Best Friends Animal Society
Saving lives in Northwest Arkansas
You can make a difference in the lives of animals in your community.
Last year, hundreds of thousands of loving dogs and cats were killed in shelters in this country, just because they didn’t have a safe place to call home.  

Best Friends is working to save the lives of dogs and cats in Northwest Arkansas, and you can help. You can foster, volunteer or advocate.  And we can introduce you to your new four-legged family member or connect you with local pet-support services.

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The future of animal sheltering is coming

Experience a new era of lifesaving with the Best Friends Pet Resource Center in Northwest Arkansas.

Opening in 2023, this will be a place where families can access services for their pets, and homeless dogs and cats can get the care and help they need to find loving homes. 

The pet resource center is a first-of-its-kind, fully reimagined shelter that upends the traditional model of animal facilities that have been the norm for almost 150 years. Its design and operation reflect an understanding that our animal companions are an integral part of our families and our communities.

The center will transform the way homeless pets are cared for and serve as a nationwide model right here in Northwest Arkansas.

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Adopt to help save lives

When you adopt a dog or cat who has been patiently waiting for a place to call home, you’re not only saving a life.

You’re freeing up space and resources for pets in shelters throughout Arkansas, and giving them a chance to grow, thrive and find families of their very own. You might not feel like a hero, but to one animal, you’re the entire world.

Find out more about pet adoption through Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas.


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Volunteer to help save lives

Passionate, caring people like you who volunteer to help the animals are the heartbeat of our organization here in Northwest Arkansas.

Whether you volunteer locally or at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (located in Kanab, Utah), whether you help to transport pets across the country or help animals from your home via one of our national opportunities, you can make a tremendous difference in the lives of homeless pets.

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Looking for help?

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Events: make a difference for pets

Have fun and connect with fellow animal lovers through a variety of local and national events, big and small.

Pack hikes

Bring your furry friend and join Best Friends for a monthly group hike along some of the beautiful trails of Northwest Arkansas.

Community events

Best Friends will be out on the town at these upcoming community events.

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Adopt a buddy for free, just in time for the holidays!
Embrace Pet Insurance is covering all adoption fees at Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas.
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See all our upcoming clinics and events
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National Adoption Weekend
Bring home holiday happiness by adopting a dog or cat from one of the hundreds of participating Best Friends Network Partners around the country.
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Give to save lives

Double your impact when you make a donation through December 31.

All donations to the Best Friends Pet Resource Center will be matched by Adrian and Jan Chapman up to $100,000 through December 31. 

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The community giving tree at the Best Friends Pet Resource Center

Created by a local artist, the six-foot-tall tree will feature a shimmering canopy of inscribed pet tags that represent leaves — each leaf a symbol of your generosity and kindness to the animals.

On your tag, you can choose to include your name, your family’s name, your pet’s name or the name of your organization. After making your gift, you will be presented with the opportunity to add your tag inscription. 

Please know that every time the tree’s tags sway in the breeze, all of us here at Best Friends and everyone who visits the center will be reminded of your incredible dedication to the animals and to the community’s unwavering love for pets. 

Recent tales from Northwest Arkansas

Looking for a little inspiration? Check out these pets and their stories of hope, love and resilience.

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Shop to save lives in Northwest Arkansas and nationwide
When you shop at the Best Friends Store, the proceeds go right to work providing lifesaving care and companionship to animals in Northwest Arkansas, at the Sanctuary and around the country.

Contact us

210 Prairie Lane Suite #6
Bentonville, AR 72712
Open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

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