Animal Care and Adoption Center Update and Information

The ACAC is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ACAC currently has 8 employees. Lenor Teague is the manager and she oversees the current staff – an assistant manager, an administrative assistant, three kennel technicians, an animal control officer and a part-time office clerk. 870-773-6388 is the number to call the shelter during business hours. For after-hours emergency calls, please call 911. Recently we had issues with our voicemail being full, but we are confident the issue has been resolved and encourage citizens to contact our office to report a missing animal, get information on adoptions, or anything else ACAC-related.

Recent closures
The animal shelter has recently been closed several times due to maintenance, cleaning and the COVID pandemic. At the end of September, the refuge was closed for intensive cleaning and reopened on November 5, 2021. The refuge was also closed to the public from November 17 to November 29, 2021, due to COVID and again from January 13 to January 18, 2022 , for COVID. We understand this has been an inconvenience to the public. We do not anticipate any further closures in the near future and we hope there will be no more unexpected closures in 2022. The health and well-being of our employees and the public they interact with is our top priority. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Expansion, opening and status of the new building
The City of Texarkana, Arkansas, and ACAC are excited about the opening of an additional building constructed last year that will be used as an adoption center. Unfortunately, delays beyond our control prevented us from opening the new building. The main delay was the delivery of kennels for the new facility. We expect delivery in February. In addition to the kennels, there are also unfinished interior constructions that must be completed before the facility can open. Contracts are being awarded for the interior works. We want to make sure everything is 100% complete before we open the new shelter so we can provide the best service and efficiency possible.

Million dollar donation
The city was blessed in February 2021 with a $1 million donation from Neva Nell McCormick for the Animal Care and Adoption Center, and citizens have been asking questions about how that money was spent. Below is a current breakdown of how these funds have been disbursed to date.
July 2021 – New Building Payoff Note ($726,616)
August 2021 – Kennels for new building ($82,500)
October 2021 – Air conditioning unit ($5,175)
November 2021 – Memorial Panel ($833)
November 2021 – Pet Door Glass ($5,076)
* The remaining money will be used for other improvements and necessities in the new installation Repairs on the existing building

In addition to the work done on the new building, a lot of work has also been done on the existing facility including painting, new glass windows and doors, repairing the kennel, painting the puppy room.
and repair, pest control food containers, metal laundry cabinets, washer and dryer repairs, pet tub repairs and much more to come!

Volunteering, group collaboration and animal placement
We have many opportunities available for those wishing to volunteer. Whether you are an individual or belong to an advocacy group that wants to help our animals, we are confident that we can find a way for you to help us. The process to become a volunteer requires you to come to the shelter and complete a volunteer application form with a copy of your ID, then we can assign you a position based on your skills and interests. There is also an opportunity for those wishing to foster animals. Foster apps are readily available to anyone interested. There is also an option to sponsor an animal, which includes paying for an animal’s medical bills and/or food, which will make it much cheaper for someone who wants to adopt the animal as a pet. . We understand that ensuring the best possible outcome for our animals will take a comprehensive community effort ranging from passionate groups and individuals to partnering with government. We thank everyone who is willing to help us make things better.

Information Awareness and Social Media
Over the past few years, Facebook has been a great source to help connect and communicate with the Animal Care and Adoption Center. We understand that there has been some confusion regarding the shelter’s presence on Facebook. We currently do not have control of the Facebook page which was used by former shelter employees for many years and we are now using a new page. We have attempted to contact the previously known admin of the old page in hopes that he will forward it to us, but have been unsuccessful so far. We have filed a request with Facebook to regain control of the old page and are awaiting a response. While this issue is being resolved, we urge everyone to use the newly created page to correspond with us via social media, as well as to view the most up-to-date information regarding the shelter. This page can best be found by putting “TKARKANIMALS” in the Facebook search bar, then clicking on the animal shelter page. The page is also accessible at this address: Facebook.com/TKARKANIMALS. If you simply search Facebook for “Texarkana Animal Shelter”, chances are you’ll come across the old page, which is no longer updated. Be sure to put TKARKANIMALS in the search bar to ensure you get the right page.
Required information

Animal Care and Adoption Center – 203 Harrison St, Texarkana, AR 71854
Phone Number – 870-773-6388
MF – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Facebook.com/TKARKANIMALS
Dog adoption cost – $174-182
Cost of adopting a cat – $126 to $146
Deposit fees
• $150 outside city limits
• $150 Texarkana, TX
• FREE for residents within city limits with proof of residency
Number of adoptions October 2021 – January 2022 = 93
Number of euthanasias from October 2021 to January 2022 = 16

Benjamin M. Yerger