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Adoption fees for all animals are $80 (payable in exact cash or check only). This includes your new pet’s spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, heartworm or FIV/FeLV testing, heartworm treatment (if heartworm positive) and a HomeAgain microchip. Please note, the adoption fee does not include any additional vaccinations your pet may need.

Adoptions must be done in person at the Germantown Animal Shelter. Please allot twenty minutes to complete the adoption process. All potential adopters will be required to complete an adoption application (which can be filled out here). Please be prepared with either proof of home ownership/rental agreement and a veterinary reference or records. If you do not have your current pet’s record, we can contact your veterinary clinic directly.

The Germantown Animal Shelter is a first come first serve facility for adoptions. Animals may be placed on a 24 hour hold after step #4 is completed.

Here’s how the process of adopting an animal from the shelter works:

1.) Any potential adopter must physically meet with the animal they want to adopt.

2.) All family members in the home must meet the animal or be aware that the potential adopter is wanting to adopt an animal.

3.) For all dog adoptions, meet and greets are required if there are other dogs living in the household or are frequent visitors.

4.) The potential adopter must complete the Adoption Questionnaire form and have the form approved by shelter staff.

5.) The adopter will then sign and go over the adoption contract in detail with staff.

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Volunteer Opportunities

General Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways you can volunteer at the Germantown Animal Shelter! Our volunteers help us socialize our animals by walking dogs and playing with cats. Volunteers also assist during off-site events. 

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and have attended a volunteer orientation to handle animals on their own. Volunteers under 16 are welcome too, however, a parent or guardian must be actively present. Parents or guardians are required to be with the volunteer at all times and have primary control of all animals. 

Volunteer orientations are held every Wednesday at 10:00 am and some Saturdays at 10:00 am. Please call the shelter at (901) 757-7358 to schedule your orientation.

Volunteering Hours:

Monday-Friday: 10AM-2PM

Saturday: 9:30AM-1:30PM


We are always is need of foster homes! Foster homes are needed for any age, size or species you are comfortable with. If you are interested in fostering, please stop by the shelter and pick up a foster application! 

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In-Kind Donations

If you would like to donate items or food to the shelter, please be aware that we cannot use opened bags of food or heavily worn items. Here are some items that are always needed:

  • Science Diet Adult Dog Food
  • Science Diet Puppy Food
  • Science Diet Adult Cat Food
  • Science Diet Kitten Food (dry)
  • Science Diet Kitten Food (canned)
  • Busy Bones
  • Dog Collars/Leashes
  • Cat Collars and Toys
  • Pill Pockets
During the spring and summer months (April – August), we also need extra supplies for kittens. These items are commonly needed: 

  • PetAg Kitten Milk Replacer Liquid (not powder)
  • Shallow Disposable Cake Pans
  • Non-clumping Kitty Litter
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Canned Kitten Food
Monetary Donations

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please call us at (901) 757-7358.
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Animal Control Services

As the City of Germantown’s municipal animal shelter, we offer the following animal control services, in addition to animal adoptions. 

At-Large Animals

Dogs running at large are in violation of the City of Germantown’s restraint ordinance. If you see a dog running loose within Germantown city limits, please call us during our business hours at (901) 757-7358. If we are closed, please call the non-emergency Germantown Police at (901) 754-7222.

Dead Animal Pick-Up

If you see a deceased animal on a Germantown public street, please call our office at (901 )757-7358. We cannot pick up dead deer or other large animals, but we will contact Shelby County Roads and Engineering who will do so for us.

Owner Surrenders

We can only accept owner surrenders from Germantown residents, space permitting, for a $50 surrender fee payable in cash only. Be aware that while we try to adopt out as many animals as we can, we are a “kill shelter.” Some animals are simply too ill or aggressive to be adopted and the most humane and safe option (for the animal, and for staff and shelter guests) is humane euthanasia.