The Future Bentonville Animal Shelter Could be Owned by Third Party, Built on Private Land

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — The Bentonville Animal Shelter could be owned by a third party and sit on private land.

On Friday, the City’s Pet Resource and Services Steering Committee discussed three possible ownership models.

If the council adopts the committee’s recommendations, a third party would lead the design and construction process.

The committee has named the national non-profit best friends animal society as a possible owner.

Committee members also recommended the best location for the shelter to be on property owned by Walmart along Southeast 8th Street in Bentonville due to geography, ease of access, and green space.

Linda Picken, the Director of the Northwest Arkansas non-profit Fabulous Felines NWA says she is encouraged by the progress that’s being made.

“It can’t be soon enough. There’s just too many cats as I say I may get half a dozen calls a day,” Pickens says.

The cost of the facility is estimated to be around $8million and the committee has discussed asking the city to contribute $2 millionfrom reserves toward the project.

The committee will ask the city council for approval of its selected plan in April.

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