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Posted on: October 31, 2023

Animal Services celebrates ‘Season of Thankfulness’

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Oct. 31, 2023

Contact: Justine Lentz 
Animal Services Superintendent 
Animal Services 

Animal Services celebrates ‘Season of Thankfulness’

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — On Wednesday, Nov. 1, Fayetteville Animal Services is kicking off a month-long celebration to honor our amazing community of pet lovers. Throughout November, it will offer the following ways for residents to engage with, and help, the City’s animal shelter:

Nov. 1-30 – The community is asked to help stock Ranger’s Pantry, a program within the City’s Community Resources Department that offers pet food assistance to struggling families living in Fayetteville. If you donate at least 14 pounds of cat or dog kibble, Animal Services will either waive your adoption fee or sponsor the adoption fee for a shelter pet of your choice. (All adopters still must complete the normal application process and be approved.)

Nov. 1-19 – The shelter will celebrate its second annual “Kongsgiving.” The community is asked to help prepare a special Thanksgiving treat for our shelter dogs and cats. Donations of canned chicken and plain canned pumpkin are needed to fill Kong pet toys, which will then be frozen and handed out as a Thanksgiving treat.

Animal Services Superintendent Justine Lentz said, “Last year we had an amazing outpouring of support for Kongsgiving, and we were also able to pass on the surplus to local food banks.”

Nov. 19-23 – During the week of the Thanksgiving holiday, Animal Services is seeking short-term fosters for dogs, which would be returned Monday, Nov. 27. Anyone interested in fostering during the holiday week can fill out the simple adoption application form online and note they are interested in fostering for the question, “What pet/pets are you interested in?” People are encouraged to apply by Tuesday, Nov. 21. Adoption fees will be waived for any short-term foster that elects to adopt their foster-pup, too!

“Having even a short-term break from the stressful shelter environment is so enriching for the pups,” Lentz said.

Animal Services (1640 S. Armstrong Ave.) is open 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays. To learn more – and see photos of pets available for adoption – go to:


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