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story.lead_photo.caption FILE PHOTO/FLIP PUTTHOFF Gwen Dobbs (left), library director at Northwest Arkansas Community College, and Catherine Whitten, an NWACC student, savor the scent of a puppy during a pet adoption event at the college. Two dog rescue groups, Fighting for Fido and Big Paws of the Ozarks, brought dogs for students and faculty to pet and adopt. Barks, Brews & Brass on Oct. 24 at Pratt Place Barn in Fayetteville will benefit Big Paws of the Ozarks.

Big Paws of the Ozarks will welcome guests for the Barks, Brews and Brass benefit Oct. 24 at Pratt Place Barn in Fayetteville.

Founded in 2016 by Shannon and Dan Eldridge, the nonprofit organization in Fayetteville is dedicated to rescuing big dogs (40 pounds or larger), which tend to be the hardest to get adopted and therefore longest-term residents in shelters, said Lindsey Roliard, Big Paws Board member.

Barks, Brews & Brass

Who: Big Paws of the Ozarks

What: Dinner, drinks, live music, silent auction, Adoption Alley

When: 6-10 p.m. Oct. 24

Where: Pratt Place Barn in Fayetteville

Tickets: $50

Attire: Casual

Information: (479) 422-9005 or bigpawsozarks.org

Dogs come to the group from local shelters, high-kill shelters in Louisiana and south Arkansas, owner surrenders or are strays. Organizers say veterinary costs are one of their largest expenses. Before new rescues are placed in foster homes, they are examined by a veterinarian, are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and receive a clean bill of health before being adopted. The group also provides food and supplies to foster homes. "Big Paws does not discriminate in rescues on basis of age, pre-existing medical conditions or breed."

The evening benefit will feature dinner, drinks, live music by Crescent City Combo and "Adoption Alley." Volunteers will be on hand with dogs available for adoption. Adventure Subaru has agreed to sponsor fees for adoptions initiated that evening.

-- CARIN SCHOPPMEYER

cschoppmeyer@nwadg.com

NAN Our Town on 10/03/2019

Print Headline: Big Paws need big hearts to flourish

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