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Cat Rescues in Arkansas

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It’s spring in Arkansas. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming and birds are nesting. Spring is definitely the time for new life, and that includes kittens. Fortunately, if you have a stray cat who adopts you, or you find a litter of kittens in your tool shed as I once did, there are many great rescue options in Arkansas. Similarly, if you’re looking to adopt a new feline friend, read on to learn about cat rescues in Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas

Photo: Adoptable kitten from Fabulous Felines NWA

Mew Cat Rescue – Mew Cat Rescue began in 2019 in Bentonville. It is an all volunteer-run foster and adoption network. The group also practices Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR). Since 2019, they’ve facilitated 1421 cat adoptions in Northwest Arkansas.

The Outback Cat House Rescue – The Outback Cat House Rescue is devoted to finding homeless cats forever homes in Northwest Arkansas. The group is based in Rogers.

Wilson Zoo Rescue – Wilson Zoo rescues cats and dogs in the Northwest Arkansas area and holds adoption events at local businesses and keeps its Facebook page updated with available animals. They also have barn cats available for no adoption fee.

Fabulous Felines – Fabulous Felines is a private pet rescue that works with area Petsmart shops to adopt cats into great homes. All cats are fostered in homes until they are adopted. Find available kitties at the Fabulous Felines Facebook and Instagram pages.

Best Friends of Northwest Arkansas – Best Friends of Northwest Arkansas is part of the national group of Best Friends locations working to save animals in local communities. Best Friends of NWA work with local shelters and rescues. The group is building a regional pet resource center in Bentonville and working with NWA Partnership for Animal Welfare (NWA PAW), a group that brings together countless rescues in a common goal to end the killing of healthy animals and provide humane alternatives to every animal.

Paws and Claws Pet Shelter – The Paws and Claws Pet Shelter in Huntsville has helped nearly 500 pets each year find loving homes. The non-profit, no-kill animal rescue is “saving one paw and claw at a time.” Available animals are listed on the website at thepetshelter.org.

Needy Paws Animal Shelter –  Needy Paws in Clarksville is an extension of River Valley Humane Society. Needy Paws is both a not-for-profit organization and a no-kill shelter that works to find homes for every animal in its care and provide services and education to the community. The shelter helps residents of Johnson and Pope County find low-cost spay and neuter services for their pets as well.

Kitties and Kanines Animal Shelter – When Fort Smith lost its animal shelter in 2019, a group of citizens formed Kitties and Kanines to rescue local animals, provide a no-kill alternative and help manage the overpopulation of animals in the area. Visit the website for adoptable animals or how to get involved as a volunteer. The shelter expects to rescue 4,000 animals this year alone.

Lone Pine Ranch Animal Rescue – For 21 years, Lone Pine Ranch has offered a no-kill alternative in Northwest Arkansas. Based in Centerton, the rescue partners with PetCo. to adopt out dogs and cats, and you can visit their pet barn in Centerton to meet animals as well.

Spenser’s Legacy Animal Rescue – Diane Tyler founded Spenser’s Legacy in 2006, named after a tiny kitten she rescued in 2004. Though the kitten, Spenser, only lived four months, Tyler was galvanized to provide a safe haven for all animals who had been abandoned, abused, and neglected. The shelter has adoptable animals and also works to educate the public on best practices with pets.

Blue Moon Cat Sanctuary – Blue Moon is a rescue that provides its cats and kittens a cage-free environment while awaiting adoption. Adoptable cats are available to all Arkansans and cats have been adopted by people in many other states. The rescue now offers an airline delivery option for adopters outside of the local area. Visit valleyofthebluemoon.net for all the information on this unique rescue and available cats.

Fuzzy Hearts Animal Rescue – Fuzzy Hearts takes animals out of kill shelters in Arkansas to keep them available for adoption. Located in Van Buren, Fuzzy Hearts accepts applications for adoption.

Northeast/North Central Arkansas


Photo: Cat for adoption from Fabulous Felines NWA

Have A Heart Pet Shelter – The Have A Heart Shelter in Yellville is a small, volunteer-based group that provides safe, loving care for each animal until it is placed in a home. The group also runs a thrift shop to help fund the shelter.

The Greene County Animal Farm – This rescue is based in Paragould and is an all-volunteer, no-kill rescue that operates by appointment only. Visit their Facebook page for more information and how to contact the farm for pet adoptions.

A Love For Animals Rescue – This Jonesboro non-profit group focuses its efforts on saving dogs and cats from area shelters where the animals haven’t been adopted and face death. The group has animals available for adoption. Visit the website for information on animals and how to assist in the mission of saving animals and finding homes for them.

Central Arkansas


Photo: Fabulous Felines NWA 

ArkanPaws – ArkanPaws, in Conway, adopts many of its animals to other states, but cats are available in Arkansas for adoption. This non-profit group is dedicated to finding great homes for all animals. Visit ArkanPaws.org for available animals.

Out of the Woods Animal Rescue of Arkansas – Out of the Woods in Little Rock rescues animals mainly from more rural areas of the state and makes them available for adoption. Started in 2007, the non-profit group believes “all domesticated animals regardless of their size, breed, color or situation deserve to have a loving home.” Visit the website to fill out an adoption application.

Paws Inn – Paws Inn is a non-profit in Searcy that is currently raising funds to build a shelter on their property. The group already provides animal adoptions, low-cost spay and neuter opportunities and a thrift store that helps fund the organization. Visit pawsinnhaven.com for more information on adoptable animals and how to help.

Feline Rescue and Rehome – Feline Rescue and Rehome (FuRR) of Little Rock, has a long-standing mission to reduce the population of unwanted, stray and feral cats in Arkansas through education, low-cost spay and neuter programs and Trap Neuter Release (TNR) programs. They also have adoptable animals. Contact the group directly to find out more.

South Arkansas

Warm Hearts Humane Society – Warm Hearts is a not-for-profit group in Mt. Ida dedicated to finding every animal in their care a loving home. The group does not have a location. Animals are housed with fosters until they are adopted. Visit the website for adoptable animals.

Guardian Angels Cat Shelter – Since 2001, this cat-specific shelter in Hot Springs has found homes for many kitties. The non-profit also helps Garland County citizens find low-cost spay and neuter options and runs a thrift store to help offset costs. Visit the website for more information.

For the Sake of Animals – Started by Frank and Diana Stockton, this Mena-based group provides shelter for cats, dogs and horses until they can be adopted. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Union County Animal Protection Society – This organization in El Dorado works to adopt cats and dogs to loving homes, provides temporary shelter to animals or finds fosters until the animals are adopted, and educates the public on pet ownership. Find adoptable animals at ucapsshelter.org.

A&B Animal Rescue of Southwest Arkansas – Although this Ashdown-based no-kill non-profit focuses primarily on dogs, they sometimes have cats for adoption as well. Reach out through the website to find out more about adoptable animals.

Not included in this list are the many humane societies across Arkansas that work hard to find great homes for the animals they rescue. You are likely to find a humane society working in your county with a simple internet search.

With so many good options to choose from, you’re in good hands if you’re adopting a new cat. Similarly, if you need a rescue for stray cats that have tried to adopt you, you’re likely to find one nearby that can help. If not, reach out to one of these rescues in Arkansas. Some rescues take in cats from across the state or can direct you to a more local rescue to help. Whether you’re helping save cats from abandonment or providing a forever home, be sure to thank the wonderful volunteers from these cat rescue organizations in Arkansas.

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Kimberly S. Mitchell loves journeys, real or imagined. She has hiked the Inca Trail, walked into Panama on a rickety wooden bridge and once missed the last train of the night in Paris and walked several miles home (with friends). She believes magic can be found in life and books, loves to watch the stars appear, and still dreams of backpacking the world. Now she writes adventures to send her characters on journeys, too. Pen & Quin: International Agents of Intrigue - The Mystery of the Painted Book is her debut novel. Find out more at KSMitchell.com.

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