VIDEO: Relocation lowers Washington County animal shelter population, reduces budget

Posted: September 17, 2017 at 1:06 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Amanda McCain (left), kennel supervisor at the Lester C. Howick Animal Shelter, and Melissa Metcalf, kennel supervisor, review paperwork and attach name tag collars to two of 24 dogs Thursday at the shelter in Fayetteville. The dogs were picked up at 5 a.m. by contract drivers with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and taken to the Humane Society in Louisville, Ky.

More than 200 dogs and cats have left the Washington County animal shelter this year for no-kill shelters outside of Arkansas, according to the local shelter director.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Amanda McCain, kennel supervisor at the Lester C. Howick Animal Shelter, places a name tag collar on one of 24 d...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Stacey Lynn, a contract driver with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, places Mustar...

Reducing Saturdays

The Washington County animal shelter is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The shelter stopped opening every Saturday because fewer people were coming to it, according to Lester C. Howick with the shelter. It is now open 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month. The first Saturday of each month pets are at The Whole Pet in Springdale. The second and fourth Saturdays animals are available at the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market or Tractor Supply.

Source: Staff report

Finding a new relocation program

The Washington County animal shelter used to partner with the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ relocation program for dogs and puppies, according to Angela Ledgerwood, animal shelter director. At the beginning of 2017, Washington County animal shelter Director Angela Ledgerwood contacted a Rescue Wagon representative who had joined the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Washington County then joined the ASPCA Watershed Rescue Ride, the latest program in the ASPCA animal relocation initiative. The new program relocates dogs and cats. The ASPCA relocated 16,776 animals in 2016.

Source: Staff report

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We still bear the expenses to spay/neuter prior to the animals leaving the facility going to out of the county. We do not get paid for that service. The only savings is in feed costs.

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