Want to adopt a cat or dog? Here’s a handy list of animal shelters in Northwest Arkansas

At the animal shelter, flyer

The mamas of nwaMotherlode may be biased (since we both have rescue dogs and cats), but we think shelter pets really are the best pets you can have.

So we put together a list of places you can adopt a dog or cat in Northwest Arkansas.

That’s Shannon’s puppy, Harley (a.k.a. Polar), at the top. Isn’t she a doll? Harley was adopted from the Fayetteville Animal Shelter and is now over a year old. She doesn’t destroy nearly as many newspapers anymore 🙂

Harley reading the paper

So if you’re in the market for a new cat or dog (they occasionally get other pets like rabbits and horses, too), check the list below for where to go look in Northwest Arkansas.

Click on the name of the organization to visit its Facebook page or website:


Biscuits the cat
This is Biscuits, adopted from the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.

Fayetteville Animal Shelter

Lester C. Howick Animal Shelter of Washington County

Animal League of Washington County

Big Paws of the Ozarks

Purr Catfe NWA


Springdale Animal Services


Purr Catfe cuties

Centerton Animal Shelter


Rogers Animal Shelter

Humane Society for Animals

Siloam Springs

Siloam Springs Animal Shelter

You can also adopt cats from area shelters at the PetSmart locations in Fayetteville and Rogers. The cats are housed in an adoption center and you can visit with them to decide which kitty might be best for your family.

Note: Some trainers and pet services offer discounts for rescue/shelter pets, just a heads-up. So when you sign your new dog up for obedience training, for example, they may offer a lower rate for classes.