How to Help

There are many ways to help support Rutherford County PAWS whether it be online or at our shelter. We all love to shop! You can show care and support for your local shelter animals at PAWS by donating. 


Donations not only help our shelter but they also help our rescue partners and clinics caring for thousands of animals every year that come into their facilities. Your generosity will change a shelter pets life everyday. 

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

As you may see, shelters go through a large range of typical equipment and supplies for the pets in their care. Your gently used or new contributes help make things better for the animals in our care as well as rescues and community pets. 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.
We greatly appreciate the sentiment, however we cannot use the items on the list below. 
  • Broken/damaged goods
  • Pillows
  • Mattresses 
  • Comforters 
  • Dog Strollers 
  • Doggy Doors 
  • Baby gates 
  • Any stained items with: paint, oil, etc.

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.

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.