Little Rock Animal Village
Give a loving animal a new life!
4500 Kramer Street
Little Rock, AR 72204
Little Rock Animal Village (LRAV) encompasses and houses Little Rock Animal Services. But the “Village” is more than Animal Services, and it’s more than a shelter. We have a learning center for volunteers — with regularly scheduled classes to promote animal welfare and public safety. We have a fully-staffed veterinary clinic that cares for the animals and hosts low-cost spay/neuter services to those who may otherwise not be able to afford it. We also have a beautiful adoption center, five large play yards for dogs, and an army of dedicated staff and volunteers.
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Construction of the “Village”, its programs, promotions and events were all put in place to serve the purposes of increasing adoptions of healthy well adjusted animals and create better lives for the animals in our community while promoting public safety. The Village is also an incredible army of dedicated staff, volunteers and fosterers who share a common goal of SAVING animals’ lives and facilitating as many ADOPTIONS as humanly possible. We constantly look for ways to improve and to build awareness about LRAV. For more information about Little Rock Animal “Services” visit: www.littlerock.org/citydepartments/housing_programs/animalservices/
Hours of Operation
Little Rock Animal Village is open Tuesday-Saturday from 8:00am - 5:00pm (Closed Sunday & Monday). Kennels are open at 10:00 am. If you know the name or ID of a specific animal, staff can assist you at 8am. The shelter is located at 4500 S. Kramer Street in Little Rock. (See map and directions below.)
Be sure to have the ID number so LRAV will know what animals you are referring to. When considering an animal for adoption, take him or her out of the kennel area. For dogs, you may take them to our outside enclosure. Please be aware that when they are comfortable in a home, they will relax, and their personality will be different than in the shelter. If you'd like to see how your own pet(s) will interact with an LRAV animal, we have separate inside and outside enclosures that you may use to introduce them.
It is a state law that an animal can not leave a shelter until sterilized (Arkansas Code 20-19-103 I (1). For animals needing sterilization, they will be altered at the next available time by the LRAV veterinarian.
Adoption Fee: $90
Veterinary services included for Dogs: First exam, Worm check, Worming (if necessary), First vaccinations, Rabies inoculation (city license purchase is not included), First antibiotics, Spay or Neuter, Heartworm check, Worming (if necessary), First vaccinations, Rabies inoculation (city license purchase is not included).
Veterinary services included for Cats: First exam, Worm check, Worming (if necessary), First Vaccinations, Rabies Inoculation (city license purchase is not included), First antibiotics, Spay or neuter, Feline leukemia exam, Feline FIV (older cats).
If you would like to submit an adoption application, download it here.
OUT-OF-AREA ADOPTION & FOSTER
If you are unable to come to the Animal Village to adopt and would need help with transport, you must go through a local rescue group. One of the following local rescue groups would be happy to try to assist you. Please don't forget to provide the LRAV animal ID number.
- Last Chance for Arkansas Animals
- Dogs Only
- Out of the Woods
- All About Labs
- Feline Rescue & Rehome
- Animal Rescue Fund Arkansas
The cost to adopt an animal from LRAV involves the vetting fees, boarding costs (sometimes free fosters are available, or reduced rate boarding), and transportation. The transportation cost depends on where you are located, and can involve a volunteer ground transport, paid ground transport (usually around $125 to the NE US), or air transportation (ask the rescue group that is assisting you for details, but this may be in the range of $125 and up).
If you are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, you may be able to rescue animals directly from LRAV. The LRAV requirements are: 1) Provide LRAV with proof of your organization's 501(c)(3) status. 2) Provide LRAV with a copy of your organization's mission statement (which states your organization's purpose to rescue animals). 3) You must have a local representative (in Pulaski County, Arkansas).
If you do not meet these requirements, contact one of the local rescue groups to assist you. Please don't forget to provide the LRAV animal ID number. Note that for rescue groups as well as adopters all animals must be sterilized. There are no exceptions. When Little Rock Animal Services is contacted for rescue, the animal will be schedule for sterilization. The animal can be picked up between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. the date of the sterilization. If a waiver is given the animal must remain in Pulaski County until it is sterilized. Waivers follow the same process, and a vet appointment will be scheduled upon contact from the rescue. A date will be given to return the animal to the Little Rock Animal Village for sterilization.
If you save one, you save two!
When you foster cats, kittens, dogs, or puppies for the Little Rock Animal Village in your home, you create space for more pets at the shelter. Fostering is the most direct way to help an animal; you are giving it a second chance at life. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, in the city or out in the country, we can find a foster match for you.
- If you want a short-term foster animal, you might want to foster for the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ Program. The Village has a grant from Petsmart Charities that allows us to send dogs and puppies to other states with low shelter populations. "Rescue Waggin" fosters are generally in your home for less than a week.
- If you have training skills (or a desire to learn some) you can take in a dog with a trainable behavior issue such as jumping up, mouthing or food guarding or a cat that is afraid and hides at the back of her cage. Dogs, in particular, have more confidence when they have skills such as knowing how to sit and walk on a leash. Having these skills also makes them more adoptable. You can take the animal in for as long as you can before returning it to The Village or you can promote the animal on your own, to help it find a home.
- Are you the nurturing type? The shelter can be a stressful place, so taking a foster into your home can often speed up the healing process for an animal with a mild infection or one that is recovering from an injury. During the spring and summer we get in hundreds of kittens who aren’t old enough to be put up for adoption, but have already weaned.
If you would like to submit a foster application, download it here.
Volunteering at the Little Rock Animal Village is a great way to show our wonderful animals how much you care. Our volunteers provide countless hours of service at the Little Rock Animal Village – hours that lead to more adoptable animals, more animals sent on the Rescue Waggin’, and more opportunities for the community to know how special our animals are. Below you will find information on our Volunteer Training Program, age requirements for volunteers, how to sign up for our distribution list and important information for volunteers.
Beginner Volunteers: When you volunteer before attending the Red Level 1 training, you will be limited in the tasks you can take on. You will be able to walk adult dogs (on leash, one at a time) in our first row and you can play with the adult cats in the first cat room. Walk-in volunteers are welcome.
Training Classes: Your first step toward becoming a regular volunteer at Little Rock’s premiere animal shelter is to attend the first volunteer training class, "Red Level 1." Our volunteer training program is a color-coded program that helps the staff and other volunteers identify which tasks you have been trained to complete. After your Red Level 1 training, there are three other classes you can take to qualify for more advanced duties at the Village, (Blue, Green and Purple). Each level requires 20 hours of service to advance to the next level. As part of the training, you will receive a “Little Rock Animal Village Volunteer” t-shirt.
If you would like to submit a volunteer application, download it here.
Caring for the animals at the Village requires a lot of supplies. If you'd like to donate supplies to the Village, below is a list of things that are needed. Please deliver them to our location at 4500 Kramer Street in Little Rock. Thank you for your support!
- Volunteers to play with cats
- Foster homes
- Canned cat food
- Powdered KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement)
- Kitten nursing bottles
- Rice bags
- Green or purple yarn
- Radios (electric)
- Electric can opener
- Small electric chopper/food processor
- Grooming supplies (brushes, combs, nail clippers)
- Cat Food
- Volunteers to walk and play with dogs
- Foster homes
- Towels or bedding
- Flea and Tick Shampoo
- Dog food (especially small bite and canned dog food)
Why Help is Needed
LRAV is the city's only municipal animal shelter. Because it is a city shelter, no animal can ever be turned away. Dog, cat, bird or horse... every animal that comes into the shelter must be cared for by LRAV's dedicated staff. The Village is funded primarily by your tax dollars, allowing the City of Little Rock to provide a modern, clean and efficient facility with a trained, caring and dedicated staff. However, this funding only covers the most essential and basic needs. More funding is needed to serve a growing animal population and continue to provide essential services, including veterinary care, from which no animal is turned away. Supporters and donors of “Friends of the Animal Village” help to grow LRAV’s capacity in a variety of ways. Without this support, the Village may struggle to keep pace with the city’s growing need. You can help. First, by ensuring to spay and neuter your pets and telling your friends to do the same. Next, visit LRAV and get involved. Thirdly, help support LRAV by donating to FAV via online donation. 100% of funds and support go to the Little Rock Animal Village and assisting to enhance quality of life for the animals.