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MAS Launches Community Program to get Dogs and People Walking Together

Memphis Animal Services is thrilled to announce, “Walk Me, Mane!” an exciting volunteer opportunity for animal lovers and fitness enthusiasts alike. The Bluff City Canine Crew invites the public to join us on June 8 from 8-10 a.m. at MAS, located at 2350 Appling City Cove, Memphis, TN 38133, for a heartwarming event where you can walk or run with our shelter dogs.
This unique event aims to keep our shelter dogs happy and healthy while giving volunteers a chance to stay active and enjoy the company of some lovable pups.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or prefer a leisurely stroll, your participation is invaluable. Join us and be a hero to these lovable pups. To register, visit



 Memphis Animal Services Extends Public Hours

In an effort to increase accessibility for the public and positive outcomes for the pets in our care, Memphis Animal Services is piloting extended public hours. MAS will now offer 10 more evening hours each week during which pets can be reclaimed or meet potential adopters, fosters, or rescues. The new public hours for MAS will be Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m, effective January 6, 2024.

As always, if you see a pet you believe is yours and you cannot make it during any public hours, please contact MAS as soon as possible, and we will work with your schedule to reclaim your pet. Memphis Animal Services can be contacted via email at [email protected] or phone at 901-636-1416.



MAS free vaccine clinic served nearly 500 pets in December thanks to Petco Love and Best Friends Animal Society support

On December 2, Memphis Animal Services provided services to almost 500 community pets at our public vaccine and microchip clinic at the Southland Mall.

Thanks to Petco Love’s Vaccinated and Loved campaign, we were able to provide free distemper/parvo combo vaccines for dogs and FVRCP vaccines for cats. We also offered free rabies vaccines and free microchips.

Thanks to generous support from Best Friends Animal Society, we were able to partner with Dr. Amy Moffatt with MobileVet Memphis in order to take our event offsite into the community.

Many thanks to our friends at the Shelby County Health Department for connecting us to the Southland Mall for what turned out to be a spectacular location for a MASSIVE turnout! And thanks to Southland Mall for allowing us to host it there.

Thanks to these wonderful national and community partnerships, we plan to continue this public outreach with more vaccine clinics in January and February!



Memphis Animal Services adopts out 212 pets in 12 Hours at the 3rd Annual 12 Hours of Christmas

MAS stayed open for 12 straight hours on Saturday, December 16, so we could work our holiday magic and find as many dogs and cats as possible their forever homes!  Adopters were able to give the gift of a family for no adoption fee–plus, Santa had some special surprises for everyone who adopted at the event:

🎁 $50 gift card to a pet supply store*
🎁 Gift from under the Christmas tree
🎁 Holiday family photo
🎁 Goodie bag with freebies like pet food, food scoops, and more
🎁 The first 60 pets adopted got a certificate for a free vet exam at participating local veterinarians, and all pets after that got a certificate for a discounted vet exam at participating local veterinarians.
*We had so many adoptions we had to re-order our gift cards!

We also served delicious hot chocolate to keep our human guests warm and cozy, and Santa himself spent the day with us, even though he’s so busy this time of year.

Memphis Animal Services Teams Up with BISSELL Pet Foundation to “Empty the Shelters” from October 1-15 during the nation’s largest funded adoption event

Memphis Animal Services will offer $10 adoption fees for all dogs and cats available at the shelter at 2350 Appling City Cove from October 1-15. There are currently more than 325 pets onsite in MAS’s care. MAS’s typical adoption fees for dogs and cats vary from $20 to $80 and include age-appropriate vaccines, spay/neuter, microchip, heartworm test and treatment medications if needed (dogs), collar/leash, and customized ID tag. Interested adopters can find hours, location, adoption process, and available pets online at

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event is the largest funded adoption event in the country. With a goal of encouraging more families to choose adoption, this lifesaving effort has helped more than 190,000 pets find loving homes since 2016. As BISSELL Pet Foundation’s largest program, a total of 687 animal welfare organizations in 49 states and Canada have participated throughout the years. During BISSELL Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” quarterly national events, an average of 1,225 shelter pets are adopted each day.  

“Our nation’s animal shelters are facing an overcrowding crisis unlike anything we have experienced in more than a decade. The devastating increase in owner surrenders and stray intakes has left tens of thousands of socialized, house-trained, and leash-trained pets desperate to find a home,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Our Fall National ‘Empty the Shelters’ will support the adoption of thousands of pets across the country, helping shelters in this critical time. Opening your home to a shelter pet saves a life and creates space to give another pet a chance.”

Memphis Animal Services has participated in about 15 Empty the Shelters national adoption events since 2019. The shelter is located at 2350 Appling City Cove and is open seven days a week from 12 to 4 p.m.

“We’re so grateful for our ongoing partnership with BISSELL Pet Foundation,” said Ty Coleman, MAS Interim Director. “We always look forward to seeing the new families created during Empty the Shelters events.”

Memphis Animal Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ty Coleman as our new Interim Director

Memphis Animal Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ty Coleman as our new Interim Director. With over a decade of dedicated experience in animal welfare and a track record of exceptional leadership in various capacities, Coleman brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our organization.
Coleman’s career in animal services has been marked by significant achievements and a commitment to improving the well-being of animals and their communities. His previous roles as Animal Services Manager for the City of Midland, Animal Services Director for the City of Sherman, and Supervisor II (Field) for the City of Dallas Animal Services have provided him with the skills and insights necessary to excel in this pivotal position.
Coleman’s experience, dedication, and passion for animal welfare make him a valuable addition to our team. We are confident that under his leadership, our Animal Services department will continue to thrive, and our community will benefit from his commitment to improving the lives of both pets and people in Memphis.
Ty Coleman’s appointment is effective September 5, 2023, and we look forward to working together with partners like you to advance the mission and goals of MAS.

Lawrence Higginbottom, agente del MAS, nombrado agente de control de animales del año por la NACA

(View) The National Animal Care & Control Association understands that the work done by animal care and control professionals across the country is physically and emotionally demanding and requires individuals of the strongest character. NACA has been recognizing individuals, agencies, organizations, and state associations for more than 25 years on the national level for their service within the animal care and control field and this week they are announcing the winners of their seven 2022 Annual Awards. [Read more.]

Memphis Animal Services Launches Behavior & Enrichment Specialist Position 

MAS is happy to introduce Janet Kelly in August 2023 as our new Behavior & Enrichment Specialist. Janet previously worked in our vet clinic where she was instrumental in setting up Fear-Free techniques for pets receiving medical care. Now as the Behavior & Enrichment Specialist, she has expanded our

enrichment options for the pets in our care, she trains staff and volunteers on providing enrichment, she leads playgroups and trains staff on playgroups, and much more. Janet has many exciting plans to make the naturally stressful kennel environment more manageable for the pets in our care. If you would like to help improve the quality of life for shelter pets while they’re here with us, join us as a volunteer!

Petco Love Invests $90,000 into Lifesaving Efforts in Memphis & Shelby County

Memphis Animal Services received a $90,000 grant investment in June 2023 from national nonprofit Petco Love in support of their lifesaving work for pets and their families in Memphis and Shelby County.

Petco Love is a life-changing nonprofit organization that makes communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $370 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. They’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.7 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide.

Petco Love’s investment will help save lives in Memphis by funding MAS’s Pet Resource Center, which keeps pets and families together, as well as MAS’s foster program, transport program, and adoption event program.

Memphis Animal Services Director Alexis Pugh Leaves Organization After 7 Years 

Memphis Animal Services shares the bittersweet news in May 2023 that our director of nearly 7 years, Alexis Pugh, is leaving the organization. She has a wonderful opportunity outside of the city with a national animal welfare organization, and we are excited to see the impact she will continue to have on pets and people.

Alexis shared the news in person with our team, and for those who couldn’t be there in person, she said via email: “To say this is bittersweet is an understatement. I am incredibly sad to leave you all, but I feel so good knowing this is the best team in the business, and you all will continue to exceed expectations and work every day to achieve the lofty goals we have set for ourselves over the years. Because of you, people and pets in Memphis are better off, and for that I am eternally grateful…”


Memphis Animal Services Overhauls New Volunteer Onboarding Process 

In May 2023, MAS announced several major improvements to our volunteer orientation and onboarding process. Firstly, we launched our Online Volunteer Orientation and Online Volunteer Application for Level 1 Volunteers (first-step volunteers who do not handle animals). After you’re approved, you can come

right in to help with Level 1 tasks, such as laundry, dishes, enrichment prep, and more! Next, we increased the frequency and availability of our in-person Level 2 dog and cat handling courses.

The reason for these changes was to increase the speed with which people could get in to volunteer. Previously, the first step was to sign up for an in-person Volunteer Orientation, which was often weeks away! That caused a significant delay between someone wanting to volunteer and actually being able to come into the shelter and help out. Now, you could potentially watch Level 1 Volunteer Orientation in the morning and come help out at the shelter in the afternoon! Learn more about our volunteer program and sign up here.

Memphis Animal Services Hosts Senior Prom for Senior Pets, presented by Hollywood Feed

Memphis Animal Services hosts their inaugural Senior Prom adoption event on Saturday, April 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the shelter located at 2350 Appling City Cove.

Senior Prom is open to the public and will be held in person at MAS. Adoptable MAS pets over five years of age, including those in foster care, will be dressed to impress at the shelter and ready to steal attendees’ hearts. All senior pets will have their adoption fees sponsored by Fairy Godparents and go home with a new adopter package from Hollywood Feed including 20% off their first purchase, a free bag of food, and $5 off a premium Pet ID tag.

“We love any opportunity to shine a spotlight on the amazing senior pets in our care,” said Alexis Pugh, Memphis Animal Services Director. “Seniors make wonderful companions, and they don’t always get the attention we think they deserve, but we hope to change that with Senior Prom.”

The event will feature a ‘90s prom theme, complete with cheesy prom photos, a dogs-only cake provided by Hollywood Feed Fresh Bakery, and voting for Prom King and Queen. Attendees are welcome to dress up in their ‘90s prom finery (or come as they are). Attendees can enter to win Hollywood Feed’s prize giveaway including a Mississippi Made Bed, treats, and toys. Anyone who loves senior pets but can’t adopt right now can support the event by sponsoring an adoption fee as a Fairy Godparent.

Memphis Animal Services Hosts Kitten Shower

Memphis Animal Services hosted our 5th Annual Kitten Shower on March 19, 2023, right as the spring kitten season started. It’s a popular and fun event that brings in donated items from community supporters, which we can then use to stock our kitten foster supply closet.

This year, from our Amazon Baby Registry alone, we received a whopping 61 cans of Kitten formula, 6 kitten scales, 35 Snuggle Safe kitten warmers, 39 sets of equipment for bottle feeding, 426 cans of kitten food, and an Amazon gift card! Me-Wow!

Why is this so impurr-tant? In 2022, we took in 1,368 kittens! Many of these kittens are too young to eat on their own and must be bottle-fed around the clock. They rely on foster homes and special supplies to survive. If you would like to join our neonatal network of foster parents or even start out with older kittens that can eat on their own, you can apply online here.

New Play Yards at Memphis Animal Services 

On Saturday, February 4, 2023, Memphis Animal Services cut the ribbon on our new and improved play yards with the help of Memphis Tiger Football Head Coach Ryan Silverfield, four football players, and four Spirit Squad members, alongside MAS Director Alexis Pugh and Facility Specialist Christian Foster.

MAS has a total of nine play yards on our property for dogs to have solo playtime, to meet potential fosters or adopters, or to have playgroup with other dogs. There are three yards made of concrete, which did not require any improvements. The other six yards were grass yards, some of which got very muddy, making them uncomfortable for adopters, volunteers, and staff. Some of them were even completely unusable due to gates that did not close completely and safety issues due to the excessive mud.

Improvements to our new play yards include:

• Replacing the grass and mud areas with recently removed Liberty Bowl AstroTurf

• Installing two new shade structures

• Replacing the gravel walkways with concrete walkways

“While the AstroTurf may technically be too old for college football to be played on it, we think it still has many years left as a spot for shelter dogs to play, hang out with other pups, and meet their new families,” said Alexis Pugh, Memphis Animal Services Director. “This project is a really cool example of city agencies collaborating together. Instead of this turf ending up in a landfill, it’s getting a second life here at MAS, plus we love any way to keep our ties with Memphis Tiger Football going!”

Petco Love invierte en Memphis Animal Services para mejorar la vida de las mascotas

Memphis Animal Services received a $25,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love during a special celebration at the Poplar & Highland Petco on Thursday, July 28, in support of their lifesaving work for animals in Memphis.

Cambios interesantes en las reuniones del Comité Consultivo del MAS.

A partir de agosto, las reuniones del Comité Asesor de Servicios para Animales de Memphis celebrará cada reunión en un distrito diferente del Consejo de la Ciudad. Esto nos da la oportunidad de ir a donde vive la gente, se centran en una comunidad específica y sus necesidades, y compartir todas las formas en que podemos ayudar a la gente con sus mascotas. [Leer más.]

El peligroso calor pone en peligro a los animales domésticos del centro del Sur

Con temperaturas esta semana alcanzando niveles peligrosos a 100 grados con el índice de calor aún mayor, Memphis Animal Services está instando a los dueños de perros para limitar el tiempo al aire libre para sus perros. El calor trae consigo un aumento de las admisiones en MAS, y como espacio de la perrera se mantiene a nivel de crisis, necesitamos criadores y adoptantes de inmediato. [Leer más.]

MAS invita a los amantes de las mascotas a "Dejar entrar el amor" con la promoción de adopción Best Friends

MAS se asoció con Best Friends Animal Society para dejar entrar el amor este verano. [Leer más.]

El MAS ofrece adopciones a 20 dólares en julio

Para celebrar el verano de 2021, puedes adoptar un perro o un gato en Memphis Animal Services durante todo el mes de julio ¡por sólo 20 dólares! [Leer más.]

El MAS vuelve a ampliar el horario de adopción y suprime el requisito de cita previa

Las mascarillas siguen siendo obligatorias para los visitantes y empleados del MAS hasta nuevo aviso. [Leer más.]

MAS participa en Empty the Shelters de BISSELL Pet Foundation

Adopte un perro o un gato en Memphis Animal Services por sólo 25 $ del 5 al 9 de mayo, y BISSELL Pet Foundation hará una donación a MAS por cada adopción. [Leer más.]

Petco Love y BOBS de Skechers conceden 95.000 dólares a MAS para ayudar a los animales del Medio Sur

"Trabajamos muy duro para encontrar hogares cariñosos para las mascotas a nuestro cuidado, al tiempo que mantenemos a mascotas queridas con sus familias a pesar de los obstáculos financieros. Nos enorgullece decir que ahora vivimos en una ciudad en la que ninguna mascota sana y adoptable muere por falta de espacio y que el año pasado salvamos a casi el 90% de las mascotas a nuestro cuidado. Hemos podido alcanzar nuestros objetivos a un nivel tan alto gracias al apoyo de financiadores como Petco Love y BOBS de Skechers, así como de donantes particulares", declaró Alexis Pugh, Director de Memphis Animal Services. [Leer más.]

Ayuda al MAS a vaciar las perreras

Esta semana hemos visto un fuerte aumento en el número de perros que llegan, con 34 sólo desde el lunes. En los días pre-COVID, ese número no habría parecido alto, pero nuestra realidad COVID actual es un sistema de citas para las adopciones y un número limitado de invitados y el personal en el edificio, lo que significa que simplemente no puede mantener el ritmo de adopciones que hemos sido capaces de en el pasado. [Leer más.]

El MAS ofrece fiestas de pijamas de primavera

¡La primavera estará aquí pronto, y tenemos algunos perros de refugio con la esperanza de tomar un descanso de la perrera durante una semana o fin de semana y disfrutar de nuestro hermoso clima primaveral Memphis en un SPRING BREAK SLEEPOVER! [Leer más.]

¡MAS Kitten Shower es virtual este año!

Ayúdanos a preparar a nuestros bebés. ¡Necesitamos biberones, leche maternizada, mantitas y juguetes! Con la primavera llega un mar de pequeños felinos. ¡Acoja a unos cuantos y estará en las nubes! [Leer más.]

Salvar a una novia en el MAS

¿Qué mejor manera de demostrar amor este San Valentín que abriendo tu corazón a una mascota de un refugio? [Leer más.]

Alerta: ¡Haz oír tu voz para impedir que los comercios minoristas vendan mascotas en nuestra ciudad!

El 26 de enero, los concejales Worth Morgan y Jeff Warren, en colaboración con los Servicios para Animales de Memphis, propondrán una ordenanza municipal que restrinja la venta al por menor de perros y gatos en las tiendas de mascotas. [Leer más.]

El MAS emplea una nueva tecnología de etiquetado antirrábico para facilitar el reencuentro de las mascotas perdidas con sus dueños

Los Servicios para Animales de Memphis se encargan de proporcionar a las clínicas veterinarias locales etiquetas antirrábicas para que las distribuyan a los perros tras recibir la vacuna antirrábica. Con estas nuevas etiquetas de PetHub, las personas que buscan mascotas pueden ponerse en contacto con el propietario al instante. [Leer más.]

Dona a la MAS el Martes de Acción Solidaria

Cuando donas a Memphis Animal Services en #GivingTuesday, tu regalo va dirigido directamente a una cosa: salvar vidas. [Leer más.]

El Daily Memphian cubre el refugio comunitario

Haga clic aquí para leer un excelente reportaje en profundidad de Jane Roberts sobre la nueva programación. [Leer más.]

Introducción al refugio comunitario

MAS se complace en anunciar nuevas estrategias de asistencia comunitaria para salvar a más animales. Este nuevo modelo combina las funciones tradicionales de control de animales con programas de intervención y asistencia comunitaria para maximizar la salvación de vidas en Memphis.

La Fundación Petco invierte en la labor salvadora de los Servicios para Animales de Memphis

Memphis Animal Services ha recibido una subvención de 22.000 dólares de la Fundación Petco para apoyar su labor de salvamento. [Leer más.]

La Fundación Petco igualará todas las donaciones de hasta 15.000 dólares a Memphis Animal Services hasta el 30 de junio

Hasta el 30 de junio, todas las donaciones a Memphis Animal Services serán igualadas hasta 15.000 dólares por la Fundación Petco para ayudar a salvar el doble de vidas de mascotas. La inversión de la Fundación Petco tiene como objetivo ayudar a salvar más vidas de animales en Memphis y el condado de Shelby a través de la crisis COVID-19. [Leer más.]

Buscadores de Incendios: MAS y los bomberos de Memphis colaboran para que las mascotas encontradas vuelvan a casa

Memphis Animal Services y Memphis Fire Department se han asociado para ofrecer un nuevo servicio a los ciudadanos con "Fire Finders", un programa financiado con una subvención de Maddie's Fund. El programa "Fire Finders" proporciona escáneres de microchips para mascotas en todas las estaciones de bomberos del MFD. [Leer más.]

Anthony y Bobo: La comunidad se une para reunir a un artista sin hogar con su querido perro

Anthony es un artista que se ha quedado sin hogar tras unos acontecimientos devastadores en su vida. No tiene dónde vivir y no siempre tiene qué comer. Pero tiene un mejor amigo, un dulce perro llamado Bobo. Y siempre se asegura de que Bobo tenga suficiente comida.

Hace un par de semanas, Anthony se despertó y descubrió que Bobo había desaparecido. Estaba angustiado e inmediatamente se puso en contacto con amigos para que le ayudaran a buscar a Bobo. Hicieron carteles y los pusieron por toda la ciudad. Hablaron con la gente que conocía a Anthony y a Bobo. Cuando un perro que coincidía con la descripción de Bobo apareció ayer en el MAS, una de nuestras empleadas, Emily, reconoció a Bobo inmediatamente. Llamó al número que aparecía en el cartel de PERDIDOS y un amigo de Anthony le llevó al refugio en pocos minutos para que volviera a ver a Bobo.

[Haz clic aquí para ver su reunión y saber cómo puedes ayudarles].

Servicios para Animales de Memphis completa la formación sobre investigación de la crueldad

Memphis Animal Services anunció hoy la finalización de la Escuela Nacional de Crueldad Animal Investigaciones - Investigador Profesional de formación por su equipo de operaciones de campo. [Leer más.]


Un gato especial y tímido busca hogar en la campaña #LoveToTheMax

Sigue y comparte su progreso en Facebook e Instagram con el hashtag #LoveToTheMax. Max A308238 es un gato dolorosamente tímido que había sido residente del MAS durante mucho tiempo. [Leer más.]

Los refugios y rescates de la zona centro-sur aprenden a salvar más vidas con los grupos de juego para perros de Dogs Playing for Life

En diciembre, Memphis Animal Services organizó un curso de formación para grupos de juego de perros impartido por Dogs Playing for Life, una organización sin ánimo de lucro que ha formado a más de 230 refugios para que incorporen grupos de juego para perros en su funcionamiento diario, gracias a una subvención de la Animal Farm Foundation. [Leer más.]

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