Some local youth have big hearts for four-legged friends.

Some local youth have big hearts for four-legged friends.
Two fundraisers are scheduled in May to benefit the Carthage Humane Society, and both are spearheaded by Carthage students. The Second Annual Mutt-Minister is slated 1 p.m. May 10 in Central Park, led by Mark Twain fourth grader Olivia Pierce, and a Dog Walk is slated 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17 in Central Park, led by four Carthage High School students: Abby Burken, Baylee Cartwright, Cheyenne Rose, and Khye Hill. In early April, the students received City Council approval for the event.

Dog Walk
During the Dog Walk, locals are invited to bring their own furry family members to walk in the park, or bring the family to meet some of the dogs currently up for adoption. There will be face-painting, sno-cones, a silent auction and entertainment. The students have also made pet bandanas.
“We all kinda have a variety of different reasons for wanting to do this,” said Cartwright, a CHS junior. “I've wanted to do volunteer work for Ag for a long time, and I also hope to be a vet someday.”
“I just love animals,” said Burken, CHS sophomore.
“Me too,” said Rose, CHS junior. “I rodeo, so I've been around animals my whole life.”
All of the students volunteer at the humane society, loving on the animals, walking and bathing them. They said spending time with the critters only reinforced their passion to help give them homes.
“If we don't care for the animals, who will?” Cartwright said.

Donations Appreciated
The humane society is always in need of the following items: dog and cat food; treats; toys; and pet shampoo.
The students wish to thank the community for already supporting them and their cause. For questions, call Baylee Cartwright 417-684-5151 or email

In support of the event, a Facebook event has been established. The event's description reads: “Last year, Olivia Pierce was inspired by the Westminster Dog Show in New York. She wanted to help all her dog friends at the Humane Society and thought it would be fun to have a dog show for all dogs. As Mutt-minster Dog Show founder, Olivia Pierce set a modest fundraising goal of $300 for the Carthage Humane Society. Before the best-in-show winner was named Saturday, Olivia’s mother announced that $1,210 had been raised. A shocked Olivia accepted the donation bucket for the Humane Society.”