Surrounded by Arkansas’ capital city, Little Rock, the small community of Cammack Village is home to a tight-knit community of animal lovers. Throughout the village and the entire Little Rock metropolitan area, there are several hardworking animal rescue and welfare groups doing everything they can to improve the lives of animals in need.
Friends of the Animal Village is one such group. This volunteer-run, non-profit organization provides supplemental financial and promotional support to its local shelter, the Little Rock Animal Village. By organizing fundraising events, accepting donations, and promoting Little Rock Animal Village, the group’s aim is to raise awareness about the Village and increase the number of pet adoptions.
There’s a similar commitment to the well-being of animals at the Humane Society of Pulaski County (HSPC). Founded in 1946, HSPC maintains a 25,000 square foot shelter that includes a clinic, a full-time veterinarian, and 15 to 20 staff who care for up to 200 animals. The group’s mission is to rescue abandoned, abused, homeless, and unwanted animals, and give them the shelter and care they need before matching them with loving owners. This no-kill shelter is supported entirely by donations, fundraisers, bequests, and grants, and is well worth supporting if you’ve got a couple of bucks to spare.
Rock City Rescue is another Little Rock-based rescue group with a big heart. Though smaller than HSPC, it still works tirelessly to rescue dogs at risk of euthanasia. Founded in 2012, this non-profit has rescued more than 250 dogs, and as it receives no government funding it is always on the lookout for donations, volunteers and foster carers.
If your dog is right at home in the water, she’ll go absolutely barking-mad for this annual event! The splash-tastic Doggie Paddle Day is held in October at the Jim Dailey Fitness Center on Monroe Street, when dogs of all shapes and sizes are allowed to swim and play in the two outdoor pools. It’s the paw-fect chance for your pet to cool off, enjoy some water play, and maybe even make a few new doggie friends! There’s even a Super Retriever Series Dock-style jumping contest, with paw-some prizes for the three best jumpers, and face painting to keep the kids entertained. Dogs of all breeds are welcome and admission is $10 per pooch.
If a dog-friendly craft beer tasting sounds like your idea of heaven on Earth, you won’t want to miss out on tickets to Brews & Barks. Held at Diamond Bear Brewing Company in North Little Rock, this mutts-do event benefits the Humane Society of Pulaski County’s work to help animals in need. The $35 ticket price ($40 at the door) entitles you to unlimited craft beer tasting from a selection of craft breweries, and your leashed furry friend is welcome to join you. There will be contests to keep the pooches entertained, live music, pet product vendors, and plenty of adoptable animals. What more could you want from a doggy day out?
Do you love getting out and about with your dog? Want to learn more about how to safely enjoy the great outdoors with your furry friend? If so, this is the event for you! Paws on Pinnacle is held at the West Summit Picnic Area in Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and it features a range of informative programs to teach pet owners how to get outside with their dog. There are agility and working dog demonstrations, as well as the highly-anticipated Howl-O-Ween costume contest for dogs, which is well worth a look. All well-behaved dogs on a leash are invited, so grab your pooch and join in the fun!
Indulge in some Halloween fun with your furry friend at the Good Earth Garden Center. This pet-acular annual event is a wonderful op-paw-tunity to get the whole family together for a great day out! The highlight is a pet costume contest, which always features a host of adorable outfits, but there’s heaps more to see and do throughout the afternoon. Activities include fall-themed photo areas, food and drink, balloons, face painting, stacks of games, and free hot dogs! A number of local rescue groups are also invited to attend, so you can meet some cute, adoptable animals and maybe even find your newest family member.
Love tennis almost as much as you love dogs? Then this is the event for you! Paws at the Net is a USTA sanctioned tournament where guests and their furry friends can enjoy competitive matches and heaps of other dog-friendly games and activities. There’s plenty of food and drink, a dog wash, a microchip clinic, a silent auction, and plenty of adoptable dogs. This paw-some tournament is run to benefit Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals, a local group that rescues and rehomes dogs and cats in need. So if you’re looking to have a ball with your dog, why not head to Rebsamen Tennis Center and check it out?