Our Story

Since our start in 2016, our little rescue for big dogs has continued to grow. From our founding up until 2021, we have helped rescue, rehome, and rehabilitate over 400 dogs in our area and had the pleasure of working with over 70 different foster homes. It is our joy and honor to help these dogs find their forever families. Every dog that comes through our rescue is forever a part of our pack and we are so proud to be a part of their story. 

In 2022, we made a huge step forward for our rescue and moved into a brick and mortar facility in the middle of Fayetteville where we have 4 state of the art kennels, a grooming station, and ample space to host meet and greets for the dogs in our rescue. We are thrilled to be partnered with Off Leash K9 Northwest Arkansas and their amazing team of trainers to not only share this facility space, but offer high quality dog training opportunities to our rescue and Northwest Arkansas community. From this partnership, Big Paws Academy was born. Our academy makes dog training accessible and affordable for our Northwest Arkansas community. Rehabilitation has always been an important part of our mission, and we are thrilled to be able to see this dream of ours come true. 

Our Pack

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Dan + Shannon Eldridge

Founders

Dan + Shannon were the vision and founders behind our rescue. They have dedicated the past 5 years to improving the lives of big dogs in our Northwest Arkansas community. 

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Kayla Mayes

Executive Director

Kayla started with Big Paws as a foster and quickly discovered her passion for animal rescue. With a background as a clinical social worker, Kayla brings a wealth of non-profit knowledge to our rescue as well as a passion for big floof balls.

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Becky Hudson

Foster + Adoption Coordinator

Becky started with Big Paws as a foster, and has adopted 3 Big Paws dog of her own (bringing her pack total to 4!). She works full-time at NWACC and lends her passion and skill set to helping run our entire foster and adoption program!

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Heather DuSoleil

Board Member + Home/Vet Checker

Heather started with Big Paws as a foster (sensing a theme here?) and has a huge love for dogs. She not only volunteers her time and serves on our board of directors but also conducts all of our vet checks and virtual home visits. 

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