Spike is a happy go lucky dog. When he first arrived at the shelter he didn't know much about love and people. He had spent his entire life on a chain and used as a breeding dog. Now he has a bed and shelter. He loves watching people walk by and lights up when they stop to talk to him. His adoption fee is $40.

Spike is a middle aged dog that will love everyone in the family. He likes belly rubs and dances when you go up to his cage. Spike is loved by many of the volunteers so they sponsored his vetting.

If you are interested in adopting, fostering or sponsoring a dog, please contact Bertha at the animal shelter by calling 870-773-6388, option 3. If you sponsor a dog that means that you will pay the fee to have the dog fixed and get a rabies vaccination. Once that is done, the adoption fee will only be $40, which makes it much easier to get a dog adopted from the shelter.The Animal Care and Adoption Center in Texarkana, Ark., is our only animal shelter in town. They have a few hundred dogs and cats that need to be reclaimed or adopted. Room is always an issue at a city animal shelter. We feature an animal each week to help get the word out about many of these great pets.

Please visit the shelter's Facebook page to see if there is an animal there that you would be interested in adopting, fostering or sponsoring.

NEW shelter Facebook page

It is so unfortunate that there are so many dogs and cats euthanized every week in our local shelter. It is up to the community to prevent it. Spay and neuter your pets. Volunteer to help educate citizens about the need to fix their animals. Share this post on your Facebook page and Tweet about it, too.

The shelter's adoption fees range from $40 to $144, depending on the gender and size of the animal or whether they have been spayed or neutered yet. You can also have your pet microchipped for only $20 right at the shelter. That way if your pet is ever lost, he or she can be returned to you quickly.

If you would like to foster a dog contact the shelter to get information about dog rescues in our area that can help.

The Animal Care and Adoption Center is located at 203 Harrison St., Texarkana, Ark. 71854 and is open Monday through Friday from 11AM and 5PM and Saturdays from 11AM to 2PM.