Largest Animal Shelter in AR is in Crisis

SEBASTIAN COUNTY - The Sebastian County Humane Society is at 20 times its capacity, and is struggling to stay a float.

Nearly 1,000 animals are living literally everywhere at the shelter.

"We are overpopulated. We have animals everywhere. We have kennels in our lobbies. We have kennels back in our office area. Our Executive Director even has kennels in his office," said Terrance Richardson, Asst Director, Sebastian County Humane Society.

The shelter is designed to house only around 50 animals, from cats and dogs to rabbits.

"We keep getting animals, and we need help. We need relief, and it continues to grow," said Richardson.

Many people are bringing back adopted pets and strays are being brought in from off the streets.

The shelter said they're now in over their heads.

"We're $277,000 in debt. But that just goes toward the number of animals we have and have to provide and take care of," explained Richardson.

As for a solution to the over population of animals in the state, the easiest and most simple way to solve the problem is spaying or neutering your pets.

"This part of the country we're in top 5 as far as being overpopulated. And it's because of lack of spaying and neutering," said Richardson. "We do have programs quarterly where we do vouchers for owners that can't afford the high fee."

If the shelter can't get its book back in the black with donations from the community, and if people don't start adopting animals from Sebastian County..te shelter might have to do away with its no-kill policy.

"The negative that would probably happen would be euthanasia of animals that way we can continue to take in more, because if we don't do something we're going to get to the point where we're going to have to close our doors," said Richardson.

The shelter receives no state or federal funding.

To help out the shelter, click here.


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