The Hope Humane Society


Today, we pick up part two of our story about the HOPE Humane Society animal shelter in Fort Smith and how the overcrowding there ties into a proposed pet licensing ordinance. We learn more about how the new rules would work and why advocates believe they would benefit the whole community.

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The HOPE Humane Society is the only animal shelter in Fort Smith. The no-kill shelter, which has a contract with the city, is at capacity with hundreds of dogs living in pop-up crates wherever they can be safely kept while animal control brings in more stray animals every day. Part one of this two-part story examines the overcrowding at the shelter as the Animal Services Advisory Board gets ready to present its pet licensing ordinance to the Fort Smith Board of Directors.