There once was a time when stray animals went to the dog pound, having been taken by a dog catcher. Times have changed. As people have become more aware of animal welfare, we have changed our vocabulary and nomenclature to use terms that are less emotional and more accurate.
So now, the "dog catcher" is called an animal control officer, the "dog pound" is called the animal shelter, and it's now accepted that their primary mission is to find homes for animals in need. To that end, the Bryant, Arkansas animal shelter created a park next to their building specifically for adoption.
The Midtowne Adoption Dog Park at Bryant Animal Shelter is tiny, about half an acre and its primary use are as a place for adoption events, where people can play with a dog they're considering adopting outside of the shelter and in the fresh air. But when the park isn't in use by the shelter, it is open for public use.
Given that the park is very small, there's not a lot to it. The land is primarily grass and dirt, without any bells or whistles, such as agility equipment. There is no shade, and there is only one bench. But the fence around the park is very secure, and there is a double gate for security.
There are also more poop bag dispensers than you might expect in a park of this size, and there is fresh water for the puppies. When the park is open, there is always a shelter worker available to help out and give would be adopters information about adoptions, and the schedule of upcoming adoption events is clearly posted.
The Midtowne Adoption Dog Park and the Bryant Animal Shelter are open Monday through Saturday. The City of Bryant is building a dedicated dog park. In the meantime, they have opened city parks to allow leashed dogs, and the Bryant Animal Shelter will continue to allow members of the community to use its property.