A Directory Of Memphis Area Animal Shelters, Rescue Groups & Sanctuaries,
Resources For Those In Animal Rescue & Low Cost Spay Neuter Programs
(If you would like to add your rescue org to this directory, please email Rita at  PurrEver Ranch)

Free & Low Cost Spay/Neuter Programs

MID-SOUTH SPAY & NEUTER (901) 324-3202
MSNS is located at the corner of Park Av and Goodman St between Getwell & Highland

Homeless Animal Relief Project (must live within 100 miles of Mphs) 
Senatobia, MS 662-292-0922  NO SURRENDERS

Arkansans for Animals Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
West Memphis, AR   870-732-7599

Low Cost or Free Spay - Neuter Programs for CATS in the United States

These public-funded organizations take in stray animals or pets surrendered by their owners.  
ALL are KILL shelters.
Memphis — 3456 Tchulahoma, 362-5310  HIGH KILL SHELTER
Bartlett---5220 Shelter Run Lane, 385-5570
Collierville — 603 E. South St., 901-457-2670
Desota County Nesbit MS   662-429-5013  EMAIL 
Germantown — 7700 Southern Ave., 757-7358  EMAIL
Horn Lake, MS — 6520 Center E., 662-393-5857 Email  HIGH KILL SHELTER
Marion, AR 1001 L. H. Polk  (870) 739-5412 Email
Marshall County Humane Society  662-564-2900.
Olive Branch Humane Society, MS — 7100 Stateline Rd., 662-895-5328 EMAIL
Olive Branch Animal Shelter Olive Branch MS (662) 895-4582
Oxford Animal Shelter 559 Hwy 7 South Oxford, MS  38655  Phone (601) 236-7631
Southaven, MS — 5883 Pepperchase, 662-796-2491
Tipton County   8621 Hwy 51 S Brighton, TN   (901) 837-5919 HIGH KILL SHELTER
West Memphis, AR — 500 Rushing Rd., 870-732-7599

Memphis Shelby County Humane Society 2238 Central, 901-276-7770
MSCHS Cat Adoption 901-729-4228
MSCHS Kennel 901-272-1753

Mid-South Rescue Groups, Sanctuaries & No Kill Shelters

Dogs and Cats
Desota Animal Rescue Society Horn Lake 662-342-9448
Fayette County Animal Assoc Delores Provow 901-854-2565  EMAIL
Forest City Humane Society, Forest City AR   870 633 1190
Germantown Animal Rescue  901-755-4632 EMAIL
Gracie's Pets 901-314-3426  Email
Guardian Angel Pet Rescue — 358-8700
Homeless Animals Relief ProjecWEBSITE  Senatobia MS 662-292-0922
Hoping Hearts Shelter Pet Rescue WEBSITE Memphis TN 901 406 5887  EMAIL
Horse Creek Wildlife Sanctuary and Animal Refuge, Hardin County
Millingon/Tipton County Judy Notton  835-2249
MidSouth Animal Rescue Leaque Linda Money  503-0162
No Borders Pet Rescue, Marshall MS 662-252-6407,662-564-3605, 662-893-0023
Open Paws Pet Rescue — 486-5932
Patches of Sunshine
Pets Alive NO surrenders! rescues shelter dogs at risk of euth ONLY
Pets 4 You Millington, TN  901-872-8486 Mail
Rainbow Ridge Rescue 837-4870  485-6706
Save1Pet  WEBSITE  Olive Branch MS
St. Francis Animal Rescue Refuge —Oakland, TN 901-465-1711   EMAIL
Sunny Meadows Safe Haven — 4066 New Getwell Rd., 363-7233
Tipton Treasures  WEBSITE  Millington TN
Tri County Animal Rescue WEBSITE  Horn Lake MS 662 393 7529

Cats Only Mid-South
Home 2 Cats — 756-0681
House of Mews — 944 S. Cooper, 272-3777 Elain Harvey
Kitties For Keeps Cordova TN Email 
Mewtopia — 734 Mt. Moriah, 503-9328  Lisa Weaver EMAIL
PurrEver Ranch NO surrenders! rescues geriaric cats (12+) at risk of euth only EMAIL WE ARE FULL!
Purrfect Match Cat Adoptions Germantown TN, 901-230-6119 EMAIL
Rowdy’s Rescues — 729-2967
Tom’s Town — 385-0545

Cat Rescue Sites:
Cat Rescue By Breed (Great Site!)
Online Shelters & Rescue Facilities Nationwide cat breed rescue:
Cat Fanciers-rescue  worldwide list cat rescuers
Judith Berman's Katsation plus rescue organizations, vet & general info
(Breed Directory--some nationwide rescue)
Maine Coon
Persian, Exotic & Himalayan Rescue Atlanta  904 269-0435  Lisa James
Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue WEBSITE  Sacramento, CA Phone: (707) 592-8770
Siamese Rescue (there is a local  memphis contact thru the VA office email
Siamese Cat Rescue Center  WEBSITE Maryville TN 540-672-6373
Purebred Cats needing REHOMING from Individuals
A place to post pictures for anyone looking to rehome or adopt a Purebred Cat
A place to post pictures for anyone looking to rehome or adopt a Purrbred Senior Kittizen
A place to post pictures for anyone looking to rehome or adopt a special needs Purebred Cat 

Cat Rescue Yahoo Groups: (Great Places To Post A Cat Needing a Home Or Look For A Kitty)
ADOPT A CAT  Yahoo Group For Rescue Groups Trying To Place Cats For Adoption
Bengal Cat Rescue  Yahoo Group To Post/Look or Find a Bengal
Cats Needing Homes Yahoo Group To Post or Look For A Cat for Adoption
Cat Rescue  Yahoo Group To Post Or Look For Cat For Adoption
Disabled Cat Rescue  Yahoo Groups Helping Disabled Cats In Need & Rescue
FELV & FIV + Cat Rescue  Yahoo Group helping FELV & FIV+ Kitties Find Homes
Manx Rescue  Yahoo Group To Post Or Look For Manxs For Adoption
Maine Coon Alliance Rescue Network  Yahoo Group To Post/Look or Find a Maine Coon
Persian Rescue Network   Yahoo Group To Post/Look or Find A Persian
Dr. Linda Mercer CFA Rescue President Moderator & Owner, The Persian Rescue Email list
Phone (rescue emergencies only please): (888) 303-9454 [toll free] 
PuRRS is a Yahoo Group for the rescue of purebred cats, and their lookalikes
Scottish Fold Rescue Yahoo Groups For the Rescue of Scottish Fold
Senior Cat Rescue Yahoo Group To Post/Look or Find A Senior
Siamese & Colorpoint Rescue Yahoo Group To Post/Look or Find A Siamese/Colorpoint
Special Needs Feline Rescue  Yahoo Group to help all disabled/health/elder problem cats find  homes

DOGS Breed Rescue Sites
US Online Breed Rescue Directory
AKC Breed Rescue Directory
Breed Rescue Quick Phone Numbers

Dogs Only Mid-South
Adoptions by Lori — Lori Frezza, 829-3040
Good Dog Rescue  WEBSITE  Memphis TN 901-276-7751

Mid-South Dog Breed Rescue
Afghan Hound Club of America Rescue National Hotline 877-AF-RESCU (MEMPHIS!)
E-Mail: abramson@netten.net (Larry and Michele Abramson)
Airedale Terrier Mary Twaler Dams (Nashville) 615-331-4315 - email:
Akitas — Tom Richardson, 373-4554
American Brittany Rescue  WEBSITE  Memphis TN 901-465-9923
Eskie Rescuers United American Eskimo Dog Rescue, Inc. WEBSITE
Bassett hounds — Clare and Randall Jackson, 662-838-4732
Hannah's Beagle Haven WEBSITE Columibia TN EMAIL only
Mostly Beagles Rescue WEBSITE  Olive Branch MS (901) 336-9553
Border Collies West TN Border Collie Rescue Cordova, TN
Boston terriers — Dr. Lisa Godfrey-VanNostrand, 901-758-1691
Southern Cross Boston Terrier Rescue  WEBSITE Nashville TN 260-414-7109
Boxers — Joan Welch, 870-739-1145; Shirley Sehar, 901-388-5125
Cocker Spaniels Mid-South Cocker Spaniel Rescue  EMAIL
Collie Rescue Lynn M. Corley or Ann Bartrem  901-921-3610
Dachshunds — Karlene Dent, 901-274-2720
Save A Dachshund WEBSITE Knoxville TN 865 426 8439
Dalmation Rescue of Middle TN Email: doc1@netease.net
Doberman Pinscher Club of Memphis— Mickey Sowell, 372-1204; Cathy Jones, 731-658-3230 EMAIL
Golden retrievers — Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue, WEBSITE 901-755-5607; Maie Meerkamper, 901-384-9542
A Second Chance Great Pyrenees Rescue http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/TN275.html Greeneville TN EMAIL ONLY
Mid-South Great Pyrenees Rescue WEBSITE  Nashville TN 615-789-6054
Greyhound Pets of America/Nashville  WEBSITE Goodlettsville TN 615.269.4088
Irish Setter Rescue Save Our Setters, Inc,  Alissa Thomas, Memphis Office EMAIL 901-827-3563
Jack Russell terriers — River City Jack Russell Terrier Club, Margaret Byrd, 662-895-7864
Jack Russell Rescue  WEBSITE Olive Branch MS
RUSSELL RESCUE Columbia TN 931-388-5113  WEBSITE
Keeshonds — Mid-South Keeshond Rescue, WEBSITE Greg Stevens, 753-8061
Labradors Labs4Rescue Rescues all kinds of labs & lab mixes EMAIL
Lhasa Apso Southern Rescue, Linda Chance 601-794-6974
Lhasa Apso Southern Rescue, Inc.  Knoxville TN 1-800-485-0981 WEBSITE
Mastiffs — Barbara Noe, 662-895-4416
Newfoundlands — Anne Snowden, Newfoundland Club of America, Tennessee Rescue, 685-5933;
Tom Richardson, 901-373-4554
Pit Bull breed rescue, Hearts of Gold Pit Rescue Memphis TN
Pomeranian Rescues WEBSITE
Pugs Pug Rescue of Memphis, Anna Basco, 901-299-7136
Rat Terriers— Ratbone Rescue, Crystal Billingsley, 901-351-1709, 662-280-2108
Schnauzers — Minetry Apperson, 901-767-5378
Schnauzer Rescue NASHVILLE  franklin TN Laura Kelly  EMAIL
Tennessee Scottish Terrier Rescue WEBSITE  Baxter TN 931-858-4790
Save Our Setters Inc.  WEBSITE  Memphis TN 901-827-3563
Sharpeis — Jean Chancellor, 901-761-0845
Fresh Start Sheltie Rescue WEBSITE Bartlett TN 901-734-5414
Middle Tennessee Sheltie Rescue WEBSITE Antioch TN 615-832-7530
Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties)Shetland Sheepdog Club of Memphis, Dawn Pecora, 454-5888
Shih tzu— Shih tzu and Small Paws Rescue, Donna Hadley, 901-861-1284. Besides Shih tzus, the group rescues some small-breed dogs, including lhasa apsos and terrier mixes.
Shih-Tzu Rescue  WEBSITE Memphis TN 662-893-1037
Siberian huskies MUSH R— Tish Brockmire, 628-8474 EMAIL
Silky terriers—Mary Hurley, 662-233-2380
Teenie Paws Toy Rescue We rescue All toy breeds in GA, AL, MS, FL, TN, VA Shari Hill (706) 957-4510
Natl SAINT BERNARD RESCUE Foundation TN 901-730-1962
Wolf Creek Weimaraner Rescue Inc. WEBSITE  Knoxville TN 865-717-8330

Dog Rescue Yahoo Groups
Adopt A LAB  Yahoo Group To Post/Look or Find a Lab
Border Collie Rescue  Yahoo Group for Border Collie Rescue
Boston Terrier Rescue  Yahoo Group for Boston Terriers
Canine Rescue  Yahoo Groups For Dogs Needing Homes
Dogs Needing Homes Yahoo Groups For Dogs NEEDING homes
Jack Russell Terrier Rescue Yahoo Group For JRTs
Old Dog Rescue  Yahoo Group For the rescue of all senior/old dogs
Pekingese Dog Rescue Yahoo Group For Pekingese Dogs
Poodle Rescue Yahoo Group For Poodles & Poodle Mixes
Rottweiler Rescue Yahoo Group For Rotts
Senior Dog Rescue  Yahoo Group dedicated to the rescue of senior dogs
Terrier Rescue  Yahoo Groups dedicated to the rescue of all terrier dogs
Westie Rescue USA - Tennessee  Cookeville TN 931-432-4981 WEBSITE
Yorkieland  Yahoo Group for Yorkie Rescue

Other humane services

Sylvia Cox — Volunteer for Memphis Animal Shelter. Maintains a Web site with
photos of each animal: http://communitywebshots.com/user/sylviacox

by state: Hugs for Homeless Animals-USA 
by state: Creatures-StateGuide
by state: Haldago Bay
by state: Laird
national organizations: All For Animals-Nat'l Groups
national list: Cat Fanciers-shelters

Horse Haven of TN Knoxville TN 37940  (865) 609-4030
Horse Rescue Directory

Ark RAIN Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary    Brownsville, TN  1-888-275-7246
Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.
9855 Green River Rd., Lake Cormorant, MS 38641
Telephone: (662) 429-5105; Fax: (662) 429-0044; Email
BUNNY RESCUE: Columbia TN (615)260-3808  WEBSITE
Kat's Kritters Guinea Pig Rescue WEBSITE
Kimbers Kritters, Parrot & Exotic Animal Rescue  WEBSITE Nashville TN
Raisins From Heaven Ferret Rescue Sanctuary WEBSITE Hernando TN 901-335-6536
Rabbitwise (Memphis)  WEBSITE

Other Referral Sites: Other sites with great information include:
The Pet Gazette   Spreading the word about homeless animals. 

list of sites: legislative issues, rescue groups, nat'l groups, & world-wide groups. NETVET-rescue
commercial sites to Fort dodge, Fleabusters, Avid...: NETVET-commercial
conservation environmental wildlife organizations with sites pertaining to Wildlife Conservation: NETVET-environmental

Resources For Shelters & Sanctuaries

The Emotional Life of Cats: A Manual for. Improving the Psychological Well-being of Shelter Cats
Animal Sheltering Magazine Jan/Feb 2005

Manual of cat shelter care (great for all cat sanctuaries/shelters/etc

Info on caregiving for very young abandoned or orphaned kittens
Hand-Raising Orphaned or Rescued Kittens

Feral Cat Care
Tips For Taming Feral Cats & Kittens  Stanford Univ
Feral Cats To Lap Cats Using TT.E.A.M. / TTOUCH
Feral Cat Socialization
Taming Feral Kittens & Cats by Sarah Hartwell
Taming Free-Roaming Cats
BOOK Available "Taming The Feral Cat"

Cat Medication & Medicating
Medicating With Baby Food
Turning A Pill Into Liquid Medication
Vet Abbreviations

Handling Shelter Cats & Assessing Their Behavior

Shelter Cats: The Behavioral Implications of Long Term Stay, and Methods of Alleviating Stress

Minimal Mental Health Requirements for Cats (& Dogs)  OPEN PAWS

Guide To Rescue Cats
Including Resource Lists, Information, and Common Senseby Sue Freeman

Shelter management issues

Shelter Design for Cats

Behavior Problems and Long-Term Housing of Shelter Dogs

UC Davis Of Vet Med Shelter Protocols

Using Bleach In A Cattery

So You Think You're Ready for Rescue Work?
An article from VetCentric.

When Helping Becomes Hoarding
When does the desire to help animals spill over into a serious psychiatric condition? Panicked cats were flying everywhere throughout the house; piles of cat waste and old empty food containers lay all around the floors. .I had seen stories about people like Doris on the news, but this was the first time I was to see the full effects of a mental condition known as Animal Hoarding. An article by Faith Maloney from Best Friends Magazine, January 2000 issue.

Becoming a Foster Home
How you can save a life by giving a temporary home to a foster animal.

Protocols of Practice
Basic outline of all protocols in place at The Gabriel Foundation.

Become an Accredited Sanctuary
Information on how to acheive accreditation through The Association of Sanctuaries, which accredits superior animal sanctuaries and rescue organizations.

TAOS Regional Training Workshops for Animal Sanctuary Managers and Boards
A schedule of workshops and training conferences for individuals and groups working in animal sanctuaries and shelters.

The American Sanctuary Association
Click "Join ASA Today" for info on accreditation.
Click "Conferences & Current Events" for info on upcoming educational conferences.

Information on Animal Hoarding

Animal Hoarding
The Tufts University site regarding animal hoarding.

A public health problem veterinarians can take a lead role in solving.
From the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Oct. 15, 2002.

Knowing When to Say When
Rescuers devote time, money and energy to saving homeless animals, often out of nothing more than a love for pets. But the luxury of saying "no" is less a benefit than a hardship. No one wants to turn down an animal.   An article by VetCentric

ABRAHAM--Human died, then his guardian died.  He was thrown outside to fend for himself.  Infested with fleas & starving
PurrEver Ranch
(A Hospice For Senior Kittizens
& Home For Wayward Pussycats)

is a place of refuge for cats that would otherwise perish
- the old, the abandoned, the abused, the sick & the suffering.
We are the last hope, the last embrace, the last love, the last human.
The last goodbye.

Click here for PURR joy!
The Reason

To you, from all your rescue cats...
I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my claws in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don't care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted,
skin that isn't flea bitten, good food and enough of it,
beds to sleep on,
someone to love me, to show me I deserve love
just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me...
You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other cats like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it
When there is no more money,
no more room,
no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger,
stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more room...to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.
I am the reason
The cats before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you.
Author Jim Willis
(changes were modified to cats)
Rose, Approx 18, found taped inside a box.

Most pass her by
Without a second thought.
Others say out loud
“What a pretty cat.”

She darts, she stares.
She swishes her tail.
Some say as if to care
“Oh, that poor cat”

To most she is just
“That cat”
A moment of concern
Then forgotten in the next.

To me, she is beautiful
Wild and free
Sharing her cat smile
To me, she is “Darling.”

--rita cockrell wood
purrever ranch
for my fav feral, darling
Sherry L. Rout
ASPCA Legislative Liaison
Southern Region
P.O. Box 111270
Memphis, TN   38111
901-458-5768 Fax

Sherry's position with the ASPCA is the promotion of spay/neuter programs and spay/neuter legislation, state and local level legislation/ ordinances with an emphasis on anti-cruelty legislation and assistance in cruelty cases when appropriate as a resource for humane investigators, prosecutors and judges.

Sherry's  region includes 12 southern states and during the months of January through July, when the legislatures are in session, her main priority is lobbying at the state level.  She does a great deal of traveling to state capitols during these months and may not be as accessible as later in the year.

Rescue Poems & Encouragement

How To Keep Cats Out Of The Yard
Lysol & Pine-Sol Can Be FATAL to Cats!

Anything ending in "sol" contains phenol which can be fatal to cats.
(Some symptoms are vomiting & diarhhea or flu-like behavior.)
In Europe, there is a warning on products that contain phenol.  Phenol is also extremely FLAMABLE.     Most Animal Shelters have banned Lysol & Pine-Sol.

"Cats may inadvertently walk through toxic solutions, which they later ingest when grooming. One household hazard is phenol, a highly toxic compound derived from coal tar, which is sometimes used in a dilute form in disinfectants and antiseptics (in Lysol, for instance)."

"Disinfectants containing phenols are extremely;toxic to some animals, including cats and reptiles"
http://tinyurl.com/2rprh8         (animalsheltering.org)

" put a cat's life at risk, as can products that contain distilled coal tars, such as certain shampoos and disinfectants such as Lysol".

"As acid derivatives phenolic compounds are potentially corrosive and prolonged skin exposures can cause severe skin irritation or burns. If the animals ingest or groom material off contaminated skin they may develop irritation or burns of the mouth and tongue as well. They may therefore vomit or salivate excessively. In severe exposures such substances could be absorbed across damaged skin and cause systemic signs such as breathing difficulties, hyperthermia or even shock."

One household hazard is phenol, a highly toxic compound derived from coal tar, which is sometimes used in a dilute form in disinfectants and antiseptics (in Lysol, for instance). 

"other common household substances that should be used with caution in areas where cats may be exposed to them include mothballs and other naphthalene products,as well as phenol based products often used for cleaning and disinfecting near cats' feeding areas or litter boxes, such as Pine-Sol, Dettol (Lysol), hexachlorophene, etc.which, although they are widely used without problem, have been sometimes seen to be fatal."

"Lysol and other Phenolic disinfectants are toxic to cats"