Out of the Woods Animal Rescue of Arkansas was founded in 2007 to establish a different kind of rescue. Primarily, we “Help People Who Help Animals”. Our mission is to help those people who find and take in stray, abandoned and homeless animals. We assist these rescuers in a supportive way, often paying for the vetting, which always includes spay or neuter, and when needed, providing food and medications. We list the dogs and cats on multiple websites and provide opportunities for them to be shown at adoption events, until the foster pet is adopted into a loving, forever home. We have placed over 1800 animals since our inception, a number we are extremely proud of and have assisted many more.
Out of the Woods is 100% volunteer based, a 501 c-3 nonprofit and every animal we take into our program is cared for in a loving foster home until a permanent home is found. Every cent donated to Out of the Woods goes directly to our animals as we have no shelter and no paid employees. We have over 100 animals in our program at any time, and have an active outreach program.
OOTW Volunteers have assisted in several hoarding situations, and are presently working a hoarding situation with over 69 cats and kittens and a woman in Perry County who has over 60 dogs. Our volunteers have worked in less-than-ideal situations wherein fearful animals had to be trapped to be rescued. We work with pet owners to make their pet’s life better, by supplying housing for the animal, trolley lines, fencing, etc.
Our group also works with rescue groups in the northeastern part of the United States, sending them many rescued dogs and puppies from our area as the homeless population in the northeast is not nearly as great as it is here in Arkansas. The animals we send to this area are already adopted and the new family is waiting on the transport to arrive to pick up their new pet! It is a very rewarding part of our program.
OOTW also has a SNiP Program which assists low-income families with spay or neuter expenses to further slow the overpopulation problem in the state of Arkansas. Family pets can be sterilized at a reduced cost or at times, no cost.
There are many opportunities for people to get involved with OOTW to support our efforts. If you would like to volunteer, foster, adopt or donate, please visit our website at http://www.ootwrescue.org/
Kathy Woods, President & Founder, Out Of The Woods Animal Rescue of Arkansas