Mississippi County is no exception, but an 85-year-old Blytheville woman may have a solution.
"This would be the first county shelter in Mississippi County," Shirley Connealy said.
Connealy secured land along Leroy Meadows Memorial Highway in Luxora from Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore for the Mississippi County Animal Rescue Shelter.
Connealy said this shelter would not discriminate. Dogs, horses, cows, any neglected animal is welcome.
"There's so many animals that people don't realize that they're so weak and skinny that they can't even walk," Connealy said. "Some will die, some are hit by cars, and some of them are used as targets. Sounds horrible, but people are the reason for it."
"They're not cheap," Connealy said. "None of it's cheap."
For more information or to make a donation, send letters to Mississippi County Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 2374 Blytheville.