Almost Home Shelter in Van Buren continues its search for volunteers and adoptive families for rescued dogs.

A great deal of progress regarding the shelter and the protection of dogs in the county has been made in the last three months, said Connie Martin with Almost Home Shelter. But more volunteers and adoptive families are needed, she said.

Adoption is important because new dogs arrive weekly to the shelter, Martin said. Most of the dogs being rescued are not claimed by previous owners, she said.

“This is puzzling and unfortunate because most all of these dogs just want to play and be loved on,” Martin said.

Almost Home Shelter partnered with the city of Van Buren to turn the city dog pound into an all volunteer shelter about three months ago.

Dogs are placed in the shelter by animal control. If an owner does not claim the dog within five days, it is then available for adoption. Prior to adoption each dog is spayed or neutered and given its shots, Martin said.

“Adoptable dogs of many varieties are available and in need of forever homes,” Martin said. “If you are considering adding a dog to your family, we may have a good fit for you.”

Adoption fees are $50 unless the shelter is promoting a special, she said.

If an area resident’s dog gets loose, the owner can visit the shelter at 3390 Pointer Trail East any day between 5:30 and 7 p.m. to check for their pet, Martin said.

Dedicated volunteers devote time to clean, feed, walk or play with the dogs in the care of Almost Home, but more are needed, Martin said.

“We are thankful for current volunteers but need more people to make the shelter work,” Martin said. “Just drop by the shelter and fill out a volunteer application. The more volunteers, the more successful the shelter will be.”

Martin asks people to consider donating time for one session per week at either 9-10:30 a.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.