Misty, the 10-year-old Golden Retriever who inspired the Senior Dogs Project

The Senior Dogs Project
..........."Looking Out for Older Dogs" ...........

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
Sydney Jeanne Seward




Cleveland Animal shelter
360 Hill St Cleveland, TN 37312
(423) 544-1464. Serving Cleveland, Bradley county. Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA. Sherra Mills with Second Chance Pets writes: "I believe all creatures are deserving of second chances. My mission is to re-home the deserving animals from the Cleveland Shelter and give them a chance to share their life and love with a companion." Adoption fee is 35.00$ With 25$ reimbursed upon proof of s/n. 10$ goes towards the rabies vaccine.

In the photo at the left -- This 8-year-old, sweet, neutered male, white Poodle was taken to the veterinarian's office to be euthanized because his guardian is dying of terminal cancer. The veterinarian did not have the heart to euthanize the dog because he is healthy, mellow, and loving. He eventually found a new home, thanks to the efforts of staff and volunteers at the shelter.

Cordova Muttley Crue is a small rescue operating out of private homes, dedicated to giving misplaced, abused, abandoned, and otherwise unwanted pets a second chance for a happy, peaceful life. We are dedicated to helping each adopter find the newest member of the family that will best meet the family's and the pet's needs and lifestyle. We can be reached via our website or at 901-314-3426.
East Tennessee

Almost Home Animal Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up solely of volunteers. Our primary purpose is to rescue mistreated or homeless animals and place them in loving environments. We are based in the East Tennessee area. Almost Home believes that every animal deserves a loving home regardless of appearance, age, or physical limitation. No animal is expendable! We strive to give animals the safe and happy life they deserve. Contact 865-977-0751 or info@almosthometn.net

East Tennessee Valley

The Animal Rescue and Fostering Networks (ARFNets) are networks of animal rescue people in the Blount County and surrounding areas of the East Tennessee Valley. We are working to find loving, permanent homes for abandoned or rescued animals of all kinds.Contact Info: 865-977-0751 info@arfnets.org

Evensville Rhea County Animal Shelter, Evensville ,TN, opened in October of 2008 under the auspices of the Rhea County Sheriff's Department following years of work by concerned citizens and local rescue organizations. The shelter takes in over 100 animals per month and, through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, adopts out as many animals as possible. 9118 Back Valley Road, Evensville. Phone: (413)775-2029. E-mail: RheaCountyAnimalShelter@gmail.com; rcorlowske@yahoo.com

Happy Tales Humane, Franklin, TN is a closed-admission humane shelter for dogs and cats. Their goal is to place as many pets as possible, using screening, both written and verbal. They do not euthanize to make room for new pets. E-mail: drepasy@happytaleshumane.com Phone: 615-791-0827. Debbie Repasy, Shelter Manager. Happy Tales Humane, 230 Franklin Rd., Suite 1303, Franklin, TN 37064


Germantown Animal Shelter is located at 7700 Southern Ave., Germantown, TN. Telephone: 901-757-7358. Hours: 10 - 2:30 Monday through Friday, and 10 - 2 on Saturday. Although they do euthanize, this shelter will keep the animals as long as they don't get full and the animal is not seriously ill or aggressive.


South Paw Animal Rescue and Sanctuary is a small 501c3 non-profit animal rescue founded in 2007. We are an all volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing puppy mill, abandoned, and unwanted small animals. Our volunteers are located throughout the United States and Canada. We are funded soley by charitable donations with 100% going directly to the care and medical needs of the animals we rescue. PO Box 118, Hilham, TN 38568.

Pictured at the left is "Wally," a 12-year-old Pomeranian, recently adopted after being abandoned at the local shelter.

Johnson City The Washington County/Johnson City Animal Control Center is an animal care and control center promoting, motivating and enforcing responsible pet ownership. We strive to place our animals in responsible and loving homes. We work with area rescue groups to find homes for some of our animals. We assist with transport for out of area adoptions. 525 Sells Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37604 423-926-8769. E-mail: jcanimalshelter@embarqmail.com For more information on available dogs such as Heidi, the 8-year-old Shepherd in the photo at the left, click here.
Knoxville Young-Williams Animal Center is the only intake facility in Knox County, taking in nearly 12,000 animals yearly. Young-Williams Animal Center received a grant by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to establish an Adoption Ambassadors program in the community. The Adoption Ambassadors program empowers those who foster animals to become adoption counselors on behalf of Young-Williams. Once they complete program orientations, Ambassadors take home dogs or cats available for adoption and pledge to help those animals find safe and loving homes through word of mouth, social media posts and emails to friends and family. YOUNG WILLIAMS ANIMAL CENTER, 3201 Division Street, Knoxville, TN 37919. Phone: 865-215-6599. E-mail: animalcenter@young-williams.org

The Blount County Humane Society, Maryville, TN is a grass-roots, citizen-based, non-profit "Animal Protection Organization" in the truest and longest traditions of the movement. "We believe that animal protection stands for the preservation of animal life, not the ending of it. Our goal is to make Blount County a no kill community by building a safe shelter that saves our dogs and cats by following the no kill philosophy." Blount County Humane Society, 1005 E. Broadway 37804 Telephone: (865) 233-3739 E-mail: adoptions@blountcountyhumanesociety.org


Memphis Animal Shelter
Most Labs, Rottweilers, Shepherds, and Chows don't make it out of the Memphis Animal Shelter alive, not to mention most older dogs. If you are in a position to adopt a dog, please don't hesitate. The shelter is located at 3456 Tchulahoma Rd., Memphis, TN. Telephone: 901-362-5310. Normal hours are Tues - Fri, 10 to 5; Mon and Sat, 10 to 3. Adoptions till 4:45 and 2:45 respectively. Adoption fee for dogs is $50 -- includes heartworm test, spay/neuter, and rabies, parvo, and distemper vaccinations. Fee for cats is $45 -- includes spay/neuter and vaccinations.

Memphis Memphis Pug Rescue, Memphis, TN Telephone: (901) 606-7833. E-mail: PUGANNAB@YAHOO.COM

Noah's Arc, Talbott and Morristown, TN
Noah's Arc, Inc., is an organization founded in 1991 by a couple of Jefferson County, Tennessee, attorneys as an alternative to the animal shelter. Their purpose is to rescue animals that have been abandoned or abused, provide medical care, find good homes for them, and, in general, to prevent animal overpopulation. Members are citizens who volunteer their help and/or donate money for this purpose.

New Tazewell San Chris Adopt-A-Pet, New Tazewell, TN. Telephone: (423) 626-3821. E-mail: catsmeoew@hotmail.com Pictured at the left is Emily, an English Springer mix, who was recently adopted.
Oakland St. Francis Animal Rescue and Reguge (SFARR) is a non-profit, 501(c)3, no-kill animal rescue and refuge, depending solely on volunteers, adoption fees and donations. SFARR Rescue is dedicated to rescuing abandoned, abused, neglected, injured and sick animals and providing an opportunity for these animals to be adopted into permanent, safe, loving homes. SFARR Refuge provides a permanent safe-haven for animals considered unadoptable because of behavioral and health problems. We hold regular adoption events for our dogs, as all of our dogs and cats are in foster care. Please call 901-482-9921 or check out our website.

All American Dachshund Rescue nationwide headquarters in Nolensville, TN....with a special segment of the site dedicated to senior Dachsies needing homes.

Spring City Sleddog Rescue, Spring City, TN. Telephone: 423-365-6039. E-mail: sleddog @ pobox.com (remove spaces in address before sending)

Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary, Springfield, TN
FFAS is a 501(c )(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected animals in and around the Robertson County TN area. Foster homes are used to house all the animals in their care. Their main goal is to build a sanctuary on a piece of land (preferably donated), to house more animals. Euthanasia is not used as a means of population control.
E-mail: pizza@mindspring.com Address: 3913 Green Rd., Springfield, TN 37172.

If you're looking for a specific breed, please also see the list of breed rescue agencies.