ASPCA set to close temporary pet shelter used during floods

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CONWAY, Ark. – A temporary animal shelter set up during the floods is set to close down in seven days. Now volunteers have urged pet owners to come collect their four-legged friends.

“Now we are hoping that as the cleanup starts to get in full swing, that they will come down and come and pick up their pet,” explains ASPCA Disaser Response Director Dick Green.

The shelter is located next to the Don Owens Sports Complex in Conway off of Skyline Drive. The stables have been transformed into a temporary shelter. You will find clean cages, food, and fans as well as a number of volunteers.

“We have just brought everything that we could think of to make this the best situation possible,” Green went on to say.

The animals have been cared for around the clock. This includes vaccinations and vet care. Now volunteers are trying to track down owners.

“We are hoping that we can close this shelter on the 18th of June that’s our goal.”

In the unfortunate event that you do not want to reclaim you pet, the ASPCA will help.

“If it’s just not going to happen, if they simply have to relinquish their pet then we’ve got a network of adopting families that are willing to help out but that is certainly that is our last effort,” he said.

If you think your pet is in the temporary shelter call the ASPCA Disaster Hotline at 1-800-738-9437.

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How to Help Prevent Pests

Preventing pests from entering your home is one way that pet owners can help keep their pets safe. Below are some preventative steps you can take:

  • Regularly check your pet’s food, water and shelter for bugs
  • Remove bedding or toys if you see signs of insect activity
  • Store pet food in sealed containers
  • Fix leaky plumbing and remove areas of standing water
  • Seal cracks and crevices to help keep bugs out of your house, including your window frames
  • Keep outdoor pets contained in a fenced yard. If they enter an infested area, fleas and ticks can hop on board within seconds
  • Keep leaves raked, grass cut and bushes trimmed to reduce tick habitat
  • Check your pet regularly for fleas and ticks, especially when they are allowed outside of your yard or other controlled areas

If your pet has been affected by pests, then you should consult with your veterinarian before using any medication or repellent.


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When pests like fleas and ticks are prevented and controlled, that’s good for your pets. It creates a better environment for them, and you. Learn more about Terminix pest control today.

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