In this article, we’ve featured 10 of the best dog rescues in Tennessee. Continue reading to learn about these rescue centers.
1. Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue (Nashville)
Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization that works hard to rescue and re-home abandoned or unwanted pets across Nashville, Tennessee, and beyond. They are a dedicated no-kill organization that is primarily run by volunteers and depend on donations and fundraising events to raise money for the care of the animals.
Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue relies on dedicated volunteers to care for and house the dogs and cats until a permanent owner can be found. If you’re interested in providing a lifelong home for a dog in need, view the adoptable dogs here. You can donate to Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue here.
2. Sunny Meadows Safe Haven (Memphis)
Sunny Meadows Safe Haven is the largest no-kill animal rescue in the entire mid-south and has been rescuing dogs and cats in need for over a decade. This nonprofit organization is based in Memphis, TN, and provides foster care and rehabilitation for rescued animals until they can be adopted into loving families.
Some dogs enter care as strays, some are surrendered by their owners, and others are rescued from harmful or even life-threatening situations. Every rescued dog receives care, medical attention, and love until they are ready for adoption. To view available dogs, click here. You can donate to Sunny Meadows Safe Haven here.
3. Tennessee Doberman Rescue (Knoxville)
The Tennessee Doberman Rescue is an animal rescue organization that specifically focuses on rescuing Doberman dogs across the south. Based in Knoxville, TN, the organization is run entirely by volunteers and used to be named A Pinsch of Heaven Doberman Rescue. The organization was founded in 2009 and is responsible for the rescue of over 75 dogs each year, usually from neglectful or abusive situations.
Their rescued dogs are treated compassionately and given all necessary medical care prior to being listed for adoption. If you’re interested in adopting, available dogs can be viewed here. Alternatively, you can donate to the Tennessee Doberman Rescue here.
4. Trooper’s Treasures (Chattanooga)
Trooper’s Treasures is a dog rescue based in Chattanooga, TN. They provide support for abandoned, neglected, or abused dogs in and around Chattanooga. The nonprofit organization is run by volunteers who rescue the animals and provide foster care until they can be adopted. Trooper’s Treasures works hard to reduce the number of animals that are surrendered to shelters, and to rescue animals from high-kill shelters and re-home them.
Once rescued, dogs are vaccinated, treated for parasites, and spayed/neutered. Any other medical conditions the animal may have are also dealt with. If you’re interested in adopting from Trooper’s Treasures, you can view the adoptable dogs here. If you want to help the organization, donate here.
5. Critter Cavalry (Franklin)
Based in Franklin, TN, Critter Cavalry is a nonprofit rescue organization that works to reduce pet homelessness. The organization strives to save homeless dogs (and even some cats) from overcrowded, high-kill shelters throughout Tennessee. The rescued animals are placed with foster families until they can be adopted.
The organization is run by dedicated volunteers and funded by private donations. If you’re looking to adopt a dog, you can view Critter Cavalry’s available animals here. There are a number of ways in which you can donate to Critter Cavalry – learn more here.
6. Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue (Nashville)
If you have your heart set on a boxer dog, then Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue has you covered. This nonprofit organization focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of boxer dogs in need throughout Nashville, TN, and the surrounding areas of middle Tennessee. They have been rescuing boxers since 1990 and have a dedicated network of volunteers who make it all possible.
If you’ve read up on boxers and believe that this may be the dog for you, you can view Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue’s available boxers here. The organization is always looking for a little extra help – consider making a donation by visiting this page.
7. New Beginnings Animal Rescue (Memphis)
As the name suggests, New Beginnings Animal Rescue provides new beginnings in loving homes to animals who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Based in Memphis, TN, the nonprofit organization was founded in 2011 and primarily rescues animals from overcrowded shelters in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee.
Many rescued dogs are placed in foster care prior to their adoption, where they also receive any medical care they need. New Beginnings Animal Rescue also strives to promote responsible pet ownership through community programs relating to the importance of spay/neutering, and proper pet care. View adoptable dogs here, or donate here.
8. Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue (Knoxville)
Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue is a breed-specific rescue organization based in Knoxville, TN. They strive to save homeless or abandoned golden retrievers across NE Alabama, SE Kentucky, SW Virginia, and Tennessee. Once rescued, the goldens are fostered until a loving adopter can be found.
The organization was established in 1998 and to date has helped over 700 dogs find new families and loving adopters. Due to high demand, there are currently no dogs available for adoption. However, you can keep checking this page to see when new dogs are listed. For other ways to help, you can foster a dog or donate to Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue.
9. Stewart County Faithful Friends Animal Rescue (Indian Mound)
Founded in 2010, Stewart County Faithful Friends Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization based in Indian Mound, TN. The organization is run by dedicated volunteers who rescue animals in need and provide them with veterinary care and lots of love. Rescued dogs are placed in foster care before being adopted into their forever homes.
As well as rescuing dogs, Stewart County Faithful Friends Animal Rescue also works to educate the public on responsible pet ownership and tries to reduce pet overcrowding by promoting spay/neuter surgeries. View available dogs here, or contact Stewart County Faithful Friends Animal Rescue to learn how to donate.
10. Animal Harbor (Winchester)
Animal Harbor is a limited admission shelter, which means they don’t take in too many dogs and are never overcrowded. This rescue organization is based in Winchester, TN and is run by members of the Franklin County Humane Society – a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving animals.
Animal Harbor was founded in 2003 and was the first organization of its kind in Franklin County. They reduce overpopulation by promoting spay/neuter surgeries and responsible pet ownership. View adoptable dogs here, or donate to Animal Harbor here.
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