animal rescue

Courtesy / Animal League of Washington County

The all-volunteer Animal League of Washington County, which rescues abused, neglected and abandoned dogs and horses across the region, is seeing a rise in cases due to the coronavirus pandemic. Director Carmen Nelson describes how the nonprofit continues to work under the state's stay-at-home directive, including staging critically needed adoptions during the pandemic.

J. Froelich / KUAF

Nearly 80 volunteers across Arkansas, under special permits, take in sick, injured and orphaned wildlife to rehabilitate and release back into the wild. We visit Morningstar Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Benton County and talk with Arkansas Game & Fish Commission's veterinarian about the permitting process and need. 

Best Friends Animal Society will open a regional pet resource center in Bentonville using a design grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The no-kill facility will provide complementary programs to existing animal shelters including lifesaving services, resources for pet ownership retention, rehabilitation, and training and education.

The Northwest Arkansas Partnership for Animal Welfare, or NWA PAW, is a collection of organizations working to eliminate the need to euthanize animals at shelters.

Courtesy / Jen's Kitty Rehab

An old gas station at the corner of Jenny Lind Road and Dallas Street in Fort Smith is being renovated into a cat shelter. The nonprofit Jen’s Kitty Rehab will be a cage-less facility that will focus on socializing cats with each other and people.