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Animal Shelter

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The Germantown Animal Shelter strives to place homeless dogs and cats into adoptive homes. At capacity, the shelter can house fifteen dogs and twenty-five cats. Animals are only accepted from Germantown residents when space is available. Please note, a $50 fee is assessed for surrendered animals. The Germantown Animal Shelter is also responsible for enforcing all animal-related ordinances. For stray animal pick-up, dead animal pick-up or for more information, call (901) 757-7358.

The shelter is located at 7700 Southern Avenue. Animal control services are provided Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adoption and owner surrender services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Find a pet
Adoption hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Adoption fees are $80 per animal and an Adoption Questionnaire is required. For cats, this fee includes: spay/neuter surgery, first round of vaccinations and rabies, fecal testing/deworming, FIV/FeLV testing and microchipping. For dogs, this fee includes: spay/neuter surgery, first round of vaccinations and rabies, fecal testing/deworming, heartworm testing (treatment if needed) and microchipping. All animals are examined at Germantown Farmington Animal Hospital and medically cleared prior to adoption.

Volunteer at the Shelter 
The shelter welcomes volunteers who walk and bathe dogs, play with cats and help socialize the animals. Volunteers who can assist weekdays are currently needed. Volunteers are required to attend a 20-minute orientation session before interacting with pets. An adult must accompany volunteers under 16 years of age. For more information on volunteering, contact Sandy Hudson at or (901) 757-7358.

Make a Donation
The shelter accepts donations of food and supplies. Preferred foods include Fromm dry dog food, dry Iams cat and kitten food and soft Iams kitten food. Busy bones, choke chains, dog halters, leashes, collars, brushes, pet shampoo, scented cat litter, litter scoops, litter boxes, double sided plastic dishes and blunt-end scissors are also on the shelter's wish list.


Shelter personnel work diligently to place unclaimed animals into new homes. Unfortunately, some animals are simply too ill, injured or aggressive. Humane euthanasia is an option when deemed necessary by staff and veterinary professionals.