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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 or neuter, first round of vaccinations, heartworm or FIV/FeLV testing, heartworm treatment (if heartworm positive), rabies immunization/license and a HomeAgain microchip. Please note the adoption fee does not include any booster vaccinations your pet may need.

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

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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 the cats. We also wouldn’t be able to go to adoption events without our volunteers to help with transport and handling the animals. 

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and have attended a volunteer orientation to handle animals on their own. If you are under 16, a parent or guardian can volunteer with you as long as they have also attended an orientation and have a volunteer application on file. Parents or guardians of minors are required to be with the volunteer at all times and have control of any dog they take for a walk. 

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 happy to take applications for foster homes. Foster homes are needed for any age, size or species range 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 is a list of what we are always in need of:

Every Day Shelter Items:

  • 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
Kitten Season Items:

  • 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 as well as adoptions. 

Loose Dog Pick-Up

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 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.