AR Largest No Kill Shelter May Have to Start Euthanizing

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The largest no kill animal shelter in the state, HOPE Humane Society may soon have to start euthanizing animals because it said not enough people are adopting.

There are roughly 450 dogs at the Fort Smith shelter right now, with only 256 kennels and even more animals on the waitlist to be surrendered by their owners.

There are animals in offices, bathroom and hallways — because not enough people are adopting or fostering.

So now Assistant Director Terrance Richardson said they are about to reach the point where they’ll have to euthanize to stay a float.

But they’re doing all they can to raise awareness and educate people  about this issue. 

“We don’t want that. So we’re just fighting, fighting fighting. We’re planning events coming up. We got some fundraisers coming up. We’re putting together pieces to get out to the community, and communities in Northwest Arkansas. Just anything to keep us from making that decision,” said Richardson.

Richardson said another way they can avoid going down this road, if our lawmakers take action and implement more laws regarding pet ownership. 

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