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Volunteer and save the lives of pets in Northwest Arkansas
With millions of animals in shelters around the country hoping for families of their very own, one of the most valuable gifts you can give is the gift of your time.

Volunteer opportunities abound in Northwest Arkansas, including caring for cats in our adoption center, fostering pets in your home, transporting local pets to and from their vet appointments or transporting animals to receiving shelters in other regions that can give dogs and cats a greater chance of adoption.

Volunteers in Northwest Arkansas also help with community vaccine and microchip events, participate in monthly “pack hikes” and help support trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNVR) efforts to care for the community cats in the area. For animals in Arkansas, your kindness makes all the difference.

If you’ve volunteered with Best Friends before, you probably have a volunteer profile in our volunteer portal already. If you need help reactivating your account (inactive profiles are deactivated after six months), please email volunteernwa@bestfriends.org for assistance.

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Volunteer opportunities

There are so many ways you can make a lifesaving difference for dogs and cats through volunteering, and we can help you discover the opportunity that’s right for you.

After submitting your application and completing a training, you'll have access to the full list of volunteer opportunities – everything from animal care to transports.

Volunteers can be as young as 12 years old, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if they’re under 16. The minimum age may vary, depending on the volunteer opportunity. The first step in signing up for these opportunities is to fill out and submit the application for volunteers under 18.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact volunteernwa@bestfriends.org.