County makes spay, neuter vouch­ers avail­able

The Sentinel-Record - - FRONT PAGE - DAVID SHOW­ERS

Pro­ceeds from the county’s vol­un­tary tax for an­i­mal con­trol ser­vices are fund­ing $50 spay and neuter vouch­ers now avail­able at the Gar­land County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment.

The vouch­ers are ac­cepted by seven vet­eri­nary lo­ca­tions and are avail­able at the sher­iff’s depart­ment, 525 Oua­chita Ave., Mon­day through Fri­day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can also be used for ra­bies vac­ci­na­tions.

Ap­pli­cants are re­quired to show proof of

Gar­land County res­i­dency and can use one voucher ev­ery six months. Ac­cord­ing to the county’s news re­lease, pets that are fixed live health­ier, longer lives and have fewer be­hav­ioral prob­lems.

The $10 vol­un­tary tax is listed on real and per­sonal prop­erty tax bills. En­abled by the pas­sage of a Novem­ber 2016 or­di­nance, it raised

$156,918 dur­ing the 2016 tax year, the county tax col­lec­tor’s of­fice said.

The Hot Springs Board of Di­rec­tors will con­sider an or­di­nance tonight al­low­ing the city man­ager to lower an­i­mal adop­tion fees for rep­utable non­profit place­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions and dur­ing spe­cial adop­tion events. Per the city’s an­i­mal con­trol code, adop­tion fees are

$55 for dogs and $35 for cats. The city’s 2018 bud­get projects $25,000 in an­nual adop­tion fee rev­enue.

Po­lice Chief Ja­son Stachey said he plans to meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Happi Dog An­i­mal Res­cue next month. The Mem­phis-based or­ga­ni­za­tion finds homes for res­cue-shel­ter dogs. Stachey said the group spe­cial­izes in plac­ing larger, older dogs that don’t get adopted with the same fre­quency as younger, smaller dogs.

“They have ex­pressed a very strong de­sire to come adopt mul­ti­ple older dogs from our fa­cil­ity and place them in homes across the coun­try,” Stachey told the board last week. “We feel this move will def­i­nitely put a lot of an­i­mals into lov­ing homes and get them out of our shel­ter.”

Stachey said the lower fees would ap­ply to non­profit place­ment groups the depart­ment has vet­ted, in­clud­ing the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Gar­land County and Stop An­i­mal Cru­elty in Hot Spring and Gar­land Coun­ties.

“It’s for non­profit, rep­utable res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tions,” Stachey said. “We’ll do our due dili­gence.”

An­i­mal ser­vices came un­der the au­thor­ity of the po­lice depart­ment in 2013 and has been di­rectly ad­min­is­tered by the depart­ment since Jan­uary. The county pays the city $347,613 a year for an­i­mal con­trol ser­vices in the un­in­cor­po­rated area.

Ac­cord­ing to the county’s web­site, the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions ac­cept county spay and neuter vouch­ers:

• Air­port Road An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal.

• All Crea­tures An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal.

• Kelly Vet­eri­nary Clinic.

• Tem­per­ance Hill An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal.

• The Pet Clinic.

• Vil­lage Pet Ser­vices.

• Your Pets An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal.

The Sen­tinel-Record/Richard Rasmussen

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