A community gem
I've visited Mid-America Science Museum since I was in grade school back in the early 1990s. My mom was a fifth-grade science teacher, so trips from Cabot to Hot Springs to visit the museum were special for her as well as my sister and me. Hearing her explain the science behind the hands-on exhibits and why different things worked or reacted the way they did, watching the Tesla show, and back then, the laser show and running around the big museum -- to me it was all so fun! Who knew I was actually learning? I lost my mom when I was 12, so when I reflect back on those special memories today, the museum holds a very sentimental place in my heart. It's a place where families connect, learn and have fun together! Today, I serve on the MASM board and give in memory of my mom, with the hopes that other families will create special memories over science in learning just like we did.
This is the time of year that the museum is usually bustling with activity -- end-of-year school trips, family vacations, and locals all enjoying everything MASM has to offer. But sadly, until just this week, the parking lot and the museum have been empty. With the museum's closure during the pandemic, it's more important than ever before that our community keep the museum in mind over the coming weeks. The good news is, leadership and staff at the museum have taken great precautions in creating safe ways for with families to interact with science and each other, while following CDC and ADH guidelines to prevent the spread of infection. Our trips to the museum and the exhibits may look a little different, but MASM is still a place to create memories and learn with your family. And as always, you can enjoy the DinoTrek without touching a thing, and while maintaining a very safe social distance.
As we all look toward the new normal, please remember how MASM has enriched our lives, our families, our schools and our community. The future of MASM's presence in Garland County will depend on our support and our return to play, learn and make memories when the time is right.
Another type of hero
While we are thanking all the many front-line heroes during these difficult times (which I would never take anything away from) I would like to recognize another group of dedicated people that are working endless hours caring for our lost, abandoned, and abused animals.
The staff at Hot Springs Animal Services located at 319 Davidson Drive is doing an amazing job staying open and operational during the COVID-19 lockdown. The job they do daily is incredibly difficult and challenging yet their compassion for the animals under their care is unwavering.
If you are an animal lover, you completely understand the human-animal bond which is unbreakable. If you have adopted an animal from this shelter and you've had a good outcome, please share your story with the shelter staff, your friends and acquaintances.
If you have a particular breed in mind, it might take you several trips to the shelter but I can assure you one day you will find a perfect match and it will be love at first sight.
The adoption fee for a dog/puppy is $55, which includes the animal being altered (spayed/neutered) shots including rabies and microchipped.
The adoption fee for a cat/kitten is $35, which includes shots, rabies (if old enough) altered and microchipped.
The shelter is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Right now, only one person is allowed in the lobby at a time, but you are free to do a walk around and view the dogs in their kennels. If you see a dog you are interested in, you will be allowed inside to get any information they have on that particular animal. The cats and kittens are kept in an inside room and if you are interested in adopting one of them the staff will bring you inside to have a look.
I personally have been in rescue for the past 25 years, visited many shelters across Arkansas and adjoining states and if I were asked to grade Hot Springs Animal Services I would give them a five-star rating.
Please do consider opening your home and heart to a shelter animal and, by all means, stop by Hot Springs Animal Services, your best friend might be there waiting for you.
Editorial on 05/22/2020
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