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Arkansas’s animal shelters are overflowing with animals



Little Rock, Arkansas – Animal shelters all around the state are overcrowded, and they’re taking any measures they can to make room before the holidays.

“It is a really difficult time for animal shelters here and there is a lot of great pets,” Executive Director for Best Friends Animal Society NWA, Jackie Roach said.

The Little Rock Animal Village’s Betsy Robb reported that compared to previous years, they had taken in a lot more dogs at this time of year.

“There is not a day that goes by that at the end of the day our kennels aren’t full, that’s no different this time of year, although usually, intake is a little bit lower,” Robb said.

She cited the lack of veterinarians as one cause.

“Little Rock Animal Village does not currently have an open position for a veterinarian that they have been trying to fill for quite some time, so they have part-time vets that come in and to do sterilization and vaccinations,” Robb stated.

All of this translates to a longer wait time for other animals, up to a week at least, according to Robb.

It might take even longer in Northwest Arkansas.

“In some cases, if the shelter doesn’t have a veterinary on staff, they have to rely on relying on private practices to work in their animals to get them spayed and neutered and in some cases, I’m hearing 3-4 weeks,” Roach continued.

To try to make room, organizations like the Sherwood Animal Shelter are offering to waive adoption costs and provide other gratis services. Organizations like the Little Rock Animal Village, meanwhile, provide as many resources as they can to support owners.

“As for help and see if there is any way to avoid that, we have a lot of resources at our disposal,” Robb said.

Shelters all across Central Arkansas are open and eager to assist you and your family in finding the ideal companion, whether it be for yourself or as a Christmas present.