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A lifesaving coalition and resource center in Arkansas

At Best Friends Animal Society, we celebrate the special bond between people and pets, and we believe that every animal is an individual and a life worth saving. We know you do, too, which makes us feel at home in Northwest Arkansas.

Best Friends runs the nation’s largest animal sanctuary, along with lifesaving hubs in Los Angeles, New York City, Salt Lake City, Atlanta and Houston. But for years, Best Friends has been working with animal shelters, other animal welfare organizations and compassionate people like you to save pets across the country.

In that collaborative spirit and to Save Them All in Arkansas, in 2018, Best Friends formed the Northwest Arkansas Partnership for Animal Welfare (NWA PAW), a coalition of dozens of shelters and rescue groups across the region working together to save lives. Best Friends has distributed more than $100,000 in lifesaving grants to coalition members saving the lives of cats and dogs in the region.

While the pet resource center is under design and construction, Best Friends is helping to meet the immediate needs of pets in the area through adoption, foster and transport programs, as well as a new cat lifesaving center in Bentonville. The space will showcase adoptable cats from coalition members, local shelters and rescue groups.

Northwest Arkansas Partnership for Animal Welfare

Only by working together can we Save Them All in Arkansas and beyond. Thank you to the members of the Northwest Arkansas Partnership for Animal Welfare for their dedication to lifesaving. Click on the names below to learn more about how coalition members are saving lives:

Animal League of Washington County

Arkansas Weimaraner Rescue

Bella Vista Animal Shelter

Big Paws of the Ozarks

Blind Hope Cat Sanctuary

Blue Moon Cat Sanctuary

Fabulous Felines of NWA

Fayetteville Animal Services

Fighting for Fido

For Pets Sake

Friends of Prairie Grove Pound

Good Shepherd Humane Society

House of Little Dogs

Humane Society for Animals

Humane Society of the Ozarks

Kitties and Kanines Shelter

MAK German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue

Mew Cat Rescue

NW Arkansas Animal Rescue, Inc.

Northwest Arkansas Community Cat Project

Nurture Northwest Arkansas

NWA Bully Haven Rescue

Paws & Claws Pet Shelter

Pit Ridge

Spay Arkansas

Springdale Animal Services

Tailwaggers NWA

Taysia Blue Husky & Malamute Rescue

Washington County (Lester C. Howick) Animal Services

Wilson Zoo

NWA PAW supporters

Bobcat Fever Project

NWA Dog Blog

Camp Bow Wow


Dog Watch Doggie Daycare

Wallen Mountain Pet Lodge