About Rutherford County,TN PAWS
About Our Shelter...
Rutherford County Pet Adoption & Welfare Services (PAWS) is working in partnership with the community to create a safe, healthy and caring environment for both our citizens and animals through education, adoption and courteous, effective enforcement of the Tennessee Codes annotated relating to animals and the rules and regulations pertaining to control of animals in Rutherford County.
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.
Donate to Our Shelter...
PAWS could use donations of Kong stuffers, cat toys, slip lead leashes, pet treats and dog milkbones, printing paper, heavy duty hoses, and more. PAWS now exclusively feeds shelter animals Hill's Science Diet, but will accept any pet food brands, as we service those in need in the community, as well as help our partner animal rescue groups! For more information on donating and how to help, visit-http://paws.rutherfordcountytn.gov/how-to-help.
Come Meet Our Pets...
Rutherford County, TN PAWS
285 John R. Rice Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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!
Our Adoption Process...
See a pet you feel could be your 'fur'ever companion?
You will need to come to the PAWS facility and visit the potential new pal. For dogs, you will be instructed to take the dog out to the one of two play yard areas and get to know each other. Animal specialists or volunteers will also answer questions you may have.
To be approved for adoption:
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.