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Thank you for your interest in saving a life by adopting a pet! As the only open-intake shelter in Memphis, we bring in 25-35 new pets most days, and we need YOUR help to save them! If you don’t see a cat you’re interested in today, check back tomorrow!

We invite you to browse through our online listings of adoptable pets any time of the day or night, or come see us at 2350 Appling City Cove any time during our adoption hours.


Some pets are already available for adoption, and some pets have a date that they may become available for adoption. For pets who come in stray, we are legally required to hold them for three days to give a potential owner a chance to reclaim. For pets who have not yet completed their stray hold, you will see a date that they may become available for adoption if they’re not reclaimed by their owner.


For pets who are available for adoption now, just come to the shelter ASAP to meet them and hopefully adopt! Our adoption hours are 7 days a week from 12-4 p.m., PLUS until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You’ll need your driver’s license as well as the adoption fee in the form of cash or card (we don’t accept checks).


For pets who are not yet available for adoption, you can’t adopt them just yet, but you can put your name on them so that you’ll be in line to adopt. If you see a pet you’re interested in who is not yet available, call us at 901-636-1416 or email us (or let our front desk know, if you’re visiting our facility) to get your name put on the list. We’ll need the animal ID number, as well as your name and phone number. If you are first on the list and can be at the shelter at the time we open on the date that pet becomes available, you will be considered for that adoption.


Pets on the urgent list

Adult dogs (over 5 months) over 30 lbs
Adult cats (over 5 months)

Small dogs 30 lbs & under
Puppies under 5 months
Kittens under 5 months

Dog adoption includes:
Vaccinations for rabies (if old enough), distemper, parvo, and bordetella
Deworming treatment for hookworms and roundworms
Heartworm test (if old enough)
Heartworm treatment (if heartworm-positive and deemed a good candidate by vet)
Customized ID tag

Cat adoption includes:
Vaccinations for rabies and rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia
Deworming treatment for hookworms and roundworms
FeLV test
Customized ID tag

Horse: $250
Large bird: $40
Pig, Goat: $30
Rabbit, Ferret, Small bird: $20
Hamster, Guinea pig, gerbil, snake, lizard: $10
Chicken, rat: $5


Our adoption hours are 7 days a week from 12-4 p.m., PLUS until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you visit us, we invite you to walk through our dog and cat rooms to view all currently adoptable pets. If you need more information about a certain pet or advice about what type of pet would be a good fit, you can ask any of our staff or volunteers for assistance. We invite you to spend time with pets you’re interested in to see who you connect with. 

Once you’ve reached a decision on a pet to adopt, a staff member or volunteer will retrieve the kennel card and proceed with you to the reception area where you can fill out the adoption contract. There may be a short consultation session. Once the contract is completely filled out, you’ll give it to the adoption clerk to process your adoption.


It's a good idea to ask what information we have about a pet, but in many cases, we simply don't know. We rely on previous owners and finders to tell us what they experienced with the pet, and the majority of our intakes come in through our animal services officers, who have spent very little time with the pet before bringing them to the shelter. If we don't have behavioral history from the pet in a home, we have to go on what we see in the shelter, which can be very unreliable.

We always recommend that you bring all family members to meet any potential new pets. If you're adopting a dog, bring the family including your dog(s) provided they're current on vaccines and in generally good health. If you're adopting a cat, bring the human family but please leave the other pets at home.

Since we have limited information about how these pets are with children and other animals, it's SO important to introduce them properly. We think the information below is really helpful in making great introductions:
Introducing new dog to existing dogs
Introducing dog to children
Introducing new dog to cat
Introducing new cat to dog
Introducing a new cat

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