In-state and out-of-state 501(c)3 animal rescue organizations are allowed to rescue animals from the City of Hot Springs Animal Shelter. Due to the recent changes in the Title 10 Ordinance starting on August 7, 2020, this also includes pit bulls and pit bull mixes.
The only requirements for an animal to be rescued is for the adoption fee(s) to be paid. These fees cover sterilization, microchipping and rabies vaccination, which are required before the animals can be transferred to the rescue organization.
For out-of-state rescue organizations, a certificate of health is required before any animal can cross state lines.
Violent or unfriendly animals at the shelter are not available to rescues or for general adoption.
The City Manager is authorized to amend adoption fees for animals made available to a reputable non-profit placement organization.