Blytheville Humane Society at maximum capacity


BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Blytheville Humane Society is at maximum capacity and workers say they want help from the public to house the animals.


Blytheville Humane Society president Pam Ford said the number of animals people drop off has greatly increased since the shelter adopted a "no-kill" policy in February 2012.


Ford said they have had to double, and even triple the number of animals in cages to make room. "At this point what has happened is that we're overflowing. So, we need people to step up and adopt. If you've been thinking about adopting a dog, or a cat or a puppy, we've got plenty of them here that are beautiful."


Donna Ball is one of the people who has stepped up. "I have multiple animals. I've always had animals. I've had all different kinds of animals, dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, fish."


Ball is opening her home temporarily to one of the dogs from the shelter. Ford said providing a foster home is a cost efficient alternative for experienced animal lovers who do not want to adopt.  "We'll even provide the food. We do the medical," she said.


The shelter is home to about 90 dogs and 40 cats. Ford said until they can get those numbers down, they are not taking in any more animals, but they will try to help pet owners who need it.


"We will help them with food. We will help them with a spay or neuter if their animal needs to be spayed or neutered. We'll help them with shots," she said.


In addition to adopting and providing foster homes, people can donate to the Blytheville Humane Society, or shop at one of the three animal shelter thrift stores located in the city.

Send donations to the Blytheville Humane Society at P.O. Box 1855, Blytheville, AR 72315.

The Humane Society thrift stores are located on the Blytheville Humane Society property, on 1st Street and on 10th Street.

For more information about volunteering, donating and providing a foster home call (870) 838-5512.


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