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+ PAWS PET FEST -  Join us for our quarterly, PAWS PET FEST event sponsored by Petco Love! Festivities will be held here at PAWS on Saturday, April 1st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, April 2nd from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Event sponsor, Petco Love has allowed PAWS to WAIVE all adoption fees for adoptable pets. We hope you visit us and bring home a new best friend! For more information, contact PAWS at 615-898-7740 or visit PAWS Facebook Page. 

+ DOG GONE ADOPTION EVENT-   YEEE HAWW, come on down to PAWS for a western style rodeo themed throw-down on Saturday, April 15th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The community "Dog Gone Adoption Event" will be hosted with several local businesses and food trucks in hopes to drive awareness for local shelter pets in need. Come join us for family fun including FREE face painting, popcorn, waters, several festival games, photo booth station, giveaways, costume contest, and MORE! Adoption fees will be waived along with adopters receiving a FREE starter bag of food, an adoption packet, a FREE toy and more! Visit PAWS Facebook Page for more information or call us at 615-898-7740. LET’S GET THESE DOGS GONE!

+ Hot Topic Donation Drive-  PAWS is delighted to announce that NOW thru April 26th Hot Topic is hosting a donation drive for our shelter pets! This company's main mission to #improveeveryday and their goal is to simply improve the lives of PAWS shelter pets through this donation drive. If you would like to donate, Hot Topic has placed a designated donation bin displayed with their logo in the front lobby of PAWS facility located at 285 John R. Rice Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN. 

*Recently adopt a new companion? Make sure to visit a local Petco with your adoption paperwork to receive special coupons & offers! Click here for special "new pet" tips & suggestions on items to purchase for your new pet.

Hours & Location

PAWS is located at 285 John R. Rice Boulevard in Murfreesboro, TN. 

See service hours below (some hours have recently changed):

Front Desk, Adoptions, Reclaims & Animal Viewing 
Monday-Friday, 12-1:30 p.m., 2-6 p.m. *Closed 1:30-2 p.m. for staff lunches & pet rest period.*

Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Sunday, 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. 

*Please arrive prior to 30 minutes before closing time to ensure proper time to complete adoption, reclaim or other front desk services. (Click here for adoption info.)* 

Rabies Vaccination & Microchip Services 

(By Walk-ins Only)
Monday-Thursday 12-1:30 p.m. & 2-4 p.m.; Friday 12-1:30 p.m.

We do not offer vaccines or microchips on weekends.

Pet owner must be present with their government-issued, photo I.D. for vaccinations to be administered at PAWS. Click here for more info about vet services & rabies requirements.

Pet Surrender
Animal Intake/Surrender area is by appointment only. Please call the PAWS Pet Resource Desk at 615-907-DOGS to schedule an appointment to bring in an animal(s). The pet surrender area is closed on Sundays and most holidays - animals can not be accepted at the shelter on such days. Contact the shelter's main line at 615-898-7740 for questions or to inquire about animal control coming to pick up an animal(s). For emergencies, please contact your local Police Department or the Sheriff's Office. Click here for more information about Pet Resource Desk or Animal Intake/Surrender resources & services.

Rutherford County Pet Adoption & Welfare Services 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 & regulations pertaining to control of animals in Rutherford County.