Our featured pet of the week from the animal shelter in Texarkana is a very large, beautiful and sweet Black Labrador that must be mixed with Great Dane because she is big. She is less than 2 years old. Her Animal ID is 75328 and Form No. 224091. She was adopted by a family in November but she got jealous of their little dogs and had to be returned to the shelter.

These are the photos from November. A little further down are the more recent photos. You can tell her coat is dulling and she is losing some weight. This dog will flourish once she is in a home.

Mimi Campbell, Townsquare Media
Mimi Campbell, Townsquare Media
Mimi Campbell, Townsquare Media
Mimi Campbell, Townsquare Media
Mimi Campbell, Townsquare Media
Mimi Campbell, Townsquare Media
Mimi Campbell, Townsquare Media
Mimi Campbell, Townsquare Media

She is super smart and sits for treats. She took them easily from my hand without biting my fingers. The treat was a hamburger patty which is considered a "high value" treat that works great for testing dogs to see how they take the treat from you. This girl is so gentle.

She walks well on a leash after getting a little energy out. I think a lot of it had to do with her not knowing what I wanted her to do but on the way back into the shelter she walked like a pro on the leash.

She doesn't like being left in a kennel at the shelter and has wagged her tail so much that it is sore and bloody on the end.

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The shelter's adoption fees range from $20 to $201, depending on the gender and size of the animal or whether they have been spayed or neutered yet. You can take your pets to be microchipped at the animal shelter for only $20. That way, if your pet is ever lost, it can be returned to you quickly.

The animal shelter has three basic areas for dogs: The intake area where the kennels for the dogs are listed as "HP" which stands for Hold Pending. When dogs first arrive at the shelter, this is where they go first. The next area is the lower building that is attached to the adoption floor by a long hallway. The lower building is usually called the Stray building and the kennels are listed with a "S" in front of the numbered cage. In that building there are 15 stray kennels, with another five kennels set aside behind a gate often used for bite cases. Those kennels are marked as "OB." This area is often used for overflow when there aren't any bite cases. The area that most people see is the Adoption Floor. The kennels on the adoption floor are marked with a "D" in front of the cage number. That stands for Dog.

It is up to the community to help our local shelter and there are several ways to help:

  • Please spay and neuter your pets.
  • Microchip your pets.
  • Volunteer to help educate citizens about the need to spay and neuter their animals.
  • Get the word out by sharing this post on your social media pages.
  • Go to the shelter and take your own photos and videos to share with friends.
  • Donate money to the shelter to help cover spay and neuter costs for people that want to adopt a pet but they cannot afford all of the upfront costs.
  • Donate materials and money to help replace outdated equipment.
 The Animal Care and Adoption Center is located at 203 Harrison St., Texarkana, Ark., 71854 and is open Monday through Friday from 11AM and 5PM and Saturdays from 11AM to 2PM. Our shelter takes in animals from many surrounding communities. Please remember to check with the shelter if you have lost a pet or if you are interested in adopting a new pet.