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+ PAWS & Pumpkins-  Join us here at PAWS Saturday, September 23rd 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for this year's PAW PESTIVAL! It will be FUN FURRR FALL including food vendors "Pivot Foods", games, face painting, a fun photo booth, and more! Bring the whole family and paint mini pumpkins with us, while supplies last. Don't forget to bring along your furry friends! We hope to see you there.  

+ Empty the Shelters-  Information coming soon!! 

Be 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. 


*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)
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 microchipping or vaccine services for the following dates: Thursday, September 28th and Friday, September 29th. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

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.