The Humane Society of
Memphis & Shelby County

Our regular website is taking a cat nap.

Until it's back up and running, you can find all of the information you need to save the lives of animals in Memphis and Shelby County.


The Fast & the Furriest
5K and Walk is back! 

Saturday, March 25 at 8 a.m.
Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County 

Register today to train with your dog, fundraise and save lives at one of the only dog-friendly road races in the Mid-South! 

About the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County

Since 1933, The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County has courageously met the needs of injured, abused and neglected animals and the humans who care for them. The organization firmly believes that the ethical treatment of animals – and the connections forged between humans and animals – strengthen our community. To this end, it offers services including animal adoption, animal training, low-cost veterinary services and community education. 

Dive into the world of animal welfare and learn compassion, responsibility and safety from Humane Society staff and other experts in the animal field. Campers will get hands-on experiences with both dogs and cats as they learn about what makes them unique and what they need from us as their caregivers. The Humane Society Animal Explorer Camp is ideal for children ages 8-12.

Camp activities include tours of our facility, observing daily animal care tasks, training pets with positive reinforcement, making crafts for animals in our care and collaborative lessons with other community partners!

Week 1: May 30 - June 2

Week 2: June 12-15

Week 3: June 26-29

Week 4: July 10-13

Week 5: July 24-27

Adoptable Dogs

With eyes like those, how could you say no to adopting a dog? Take a peek at our list of dogs who are ready for forever homes.

Adoptable Cats

Ready to add a new feline friend to your household? Check out our roster of adoptable cats!

Ready to start the adoption process?

Every adoption at the Humane Society begins with an adoption application – this helps us guide you toward the perfect dog or cat for your family. The adoption application is simple and can be completed entirely online! You're one click away from meeting your new best friend. Check out our adoption rates and specials and then submit your application! 

New Adoption Discounts

A $6 Rabies tag is still required by the city for all applicable animals.

Continued Adoption Discounts

Regular Adoption Fees

Animals like Tatum need your help

Tatum is a 4-month-old puppy who came to the Humane Society on a busy Saturday.  A woman on her way to work saw her stumbling by the side of Stage Road and stopped to help. The poor puppy was covered in wounds, so she rushed her to the Humane Society. 

Our staff jumped into action and found deep puncture wounds that were filled with dirt and leaves from living on the street.  Her spine was nearly visible through one of the injuries and she had a broken jaw which may require surgery. 

Tatum is being treated and will eventually heal and find her forever home.  The good Samaritan who picked up Tatum took the first step in saving her life.  But without YOU, there’s no second step – no veterinarian, no medicines, no place to heal and find love

Our daily operating expenses exceed $6,500. That pays for veterinary care, staff, lights, AC and heating, warm and clean kennels, nutritious food, and love for unwanted animals. At the Humane Society, pets are given as much time as they need to find their forever home. No animal will be euthanized due to lack of space or length of stay. 

Make an appointment to see our veterinarian

We're proud to offer low-cost veterinary care to members of the Mid-South community who need support and receive government assistance. Submit an application below to receive help with spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations or general well-animal care.

How can I help animals in need?

By donating your time, talents and resources to the Humane Society, you'll enrich the lives of countless animals as they prepare for their forever homes. There are a number of ways you can contribute to our lifesaving mission – and you can start today! 



Our shelter is open by appointment only during our regular business hours. You can set an appointment by filling out an adoption application.

Sunday – CLOSED
Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Intake information

Want to learn more about surrendering an animal? You can fill out this form to start the process.