Pet Issues: How Much Does Northeast Arkansas Care?

MARCH 13, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:30 P.M. CST

JONESBORO, AR --Pets are something that mean so much to so many people. Northeast Arkansans for Animals, or NAFA, is a group that realizes that and works to help pet problems in this area.

Monday night, NAFA held a public forum to hear animal concerns, but the turnout was disappointing. O nly five citizens showed for the Pet Forum at 'The Forum' in Downtown Jonesboro. A frustrating number that may show animal issues are something that the public doesn't see as an issue.

"Northeast Arkansans for Animals can't do anything if the public doesn't come out and try to tell us what they need, to try to have some input because it's their pets that we're talking about," says Wannda Turner, Director of NAFA.

Each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born in the U.S. and NAFA says as long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. NAFA is starting a new campaign called, "Getting Jonesboro Fixed". The goal: to help the public understand its role in finding solutions to the overpopulated animal world.

"We're going to try to start encouraging and getting people to spay and neuter there pets, because that is the only answer to a lot of these problems," says Turner.

"We hope to educate people who really don't know how to properly care for animals. They have definite needs, and these needs must be met," says Dr. Jack Jones, City of Jonesboro Veterinarian.