It is puppy and kitten season and animals are being dropped off in mass amounts at the shelter. Last week over 100 dogs and cats were adopted because of kind donations that paid for the vetting and adoption fees. Obviously that is not something that can happen every week. Normally the shelter has more animals coming in than what they have room for. If you have recently lost your dog or cat, the shelter is the first place you should check. These videos were taken of the dogs in the holding pens as well as the adoption floor.

New dogs at the animal shelter in Texarkana in holding kennels waiting to be reclaimed or make room on the adoption floor. Call if you recognize any of these dogs and your missing pet

All of these dogs are in the Holding Kennels downstairs. These adorable babies look to be Lab mixes. The little one sitting off to the side does not belong with this litter but was turned in by the owner at the same time. He is now in a special pen by himself since he is so small.

This momma dog and her babies are all available for adoption! Call the animal shelter in Texarkana if you are interested. Be sure to mention they are in the OB Kennels.

Stray dogs that are picked up by animal control officers are taken to the Animal Care and Adoption Center in Texarkana, Arkansas. This is the only animal shelter that we have in Texarkana. The shelter is operated by the City of Texarkana, Arkansas. The stray dogs are held for a short period of time in the holding kennels in hopes that the owners will come to the shelter and claim their missing dog.

When a stray dog is not reclaimed by its owner, it can be moved to the adoption floor when open kennels are available. Because of extreme overcrowding, often times the dogs do not make it on to the adoption floor so it is very important that you physically go to the shelter to look for your missing dog and go often. The shelter only holds strays for three to five days. Once that hold period is up, the dog may be put to sleep. That means you could be on vacation and come back to find your dog got out, was picked up by animal control and was euthanized after the hold time expired.

It is important to have your pet microchipped so officers can contact you if your pet escapes from your yard. It is less than $20 to get your pet microchipped at the shelter and register it online so you will be contacted if he is picked up. It is also very important that you spay and neuter your pets to prevent the urge to wander beyond the confines of your home.

If you are missing a pet you should physically go to the shelter and go often to look for the pet. The shelter is located at 203 Harrison, Texarkana, Ark. You can also follow them on Facebook: Animal Care and Adoption Center. Calling the shelter is not enough. You must be there to put eyes on the dogs and cats to make sure it isn't your pet. Often times the description the owner provides does not fit what the pet looks like at the shelter. It is also good advice to have your pet microchipped and register the chip with your current phone numbers as well as an emergency number. I found a dog that had a chip and the owners had given up on finding her and even listed the pet as deceased after not finding her for 10 months. She made it to my rescue and then made it back to her owners all because of a little microchip inserted under the skin.

My best advice to get your lost pet back: Please be sure to have your pets spayed and neutered, make sure they are microchipped and keep a collar on them too with your information securely on the collar. Also follow the many lost and found Facebook pages to help folks find their babies. All the details and links to those pages are in the story below: