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+ PAWS FOR A CAUSE - Join us Saturday, February 11th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for the first annual PAWS FOR A CAUSE event committed to giving community support for all. Given the tremendous amount of donations PAWS receives we created this event to give back to a community who continuously supports our mission to create a safe and caring environment for animals and citizens of Rutherford County. If you are in need of any supplies for your pet, please join us with bags in hand to receive donations such as food, toys, clothing, utensils, carriers and more. 

+ FREE Pet Vaccine -  While supplies last, all pet owners (18 years or older) from any county or area may bring their dog for FREE vaccines, including distemper + parvovirus (DAPPv), thanks to Petco Love! Owners of the pets must be present and complete a liability form and brief survey to receive the service. Note we only offer these services during our walk in Vet hours Monday through Friday. Visit the PAWS Facebook page to learn more.

+ Hot Topic Donation Drive-  NOW thru April 26th Hot Topic is hosting a donation drive for PAWS! Hot Topics main mission to #improveeveryday and their goal for this donation drive is to simply improve the lives of PAWS shelter pets. If you would like to donate, they have placed a designated donation bin displayed with Hot Topics 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.

Due to the Vet being out, PAWS will NOT be offering vaccinations or microchipping services Friday, February 3rd. Thank you for your cooperation. 

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.