SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA) — Improvements to the animal shelter are being discussed in Springdale. An additional location for a new shelter is being presented in the city council committee meeting Monday night.
The summertime brings lots of visitors into local animal shelters, but it’s also time when certain issues arise.
“We’re doing a lot more welfare checks with dogs that might need to be groomed that are matted, not having adequate access to cool themselves down,” said Courtney Kremar, Springdale Director of Animal Services.
The shelter says it see a large increase in cats and kittens and cats during the summer.
“Cats are out and reproducing a lot in the spring, summer and fall so we start seeing increases in kittens coming in, people find them don’t know where their mom is so they bring them to us,” Kremar said.
But the Springdale Animal Shelter is out of space and it’s unable to expand because its surrounded by other businesses. There’s not a lot of outdoor areas for the animals and not enough parking for visitors.
“Well it’s vitality important,” said Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse.
Sprouse says a new location is going to be built no matter what. “The choice now is boiling down to the Ford Avenue location or the Huntsville location which is new site.”
No final decision will be made Monday night but the mayor is hoping the new shelter will be built by the end of the year.
For now, the city is getting by.
“It’s really just trying to manage the population density of the shelter and also making sure that everyone has adequate room to run around and strech,” Kremar said.