Rutherford County Pet Adoption & Welfare Services (PAWS) is urgently seeking forever homes for dozens of pets, including over 60 dogs. With limited staffing and upcoming maintenance that will affect many areas of the shelter, PAWS needs support now more than ever. 

“PAWS is currently in the stages of preparing for very important maintenance that will be conducted over the course of several weeks,” says Director, Michael Gregory. “As it will limit our space as well as alter the operations of the shelter, we are pleading for loving adopters to consider adopting a pet from PAWS soon, so we can continue to help more pets in need in the community.” 

Currently, all adoption fees of available pets at PAWS are waived to forever, loving homes.

Additionally, PAWS is reaching out to animal rescue organizations for help to place many of the shelter dogs in foster homes. However, many rescues are desperately in need of foster volunteers so they can continue to support shelters like PAWS. 

“PAWS is launching ‘Operation: Clear the PAWS Shelter’, an initiative to find homes and placement for the high volume of pets currently at the shelter, especially our ‘long term’ residents”, says Lindsay Frierson, Rutherford County PAWS. “We would love for our local community, Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas to get involved by visiting the shelter, becoming a foster volunteer or sharing about our adoptable pets via our Facebook and Instagram pages, using hashtag ‘#OperationClearthePAWSShelter’. If you are willing to temporarily offer your home to a shelter pet, PAWS would love to connect you with one of our rescue partners!”  

The community can follow and help share about this initiative via the Rutherford County PAWS Facebook and Rutherford County PAWS Instagram pages. 

Those looking for a furry companion or interested in volunteering as a foster, can contact PAWS at 615-898-7740 or email [email protected]. All current pets up for adoption can be viewed on the PAWS website: