NEA Humane Society to Organize “Empty Shelter” Events | News

JONESBORO — Looking to adopt a new pet? Get your application now to take advantage of reduced adoption fees at the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society next week.

The Northeast Arkansas Humane Society will be hosting another of its “Empty the Shelters” events May 2-8 at the Jonesboro Shelter.

Hillary Starnes, executive director of the NEA Humane Society, said Monday that during the event, adoption fees will be reduced to $25 for cats and dogs, thanks to a grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, which sponsors the ‘event.

“It’s a really good deal for anyone looking to adopt, as fees are normally $160 to $200 for dogs and $50 to $75 for cats, depending on their age,” Starnes said, noting that the animals are all microchipped, fixed and vaccinated.

“Because of our success rate, we were lucky to be approved for the grant each time,” Starnes said, noting that the NEA Humane Society has to apply for the grant each time and that it organizes the event four times a year.

“Normally we adopt five to seven animals a week,” she said, “but during the event we usually adopt around 35 on average.”

She also said potential adopters should go to the NEA Humane Society’s website,, to submit an application now, as applications take one to three days to process.

“We are always very busy during this week which may cause delays in the application process,” Starnes said. “So we need to have two to three people to deal with requests instead of just one person who usually handles them.”

Adoption applications require information such as tenants’ contacts, other pets, and owners.

“We want to make sure they go to good homes but we also want to make sure the owner will allow the pet because we have so many owners in this area and you never know if they will allow animals company or will only allow certain ones. types of pets,” she said, noting that this helps reduce pets returning because renters don’t think to check in with their landlords.

Shelters across the country are in crisis with overcrowding and other major impediments, sparking a nationwide call for adoption, with more than 275 shelters in 45 states, according to a press release from the BISSELL Pet Foundation. and Canada who will participate in this life-saving national event. .

There are nine shelters in the state of Arkansas that will host the “Empty the Shelters” event, including the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society, Independence County Humane Society, Good Shepherd Humane Society, Cabot Animal Shelter, the Malvern Animal Shelter, the Humane Society for Animals, Humane Society of Pulaski County, River Valley Humane Society – Needy Paws Animal Shelter and Rogers Animal Services.

Not all shelters are participating in the full event, so potential adopters are encouraged to visit the “Empty Shelters” website to find the nearest participating shelter on its interactive map at www. and confirm their adoption day details.

Cathy Bissell, who founded the BISSELL Pet Foundation in 2011, said in the press release that shelters across the country were overcapacity.

“Highly adoptable pets are at risk as we face one of the biggest crises in years,” Bissell said, “BISSELL Pet Foundation is calling on people to visit their community shelters during ‘Empty Shelters “to save a life through adoption. Without you, there is no tomorrow for these deserving pets.

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