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Woman opens food business to help save animals

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MONETTE, AR (KAIT) -

A retired nurse has decided to set up shop in Monette, selling barbecue for a cause.

Julia Holmes spent 32 years as a nurse and years volunteering for animal rescue.

When she retired, she did not want to stop work for good.

With a love for food and animals, somehow she opened a barbecue stand called “Julia’s Rescue BBQ.”

“I started rescue a couple years ago, I helped Trumann Arkansas Pet Savers and we needed ways to raise money,” Holmes said. “I thought well this is something I love to do, barbecue, so I thought I’m just going to open up a little barbecue stand.”

Holmes has been in business for two weeks and can hardly stay packed. She said it is worth it because it doesn’t just feed the mouths of customers, but of our furry friends in need, too.

“Five percent of what I make goes to the Harrisburg Veterinary Clinic to cover our rescue animals,” she said. “We find fosters for them, we have to get them vetted and everything, so that comes out of money we raise or what people donate.”

For years, Holmes noticed the struggle it takes to save the lives of rescued animals on death row.

She said this is just one tool she can and the community can use to help save more animals.

“If anybody wants to donate to Harrisburg Veterinary Clinic, for Trumann Arkansas Pet Savers all that money goes to these dogs that we are pulling out to keep from being euthanized."

You can find Julia on her journey to cook good food and help save local animals at her stand at the corner of Edmonds and Drew in Monette. 

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