Angelica is our featured shelter pet this week. She is a little over 1 year old and is a mixed breed dog. It looks like she may have some Lab in her but her size is much smaller than the typical Lab. Angelica loves to play fetch and give dog kisses. 

Taking a selfie with Angelica was pretty entertaining. I tried to stay in a crouched position but she quickly came up between my legs then stood up which knocked me backward to the ground, right where she wanted me. She proceeded to climb on top of me and lick my entire face. Here is the sequence of events caught on camera:

Angelica is a fun-loving, sweetheart. She would be great in a family with children or an active adult who wants to go to the dog park and take her along on trips. She loves to play fetch although the return needs a little work.

Angelica enjoys rolling in the grass and chewing on it too. I've heard that dogs love the taste of grass, and it doesn't always mean their tummies are upset. Angelica really enjoyed her time outside but when it was time to go in she was willing and ready. I believe this dog would be a great fit in many homes. She is up for any adventure.

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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.