend on Facebook as well. We get to see updated pictures when they let us know there are new ones posted.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Goose - Great Dane /Labrador Retriever

Goose was adopted this year and is already settling into his home nicely. He is a Great Dane / Labrador Retriever as far as we at NAFA know. Another of his siblings went to a foster to adopt home this weekend.

Goose's Mom wrote us and sent these lovely pictures of Goose at his forever home. Here is what she has to say about this guy already.

"I would like to share with you that he has a great temperament, so someone has been working with him.  He sits a lot when we go outside and I will need to get a little instruction on keeping that procedure and using it the correct way.

I am lucky that he sleeps all night.  I will put him in his crate at night around 9:45-10:00 and after a couple of  minutes of whining, he settles down and sleeps til I get up at 5:30-5:45.  (We are hoping to get better on him not wetting the bed!!!) And believe you me, I take him out every hour that I am home and give him the opportunity to exercise and go to the bathroom.

He's been playing with several toys and there is no need of me throwing the ball; with his big paws, when he runs after it, he almost always 'bats' it forward again and keeps chasing it.

He loves a paper towel tube and when I want his attention, I make a little noise with it and he comes running.  He also enjoys a soft/fuzzy ring and would love it if I would give him his own pair of house slippers.  I have caught him grabbing one and running to his dog pillow/bed that you will see in some of the pictures I will send you.

Goose didn't like that cold, blowing wind this morning when I took him out to do his business!!!  (Me either)"

We are thankful to the people who give NAFA's animals a wonderful, loving home. If you think that you would like to adopt you can visit our petfinder ( ) site to see if your next furry family member is there. You can also visit our website or facebook for more information. Adoption are from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday's at Petco although if you are interested in adopting you need to have your Potentional Home Questionnaire filled out or in hand by 3:30 p.m. as there is an interview process. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


On Tuesday, January, 17th Wannda Turner of Northeast Arkansans for Animals presented Sergeant Larry Rogers with NAFA's Paws for Excellence Award. Below is what she had to say before the award was presented.

"The saying goes … it takes a village.
In the case of the animals in our community, it takes much more.  It takes a dedicated Mayor and Chief of Police.  It takes an educated and passionate Prosecuting Attorney’s office.  And it also takes and interested and informed City Council.

But most importantly it takes one individual to keep it all going.  In the past five years the animal community of Jonesboro has seen an unsightly “Dog Pound” converted into a state of the art “Animal Control Department”.
That devoted and hard-working individual is Sgt. Larry Rogers. 

His singular vision has made the Jonesboro Animal Control Department something every citizen can and should be proud of.  It is his compassion for the animals, devotion to the city of Jonesboro and overall care for each citizen that exemplifies the type individual that every city hopes to have in charge of their animal citizens.

The past five years have seen an extraordinary leap in abuse case investigations, adoptions and transfers of animals to rescues.  Sgt. Rogers continues to stay abreast of laws and works for better enforcement.  His desire for humanity shows in the exceptional conditions of the Animal Control Facility.  And he is willing to readily assist other cities to help improve their animal departments.

For these characteristics and his obvious big heart, NAFA wishes to award Sgt. Larry Rogers with our highest show of praise – our “PAWS for Excellence” award.  We believe his is responsible for the most significant improvements made in our animal community in the past decade and should be recognized for it."

Animal Control Officer's, NAFA Volunteer's and Jack Jones, DMV all came to the meeting to show their support and pride in Sgt. Rogers. Please if you have a chance let Sgt. Rogers, his officer's and employees at Jonesboro Animal Control know how much you appreciate the efforts they are making to help the Jonesboro community with the animal issues that are plaguing us. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

A neighbor of a NAFA volunteer saw this little guy running down a community road where it had almost been ran over by an oncoming vehicle. She contacted the NAFA volunteer, who explained that she must call the Director before taking the animal but would help out with the dog until she was able to reach her. The dog was taken in on Saturday and the owner contacted NAFA to arrange for pick up of the dog on Thursday. NAFA’s Director contacted the communities Animal Control Officer to alert him that dog had been found running loose in his area. He was able to help reunite this happy fellow with his family. He was very excited to see Amber when she came to get him.

 While in foster care the foster home that was keeping him discovered that he is able to scale a 5 foot chain link fence plus is able to able to unlatch the chain link gate. Hopefully this family has learned more about their sweet fellow and will deter him from further adventures of his own making.

 If you have found an animal running loose in your community try local officials first as sometimes they are familiar with the animal. If you need assistance with the animal you may contact NAFA at or . You can also leave a message on NAFA message only line at 870-932-1955.