Ruby is a beautiful brindle pup that looks to be mixed with some sort of smaller breed, possible terrier. When she first came into the shelter she was very skinny and shy. Now she is playful and loves to give hugs and kisses. She doesn't always come up to the front of the kennel and in dim light, you may miss that she is even in the kennel!

Ruby does very well with other dogs. Cats and kids will be right up her alley too! She is always friendly and sometimes a little goofy which is fun. Ruby has been at the shelter since July 8 so it is apparent that her owner is not coming for her. She would make a wonderful family pet!

The Animal Care and Adoption Center in Texarkana, Ark., is our only animal shelter in town. They have a few hundred dogs and cats that need to be reclaimed or adopted. Room is always an issue at a city animal shelter. We feature an animal each week to help get the word out about many of these great pets.

T-shirts are available at the animal shelter now. They are only $18 and will help support the animals at the shelter. Thanks for supporting our shelter animals.

Please visit the shelter's new Facebook page to see if there is an animal there that you would be interested in adopting, fostering or sponsoring.

NEW shelter Facebook page

It is so unfortunate that there are thousands of dogs that are euthanized every year in our local shelter when there are so many dogs that would make fabulous pets. Please help us make a difference by spreading the word. Share this post on your Facebook page and Tweet about it, too.

The shelter's adoption fees range from $40 to $144, depending on the gender and size of the animal or whether they have been spayed or neutered yet. You can also have your pet microchipped for only $20 right at the shelter. That way if your pet is ever lost, he or she can be returned to you quickly.

If you would like to foster a dog contact the shelter to get information about dog rescues in our area that can help.

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 on Saturday from 11AM to 2PM.