Ernie is a pocket-size Pitty. He is a funny dog that likes to run around and check out all the smells then come back to check in on his human. Ernie is a happy and gentle dog that is great on a leash. His happiness is contagious!

Ernie has been at the shelter since April and gets a little depressed watching people walk by all day but when you stop and give him some attention he comes to life. The video below shows how excited he gets when you take him out of his kennel. For weeks I have seen Ernie sitting patiently at the gate waiting for his turn and today is his day! Please help us find Ernie a home by sharing his photo on your Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Animal Care and Adoption Center in Texarkana, Ark., is our only animal shelter in town. They have a few hundred dogs and cats that need to be reclaimed or adopted. Room is always an issue at a city animal shelter. We feature an animal each week to help get the word out about many of these great pets.

You can also sponsor a dog to save a life by paying for the dog's vetting. The cost varies depending on the size. Call the shelter to get the price range at 870-773-6388.

T-shirts are available at the animal shelter now! They are only $18 and will help support the animals at the shelter. Thanks for supporting our shelter animals!

Please visit the shelter's new Facebook page to see if there is an animal there that you would be interested in adopting, fostering or sponsoring.

NEW shelter Facebook page

It is so unfortunate that there are thousands of dogs that are euthanized every year in our local shelter when there are so many dogs that would make fabulous pets. Please help us make a difference by spreading the word. Share this post on your Facebook page and Tweet about it, too.

The shelter's adoption fees range from $40 to $144, depending on the gender and size of the animal or whether they have been spayed or neutered yet. You can also have your pet micro-chipped for only $20 right at the shelter! That way if your pet is ever lost, he can be returned to you quickly.

If you would like to foster a dog contact the shelter to get information about dog rescues in our area that can help.

The Animal Care and Adoption Center is located at 203 Harrison St., Texarkana, Ark. 71854 and is open Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. 870-773-6388.