The Best Friends Pet Resource Center is open!

Located in the heart of Bentonville, Arkansas, the Best Friends Pet Resource Center is a first-of-its-kind, fully modernized facility that reinvents how dogs, cats, and even humans experience animal sheltering.

Our animal companions are an integral part of our family, and the new pet resource center was designed with that in mind. It’s a place for the entire community to connect with pets — a place to adopt your next dog or cat, explore resources for guidance or support with current pets, or simply to gather with and enjoy family and friends.

 

Take a 360-degree look at the Best Friends Pet Resource Center!

This 360-degree tour was created for Best Friends NWA by students at Helen Tyson Middle School in Springdale, Arkansas.

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Want to be an ambassador for the animals?

We need your help! As a volunteer ambassador, you'll give tours of the building, greet visitors, and help our team with selling merchandise and signing up new volunteers.
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Connecting pets and people of Northwest Arkansas

The new Best Friends Pet Resource Center is more than just a place to adopt a pet. It is a first-of-its-kind, fully reimagined shelter that offers resources and services for both people and pets.

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Meet awesome pets, find your people

Don’t miss these great events.

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Upcoming events at the pet resource center
From lectures to vaccination clinics to keep your dog or cat happy and healthy, there’s a variety of events and activities to take advantage of every single day.
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Brews & Barks Mixer: A Social Affair for DINKS and Dogs
Do you live in a dual income home with no kids? Congratulations! You're a DINK (dual income no kids), and we have a great event for you!

Join us at the Best Friends Pet Resource Center for an opportunity to meet other DINKS and some adorable adoptable dogs. It's an evening of sophistication, camaraderie, and the pure delight that comes from the perfect combination of dogs, drinks, and a celebration of the DINKS lifestyle!

Tickets are $10 per person.

Peek inside the Best Friends Pet Resource Center

The space features open areas perfect for getting to know adoptable dogs and cats, fun activities for humans of all ages, a DIY dog-bathing center, a café where guests can hang out with cats and kittens, a pet food and supplies pantry, and much more.

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Sheltering without kennels: The model of the future

There are no kennels or cages at the pet resource center, just one of the ways we’re redefining what it means to care for homeless dogs and cats.

All the dogs Best Friends takes in from area shelters are placed in foster homes in our community, eliminating the need to house animals in kennels or cages for extended periods of time. Every day, a selection of available dogs will visit the center where they can meet potential adopters and find a family of their very own. 

Shelters can be noisy, frightening places, causing some dogs to become fearful and stressed. But a loving foster home allows them to relax and learn to trust — and that leads to happier, healthier dogs who get adopted more quickly.

Bright skies for homeless pets, thanks to caring donors

Contributors to our pet resource center aren’t simply animal lovers or donors — they’re life changers and history makers.

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Our community giving tree

Created by a local artist, the 6-foot-tall tree features a shimmering canopy of inscribed pet tags as its leaves — each one a symbol of generosity, compassion and kindness to the animals.

After making your gift, you’ll be prompted to add your name, your family’s name, your pet’s name or the name of your organization to your tag. 

Every time the tree’s tags sway in the breeze, visitors will be reminded of your extraordinary dedication to the animals of this community and to homeless pets around the country.

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Be part of the future of animal sheltering

The Best Friends Pet Resource Center is open! Check out all the ways to get involved and help save the lives of homeless pets in Northwest Arkansas.

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Adopt a pet

When you adopt a homeless dog or cat from a shelter or rescue group in Northwest Arkansas, you’re making a lifesaving difference for a loving and grateful animal.
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Foster a pet

Welcoming a pet into your home for a short time not only benefits that animal, it helps make room in shelters for more cats and dogs in need.
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Volunteer to help save pets

From socializing shy cats to walking dogs to driving pets to and from our clinic, there are so many fun ways to make a lifesaving difference.

Visit us! 

Location and parking  
1312 Melissa Drive    
Bentonville, AR 72712

The pet resource center is in the heart of the Bentonville greenspace that will become the 8th Street Gateway Park. Parking is available at the center.  

Pet resource center hours    
Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.    
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day:  by appointment 
Christmas Eve:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Christmas Day: by appointment 
New Year's Eve: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
New Year's Day: by appointment 

Phone
479-974-1363

 

 

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