Rutherford County PAWS Masthead


285 John R Rice Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Monday - Friday:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Phone: (615) 898-7740
Fax: (615) 898-7994


Success Stories

We adopted Sugar on September 30, 2010. She had two kinds of worms, fleas and a resistant strain of kennel cough. You would never know it now. She is a beautiful, healthy Miniature American Eskimo dog full of life and energy. We love her, and she is the perfect dog for us. We are so happy that we adopted her from Rutherford County Animal Shelter. She has been spayed and is now fully vetted. May all the dogs find homes and be as happy as Sugar is now.

Images of Sugar

I recently adopted a puppy from PAWS and want to say thank you. His name is Murphy (after Murfreesboro). We had recently lost our older dog Skylar and our other dog, Percy, was heartbroken. We decided we would get another and we wanted a rescue dog, and fate must have brought me to PAWS that day. At lunch, I went over to see the dogs and saw this puppy in the lobby. He tugged my heart strings and here he is today. He's happy, playful, and a handful all at the same time. I'm happy to say that this is one animal who's life was changed for the better. Thanks again from all of us.

Image of Murphy

I believe the beautiful dog I adopted is originally from your shelter. I adopted Eva, a brindle Italian greyhound mix who was rescued with her brother a few months ago by Big Fluffy Dogs. We wanted to let you know that this dog is thriving, is spoiled beyond belief and is adored by all who meet her. She now lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. She has yet to meet a stranger, loves everyone and everything she meets. She brings such joy into our lives and we are so happy to have found her. I know things are different down south and that there are so many animals who need good homes, we wanted to thank you for taking care of her until she could be adopted by her forever family. We adore her and wanted to let you know that this dog has found a very loving home and is the center of our lives.

Images of Eva

I was in search of a new friend after the passing of our 16-year-old dog and 17-year-old cat. The minute I walked into Rutherford County P.A.W.S. I was immediately adopted. The cutest little terrier mix jumped up and down – pick me – pick me! I asked about this little girl and was introduced. We went for a little visit outside and she wrapped her paws around my neck, quivering (which she still does). I tried to put her down to let her walk around, but she had other plans: returning to my lap. My heart was hers – she knew how to wrap herself around my heart. We have had Cassidy now for 2 years. She is the princess of the house, with a toy box full of about 30 stuffed toys and bones and two beds of her own, one in the living room and another next to our bed. Cassidy is our forever friend, thank you so much for mending my broken heart and mending her need to be loved!

Photos of Cassidy

I adopted my sweet and spunky Emmie from Rutherford County PAWS. She was a sad skinny little thing at the time. She had been brought to the shelter by her previous owner who said she did not do well with children. I had previously listed my information about what breed of dog I was interested in there at the shelter. Someone from the shelter called me and told me about a young female chihuahua mix that was there. They said she could not go to a home with children which worked out perfectly because I didn't have any children. I came down to the shelter to check her out. I walked in and went straight to the rows of kennels. There on she was on the last row - the love of my life! My eyes welled up with tears and I knew she was my dog!
Emmie, who was named Snoopy while at the shelter, is an amazing dog. We have been through so much together these last five wonderful years. I cannot thank you all enough for calling me that day and bringing Emmie and me together.

Photos of Emmie