Rutherford County,TN PAWS

A 285 John R Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 shelter helping to find loving homes for dogs, cats, rabbits, small animals, reptiles, amphibians, and/or fish, farm-type animals.

Pets at Rutherford County,TN PAWS

  • Any
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Any
  • Baby
  • Puppy
  • Kitten
  • Young
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Any
  • Male
  • Female


Male, Adult
Pit Bull Terrier


Male, Adult
English Bulldog / Pit Bull Terrier


Female, Young
Shar Pei


Female, Adult
Black Mouth Cur


Female, Adult
Black and Tan Coonhound


Male, Adult
Border Collie


Female, Young
Domestic Shorthair


Female, Adult
Pit Bull Terrier


Female, Senior
St. Bernard / German Shepherd Dog


Male, Young
Pit Bull Terrier


Male, Adult
German Shepherd Dog


Male, Adult
Pit Bull Terrier


Male, Adult


Female, Senior
German Shepherd Dog / Labrador Retriever


Male, Adult
Labrador Retriever


Female, Adult
Pit Bull Terrier


Female, Young
Golden Retriever


Male, Adult
Golden Retriever / English (Redtick) Coonhound


Male, Adult
Labrador Retriever / Pointer


Male, Adult
Pit Bull Terrier

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Areas Rutherford County,TN PAWS Serves

Adopters from ALL AREAS are welcome! All available, adoptable pets can be viewed at This page stays up-to-date!

Rutherford County,TN PAWS's 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 on a normal day, fees can range anywhere from $5 to $120. That fee includes parvo/distemper vaccination, rabies vaccination, initial worming, heartworm testing if old enough, and spay/neuter surgery.

Cats are currently on a 'Name-your-own-price' special! Most adopters donate between $20-$50. That fee includes FVRCP vaccination, rabies vaccination, initial worming, Felv/FIV testing, and spay/neuter surgery.

About Rutherford County,TN PAWS

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.

Come Meet Rutherford County,TN PAWS's 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 *10:00 to 3:00 PM. Sunday *noon to 4:00 PM. *Adoptions MUST BE finalized 30 minutes prior to closing. PAWS is closed on 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!

Make a donation to Rutherford County,TN PAWS to help homeless pets find homes