Animal Services

Memphis Animal Services offers a wide range of programs & services; including the sheltering of lost and homeless animals, pet adoption and placement, spay/neuter programs, handling of animal control complaints & bite cases, dog licensing, cruelty investigations, public information/humane education, and more. 

To view the monthly statistics for the Memphis Animal Shelter, Click Here.

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The Memphis Animal Shelter houses stray and homeless animals for both the City and County. It is located at 2350 Appling City Cove. Hours of operation are listed below. The public may redeem impounded pets upon payment of required fees. Pet adoption is available and includes spaying/neutering and vaccinations.

Memphis Animal Services New Hours of Operation

Effective 10/4/14 (Click Here)

Memphis Animal Services 2350 Appling City Cove

Memphis, TN 38133

Phone: (901) 636-PAWS (7297)

TTY: (901) 636-PAWS (7297)

Who we are

Memphis Animal Services, or "Animal Shelter" as we are often called, has been around since the early 1950's providing animal services to the City of Memphis and Shelby County. Although primarily a municipal animal care and control department for the City of Memphis, the service center (shelter) does provide for housing and other related animal services for animals from Shelby County. Our mantra has always been protecting people from the dangers and nuisances of uncontrolled animals and keeping animals safe from mistreatment and abuse. Promoting, motivating and enforcing responsible pet ownership is our number one goal.

Contrary to the "limited admission" philosophies of some shelters for companion animals, our shelter has an open door policy. We turn away no animal, regardless of health, temperament, age or condition. Unfortunately, this does not enable us to place every animal in a new home. In reality of course, not all of the animals we take in are good candidates for placement. The sad fact remains however, that many otherwise healthy animals never get adopted because there aren't enough families who want them.

Our philosophy is to keep working at the root causes of pet overpopulation and irresponsible pet ownership - to provide alternatives to indiscriminate breeding of pets, to encourage people to become better pet owners and to make our community a better place for both people and animals.

What we value


  • A balance of enforcement and education promoting responsible pet ownership
  • Homes for animals that are free from mistreatment and abuse
  • Better communications, cooperation and tolerance among neighbors
  • To live peaceably without suffering the nuisances and dangers caused by others' pets
  • Pride in vital service we render to the community
  • The difference of beliefs about the place animals have in our society
  • Sensitivity to the high emotions which accompany animal problems


Animals - Bites, Complaints, Control, Licensing, Vaccinations

Phone: (901) 636-PAWS (7297)

According to State law, all bites must be investigated. All animals who have bitten, regardless of rabies vaccinations, must be quarantined for ten days at the Animal Shelter or veterinary clinic. Complaints regarding dogs, loose animals, etc., should be directed to (901) 362-5310.

Pet owners are required to maintain a current certificate of vaccination against rabies for each dog and cat over three months of age. All dogs over three months of age must be licensed. Dog licenses may be obtained at any veterinary clinic or the Memphis Animal Shelter.

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