After dozens of years in the works, the Washington County Animal Shelter is finally a reality for Northwest Arkansas.
Shelter organizers say there is enough space to hold nearly 200 animals which means helping with overcrowding at other shelters and hopefully the ability to adopt plenty of animals at a time.
Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards said, "This has been a dream come true. this is something we are so proud of to accomplish what we have accomplished."
"Through the end of november we've already taken in over 400 animals. so i think it was very important to open this shelter and have this facility," said Angela Ledgerwood, the shelter's Director.
Besides more volunteers the shelter's biggest need is more foot traffic.
Ledgerwood, "Right now what we really need the most is just people coming in the door. we need more exposure. we need more people to know we are here.
"The greater the population that comes in the greater it is for us to take care of those animals," said Edwards.
The pair want more people to consider visiting the shelter and adopting a pet before buying one from somewhere else.