Advocates for a new Sherwood library are busy promoting to the public the need to pass an additional property tax to build a new library.
However, other community advocates are pushing for the council to not forget the need for a new animal shelter.
Julann Carney, president of Sherwood Animal Shelter Helpers, told the members of the Sherwood City Council in late May that aldermen need to consider the need for a new animal shelter.
“I am delighted to see the library on the books as a possibility, but we (the Sherwood animal shelter) have seen unprecedented growth,” Carney said. “We need a new animal shelter.”
Carney said she hopes city officials will consider including an animal shelter within library initiative.
“Our city has thousands of undeveloped acres,” she said. “They will be developed and we will have continued growth since we have taken Gravel Ridge.”
Carney said Sherwood’s growth has put a tremendous strain on the city’s animal control operation. “We have problems with cross contamination and disease,” Carney said. We need more kennels.”
“ The community has grown by three times,” Carney said. “More people means more animals.”
While more of a strain has been placed on the animal control operation, it has not compelled the city to increase euthanizing unwanted animals.
“We have been very fortunate not euthanize for months,” she said. “As we look for needs with library, please do not forget the animals. We don’t want to be forced to euthanize as other communities.”
The Sherwood Humane Animal Services Department boasts of having very successful adoption program and one of the lowest rates for animal euthanasia in the country. However, pet overpopulation is on the rise across Arkansas and there just aren’t enough loving homes available for them all.
The Shelter has an in-house spay/neuter clinic where adoptable animals are sterilized during our spay/neuter clinic held once a week and allows the Department to provide a low cost Spay/Neuter Voucher Program to help low income families better care for their pets.
A no cost Adoption Program helps Senior Citizens who are 65 or older and the Disabled enjoy the proven health benefits and companionship that comes from the unconditional love of a pet.
Adopted animals are spayed or neutered, receive one set of annual vaccinations, and a rabies vaccination if the pet is over four months of age. Adoption fee is $45.
People can see current animals up for adoption by:
• Looking us up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sherwood.shelter.
• Tuning in to KARK 4 News at noon on Thursdays with Sherwood Veterinarian Dr. Blair Willman-Hauk
Individuals and families who are interested in adopting a homeless animal may visit the Shelter Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (adoptions end at 4:30 p.m.) and on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. (adoptions end a t 3:30 p.m.) The phone is not answered on Saturday.
The Shelter is located at 6500 North Hills Blvd. just a few blocks south of JFK Boulevard.