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 + FREE Pet Vaccine Clinic - October-November - Petco Love and PAWS are partnering to offer FREE distemper + parvovirus vaccines (DAPPv) for dogs and panleukopenia vaccines (HCP) for cats to ALL pet owners from any county or area! Click here to view the free vaccine schedule or visit the PAWS Facebook page to learn more.

+ Howloween at PAWS - October 13-24 - WAIVED dog adoption fees (dogs currently available and ready to go home) to loving homes! 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.

Hours & Location

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

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.