Animal Care & Adoption Center celebrates the opening of a new building

TEXARKANA, Ark. (KSLA) – The Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center is opening a new building at its facility!

City leaders voted to spend nearly $900,000 on improvements to the center more than three years ago. Now much of the improvements are complete.

“We hope the community will come visit and bring home many pets,” said Lenora Teague, director of the center.

Many hoped the addition would open last year, but due to the pandemic and availability of supplies, the date was pushed back. The city received a big boost in funding for the facility, with a $1 million donation from the estate of Neva McCormick.

The building is set up like a pet store, with plenty of space to show animals for adoption.

“We’re going to make some changes to the kennels to give bigger dogs more room,” Teague said. “We have 36 kennels in the new facility. We will use all three buildings. The 36 kennels of the new facility will be reserved for adoption dogs.

Officials say they hope the new neutering and neutering ordinance, as well as the addition of shelters, along with helping with animal care in the city will improve.

“We are in the pet adoption business. This is our first step to eventually being a no-kill shelter,” Teague said.

This addition was the first major improvement to the center in over 50 years. It is dedicated in honor of Neva McCormick.

Benjamin M. Yerger