Animal Shelter Open House highlighted by adoptions

Makayla Shipe does a back flip, with a little help from mom, Sandy, in the Bounce House at the Bryant Animal Shelter Open House.

Fourteen pets were adopted from the Bryant Animal Shelter in conjunction with Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, according to Tricia Power, director of the Bryant Animal Control and Adoption Center.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, an open house was held at the shelter with food, contests and adoptions.

According to Power, Gary Hutchins won the Photography Contest. Lynne Whitaker was runner-up.

In a coloring contest, Lexi Jackson, Aiden Aldridge and Vance Whitaker all garnered first place awards in their categories.

In addition, Power said, Bryant Animal Control and Adoption Center reached an all-time high of 1,672 “virtual” shelter visitors in a week. The Bryant Shelter posts its pets for adoption on approximately 15 different websites in order to reach the highest number of potential adopters possible.[more]

“Typically, the shelter sees an average of about 700 visitors weekly,” Power said, “but in the days leading up to the annual open house, those numbers shot way up and were double what is typically seen during the same period in prior years.

“I am sure that this increase contributes to our success in finding homes for adoptable animals,” she added. “I was very surprised to see that we had several visitors to one website from outside of the United States, including visitors from Norway, Finland, the U.K., Germany, as well as the island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies. Seeing that we have reached across the globe with our message promoting adoption, tells me that our partnership with these websites is working to help us save more lives than ever before.”

Power further stated that the Bryant Shelter has adopted internationally, “We have adopted at least two dogs to families in Canada, and hope we continue to adopt outside of our borders. There are so many great pets that need homes; we are grateful to each and every adopter.”

Those interested in adopting a pet, visit the shelter’s website at and click on “animal control” or visit the shelter at 25700 Interstate 30 N at exit #126. The Bryant Animal Shelter is open from noon – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday. It’s closed on Sundays and holidays. Visit the website for special holiday hours in November, December and January.

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