Ozarks Kat and K9 is a small but mighty NO KILL shelter operating in the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks for over 30 years

Open dates/hours for both buildings are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 situation and state/local regulations. Please watch our SHELTER and THRIFT STORE Facebook pages for the latest updates, scheduling changes and weather-related closings.
February 2021 has certainly been one to remember! We hope that all of our supporters, your pets and your property have come through this recent wicked bout of winter weather unscathed.

Single digit temperatures meant a lot of incoming phone calls about animals needing help to get out of the cold. Thanks to our partnerships with many other larger organizations, we were able to help a lot more dogs than we could have done on our own. In the last three weeks alone, we were able to transfer 45 dogs and puppies to 5 other facilities throughout Missouri to keep them safe and help them find new homes.

On the home front, our employees dealt with the ice, snow and frigid temperatures, doing whatever was necessary to make it into work to be sure our animals were well cared for. Some of our workers even slept at the shelter on the worst of those nights so we would be assured of having people there. That is true dedication to our cause!

The upgrades to our smaller dog play yard have been slightly delayed, due to weather, but we are thrilled that the fundraising goal was met! The turf has been delivered, so hopefully that work will be started very soon. Our dogs are looking forward to enjoying the warmer temperatures in this newly remodeled space!
Seasonal change-over will be taking place soon! The thrift store will be closed for a few days in March for improvement projects and to switch out merchandise. Watch our Facebook page for those dates to be announced. To help prepare, EVERYTHING in the store will be 50% off on Saturday, March 6th!

Did you know that our thrift store also has an online presence? When we receive donations of rare or more unique items, we will auction or sell them online in our eBay store to raise the most money possible from them for our animals. If you are an eBay aficionado, be sure to add our store to your favorites to watch for additional ways to support our cause.

Help with spay & neuter costs for low income pet owners is available through our financial assistance program, with surgeries primarily done at Lake Dog and Cat Veterinary Hospital in Laurie, MO. Call 573-552-7743 and leave a message for information and referrals. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
We put out a plea and so many of you stepped up with generous donations of cat food for our community pet food pantry. The UPS and FedEx drivers even asked what was going on because they dropped off so many shipments!

Now we could use your help to beef up the dog food supply as well, which has dwindled over the past few weeks. We get calls and people stopping in every day of the week needing food assistance. Any brand of dog/puppy DRY FOOD is greatly appreciated to help lake area pet owners in need.

Times are difficult for many people right now, and sometimes a bag of food each month is enough to help keep a beloved family pet from needing to be rehomed.

Donations can be dropped off in person at the shelter building. If you prefer to order online, items can be shipped to:
Ozarks Kat and K9
17290 Hwy 5 North
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079

The pets of the lake area community thank you!
This pretty pup is Amelia. She is the just about the sweetest little beagle mix you could ever meet! Sadly, she hasn't been able to run and play like she wanted, because she was being treated for heartworms. She has been patiently waiting in a foster home until she was medically cleared. We just got the wonderful news this week that she is now heartworm negative and is ready for adoption!

Amelia is estimated to be 3 years old. Her foster mom says that she is almost completely housebroken. She loves to play with toys and snuggle and gets along fine with her foster parents' other dogs and cats. Amelia is very shy at first and takes a while to feel safe with someone and be able to make eye contact, but once she does she becomes very attached. This gentle girl came to us as a stray, so we don't know anything about her history, but we suspect that she might not have been treated very nicely in her past.

Amelia is now ready to find her forever home! Her foster mom will share their experiences with Amelia's new forever parents to help make her transition go as smoothly as possible.

Because of being treated for heartworms, our ideal adopter for Amelia will be someone who has an established track record of regular veterinary care for their animals. If you would like to be considered as her forever home, please fill out our application online below.
Our online adoption application makes it easier for potential adopters to apply for a new family member! Click the "Adopt, Don't Shop" photo to fill out and submit the form directly from your phone or computer.
If you wish to help support OKK9 at this time in a "social distancing" approved manner, monetary contributions can be made using the DONATE button on our Facebook page.
Our animals appreciate you!
(by Angi Uber, Shelter Manager)
Our spotlight this month shines on our life time member, Joan Willcott. She began volunteering with us in 2002, cleaning the cat room in our thrift store, where she loved to color coordinate their kennel bedding. She began transporting animals to and from Sedalia spay/neuter clinic for surgeries, and oversaw our TNR program for feral cat surgeries. She helped to integrate our data entry and editing, and helped us to learn the in's and out's of the program. Over the years, she has transported our recycling, volunteers consistently exercising our dogs and playtime for our kitties, helps with fundraising and adoption events, collects and deposits from our donation boxes at local businesses, assists with photo ops of our animals, fosters animals in need (and also adopted a few!), and has transported countless animals to partner affiliates.

This amazing woman has spent several years drawing attention to our animals and our organization throughout the community. Our low income spay/neuter program has been her long time passion, as she answers phone lines, handles referrals and approvals, and oversees grant applications and administration. Her husband John served as treasurer on our Board of Directors for 7 years, as they both share the same love of animals. Following his lead, she became a member of our Board in 2015. Her generosity and accomplishments are endless! When asked to summarize her years with us, she jokingly stated, "General busy-body and meddler for 18+ years." We are so grateful to have her, and we know that no spotlight could shine brighter than Joan's inspiring dedication to our cause!!! 
There are fun and games aplenty in our fundraising group on Facebook! We have already completed several raffles for some terrific prizes. Come join us for chances to win while helping raise money for the animals of OKK9. Some events will be open to local members only, but we have plenty of things planned that will include our supporters that live away from the Lake area too.

Click HERE to join
The OKK9 Board of Directors meeting is the third Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm. Meetings are held in the shelter building's assessment room and are open to the public.
The pandemic has really changed the face of our fundraising efforts over the past year, but that doesn't mean we can't still find ways to have fun! For Valentine's Day we held a Virtual Kissing Booth on Facebook, selling "kisses" for $1 each. Each kiss counted as a vote to crown the Top Canine and Top Feline Valentines. This event raised a total of $425 for OKK9--that is A LOT of puppy and kitty kisses!
Ozarks Kat & K9 Shelter
17290 Hwy 5 N
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079
573-374-2629 staff3@earthlink.net
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