Dog owners residing in the city limits of Van Buren are required to be registered with the city.

City Clerk/Treasurer Phyllis Thomas said dog tags may be purchased for $5 from Pointer Trail Animal Clinic, Hubbs Animal Clinic and the city clerk’s office in the Municipal Complex at 1003 Broadway.

Dogs are required to have a current rabies vaccination administered by a veterinarian, Thomas reminded.

“Losing a dog can be a heart-breaking situation and the City of Van Buren is hoping to aid in identifying found dogs by tagging as many canines as possible,” Thomas said.

Unfortunately, many untagged dogs have been found by animal control with no way to identify them without a tag, she said.

“The city wants to remind all dog owners of their responsibility to tag their dogs,” Thomas said.

Van Buren recently partnered with Almost Home Shelter and Rescue, which will hold its first adoption day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the shelter, located at 3390 E. Pointer Trail. Applicants may complete an application for adoption on site.

“This is a special adoption day because all fees will be reduced to $25 for any size dog,” said Connie Martin, shelter volunteer. “Volunteers will be on site to assist you and answer any questions concerning a dog you may want to welcome into your family.”

Martin said Almost Home also will welcome monetary donations, bleach for cleaning, paper towels and canned dog food on Saturday.

“Please come out and help provide a forever home for some of these beautiful dogs,” Martin said.

Almost Home is located in what was the City of Van Buren’s dog pound. The city turned the pound over to Rebecca Kaszubowski, director of Almost Home dog shelter, earlier this year to operate as a no-kill shelter as part of a tentative partnership.

Volunteers help support Almost Home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., seven days a week, by walking the dogs, cleaning kennels and giving the animals much needed love and attention.

For more information about volunteering, donating or adoption, contact Kaszubowski at (479) 462-3122.