Connie Martin’s quarterly report to the Van Buren City Council on behalf of Almost Home Shelter and Rescue showed a lot of dogs moving through the shelter on their way to forever homes.

Martin, who began reporting on a quarterly basis to the council this year, told the group Monday night the shelter took in 115 dogs during the second quarter of 2019. That breaks down to 48 in April, 39 in May and 28 in June. Forty of those were claimed while 18 were adopted locally. Thirty-four were transported to a facility in New England and 54 to facilities in Illinois and Wisconsin.

“We are moving the dogs out and right now we do have about the lowest number that we’ve had in a long time. It’s all working out very well,” she said.

Martin did say the third quarter start was a little higher than what the shelter would like, giving a glimpse of early July numbers to the council that showed 29 dogs brought in so far with nine having been claimed and 10 adopted locally. One was sent to the shelter’s partner facility in New England with three more scheduled to go on the next transport. Fifteen have been sent to Illinois and Wisconsin with two more scheduled for the next transport to those locations.

Martin also told the council the shelter is hosting a fundraising concert on Saturday, Aug. 24, featuring Van Buren native Lee Ellen Starks, who currently lives in Nashville, Tenn.

Martin said the event, which will be held at the King Opera House in Van Buren, will feature a silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 7. The cost of admission will be a donation to the shelter.

“We are hoping this will be a very successful fundraiser for us because we operate strictly on donations and volunteers,” she said.