Adoption Center Operations

Volunteers staff the adoption center at the Village shelter. Animals are received at intake by an animal control officer. Animals deemed to be adoptable are sent to the veterinarian for sterilizing and vaccinations, then brought into the Adoption Center (AC). From Nov. 1 through Jan. 31 the AC is open 5 days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (closed Wednesday & Sunday). In other months the AC is open to the public six days a week (only closed Sunday) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Adoption coordinators will meet with interested adopters at any other reasonable time by appointment.

We provide essential veterinary care for those cats and dogs deemed adoptable and then find loving permanent homes for all of these pets. We adopt not only to residents of Hot Springs Village, AR, but also families in the central Arkansas area as well as some out-of-state families.

This credit card form can only be used to pay an adoption fee by adopters who have been approved by Adoption Coordinators to adopt a pet. Adoption Fee.

Angel Fund

Angel Fund provides financial aid for emergency vet care to pet owners who cannot afford necessary veterinary care. The fund has been receiving increasing requests because of our prominent spay/neuter effort and our work with the community animals.

Community Animals

Since POA Animal Control can only take in animals from within the Village boundaries, AWL will occasionally take in animals in need from the community surrounding Hot Springs Village. This might include strays located at the east or west gates, feral cats with kittens, animals from our veterinarians, or other special situations. Community animals are treated the same as those coming from Animal Control where AWL gets them ready for adoption and finds them loving homes.


Educational materials are provided to three area school district elementary students. Each year we sponsor an essay contest which focuses on kindness toward animals or related topics.


Foster families provide a temporary home for a pet waiting for its forever home. Being in a foster home allows a pet to live in a loving environment, permitting the foster family to evaluate the animal and to help the animal adjust to life in a home. A foster home is usually less stressful than a shelter since the animal is treated as "one of the family." AWL will pay for all vet expenses and food.

Call Shelley Shepherd for more information and to discuss your role in our life-saving rescue: (314) 520-8674.

Looking Ahead for Pets (LAP) Program

The LAP program provides assistance to residents who must find a new home for their beloved pet using our marketing and advertising resources to facilitate an adoption. Usually these owners find themselves unable to continue to keep the pet because of health or other limitations.

Micro Chipping

A $10 fee will be added to the adoption fee for all dogs who are micro chipped to cover the cost of the chip. AWL does not charge for inserting the chip. Adopters of cats may choose to have the pet micro chipped for a $10 fee. This includes lifetime registration for the pet and a lifetime guardianship feature that tracks the pet back to AWL. Owners simply ensure their contact information is up to date.

This service is available to owners of pets who were previously adopted from AWL for a donation of $40.


Our mission is to reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens that ultimately end up in shelters or as strays. The AWL operates four low-cost two-day clinics a year for low-income pet owners in communities surrounding Hot Springs Village. We also use a voucher system to send clients to two local veterinarians during the times the mobile clinics are not operating.