Best Friends Animal Society

Thank you, Walmart!

The love that Sam Walton and Ol’ Roy shared will live on and is honored here at the Best Friends Pet Resource Center.

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In loving memory of Ol’ Roy

Sam Walton’s true companion and friend, Ol’ Roy, was a tri-colored setter. While these setters are traditionally one of the most sought-after dogs in the sport of hunting, no one told Ol’ Roy that! He preferred to chase errant tennis balls rather than quail.

What Ol’ Roy lacked in sporting ability he made up for in loyalty. The devotion, faithfulness, and affection Ol’ Roy showed for his best friend Sam — and the entire Walton family — is legendary. And they loved him wholeheartedly in return.

The sculpture of Ol’ Roy represents this love and Walmart’s compassion for pets in general. Pets give us so much. They dote on their families and get a special look in their eyes when they know someone needs a moment of love. Petting them reduces people’s blood pressure. Taking care of our best friends is priceless — to us and to our pets.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a friend like Ol’ Roy. But there are thousands of loyal and loving dogs waiting for homes of their own. If adopting one isn’t an option, people can visit with pets at shelters and contribute to Best Friends and similar resource centers that take care of them.

You can help keep Ol’ Roy's legacy alive

The Best Friends Pet Resource Center in Northwest Arkansas is a first-of-its-kind, fully reimagined animal shelter designed to support both pets and the people who love them.

As the future of animal sheltering, the Best Friends Pet Resource Center is more than just a place to adopt a pet. It’s a community destination that gives people better connection to adoptable pets and to each other, provides support for families to keep pets in homes, and offers opportunities for animal lovers to help make the state of Arkansas and the entire country no-kill by 2025.

It's also a place where we pay tribute to beloved pets like Ol’ Roy with the sculptures you see displayed around the center and grounds, and a place where we express gratitude for generous donors like Walmart. 

You can save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in Northwest Arkansas and help keep families together.

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Adopt a pet and save a life

Millions of cats and dogs enter shelters each year. One of them may be your new best friend.

When you adopt from a Best Friends location, or from one of the many shelters and rescue groups around the country, you’re not only adding a loyal and loving companion to your family, you’re helping to save lives.

You can also help today by adopting, volunteering, fostering and advocating for the pets who need you most in your community.

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Volunteer to help pets

There are countless ways to save lives by volunteering your time for pets in need.
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Foster a pet and save lives

Welcoming a pet into your home for a short time not only helps that pet, it saves more lives by freeing up space in shelters.

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About Best Friends

Best Friends Animal Society is working to save the lives of cats and dogs all across the country, giving pets second chances and happy homes.

Just a few years ago, cats and dogs were killed in staggering numbers in this country simply because shelters didn’t have the community support or the resources to save their lives. As of 2022, that number is 378,000 per year, but there’s still work to do to ensure a bright future for every dog and cat in America. 

Best Friends operates the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and is saving the lives of homeless pets across the country by working with shelters and passionate people like you. Together, we will bring the whole country to no-kill by 2025. Together, we will Save Them All. 

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Let’s be friends!

Connect with us on social media to stay in the loop about what’s happening at the Best Friends Pet Resource Center.

Follow along to see photos and videos from our events, hear about upcoming adoption events, admire adorable adoptable pets, discover kitten care tips, check out foster success stories and so much more. 

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