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Why Choose Big Paws?

Adopting Your New Best Friend

Adopting a dog is not a decision to take lightly. At Big Paws, we understand the significance of welcoming a new furry family member into your life.


With our commitment to rescuing dogs from overcrowded shelters, providing comprehensive medical care, and offering behavioral support and training, adopting from Big Paws is more than just finding a pet – it's a promise of love, care, and lifelong companionship.


By choosing to adopt from us, you're not only gaining a loyal companion but also making a compassionate choice to give a deserving dog a second chance at a happy, fulfilling life.

Rescue Roots:

Our commitment begins at the source. Big Paws stands out by rescuing dogs exclusively from overcrowded shelters in Northwest Arkansas, helping alleviate strain on local resources.


Behavioral Assessment:

Before joining our program, each dog undergoes a comprehensive behavioral assessment by certified trainers. This ensures we understand their needs and can provide tailored support.

Comprehensive Care:

Adoption fees cover all medical expenses, from routine care to specialized treatments like amputations or heart-worm treatment. We believe every dog deserves a chance at a healthy life.

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Loving Environment:

At Big Paws, waiting for adoption means living in a nurturing home environment. No loud shelters or cold kennels here – our dogs thrive in the warmth of family homes, often alongside other dogs and children.

Training + Support

Every dog in our care receives free training and behavioral support. Our goal is help each dog become the most adoptable version of themselves, setting them up for success in their forever homes.

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Meets + Matches

We love helping make the perfect match between people and dogs! We welcome meet and greets for the whole family – including current pets – to ensure compatibility and smooth transitions into new homes.

Adoption Testimonials

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Don't just take our word for it – hear directly from our adopters about their experience with adopting through Big Paws!



We had the best experience adopting our sweet girl through Big Paws of the Ozarks. Everyone was so kind and helpful! They obviously care so much about finding a good fit for their pups, and I love how they reach out to make sure everything is going well!


Everyone I’ve encountered from Big Paws has been wonderful! Great communication and very accommodating of schedule for meet and greet and pick-up of my pup. I’m a first-time dog owner, so the assistance from the trainer on adoption day and the additional free training session was so helpful! Highly recommend :)


Highly suggest saving a pup through Big Paws! They take any guess work out of it and helped me find my new best bud!
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