Adoption Information

If you are ready to add a new pet to your family and you want to find one at the Memphis Animal Services Center, COME ON DOWN!

The animals that are recommended for adoption will be found in the adoption areas at the center (shelter). Visit our Cattery/Puppy Room or the Adoption room. Ask our staff or volunteers to help you find the perfect match for your lifestyle. Spend some time with the potential new companion to make sure it would be a good match. Don't forget to consider an adult or older pet. Often, they are beyond some of the demands of puppy or kitten hood. When a decision is reached our staff or volunteer will retrieve the kennel card and proceed to the reception area to fill out the adoption contract. There may be a short consultation session. Once the contract is completely filled out give it to the adoption clerk.

If you are interested in a pet from lost/stray kennel area, you can sign up for a chance to adopt that animal in our sign-up book. This book is found in the adoption clerk's office. Simply ask to put your name down for that animal. If you are first on the list and can be at the center at the time we open for visiting on the release date for that animal you will be considered for that adoption.


The fees for adopting an animal from the Memphis Animal Services Center are $75 for dogs and puppies and $70 for cats and kittens.

The adoption fee covers the following:

Dogs - spay/neuter, distemper/parvo vaccine, deworming for hook worms and round worms, bordetella vaccine, and if they are old enough, rabies vaccine, heartworm testing and micro-chipping for identification.

Cats - spay/neuter, distemper vaccine, deworming for hook worms and round worms, rabies vaccine. For $15 extra you can get a Feline Leukemia, Feline Infectious Virus (FeLV/FIV) test and micro-chipping for identification.

All animals adopted from Memphis Animal Services must be spayed/neutered before they can go home.

In most cases, your new pet can go home the following day or the day after that at the latest. We encourage you to call the next day to see if your pet has had its surgery and can go home. This will help ensure that your new pet stays as healthy as possible.

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