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Fall 2015 Newsletter
Judge Marilyn Edwards and her staff of the Washington County Animal Shelter are pleased to announce the first quarter euthanasia rate of adoptable animals is less than 3%. Adoption numbers are up and rescue transport numbers are up! The shelter is dedicated to reducing euthanasia and is always looking for new, credible organizations that will help to reduce over population within the shelter.
Shelter Report 2014
Rescue Waggin
Washington County Animal Shelter teams up
with PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin’ Program®

(FAYETTEVILLE, ARK., APRIL 2014) – In a concerted effort to reduce euthanasia, Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards is pleased to announce Washington County Animal Shelter’s acceptance as newest shelter participant in PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin’® - a program that transports adoptable dogs and puppies from overcrowded shelters to animal shelters where there is more adoption space and more opportunities for a new home.

On April 4th at 8:30 a.m. in the morning, a PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin’® vehicle arrived at the Washington County Animal Shelter in Fayetteville to pick up 19 dogs for a life-saving ride. The Washington County Animal Shelter prepared for months for this big day, which included sending several staff to receive Canine Behavior Assessment training in Dallas, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee.

In the training, the staff learned how to select dogs and puppies for the transport, conduct behavior-assessments, and ensure that all dogs being transported are healthy and ready to take the ride. “This program is a great opportunity for us to better help the overwhelming number of dogs entering our shelter every day,” says Angela Ledgerwood, Director of Washington County Animal Shelter.

Now every month, the Washington County Animal Shelter will select adoptable dogs and puppies from their overcrowded shelter for transport on the Rescue Waggin’ vehicle. These dogs will then take an air-conditioned custom ride to their destination shelter, where there are more opportunities for a new home. Once they arrive, the dogs get 12-24 hours of ‘down time’ before getting a medical check-up, their spay/neuter surgery, and placement on the adoption floor.

“With three to four million pets still euthanized across the nation each year, we created the Rescue Waggin’ program to help shelters achieve their goals of getting more adoptable pets placed into good homes – wherever those homes may be,” says Jan Wilkins, Executive Director of PetSmart Charities. “Dogs that may languish at one shelter are generally adopted within a week of arriving at their new destination shelter.”
PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ program operates under professionally-developed industry standards for humane transport. As one of more than 60 shelter partners in the program, the Washington County Animal Shelter will also be eligible for capacity-building grants for spay/neuter expansion and shelter improvements, free on-going training programs, and professional consultations to improve shelter facilities and operations.

The Rescue Waggin’ Program operates in the East Coast, Midwest, Great Plains, and South Central states. More than 70,000 dogs and puppies have been saved through the Rescue Waggin’ program since it began in 2004. To learn more about Rescue Waggin’ program, as well as other programs that PetSmart Charities supports and creates, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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ABOUT Washington County Animal Shelter
Opening in September 2012 under the administration of Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards, the shelter is dedicated to serving the needs of dogs and cats in Washington County, Arkansas by finding new homes for dogs and cats, along with reuniting lost pets and their owners. The shelter is also home to the Washington Low Cost Spay & Neuter Program. For more information call 479-695-3450 or email

ABOUT PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare organization in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc. 
"COME SEE US!" -Washington County Animals Pet Adoption

If you are interested in Adopting, visit our Adoption forms section! Select Volunteer if you would like to help out around the Animal Shelter. All of these forms are located in the Online Forms section.

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 The Shelter will be closed Friday & Saturday, July 3 & 4.

Monday - Friday HOURS: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday HOURS: 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
PHONE: (479) 695-3450 

*NOTE* Surrender's by Appointment ONLY

Washington County Lester C. Howick Animal Shelter
801 West Clydesdale Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Directions: Interstate 540 take Exit 61, turn LEFT onto School St. and LEFT on Clydesdale.

Contact us at via phone at (479) 695-3450 or email us at

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Last updated: 10/22/2015 4:13:17 PM