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+ Loving Homes Needed!Currently, all adoption fees are waived to forever, loving homes! PAWS is full with amazing pets who deserve great homes. Click here to view all current pets up for adoption & contact PAWS to learn more. Pets are already spayed/neutered and up to date on their vaccinations! For ease of adoption process, please review the adoption checklist here: PAWS Adoption Info & "Checklist".

+ FREE Pet Vaccines - While supplies last, all pet owners (18 years or older) from any county or area may bring their dog or cat to receive FREE vaccines, including distemper + parvovirus (DAPPv) for dogs and panleukopenia  (HCP/FVRCP) for cats, thanks to Petco Love! Owners of the pets must be present and complete a liability form and brief survey to receive the service. Visit the PAWS Facebook page to learn more.

+ 'Friends On Us' Fridays - Every Friday! - Supported by Petco Love*, adoption fees of available, adoptable pets are waived to approved applicants each Friday. Contact PAWS for special details. \

*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.

+ Altar'd State Mission Mondays - Now thru Jan. 24 - Local clothing store, Altar'd State is partnering with PAWS to raise funds for the shelter - 10% of sales each Monday will be donated to the shelter pets! Make sure to visit them Mondays in the Avenues Mall!


Hours & Location

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

*NOTICE: PAWS is closed January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please direct emergencies only to your local police department/Sherriff's office.*
See service hours below:

Adoptions*, Reclaims* & Animal Viewing
Monday-Friday, 12-6 p.m
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday, 12-4 p.m. 

*Adoptions and reclaims must be processed 30 minutes prior to closing time. Click here for adoption info.

Rabies Vaccination & Microchip Services 

(By Walk-ins Only)
Monday-Thursday, 12-4 p.m. 
Friday, 12-2 p.m.

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.