Numbers of homeless animals surge

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There’s a massive increase in the number of homeless dogs and cats arriving at Texarkana’s animal shelter.

Animal Care & Adoption Center Director Charles Lokey said last month about three hundred animals came into the facility.  That’s double the number from this time last year.  “It’s actually worse this year than it has been, I’m gonna say, probably more than I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Lokey said the shelter is seeing more litters of puppies and kittens.  He asks owners to be more responsible and spay or neuter their pets.  “One’s gonna turn into twelve, twelve’s going to turn into fourty-eight.  It just snowballs real quick.  The Christmas effect, you know.  It starts out small and next thing you know it just expands out,” he said.

Lokey urged pet owners that refuse to fix their pets to at least keep them contained.  “For example, someone lets their male hound dog or their pitbull run loose, that male dog can impregnate seven or eight females while he’s out running loose in one day.  So then, there you go, you got the explosion coming.”

Adding to the issue, sluggish adoption rates this time of year.  Full adoption floors are a grim reality in shelters across the region.  Lokey said, “Unfortunately, there’s not that many homes out there.  We can’t just keep holding these kind of numbers.  It’s unsustainable, is what it is.”

The shelter is located at 203 Harrison Street, Texarkana, Arkansas.  The facility contact number is (870) 773-6388.  

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