If your family is looking for a pet, consider adopting a pet from a local shelter. They have lots of great animals looking for a home. You can even get a dog or cat that is old enough to be fully housebroken. What could be better than that? They have younger animals too.
Many shelter dogs are former house pets and are well trained (some even know commands), and most rescue organizations work with young dogs and dogs with behavioral issues to correct those before adopting them out.
Every day in Arkansas over 2,000 homeless pets are killed. Shelters estimate that over 25% of the animals in shelters are purebred. Give a pet a chance for a "forever" home.
The Little Rock Animal Village encompasses and houses Little Rock Animal Services. This is basically Little Rock's official animal control shelter. LRAS does euthanize, but they are involved in many programs that decrease the euthanasia rate. They also provide animal education, low-cost spay and neuter clinics and a wonderful center and dog park. Adoption fee is $90 which includes spay/neuter and appropriate shots. Little Rock Animal Village is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter is located at 4500 S. Kramer St. 501-376-3067.
This is a no-kill shelter. The adoption fee is $75 for dogs and cats and includes basic medical care, vaccines, and sterilization. Located at 4600 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock. 501-227-6166. Shelter hours are Monday and Friday from 1-8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1-6 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday 11-6 p.m.
CARE is a no-kill animal shelter. Adoption fees are $125. Each adoptable pets is tested for heartworms (dogs) and feline HIV/feline leukemia (cats), given their shots, spayed or neutered and microchipped. Located at 5516 Kavanaugh in Little Rock. You can visit Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 501-603-CARE (2273).
Helping Hands For Little Paws is a non-profit foster care based group that rescues companion animals from local shelters. They are a no-kill organization. Adoption fees are $125.00 for dogs and $90.00 for cats. All animals have been heartworm tested (dogs), FIV/Feleuk (cats), altered and are up to date on shots and heartworm preventative. They do not have a shelter. You must make an appointment to see the animals. 501-888-2702.
Sherwood Animal Shelter
Adoption fees are $35 for all animals. This fee covers the sterilization surgery, rabies shot if old enough at the time of adoption and one set of routine annual vaccines. Located at 6500 N. Hills Blvd. in Sherwood. Hours are Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 501-834-2287.
Open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. The adoption fee for dogs and puppies is $75, and for cats and kittens is $65. The fee covers the cost of shots, worming and spaying/neutering. Located at 7600 Highway 183 in Bauxite. 501-557-5518
This is a city animal shelter and they do euthanize animals. The adoption center is open Monday through Saturday 12 to 4:30 p.m. Adoption fee is $90 for both dogs and cats. Fees include the spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, general de-wormer and a combination vaccine. The Center is located at 25700 Interstate 30 North at Exit 126. 501-653-0765.
The city animal services is located off of I-40 at Burns Park. Fees are $30.00 for cats and $40.00 for dogs. Fee includes sterilization of your new pet. The kennel is open Monday through Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 501-791-8577.
This is a non-profit, no-kill shelter. Adoption fees are $75 which covers appropriate vaccinations and sterilization. The shelter is open 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Located at 425 Hyman Drive in Maumelle. 501-851-6219.
DogsOnly.org is a non-profit all volunteer organization that specializes in the rescue and adoption of dogs and puppies in Arkansas. DogsOnly also strives to offer help and advice to any dog owner who is experiencing problems with their dog. There is a $75.00 to $125 adoption fee depending on the dog which includes spay or neuter, shots to include all three rounds if adopting a puppy, rabies, de-worming on all dogs and puppies, heartworm prevention and Frontline flea and tick treatments. You can see them at the NLR Petco some Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
No-kill rescue organization for cats. Adoption fees are $70 for kittens and $55 for adults. The adoption fee includes FeLV/FIV testing, a spay or neuter when the cat is old enough, and vaccinations already administered to the cat or kitten appropriate for the cat's age. Call 501-661-0956.