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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Humane Society of Pulaski County is experiencing overcrowding in its facilities and says they are at full capacity, but still want to help.

    Big dogs, small dogs. Kittens and cats. They may be cute and cuddly--but the overflow of them at the Humane Society of Pulaski County is almost too much for the staff to handle.

    Kay Simpson with the shelter says, "90 percent of the counties in the state of Arkansas do not have animal controls, do not have humane societies. Therefore, when stray animals are found it's really hard to find a place for them. Because this time of year---everybody's overwhelmed with the unwanted litters and animals already!"

    Simpson has been with this Humane Society for more than 20 years. She says their AVERAGE inventory is 175 animals-dogs and cats. This week they're working to care for 240!

    "This is one of the worst years I've seen especially for cats and kittens. We're being bombarded with calls. I would say 75 to 100 a day! People call and say they found a kitten, found a pregnant cat, found these puppies.  We had 2 gentlemen come in a few days ago that were looking for jobs mowing that found 3 puppies in some grass in an abandoned area."

    Those puppies, and others just like them, wait for someone like eager or unselfish visitors to take them home.

    Thursday, Carley Booe and her brother Evan are visiting the shelter with their grandmother. They hope to find a spaniel or labrador.

    Booe says, "We've always had small dogs and we want a really big dog so we can play with him and take him on the boat and have fun and stuff!"

    And by the looks of it--after Carley and Evan see 3 small black labs -- this just may be somebody's lucky day.
    Because until some of these dogs find forever homes, Simpson says they can't take in any more! 

    "If they're going to stop and pick em up, they've gotta be prepared to care for em for a while til they can be put in some shelter!" says Simpson about people who do try to help by picking up strays.

    They're not just dealing with animals from Pulaski County--she's had calls from Van Buren and Pope Counties. 
    Rita at the Van Buren County Animal Shelter said late Thursday "It's tough this year. It's hard to pick animals up if you don't have room but we're doing the best we can with what we have. "

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