How to Help

There are many ways you can help PAWS and the animals who are brought to us!


Donations help the shelter and care for thousands of animals every year. Your generosity will immediately be put to use helping animals.

Click here to Donate Online.

Checks and money orders should be made out to Rutherford County Government. Please indicate if you wish your donation to be used for a specific purpose such as animal food and supplies, animal care, spay/neuter or education.

Send checks to:
285 John R Rice Blvd.
Murfreesboro TN, 37129


Donate Items from our Wish List

Properly sheltering and caring for animals requires a large range of equipment and supplies. Each item you donate helps us direct our financial resources to services and programs. They may be dropped off at the shelter during business hours (or drop off boxes at main entrance anytime) or be delivered to the shelter at:

285 John R. Rice Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Many items on these lists can also be purchased at local pet stores like Petco, PetSmart, Tractor Supply Co., Petsense, online pet stores like, or even Walmart or Target, as additional options.
If you have items not listed that you believe we could use, please contact the shelter at (615) 898-7740 or email [email protected]. Anything the shelter is unable to use, may be forwarded to a rescue organization partner or to help support those in need in the community. Thank you for your contribution!



Buy a Dog Bed

Why not give a gift that will bring comfort to a homeless pet (or two) for years? By donating a Kuranda dog bed to a homeless dog you will provide a dry, soft, comfortable place for them to sleep during their time at the shelter. Donate a bed in your name, or send one as a gift in the name of a friend or family member. Kuranda will mail a personalized Gift Card acknowledgement. 

Our dogs love to sleep on Kuranda Dog beds, but we don't have enough for everyone. If you would like to donate a bed at a special wholesale price for a shelter dog to sleep in comfort, please click here or contact Kuranda at 1-800-494-7122.


Volunteers are a vital part of life here at PAWS. They provide undivided attention to the animals and help staff around the office. To become a volunteer, you must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by your parent or legal guardian. A parent of a friend would not be acceptable as accompaniment, when volunteering at PAWS. 

Click here to find out how you can become a part of Team PAWS!

Bricks for PAWS

Purchase a 4 x 8 Engraved Brick for $50.00. You can engrave up to 3 lines and 13 characters per line. The funds will be used in programs for the education of children on the proper care of animals. Please make checks payable to Rutherford County.