Sun. May 19th, 2024

Starting July 17, dogs and cats picked up by city of Fort Smith Animal Control Services will be required to be microchipped and spayed or neutered.”This is all really in an effort to promote responsible pet ownership,” said Josh Buchfink, the public relations manager for the city. “We have noticed some more stray pets in the city, and we’re hoping that this will help curb the pet population.” The city contracts with Fort Smith Animal Haven to take in stray animals.Shelter director Rick Bennett told 40/29 News less than 20% of owners show up to pick up their pets.”It could be because of the economy. The prices of everything are going up. Maybe they’re just letting them go because they can’t take care of them anymore,” Bennett said.When the new ordinance takes effect, the shelter will microchip and spay or neuter every animal it receives. Owners will have to pay the costs before they’ll be able to get back their pet. Bennett estimates the fees will cost around $200. Pets will also be required to have a secondary ID, such as a tag on their collar.Bennett thinks the new ordinance will help lower the number of stray animals in the city but said it could take a few years to see results. “You spay and neuter now, then they can’t (reproduce). But there’s still the animals that are there until all of them are spayed or neutered. They’ll just keep reproducing,” Bennett said.Buchfink told 40/29 News vouchers will be available to help low-income residents with the potential extra costs of maintaining their pets. He said the ordinance will not apply to residents whose pets do not run loose and are always inside their yards or homes.

Starting July 17, dogs and cats picked up by city of Fort Smith Animal Control Services will be required to be microchipped and spayed or neutered.

“This is all really in an effort to promote responsible pet ownership,” said Josh Buchfink, the public relations manager for the city. “We have noticed some more stray pets in the city, and we’re hoping that this will help curb the pet population.”

The city contracts with Fort Smith Animal Haven to take in stray animals.

Shelter director Rick Bennett told 40/29 News less than 20% of owners show up to pick up their pets.

“It could be because of the economy. The prices of everything are going up. Maybe they’re just letting them go because they can’t take care of them anymore,” Bennett said.

When the new ordinance takes effect, the shelter will microchip and spay or neuter every animal it receives. Owners will have to pay the costs before they’ll be able to get back their pet. Bennett estimates the fees will cost around $200. Pets will also be required to have a secondary ID, such as a tag on their collar.

Bennett thinks the new ordinance will help lower the number of stray animals in the city but said it could take a few years to see results.

“You spay and neuter now, then they can’t (reproduce). But there’s still the animals that are there until all of them are spayed or neutered. They’ll just keep reproducing,” Bennett said.

Buchfink told 40/29 News vouchers will be available to help low-income residents with the potential extra costs of maintaining their pets. He said the ordinance will not apply to residents whose pets do not run loose and are always inside their yards or homes.

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