Castaway Critters

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Castaway Critters Rescue
A not-for-profit rescue
South of Harrison, Arkansas
Phone: (870) 204-3167 or (870) 428-5504

Andy just loves to oplay and is very sociable with other dogs. He is a young pup, that gets along with everyone, including cats. He comes when called, and just is a good boy. he needs a farm with lots of land. He does well inside, but loves the outdoors.


Castaway Critters is very happy to announce we now have finally received our 501(c)3 status, a not-for-profit status, which makes all donations tax deductible.

Castaway Critters is located just south of Harrison. If you are interested in a dog or cat, I will bring them to Harrison, or wherever I need to bring them, to their new homes. My team is also in Harrison, so if there is an emergency, contact me and we will try to help. If we do not answer the phone, we are probably busy working with the animals, so please leave a message and/or try again. You can also e-mail us.

The shelters are overrun and space is limited at our homes. Too many animals and not enough people to foster them. We often also have many purebreeds and small dogs. The last few years has been really hard for the animals and people alike due to the economy. So many people have lost their homes and are not able to take their animals with them.

Oftentimes, we also accept older dogs from puppymills, dogs who have lived many years in small cages and very poor living conditions, but they have outlived their usefulness to the breeder, so rather than risk having them killed, we accept them, rehabilitate them, and try to find loving homes for them. These dogs tend to range in age from five years and older, and still have a long life to live. All they ask is a warm, clean home to live in, decent food, and someone to love them, which they have been denied all their lives.
If you are interested in a certain breed, please consider adopting that breed instead of shopping.
REMEMBER: The dog you see in a store is most likely from a puppymill. Save a life. There are so many in the rescues to choose from.

We have lots of mixed breeds, too. That is why all dogs and cat owners need to spay and neuter their pets.
It has been proven in the northeastern states how effective spaying and neutering your animals are. Feel free to call me any time if we can help you find that perfect family member.
We have many dogs and pups that do not make it to Petfinder before they are adopted, so give us a call if you are looking for a particular breed. We have many large and small breeds.

Also, keep in mind, if you come and see us, and there isn't the dog or cat you are looking for, don't give up.
We rescue many dogs and cats, and, hopefully, you'll find the perfect pet for you.

Many of our animals have gone to live in great adopted homes as far away as New York, Louisiana, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other states, so if you see a dog
you would be interested in adopting, and giving a well-deserved animal a loving and furever home, we can get them to you by transport, or even by plane.



Castaway Critters is a rescue group. We are not a shelter!
Our goal, as rescuers, is to take in animals that have been mistreated or abused, strays, or just dumped off, and animals that come from puppymills.

The canines we obtain are from many different situations.
They are kept at our homes and live in our yards and houses. We do not keep these animals in cages.
As we foster these animals, we also learn more about them, which is very beneficial in helping a potential adopter decide which animal would be
best suited for their lifestyle.

All the rescue individuals that work with Castaway Critters are people just like you. We all volunteer our time and money to help these animals.
We do it because our furry friends have a right to live their lives free from abuse and/or neglect.


Please e-mail for adoption fees. Adoption fees may vary depending on requirements in other states.

The adoption price covers the spay/neuter, vaccinations, worming, and the rabies vaccination for the animal.

It is mandatory that all animals are spayed/neutered so as not to add to the pet overpopulation.
So many animals keep on breeding and oftentimes are just discarded and abandoned.
There just are not enough homes for all of them.

We do not make any profit in adopting out these animals.
In fact, our costs far exceed our adoption donations.



If you are an animal lover and you would like to help, but can't adopt, donations are a blessing!
Donations help us buy dog food, medicines, and other necessities for the dogs,
which can also include additional veterinary care and even sometimes surgeries.
(See Bo's story below.)


Dry or canned dog/cat food
Bleach/Laundry Soap
Frontline, Revolution, or any of the flea and worming products.
Gas cards (for transporting our rescue animals)
Gift Cards to Walmart/Tractor Supply/Race Bros./Petco
Monetary Donations To Help Us Buy Food and Pay Our Vet Bills

Monetary donations can also be sent directly to the
Harrison Animal Clinic, 2371 Hwy. 397, Harrison, Arkansas, 72601, (870) 741-6030, in care of Castaway Critters.

If you can help with any of these items, please contact us.
We will arrange a drop off point.


Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

My sister Mildred called today and in our conversation, I told her about the new dog God had placed in my path.
She seemed moved by the story and asked me to send it as an email to those I thought might be interested.

Here is the story, A Dog Named Bo.

The name Bo just came to me and seemed to fit the big raw-boned hound dog with the huge sad eyes, but happy tail.
I felt I needed to give him a proper name. Decided on Bo Diddle, but will call him Bo.

We found Bo limping along the highway five weeks ago. He looked miserable and was half starved and so pitiful.
My granddaughter put him in the back of the little truck and we brought him home.
He could not move about too well, and I made him as comfortable as I could, and poured the food to this beautiful creature of God.

Never had I seen such a gaunt animal as he was. He seemed able to eat only soft food, and I later learned that
he had a huge abscess in his neck which burst a few days later. I know that must have been terribly painful.

The next day, a dear friend, Jackie, came out and took him to the vet in Harrison. The doctor said he had a broken leg, obviously an old injury some time back.
Most likely, he was hit by a car. The vet anesthetized him and put a pin in his leg and left it for four weeks;
but the pin did not hold, and he said he would have to amputate the leg, as it was no good at all and holding him back from enjoying any kind of life.

The two surgeries were very expensive, and the rescue people who are named Castaway Critters, are trying to pay for it by having fund raisers and contributions from kindly people.
They can be found on line and are a young group who care so much for animals. They have adopt-a-thons weekly to find good homes for their "castaways."
The vet is excellent to work with them. They make certain that all are spayed and neutered when they are adopted..

Jackie brought Bo to me from the doctor's office and he was walking with a limp, but still wagging his long tail as if to say, "Just look what they have done to me."
I fought back tears of compassion. I hugged him and promised I would take care of him until they could find him a good home of caring people.
If not, I would keep him and love him, and he would be another member of our animal family..

It wasn't easy as I cringed and had a ache in my stomach when I looked at the foot long incision and his swollen underparts.
But I trusted God to help Bo and me get through this and to please heal Bo so he could run and play.

Three days after the devastating and heart rending surgery, Bo was running as though he had four legs. Walking was a bit different as he limped but each day,
he walked a bit better and fell down less. Even when he fell, he quickly got up, almost embarrassed
that I had seen him fall, but still wagging his tail as he got to his feet.

It took him only a couple of days to come up the steps into the house and to use the pet door to get in and outside when he wanted to.
I don't believe he had lived in a house as he is still astounded at things like the television,
that big white thing where I keep the goodies for he and the others and the soft pallet of his very own.

I gave him strong antibiotics and the swelling soon went down, but still his underparts were raw looking and he licked them a lot..
When he seemed unable to stop licking, I would give him a chewy to take his mind off it.
Well, the other four wanted a chewy, too, and so it goes. They went through a lot of chewys the first few days.

Bo is definitely an inspiration and gives me so much joy to see how he is coming along on his three legs. Such a gentle spirit and so happy.
His "surrogate" siblings are very understanding of his condition, it seems. Even the three cats seem concerned.
And also the blind dog, Lady, feels his dilemma. He has the look of "My ,isn't this a beautiful world?"
So laid back and eager to be a part of everything. He just seems excited about life.

There are those who might wonder why an old lady like myself takes in all these abandoned and unloved creatures of God, but it doesn't matter.
What matters is that I am doing what I can for His animal children. I care for them and love them
and in return, they love me unconditionally. What more thanks could I want.

Thank you for allowing me to share my story, A Dog Named Bo.

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