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
MSNS is located at the corner of Park Av and Goodman St between Getwell & Highland
West Memphis, AR 870-732-7599
Monthy Clinics PLEASE CALL FOR INFO/APPT
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
Olive Branch Animal Shelter Olive Branch MS (662) 895-4582
Southaven, MS — 5883 Pepperchase, 662-796-2491
Tipton County 8621 Hwy 51 S Brighton, TN (901) 837-5919 HIGH KILL SHELTER
LOW KILL SHELTERS
MSCHS Cat Adoption 901-729-4228
MSCHS Kennel 901-272-1753
Mid-South Rescue Groups, Sanctuaries & No Kill Shelters
Dogs and Cats
FOCAS Lynn Thacker 853-3104, Christy Massey 853-6228 Homeless Animals Relief Project WEBSITE Senatobia MS 662-292-0922 Hoping Hearts Shelter Pet Rescue WEBSITE Memphis TN 901 406 5887 EMAIL
Millingon/Tipton County Judy Notton 835-2249
Pets Alive NO surrenders! rescues shelter dogs at risk of euth ONLY Tipton Treasures WEBSITE Millington TN Tri County Animal Rescue WEBSITE Horn Lake MS 662 393 7529
Cats Only Mid-South
Tom’s Town — 385-0545
Cat Rescue Sites:
Purebreds Plus Cat Rescue WEBSITE Sacramento, CA Phone: (707) 592-8770 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 Cat Rescue Yahoo Group To Post Or Look For Cat For Adoption Manx Rescue Yahoo Group To Post Or Look For Manxs For Adoption
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
DOGS Breed Rescue Sites
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!)
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
Mostly Beagles Rescue WEBSITE Olive Branch MS (901) 336-9553 BICHON RESCUE WEBSITE New Market 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
Dachshunds — Karlene Dent, 901-274-2720
Save A Dachshund WEBSITE Knoxville TN 865 426 8439 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
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 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
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
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
Wolf Creek Weimaraner Rescue Inc. WEBSITE Knoxville TN 865-717-8330
Dog Rescue Yahoo Groups
Terrier Rescue Yahoo Groups dedicated to the rescue of all terrier dogs Westie Rescue USA - Tennessee Cookeville TN 931-432-4981 WEBSITE
Other humane services
Sylvia Cox — Volunteer for Memphis Animal Shelter. Maintains a Web site with
photos of each animal: http://communitywebshots.com/user/sylviacox
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
Other Referral Sites: Other sites with great information include:
list of sites: legislative issues, rescue groups, nat'l groups, & world-wide groups. NETVET-rescue conservation environmental wildlife organizations with sites pertaining to Wildlife Conservation: NETVET-environmental
Resources For Shelters & Sanctuaries
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
Feral Cat Care
Cat Medication & Medicating
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
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
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)
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"
" 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"