Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas

Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas works collaboratively with city shelters, local animal welfare organizations and passionate individuals to save the lives of homeless pets in Northwest Arkansas shelters.

To support this work and help Northwest Arkansas achieve no-kill, Best Friends is building a regional pet resource center in the city of Bentonville. With construction beginning in 2020, the Best Friends Pet Resource Center will serve pets and communities in Northwest Arkansas and across the country.

During the center’s construction, Best Friends will be working to meet the immediate needs of the area with a new cat lifesaving center in Bentonville. The center will showcase adoptable cats from NWA Partnership for Animal Welfare, as well as local shelters and animal rescue groups.

The cat lifesaving center will also house a community food pantry to assist people in need, operate a community cat program to save the lives of the area’s feral and stray cats, and participate in lifesaving transport programs.

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Foster a dog

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Amazon wish list for the animals

Heeler type dog licking a treat out of a red Kong dog toyLooking to give a little special something to the animals? Caring for animals requires many supplies, so please add a few more items to your shopping cart to help Save Them All! Check out the Northwest Arkansas Wish List and have items shipped directly to us. Canned kitten food, kitten litter, dry kitten food, adult pate cat food, dog food, nylon dog collars and leashes and dog crates in various sizes are Northwest Arkansas’s biggest needs.

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How you can get involved

Adopt a pet.

By adopting a dog or cat, you are helping to Save Them All, one four-legged friend at a time. While the new resource center is being built, you can search for adoptable pets in the Northwest Arkansas area online.


Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas is collecting unopened dog and cat food, treats and cat litter for our NWA PAW coalition shelter and rescue partners. Please drop donations at our pop-up location (1641 S 15th Street, Suite 15 in Fayetteville) during the following hours:

Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Saturdays 12:00-2:00 p.m.


Best Friends has variety of volunteer opportunities available, including upcoming positions at the Northwest Arkansas cat lifesaving center. You can also get involved by volunteering to foster or transport cats and help out at special events.

Interested in helping to save the lives of dogs? Check back with us for more information about volunteering with dog programs coming soon! 

For more information about other volunteer opportunities and special projects in and around Northwest Arkansas, please email

Volunteer sign up

For more information about fostering adoptable cats, please email

To find details about fostering local dogs, please contact one of our NWA Partnership for Animal Welfare organizations listed below. 

Animal League of Washington County

Arkansas Weimaraner Rescue

Bella Vista Animal Shelter

Big Paws of the Ozarks

Blue Moon Cat Sanctuary

Fabulous Felines of NWA

Fayetteville Animal Services

Fighting for Fido

For Pets Sake

Friends of Prairie Grove Pound

House of Little Dogs

Humane Society of the Ozarks

MAK German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue

Mew Cat Rescue

Northwest Arkansas Community Cat Project

Nurture Northwest Arkansas

NWA Bully Haven Rescue

Paws & Claws Pet Shelter

Purr Café

Spay Arkansas

Springdale Animal Services

Tailwaggers NWA

Taysia Blue Husky & Malamute Rescue

Washington County (Lester C Howick) Animal Services

Wilson Zoo

Upcoming Best Friends events in Northwest Arkansas

Get involved and help save dogs’ and cats’ lives. Join Best Friends in Northwest Arkansas at one of these fun pet events - and perhaps add a new best friend to your family by adopting one of our available cats or dogs.

Best Friends events in Northwest Arkansas