Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
This is a county run facility located in Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro is 30 miles SE of Nashville, TN.
We receive about 20-60 animals EVERY DAY we are open. It is full most of the time, with the majority coming in as strays.
Facility is off of I 24 at Exit 78A. Get off the ramp at 78A. Turn right at the first light which is John R. Rice Blvd.
The building is past Sam's Club and Tractor Supply on the left side of the road. Look for the chain link fencing, a brick building with a big PAWS sign on the side.
Adoption Hours: Monday-Friday *noon to 6:00 PM. Saturday- *11:00 to 2:00 PM. *Adoptions MUST BE finalized 30 minutes prior to closing. PAWS is closed on Sundays and most holidays.
Call us at 615-898-7740. Because we service the entire Rutherford County area, many times you will have to leave a message. Please leave that message including your name, reason for call and best contact number so a PAWS representative may contact you ASAP!
Potential adopters will fill out an application with a staff member while at the facility.
Be sure that other pets in the home are up to date on their rabies vaccinations (ages 3 months+). Your vet will be used as a reference, or you may bring in a signed rabies certificate. PAWS is able to provide rabies vaccinations for $15.
In addition,for those who do not own their home, but rent or live at an apartment complex, staff will have to verify that you are permitted to have the type of pet you are interested in adopting. It is always best to inform rental property owners/staff that PAWS will need to speak with them over the phone.
All pets available for adoption will be spayed or neutered and up to date on all vaccinations.
PAWS runs adoption specials almost every month, but generally, a dog who was spay/neutered with PAWS is $80, and that fee includes parvo/distemper vaccination, rabies vaccination, initial worming, heartworm testing if old enough, and surgery.
A dog who came in already spayed or neutered will be $48 which includes parvo/distemper vaccination, rabies vaccination, initial worming, and heartworm test.
Cats are currently on a 'Name-your-own-price' special! Most adopters donate between $20-$50.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.