The Little Rock, Arkansas area is home to almost 200,000 people, and when the human population is that high, there are bound to be homeless animals in need! Fortunately, there are a few different animal shelters and rescues in the area that take in homeless, needy pets.
The Humane Society of Pulaski County is known for having saved over 50,000 pets during a more than 50-year span. As a non-profit shelter, the organization operates due to generous donations, fundraisers, and adoption fees. Since opening, the organization has helped the state of Arkansas make huge strides away from cruel practices, including helping to outlaw the use of decompression chambers to euthanize animals. The shelter is continuously working toward making the Little Rock area no-kill with the hopes of taking it state-wide. The group also helps spay and neuter animals, as well as rid the state of puppy mills.
Rock City Rescue is a rescue that focuses on removing animals from situations of neglect, abuse, or danger. The group is also working to remove high-risk animals from shelters where they are likely to be euthanized. After rescuing these animals, food, shelter, and medical care are provided until these pets can be placed in new, permanent homes. Using foster families, the group is able to help dozens of animals each year. The group started in 2012 and hopes to continue to help animals in need.
If you happen to live in the Little Rock area and are looking to adopt a new pet, consider contacting one of these organizations to find a furry friend to call your own.
If you love spending the afternoon in the great outdoors, and you want a chance to bring your pet along for a fun event, look no further than Paws on Pinnacle! Join other pooches and their owners in October each year at Pinnacle Mountain State Park for a light afternoon hike. Meet at the West Summit Picnic Area at 11 am with your leashed dog to start the day!
After the hike, there will be an agility and a working dog demonstration. There will also be a Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest that your dog can be entered into for a fun, little competition.
The event runs from 11 am to 3 pm, and admission is completely free.
Help the Friends of the Animal Village raise money while spending a day out in the sun with your pooch at the Doggie Paddle Day! Come on down to Jim Dailey Fitness Center and let your dog take a dip in the pool and play with other local pups.
The event is held each October on a Sunday from 2 to 5 pm. It costs $10 per dog, and each human adult is allowed one canine. If you want to enter your pooch in the jump contest, there is an additional $5 fee.
All dogs should be friendly and spayed or neutered. You should bring your dog’s rabies tag to prove that the vaccination is up-to-date.
For National Dog Day, join other Little Rock residents for a virtual run to help raise money for a great cause with the Day of the Dog: Run, Walk, or Jog 5k and 10k virtual race. Leash up your mutt and track your time to participate! The best part is that you can complete the run on your own schedule and then report your time back to the organizers.
It only costs $18, and you can participate in the run on your own time and on your own course. At least 15 percent of the proceeds will go to charity. All participants will receive a medal and a tag for their dog.
In 2017, funds were raised for Freedom Service Dogs of America.
Each November and December, the Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals hosts Paws with Santa Claus at Cammack Village City Hall. Stop by on one of the four dates and get a professional photo of your pet with Santa Claus that can be used for your family Christmas card!
The event is held on two dates in November and two dates in December. In November, you can stop by from 10 am to 5 pm on a specified Saturday. The next day, photos will be available between 12 pm and 5 pm. In early December, there will also be both a Saturday and Sunday portrait session with the same hours.
For a $20 donation, you will receive a professional 5x7 print from the session. There will also be holiday card packages available.
Get your dog in on the Easter fun with the annual Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt at Reservoir Park in Little Rock, Arkansas! With over 5,000 eggs hidden in the area, your dog will have a blast sniffing out great treats and other fun prizes.
Dress your pooch up for the event and participate in the Blessing of the Animals. There will also be live music, games, an Easter bonnet parade, and food! Don’t miss out on the silent auction, where you can bid on great items.
Entry is only $10 per dog, which comes with a doggie goody bag. The event starts at noon.