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Since the founding of Stray Central in 1983, we have been a refuge for hundreds of stray, unwanted, abused, and neglected animals while helping countless others find new forever homes. Our focus is on cats but, through networking, we have been able to assist dogs and many other species as well. Unfortunately, because of our limited space and my health problems, I had to make one of the hardest decisions of my life – to severely limit the number of rescues Stray Central can take in. We simply do not have the room or enough foster homes to accommodate the demand. We will continue to have cats available for adoption at the Fayetteville Petsmart and posted here on our Petfinder site so please take a look at those searching for a new family! Also, I will continue to be a resource for questions and to help place animals (including posting them here for you) so if you need my assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me!

The main goal of Stray Central is to spay/neuter, vaccinate, tend to the medical/emotional needs, and be a safe haven for as many homeless, unwanted, and abused/neglected companion animals as possible until they can be adopted into loving, forever homes. But a big part of our mission is to be a devoted home where cats with severe medical, emotional, and/or behavioral problems can spend their remaining days with love, understanding, and without the threat of euthanasia. Because most of these are “special needs” felines, they require frequent vet care, medications, special food, and other maintenance that does not come cheap. Between the rescues we get ready to go up for adoption and the permanent residents of Stray Central, it is a constant financial struggle to give them the best care possible. And that is where you come in… by DONATING FUNDS to our effort! Every little bit helps us save lives and gives many animals a second chance they otherwise would not have. Simply CLICK the "DONATE" BUTTON below to help the animals of Stray Central - and for your safety and security, we are PayPal verified! Also, because we are a 501(c)(3) organization, your CONTRIBUTION is TAX DEDUCTIBLE! What could be better - helping stray, unwanted, and abused/neglected animals while keeping Uncle Sam out of your pocket at the same time! :-)

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You can also help our rescues by doing your on-line shopping through AmazonSmile. For each purchase you make, Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase to Stray Central. Please bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/71-0806036 to support us every time you shop!

We also receive donations from items purchased on eBay. Just select Stray Central as your favorite charity by using this link: http://charity.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/stray-central/39437/?favorite=link to give to our rescues with every purchase you make!

In addition, please take a look at our Needs List below. Maybe you have or have access to some of these DESPERATELY needed items. We still strive to give excellent care for our rescues and every day is a struggle to provide for their needs, especially food and veterinary services! And remember, because we are a nonprofit agency, your donation is tax deductible!

Large sacks of 4Health cat food found only at Tractor Supply (or gift cards). Our cats eat the “All Life Stages” formula (in the beige bag with the purple banner) and the “Grain Free Whitefish, Potato, & Pea” formula (in the brown bag). While we are grateful for any cat food, the 4Health is a five-star food at a 3-star price and is an absolutely fantastic food that we have had tremendous success with (and I highly recommend it!)

Credit paid on our account to our veterinarian – Dr. Tim ONeill of Country Veterinary Service (479-267-2685) at 12377 Jimmy Devault Road, Farmington AR 72730. The account is under the name, Lisa Barnett, our founder/director.

Cat condos and cat trees – Our rescued felines love these to climb, scratch, and sleep on but their favorite use is for perches to look out the windows and watch the birds.

Gift Cards to Petsmart, Petco, and Wal-Mart – To keep our rescues in litter, treats, toys, and other supplies.

Gift Cards to Office Depot – For printer cartridges & miscellaneous office supplies for Stray Central business.

Gift Cards to Lowes or Home Depot – For sisal (rope) to re-cover our well-worn cat scratching posts.

Multi-packs of paper towels – As you can imagine, our rescues make a lot of messes to clean up!

Revolution flea treatment (any size for dog or cat) and Frontline Spray – Over-the-counter flea/tick spot-ons like you get at Wal-Mart simply do not work and Hartz is deadly to cats!

Vinyl privacy fence panels, posts, hardware (available at Lowes), and a kind soul to install it – The rescues really need a safe outdoor enclosure and this is perfect because it is movable.

Late-model reliable vehicle (car or SUV) – We rely on my personal vehicle that is over 20 years old and needs more repairs than it is worth! We need dependable transportation to get our rescues to the vet, to attend adoption events, to transport between rescues, and pick up donations. If your car dealership or business donates a vehicle, Stray Central will gladly acknowledge your kindness with a sign on the vehicle saying it was donated by your business. What a great way for you to get a tax break and free advertising while letting everyone know you support a great cause!

A permanent residence for our rescue home – Three times in the past four years, Stray Central has been forced to relocate because our rented residences were either sold or foreclosed on. Every move is extremely hard on our rescues, who have had enough turmoil and need consistency in their lives. Many of our rescues will live out the remainder of their lives at Stray Central due to severe emotional, behavioral, or medical problems that make them unadoptable and relocating them time after time only makes their problems worse and makes getting problem rescues ready for adoption very difficult.

Cash donations – Are always needed, welcomed, and appreciated!! :-)

Another way you can help the animals we are unable to take is to VOLUNTEER AS A FOSTER HOME! There is a DESPERATE need for caring individuals in and around Northwest Arkansas who can be foster homes for cats, especially pregnant cats, mommas with kittens, cats recovering from illness, and those who need more socialization. If you are in our area and can temporarily care for these felines in need, please contact me!

I thank each and every one of you who have adopted from Stray Central, gifted us with donations, and have given me the much-needed moral support to keep going. Rescue is a tough "business" to be in and I could not do it without you!


Stray Central
Lisa Barnett, Director
Springdale, AR 72762
Phone: 479-750-0449
Email: BluesKat@aol.com




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