The Spring River Animal Services is having an open house May 3.
According to Cherokee Village Animal Control Officer Shorlyn Morris, the event kicks off at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. The facility is located near Ash Flat on Highway 289 across from IESI.
"We're asking people to come out and view the shelter, meet our animals and see if they can donate their time or talents," Morris said.
Free hotdogs and sodas will be available. A raffle will be held for numerous items donated by local merchants. The items vary from dinners at local restaurants, haircuts and tanning sessions to spay/neuter procedures for animals offered by local veterinarians.
The ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. The event will be covered live by a local radio station.
The facility is operated by the city of Cherokee Village. As of April 25, the shelter had 22 dogs, seven puppies and six cats and kittens housed in the shelter, Morris said. All of the animals are available for adoption.
Adoptions can be made for as little as the $10 adoption fee. The new pet owner is then given a $25 voucher to go toward having their animal spayed or neutered.
Once adopted, the pet owner must make sure the animal receives a rabies vaccination within seven days and have the alteration within 30 days, she said.
There are many benefits of pet adoption, Morris said.
"A lot of our dogs are already housebroken and sometimes have less health problems than purebred dogs," she said, adding that the shelter does sometimes have purebred animals in the facility.
Morris said each day in the United States 800 animals are killed due to pet overpopulation. Adoption allows the pet owner to help reverse this situation.
Research has shown that having a pet can not only make a person happier but also healthier. Morris said animals are calming and help to reduce blood pressure.
If a person isn't in the market for an animal, they can still help the shelter by volunteering or donating needed items.
Volunteers can be used for a variety of needs such as cleaning, fixing up buildings, dog training and everything in between.
"We want the community to come out to our open house. We want them to know that we're here," Morris said.
The shelter is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. After the open house, the shelter will begin operating on Saturday as well during the same hours. The phone number is 994-4445.