Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas

Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas works collaboratively with city shelters, local animal welfare organizations and passionate individuals to save the lives of homeless pets in shelters.

To support this work and help Northwest Arkansas achieve no-kill, Best Friends is building a regional pet resource center in the city of Bentonville. With construction beginning in 2020, the Best Friends Pet Resource Center will serve pets and communities in Northwest Arkansas and across the country.

During the center’s construction, Best Friends will  provide for area pets by working with the  NWA Partnership for Animal Welfare (NWA PAW), a voluntary association of nonprofit organizations and government animal shelters working together to end the killing of cats and dogs in Northwest Arkansas. Best Friends will work with NWA PAW to provide educational opportunities, distribute donated pet supplies, assist with adoption events, support trap-neuter-return efforts and other services.

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How you can get involved

Adopt a pet.

By adopting a dog or cat, you will be helping to Save Them All — one four-legged friend at a time. While the new resource center is being built, you can search for adoptable pets in the Northwest Arkansas area online.


Best Friends has a variety of volunteer opportunities available at any given time. They may include assisting at an adoption or microchipping event, or helping to unload a van of transported cats staying overnight in our area.

For more information about other volunteer opportunities and special projects in and around Northwest Arkansas, please email

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For details about fostering local dogs and cats, please contact one of the NWA Partnership for Animal Welfare organizations listed below.

Animal League of Washington County

Arkansas Weimaraner Rescue

Bella Vista Animal Shelter

Big Paws of the Ozarks

Blue Moon Cat Sanctuary

Fabulous Felines of NWA

Fayetteville Animal Services

Fighting for Fido

For Pets Sake

Friends of Prairie Grove Pound

House of Little Dogs

Humane Society of the Ozarks

MAK German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue

Mew Cat Rescue

Northwest Arkansas Community Cat Project

Nurture Northwest Arkansas

NWA Bully Haven Rescue

Paws & Claws Pet Shelter

Purr Café

Spay Arkansas

Springdale Animal Services

Tailwaggers NWA

Taysia Blue Husky & Malamute Rescue

Washington County (Lester C Howick) Animal Services

Wilson Zoo

Upcoming Best Friends events in Northwest Arkansas

Get involved and help save the lives of dogs and cats. Join Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas at one of these fun pet events, and perhaps you’ll be adding a new best friend to your family by adopting one of our available cats or dogs.

Best Friends events in Northwest Arkansas