Best Friends Pet Resource Center: A community for pets and people

Northwest Arkansas is special. Nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, the region brims with culture and community, big-city sophistication and small-town charm. But something is missing: a full-service center for pet adoption and a community destination that provides services and support for pets and their families.

Like many thriving communities across the country, Benton and Washington counties in Northwest Arkansas have seen rapid growth over the past decade — and hardworking animal shelters and animal welfare organizations can’t keep up with the demand for services. For that reason, the counties struggle to meet the needs of thousands of pets.

You can help change that.

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The state-of-the-art pet resource center that we’ll build together is a quality-of-life investment for Northwest Arkansas. It will help keep pets and families together while providing adoptable cats and dogs with the second chances they deserve.

As an innovative animal sheltering model for the nation, the pet resource center will be another point of pride for this dynamic region — making this opportunity in Northwest Arkansas as special as the region itself.

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Get Involved Today

Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas is already hard at work, even as we build our pet resource center of the future.

We have a variety of ways for you to get involved including volunteer work, fostering of cats and dogs, fundraising ambassador programs and other ways to take action for both pets and people in Arkansas.

As a member of your community, you have more power to create positive change than you might realize. We also offer options for community members to think beyond just saving one animal, to long-term change that ensures the safety of hundreds of thousands through support of animal-friendly programs and policies.

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We believe that uprooting animal sheltering from its unsavory past and giving this field a new life as an expression of community compassion and pride is critical to achieving and sustaining no-kill nationwide. And this is exactly what we aim to do in Northwest Arkansas.”

Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society