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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Bring home a big dog in October! 
They're a ton of fun and they also make great pals, but big dogs around the country need your help today because many of these lovable goof-balls aren't making it out of shelters fast enough.

Looking to adopt other dogs (and cats) in Northwest Arkansas? Find out more about pet adoption through Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas.

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Strut Your Mutt
Join us October 8 for Strut Your Mutt in Bentonville, a fundraising event for everyone.

Give to save lives

Your contribution supports our lifesaving work and helps shelters nationwide achieve no-kill.

When you make a gift to the animals, you’ll be helping to save the lives of homeless pets here in Northwest Arkansas and around the country.

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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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