The Tennessee Week for the Animals team is actively working with shelters and organizations daily across the entire state.  Your ideas and suggestions are welcome as we work together to build this exciting week designed to celebrate animals, joining together on their behalf!
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A Salute to Tennessee Task Force 1!

TN Task Force 1    4381 O.K. Robertson Road      Memphis, TN  38127

TN-TF1 is an Urban Search and Rescue Task Force based in Memphis, Tennessee. TN-TF1 is sponsored by the Memphis Fire Services. Teams have met the standard of practice required by both FEMA and EMAT for the location of live victims trapped in collapsed structures. One of 28 state task force teams in USA.  (Photo upper left: TN Task Force dog, Gus, and trainer, Ed Apple, from Tennessee Task Force One Search and Rescue, search for victims in the wreckage at the Pentagon.)   See events

TN-TF1  is one of 28 federal USAR teams located across the country and is made up of not only Memphis firefighters but other firefighters, medical personnel, K-9's and specialists from the Memphis area. The Tennessee team has been called into service many times in its 10-year history, including the Pentagon on 9/11, the space shuttle disaster and numerous hurricanes.

lease send cards or letters of support to Tennessee Task Force office listed above in Memphis, TN. God Bless our Tennessee Task Force and the courageous K-9's who have saved lives over the years. 
     Saturday, September 23rd       8:30 am - 1:00 pm
SARG Sale-  Hosted by 'Shelter Animals Rescue Group' 

Flea Market     350 N Illinois Ave.     Oak Ridge, TN 37830    Call (865) 483-8146

Come to the annual SARG Yard Sale! This year we are at the former Hilltop Market. 
Hours are: Friday, September 22nd 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday, September 23rd 8:30 am to 1:00pm, and Friday, September 29th 8:30  to 3:00 pm 
Adoptable Cats
               Adoptable Dogs
SARG, Inc. (Shelter Animals Rescue Group), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was formed in January, 1996, for the purpose of giving animals from the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter and surrounding areas a second chance at life.
Saturday, September 23rd     9:00 am-3:30 pm
Agape Animal Rescue Country Chic Canines

Harmony Designs   1111 Calvin Ave      Nashville, TN 37206    (615) 500-0587

Paws-ing in the great outdoors for a photography session is a special experience for the family. Canines and company are invited to attend an exclusive Agape Animal Rescue fundraiser hosted by Harmony Designs Photography. Bring 1-5 of your favorite people and/or dogs for a trendy, on-location photography session!

Initially we plan a CONSULTATION at the studio to discuss the details of your custom session. We will talk about the flow of the session, how to prepare, what colors you want to incorporate, and my overall style. We will go over the different art and custom products offered and how you plan to use the images in your home.You will leave the consultation knowing exactly what to wear, what to bring, and how to prepare to make your session amazing!  Product specials are offered during the Country Chic Canines REVEAL!

This is a limited offer, with only a certain number of slots, so call now for more information and to book your session! •September 23rd   •1-5 people/dogs   •$150, includes two 5x7 prints
Pay in advance to Agape to hold your slot      •30-minute sessions     •Slots from 9:00 am-4:30pm 
(later if needed)•Location – Gravel Road Traditions –1791 Cooks Road, Mt Juliet •[email protected] to schedule
Saturday, September 23rd        9:00 am- til
Front Runner Shelter Dog Walk - Free.... Have Fun!

McKamey Animal Center   4500 N Access Rd,    Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415

Come walk a shelter dog on Saturday! The event is FREE and everyone is welcome! McKamey recently rescued dogs from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma - They need our help to give every dog at the shelter the attention (and exercise) they need!

We will pair you with a dog that meets your fitness ability at McKamey, then you are welcome to take your dog for a walk anywhere you please! We suggest checking out Greenway Farms (4 miles from McKamey), or if you would rather not travel with your shelter dog there are trails accessible from McKamey. All participants must fill out a brief waiver at McKamey before leaving with a dog. 

A tired dog is a happy dog, help the pups at McKamey get adopted through exercise and one-on-one time!   Visit our FB page
Saturday, September 23rd                                           9:00 am -1:00 pm
Farmers Market at the Crossings

In the green space in front of Nashville's Southeast Branch Library.
5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy,                                    Antioch, Tennessee 37013 

The market offers fresh local produce and artisan crafts that are all handmade, homemade, or homegrown within the middle Tennessee area.

Every Saturday from May to late October, the market offers something different – whether it’s
 the freshest produce, live music, chef demonstrations, health and wellness workshops or other community minded activities –making it is as much a center of commerce as it is for the community to reconnect.
For more event info, visit,
Saturday, September 23rd        9:00 am- 6:00 pm
Kick Off to Fall---- Eagleville Fall Festival 

Downtown Maryville/     108 South Main Street      Eagleville, TN 37060 

Marking the first weekend of the season, plans for the event include two stages featuring musicians and other entertainers performing throughout the day, a children's area with fun jumps and games, a petting zoo, and vendors. Organizers are excited to bring a fun, family-oriented festival to downtown Eagleville, where residents and the surrounding community can enjoy a day of music, food, shopping, and fun together in a friendly, hometown environment. The event will include something for the entire family to enjoy.     City Hall (615) 274-2922
Saturday, September 23     9:00 am - 12 noon 
Breakfast For Good: Love at First Sight 

51 Fifty First Kitchen & Bar    5104 Illinois Ave      Nashville, TN 37209

We've heard your requests, and have decided to offer breakfast! We'll announce our breakfast service one Saturday at a time. Best part, other than being at 51st in the morning: 50% of food sales will benefit animal helping organizations near and dear to us. Plus, we'll keep the bar open through the day until dinner service begins at 4:00 pm!

Our first breakfast is Saturday, Sept 23, 9am-Noon, and supports Love at First Sight (all donations raised will go to VCA Charities:
​                                Saturday,  September 23rd          9:30  am- til
Dogs 2nd Chance...  5th annual Ride and Roll for Rescue

Bumpus Harley Davidson    2160 Whitten Rd,    Memphis, TN 38133

Join us for a fundraising Dice ride benefiting Dogs 2nd Chance. 100% of the proceeds go to the care of the dogs. We are all volunteers and one with Dogs 2nd Chance gets paid.   Pancake Breakfast, Registration and tee hsirts. Enjoy Haystack burgers and ice cold colas /beverages while meeting the adoptables.  12 noon last bike out.

Linda Sutphin awesome founder is helping these dogs 24/7. Pls support this wonderful org. 
Dogs 2nd Chance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit group that was founded in 2007 with the purpose of finding permanent, loving homes for medium and large mixed breed dogs; however, our group of volunteers are so loving that they can’t resist a dog in need, so now we accept dogs of any size!

Each rescued castaway becomes a part of our home so we can (re)introduce them to what a loving and caring household is like. They become a temporary member of our family, and the socialization and training they receive prepare them for their forever home.
Saturday, September 23   All day, Everyday
Visit One of Tennessee's 56  State Parks

Tennessee State Parks offer magnificent waterfalls, rugged trails, tranquil lakes, and many other recreational opportunities. You can browse the Things to Do area of the website for a full list. Overnight guests have their pick from hotel-style lodges, cozy cabins, and thousands of campsites. Many of the parks have restaurants that can also provide on-site catering. Eight parks feature a golf course, three of which are signature Jack Nicklaus designed Bear Trace golf courses.

Founded in 1937, Tennessee State Parks preserves and protects our state's unique natural, cultural and historic resources.

All of our Tennessee State Parks are ready for you to choose your adventure.

Saturday, September 23rd           10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Tennessee Aquarium 
Flying Flowers: Monarch Tagging Day in Cade's Cove 

Meet at Tennessee Aquarium   1 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402 423.267.3474

Monarchs will be on their way to Mexico and coming back through our area in September. Make the most of this event with a trip to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Tennessee Aquarium lead horticulturist Christine Hunt.

Make the most of this event with a trip to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Tennessee Aquarium lead horticulturist Christine Hunt, steward of our butterfly garden, will be joined by well-known local naturalist and outdoor educator Wanda DeWaard on this day trip that’s sure to be fun for the whole family! You’ll be equipped with butterfly nets and registered materials to tag these winged-marvels. 423.267.3474..  Learn more Visit
Saturday, September 23rd                                     10:00 am -til
5th Annual Cheekwood Harvest

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum    1200 Forrest Park Dr.      Nashville Tennessee 37205                 615-356-8000 

Cheekwood, a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the Historic Cheek estate in Nashville, Tenn.  The six-week fall festival, packed with attractions for guests of all ages, will conclude on Sunday, October 29th. 

In addition to weekend events including guided garden tours, live music and art activities, this year's Cheekwood Harvest will feature a display of nearly 5,000 chrysanthemums, a pumpkin patch with more than 3,000 pumpkins, dozens of community made scarecrows and a Japanese Moon Viewing Celebration. 
Saturday, September 23rd                                       10:00 am-2:00 pm
Safe Harbor Equine and Farm Animal  Sanctuary 
Volunteer Orientation & Open House 

Safe Harbor Equine & Livestock Sanctuary   PO Box 22    Cottontown, TN 37048        (615) 997-0697     Adopt one of our horses.

Join the Safe Harbor team for a prospective volunteer open house! Volunteer orientation is held every 2 to 3 months for individuals who want to learn how to become part of a growing team. We are a 100% volunteer organization, and every helping hand is valued. Come dressed for the weather, with closed toe, farm appropriate shoes. Orientation takes about 2 hours start to finish, and it is HANDS on.  Be on time please. 

Yes, you will learn to muck a stall, groom a horse, and do other things that happen day to day in the barn, so please come dressed appropriately, and with an open mind and willingness to get a little dirty. Because we do also discuss policies, orientation is appropriate for ages 12 and up. *Parents, if you want to volunteer with your children you can bring them to volunteer once you are trained, so you can supervise them at the farm.
Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary was formed by a group of concerned animal advocates in Middle Tennessee to fill a gaping void in the world of large animal rescue.  While other equine specific rescues do exist, there is not one single rescue that provides retirement and respite care to animals in need, while also working on rehabilitation, training and adoption to those that are able to have a full life in a new home.  Safe Harbor’s mission extends beyond horses and includes all Equidae and Livestock animals that we have ability and capacity to aid. We are a no kill equine rescue. Animals in our organization are never subject to time limits or age limits. Visit

     Saturday, September 23rd                   10:00 til 
PAWS Rutherford Multiple Adoption Events thru Weekend!

Downtown Murfreesboro Farmer's Market area -109 E. Main St./Bank of America parking lot  Mufreesboro  &    PetSmart of Murfreesboro on the 17th 1734 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Sep. 16-18 is a national Adoption Tent Event for the PetSmart stores. PAWS  will be bringing our PAWS adoption trailer (photo attached for viewing) out to the PetSmart of Smyrna  Friday, the 16th, at the downtown Murfreesboro Farmer's Market area (109 E. Main St./Bank of America parking lot) & PetSmart of Murfreesboro on the 17th,  and at Tractor Supply Co., located at 135 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro on the 18th. 

We are usually at locations all weekend, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., however we have split events on the 17th... We are attending "Purple Paws for PAWS" shelter & rescue animals awareness event (more info here), 9 a.m. to noon, which will be in the Bank of America lot as stated above, and 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the PetSmart of Murfreesboro.  Pls visit
Saturday, September23rd          10:00 am-2:00 pm    
Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association Adoptions 

  Shelbyville, TN 37160              931-684-5463

Our mission at SBCHA is to improve the welfare of all animals in our community through various avenues. We strive to educate the public in responsible pet ownership, the importance of spay/neuter and to give voice and shelter to all the unwanted, abandoned, abused animals in our community.

To volunteer e-mail [email protected] or call 931-684-5463    SBCHA is totally separate from the Shelbyville Animal Control run by the city and the Bedford County Animal Control run by the county. However, these agencies try to work together for the well being of the animals.

Need help First: contact the Animal Control agency that is appropriate for where you live. 
* for the City call Shelbyville Animal Control at 931-684-6552 
* for the County call Bedford County Animal Control at 931-685-1130 - st: contact the Animal Control agency that is appropriate for where you live. 
* for the City call Shelbyville Animal Control at 931-684-6552 
* for the County call Bedford County Animal Control at 931-685-1130 - 
 Saturday, September 23rd  (& 24th)  10:30 am - 1:00 pm
36th Annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow-Animal Friendly

Mundy Memorial Park    Mundy Memorial Drive     Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

Featuring: Competition Pow Wow, Intertribal Dancing, Native American Food, Native American Arts & Crafts, Native American, Music hoop Dancer Dance Contest. Adults (13+) $8Kids (6-12) $45 & under free rt Shows & Events Fairs & Festivals Outdoor Events Performing Arts Family Friendly  Visit
Saturday, September 23rd    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Blessing of the Animals 2017
 Hosted by Blessing of the Animals Gallatin and Liberty UMC, Gallatin TN

Gallatin Civic Center     210 Albert Gallatin Ave   Gallatin, Tennessee 37066

Each animal brought by will receive a blessing and a St. Frances medal. Also several rescue orgs will be on hnad.  Friends of Hannah, Hairy Moose Pet Retreat, Lucky Farms Pet Retreat, VEA, a representative of Pet Therapy classes, and more will be joining us this Saturday at Gallatin Civic Center. Bring the kids and fur babies -- cats, dogs, goats, horses, gerbils, whatever!
Saturday, September 23rd                        11:00 am-3:00 pm
Jackson-Madison Humane Society Adoption Day

Petsmart 635 Vann Dr. Jackson, TN 38305

Come and visit the Jackson-Humane adoptables and you just may find your new best friend. There will be dogs and cats at these events and they do keep cats at the Petsmart at 635 Vann Drive everyday . Jackson, TN 38305. Please stop by and find out about adopting, donating or volunteering! We would love to have you join our team. 

You can always visit the Jackson Shelter. 23 Quaker Oats Drive Jackson, TN 38301 Phone (731) 422-5366  Adoptables
Saturday, September 23rd                         11:00 am-2:00 pm
Music City Greyhound Adoption Meet n Greet 

PetSmart - Cool Springs    8105 Moores Lane    Brentwood, TN 37027 
(615) 371-8890

T​​​he team of dedicated volunteers at Music City Greyhound Adoption are passionate about each and every greyhound and are devoted to giving as many as possible the opportunity to retire in a caring home. We facilitate the adoption of greyhounds in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky and Northern Alabama and are based in the Nashville, Tennessee area. Sat Meet n Greet Hosts: Lou Lewis, Mary & Trey McCormick, Kim & Calvin Holweger, Robin Sparks. Loving adoptables
Saturday, September 23rd             11:00 am-4:00 pm
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee 
The Welcome Center       Main St.      Hohenwald, TN 38462  (931) 796-6500

HAVE YOU HERD? The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee, is the nation's largest natural-habitat refuge developed specifically to meet the needs of endangered elephants. It is a non-profit organization, licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and accredited by the Association of Sanctuaries, designed specifically for old, sick or needy elephants who have been retired from zoos and circuses. 

Utilizing more than 2700 acres, it provides three separate and protected, natural-habitat environments for Asian and African elephants. Our residents are not required to perform or entertain for the public; instead, they are encouraged to live like elephants.
Saturday, September 23rd                          11:00 am-2:00 pm
  Proverbs 12:10  Adoption Day

 Petco Bellevue   7657 Highway 70 South #116    Nashville TN 37221

Proverbs 12:10 has a  great selection of our loving available dogs and cats.  Website

Join us for our weekly adoption day at Petco. Shop, learn more about Proverbs, and say hello to some of our volunteers. Most importantly, meet many of our dogs and cats looking for their forever homes. If there is a particular pet you would like to meet, please notify us in advance so we can attempt to make the necessary arrangements. If interested in adopting please fill out an application (link to adoption application page) ahead of time for your best chance of taking your new friend home that day! 
Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue's mission is to provide shelter and loving care for animals who have been abused, abandoned, owner surrendered or otherwise destined to be euthanized due to over-crowded shelter conditions.   _______________________________________________________
                                       Saturday, September 23rd                      10:00 am-1:00 pm
Humane Educational Society, Woofstock Dog Walk 
 at Chickstock

Greenway Farms    5051 Gann Store Road      Hixson, Tennessee 37343

Join The Humane Educational Society and The Douglas Fund for Woofstock during Chickstock on Saturday, September 23rd! Woofstock is a fundraising dog walk through beautiful Greenway Farms. All registrants will receive an event t-shirt and participate in a group dog walk to benefit homeless animals at HES and sick or injured animals through The Douglas Fund. Guests can also enjoy vendors, a dog kissing booth, paw painting with your pet, face painting, and bobbing for balls, before and after the walk. 

Stick around for the main event Chickstock and you’re sure to have a fun filled day! ChickStock is a free family friendly day of music in the park, celebrating the beauty and open space of Greenway Farms and the conservation efforts that protect the North Chickamauga Creek watershed. Registration for the walk begins at 10am and the walk will begin at 11 am sharp. Chickstock will begin their festivities following the dog walk and music will begin at 1 pm. Don’t miss out on a beautiful day in nature with your favorite four legged friend!

Our in house shelter hours Hours:      Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat: 11am-5pm 
Thurs: 11am to 6pm     1st Sunday every Month: Noon-4pm (Adoptions only) 
                                               HES, Humane Educational Society
 212 N. Highland Park Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404 | Phone: 423-624-5302
Saturday, September 23rd         11:00 pm-2:00 pm
Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley
Waggin' Tails, 5K Fun Dog Run & Reunion

Schumbert Park   6400 Fountain City Rd    Knoxville, TN 37918 (865) 215-6600

Adoptions, Food, Nail trims and so much more! Vist our website lt learn more! Register now to guarantee a swag bag! If you would like to run as a team of 4 or more you will receive $5 off per registration! If you are running in a company sponsored team please email Amber Mullins at [email protected] for registration forms.

Would you like to host an event for HSTV? Fill out our Third Party Agreement and email it to Kris at [email protected]
   Saturday, September 23rd    11:00 am- 3:00 pm
Real Good Dog Rescue Dog Adoption Event

 Hollywood Feed 4864 Poplar Ave       Germantown, TN 38117

Real Good Dog Rescue will have several dogs and maybe even puppies at this event. Visit our webpage at to read more about our organization and our adoptable dogs and puppies. Website is

Real Good Dog Rescue is based in Memphis, TN. Lisa Trentham, founder of Real Good Dog Rescue, adopts dogs in need from local as well as regional animal shelters. Most come from Memphis Animal Shelter. She selects dogs she can foster herself so they are under 50 lbs with most being in the 20-35 lb range. From time to time we will take an owner-surrendered dog or puppy, depending on the circumstances. Lisa is devoted and passionate about saving dogs from euthanasia and has been doing so for 20 yrs. 
 Saturday, September 23rd                                        11:00 am-3:00 pm
Williamson County Animal Center Sit, Stay, Love Event

Anthropologie     335 Main Street      Franklin, TN 37064

The Williamson County Animal Center is a public open-intake shelter serving the citizens of Williamson County, Tennessee. The shelter is a county tax-funded agency caring for domestic animals, and enjoys the distinction of being a 2nd place winner in the 2014 ASCPA Rachael Ray Challenge.
For information on our staff, view our staff page. The shelter’s Mobile Adoption Center (MAC) is used for adoption events held away from the shelter.
Join WCAC at Anthropologie for an adoption event filled with fun! 615-790-5590. Ck out our adoptables! Loving and sweet.
Saturday, September 23rd     12 noon- 6:00 pm 
Young Williams Animal Center  BISSELL Pet Foundation 'Clear the Shelters' Free Adoptions 

Both adoption centers  6400 Kingston Pike, and 3201 Division Street

  BISSELL Pet Foundation is sponsoring the adoption fees for all of the animals who were displaced by the hurricane from now until the 23rd. we took in 27 dogs and 26 cats. We are one in 12 shelters out of six states who got this grant!

•  Best news of all? On Saturday, the 23rd, BISSELL Pet Foundation is sponsoring a "Clear the Shelters" adoption event where EVERY animal in our shelter will be free to a good home!
• Every animal adopted during the special promotion will receive the same services covered by the regular adoption fees, which include a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, some standard vaccinations, a microchip with registration and more.
See Adoptables

Our hours of operation are 12-6, and we have two adoption locations: 6400 Kingston Pike, and 3201 Division Street. 3. We stop processing adoptions at 5:30, and need to have applications in by 5:00. 4. Just because our pets are free doesn't mean it's the right time to adopt. Please research before you add a new furry family member into your home.
Website           FB
​​Saturday , September 23rd      12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Memphis Animal Services 25.00 Adoption Special 

Memphis Animal Services 2350 Appling City Cv Memphis, TN 38134 (901)636-PAWS (7297) 

You can adopt a loving 25 lb and more dog or cat for ONLY $25.00 includes spay/neuter/ all shots and micro-chipped! Save aprecious life. All pets are ready to go! This is an unbeatable price and a great event to help the shelter pets in Shelby county! For the latest Also visit 

You can visit Memphis Animal Services 7 days a week to adopt a loving, deserving pet! Location 2350 Appling City Cove 901-636-1416 ex 2. PLS see site for hours.
Sept 23rd- Fourth Saturday of the Month:   Noon to 2 p.m.
Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option Meet n Greet 

Hollywood Feed Broad    2648 Broad Ave.        Memphis, TN 38112

​Special Events: Watch our Facebook page for alerts on special events where greyhounds can be
showcased. Examples include pet blessings, adoption festivals and MSGAO-sponsored events. Your pet will enjoy the attention greyhounds always attract!
Donations: Money and items that can be used for fund-raising auctions and drawings — are another way to support MSGAO. Click on the "Donate" button to make a donation or check our Facebook page for other opportunities to give. 
Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option depends on volunteers to help spread the word about the joys of sharing life with a retired racer. Among the activities that build awareness about our wonderful program are regularly scheduled meet-and-greet events as well as attendance at pet-related festivals. Available for adoption-
   Saturday, September 23rd          12:30 pm-5:00 pm
Kingsport Animal Shelters Free Pet Adoption Day 

Shelter 2141 Idle Hour Road Kingsport, TN 37660
Shelter 380 Massengil Rd Blountville, TN 37617
We hope to see you soon!

The Sullivan County, Bluff City, Kingsport Animal Control Center is dedicated to providing the best possible care to lost and homeless animals. We strive to end animal suffering and pet overpopulation in Sullivan County through progressive and proactive policies and programs including adoption, rescue, spay/neuter and responsible ownership education.
We endeavor to provide a safe and healthy community for both residents and animals through fair and compassionate, but firm enforcement of local, and State animal laws and ordinances. Visit

Free adoptions will be offered at the shelters at 2141 Idle Hour Road in Kingsport and the Sullivan County Animal Shelter at 380 Massengill Road in Blountville.
        Saturday, September 23rd                    12:30 pm- 4:00 pm 
Carrs Ranch Wild Horses & Burros Adoption Days

Carrs Horse & Burro Center  4844 Couts-Carr Rd            Cross Plains, TN 37049

Please come out and adopt a burro or horse. We are expecting  more horses to come in during the fall so we would love you to come and adopt this month and provide a good home. !  We are committed to Helping Wild Horses & Burros Find Good Homes. Tel: 615-654-2180 Randall and Paula Carr [email protected]

Come out during the entire week and see our horses, burros, facility/center.  In 2005, the Carr's were inducted into the Wild Horse & Burro Hall of Fame: Paula says, "This was the most exciting award we have ever won.  We feel very honored to have received it."  
Carr's facilities have seen/cared for over 20,000 animals since 1979 – not only adopting but holding, sorting, vetting, hoof trimming, and medical attention.
Website is
Saturday, September 23rd     1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee Adoptions 

PetSmart    214 Morrell Rd       Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

Small Breed Rescue of East TN, Inc. (SBRET) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding forever homes for displaced or abandoned small breed dogs. We are also dedicated to educating the public about pet overpopulation, the benefits of spaying/neutering, and the horrors of puppymills.
Contact Info:  Email: [email protected]

Mail: SBRETP.O. Box 22482Knoxville, TN 37933
Contacts: Tyrine Hawthorne 865-426-3955 [email protected]
Karen Marquand 865-966-6597 [email protected]
               Saturday, September 23rd                                 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
West TN Therapy Dogs READ at Central Library
~An official Tennessee Week for the Animals event~
Benjamin Hooks/Central Library     3030 Poplar Ave.          Memphis, TN  38111

Saturdays:  West TN Therapy Dogs come in and help to improve the reading skills of the young ones. How does the R.E.A.D.® Program work? It  utilizes registered therapy animals that have been trained and tested for health, safety, appropriate skills and temperament. When these special animals come to hear children read, its fun! This program has been exceptionally successful with West TN Therapy Dogs.

W hy dogs?Animals are ideal reading companions because they help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure, listen attentively, do not judge, laugh or criticize and allow children to proceed at their own pace and are less intimidating than peers.
Sunday, September 24th    11:00 am – 2:00 pm
FOHA(Friends of Homeless Animals)Welcome Fall Adoptions 

Pet Valu     1000 Division St      Nashville, TN 37203

A special thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that help FOHA – you are special angels to these dogs in need.The dogs on this page are available for adoption through Friends of Homeless Animals. You can find information about a dog, including adoption fee, location, and health and temperament, by clicking on their picture. Although many of our dogs are in foster in the Northeast, any that are still in the care of our southern foster volunteers are available for transport to the Northeast. If you would like to apply to adopt one of our dogs, please complete our online adoption form.
                                              ​Saturday, September 23rd and ​Ongoing 
TN Animal Shelters 
Petfinder TN Shelters  website website

Tennessee Farm Animal Rescue Group Directory
Saturday, September 23rd        4:00 pm-8:00 pm 
 Germantown Charity Horse Show
GCHS Show Grounds    7745 Poplar Pike      Germantown, TN 38138

Be part of the history and help us kick off the Germantown Charity’s 70th anniversary year! Join us for fabulous food trucks and vendors, jumping & carriage racing demos, pony rides, carriage tours, sidesaddle demonstrations, music by DJ AD, and more!

The GCHS Horse Fair & Food Truck Festival will take place on our beautiful show grounds at 7745 Poplar Pike from 4-8pm on September 23. Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for children. Carriage rides will be $2 per person.
Sunday, September 24th       10:00 am-4:00 pm
Nashville Metro Animal C & C Special Cat & Kitten Fees!

Nashville Metro  A C & C    5125 Harding Place      Nashville, TN 37211 37211

Cats, Cats, Cats and Kittens! That's right friends we have over 20 cats and kittens searching for their purrtastic family. Today you can adopt your forever feline for just $10 during our Fall out of Summer and Fall into Love Adoption Event. So get that pumpkin spice latte to go and head on over to MACC and adopt today from 10 am-4 pm
Sunday, September 24th         12 noon-3:00 pm 
MAS Adoption Fee Special---- MAS is full-
Pls stop in and adopt!

Memphis Animal Services    2350 Appling City Cove   Memphis, TN 38133  901-636-1416 ex 2

If you are considering adopting please come in and find your new best friend! 
All dogs over 25 pounds (most of them) are $25.00 Regular adoption fees: dogs/puppies $75.00
See Memphis Pets Alive MAS Wagalong photos
Sunday, September 24th          12 noon-6:00 pm
 Nashville Humane Association Adoption Day 

Nashville Humane    213 Oceola Avenue   Nashville, TN 37209  (615) 352-1010

The Nashville Humane Association (NHA), incorporated in 1946 to protect the well-being of animals in Davidson County, is one of the oldest service organizations in Nashville. The roots of NHA can be traced back to a society founded in 1887 to protect children from inhumane working conditions and draft horses from mistreatment. 
Adoptable dogs
Adoptable Cats
Sunday, September 24th          1:00 pm-3:00 pm 
The Cat's Meow Charity Runway Show 
Annesdale Mansion   1325 Lamar Avenue,   Memphis, TN   38104

Enjoy an afternoon of fun and friends (and kittens!) with Memphis Pets Alive! Models will walk the runway wearing fashions provided by Threads as they also show off our adorable kittens available for adoption. Threads will also be bringing a selection of their clothing to set up a pop-up shop for you to browse. Attendees are welcome to tour the beautiful Annesdale Mansion and learn all about the history that makes it so unique. Cocktails and light refreshments will be provided.

Proceeds raised from this event will be matched (up to $1,000) by the Community Cats Grant that MPA has been selected to receive. This money will go directly towards our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) efforts in Memphis and Shelby County.
Sunday, September 24th            3:00 pm -5:00 pm 
Smoky Mountain Llama Trek

Smoky Moutain Llama Treks.     640 Padgett Mill Rd    Cosby, TN 37722.

This Smoky Mountain Llama Trek is a perfect outdoor adventure and great for the family. You will enjoy a spectacular, scenic, Smoky Mountain trail walk accompanied by an experienced guide and friendly, fluffy, professionally trained pack-llamas that will assist you throughout your Journey. Along the way you will enjoy some quite time to lie quietly among the soft grass of flowered fields, wade barefoot through babbling brooks and hike to the top of a picturesque peak. Don't forget your camera because the view is incredible of the distant mountain vistas!

The best part of trip is our Llamas are trained to carry our gear throughout this trip. They will help carry your water, picnic lunches, etc  Llamas will help w/  the work so you can enjoy this peaceful journey and experience every moment of your hike and make what we call a Smoky Mountain Memory.
Departure Times: Wednesday & Saturday - 10:00 am     Sunday: 3:00 pm
Sunday September 24th (thru Nov 2017) 
TN Parks Environmental Education for Schools in the Parks 

Fall Creek Falls State Park  2009 Village Camp Rd  Spencer, TN 38585  (423) 881-3297

Environmental Education Program Fall Creek Falls State Park offers an environmental education program for multiple day school field trips during the school year. Food, lodging, and programs are included in the low price. Contact Ranger Matt Brown at [email protected] or call the Nature Center at 423-881-5708 to schedule a field trip.
        Monday, September 25th Thru Sept 29th               Morn- 6:00 pm
Young-Williams Animal Center Spay Shuttle Mobile

Young Williams Animal Center  3201 Division St          Knoxville,  TN  37919

Directions to Spay Shuttle Mobile locations: (Scroll until you find your site)

Check in times are firm; discharge times may vary based on number of surgeries for the day, and weather issues (severe storms, snow).  If the mobile has not arrived by check-in time, please wait at least 15 minutes before calling, as sometimes traffic may cause delays.
See adoption specials. Visit   
Check out website to see adoptables and more details on all the wonderful programs inc pet pantry and so much more! 
                    Monday, September 25th- Friday, September 29th        All day

University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
Celebrates TN Week for the Animals!

University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine    2407 River Drive                           Knoxville, TN 37996

As with every year during TN Wk , the UT College of Vet Medicine staff will be posting photos of their animals on their website and bringing awareness to Tennessee Week for Animals. Special thanks to Sandra Harbison, media relations director,  as always for her support! 

Visit U of T facebook website/website starting Late September to see pictures of staff, students and their beautiful animals.                          Main website

Note: To order fantastic resource book for TN Animals Laws, please  visit  “This book will hopefully empower people concerned about the welfare of animals,” said Dr. John New, Head of the Department of Comparative Medicine at the veterinary college. The book will also help identify gaps in the state law.  Teresa Jennings, Program Coordinator of CAIT, said, “We’re hoping this can be a resource that will make it easier for the general public to become better informed regarding their rights, privileges, and obligations to animals.” Profits from the sale of the book or CD will go to support humane education,spay/neuter efforts, and prevention of animal abuse.
Monday, September 25th            10:00 am-4:00 pm    
Metro Nashville Animal C & C 

Shelter     5125 Harding Place            Nashville, TN 37211        615.862.7928

See special cat & kitten fees for Metro Animal Care and Control of Davidson County fosters safe, healthy and caring relationships between people and animals in our community.  Adopt one of our loving pets . Visit
Monday, September 25th        Online Auction 
Macon Spay Neuter Assistance
Lafayette in Macon County, TN  Call 615-670-0448 

 To have your animal spayed or neutered Call 615-670-0448 To schedule your appointment now. Located in Lafayette, TN Macon Spay Neuter Assistance was born with the idea of giving cats and dogs a hand up to a healthy and happier life in Macon County through what else —— SPAY and NEUTER !!!  Website
Monday-Friday September 25th  thru week                   Day Hours 
Walden's Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation 
and Education Center

Walden’s Puddle    P.O. Box 641             Joelton (Middle TN)  37080 
Walden's Puddle admits over 2000 injured or orphaned wild animals a year, with the goal of returning them to the wild.   Learn more on website. 
At the present time Walden's Puddle is caring for over 60 baby squirrels, which translates to over 240 hand-feedings a day, on top of caring for the hundreds of other animals in the rehabilitation process.  
We always need volunteers, liquid bleach and laundry detergent, paper towels and jars of baby fruit and baby meat.  You can see an expanded wishlist at  Pls call 615-299-9938 to arrange a donation drop-off.  Thank you!                                               _______________________________________________________
     September & Ongoing 
University of Tennessee HALT - 
Humans & Animals Learning Together
A program assisting at-risk adolescents and shelter dogs.

HALT   c/o Dr. Nancy Howell    College of Veterinary Medicine    The University of Tennessee    2407 River Drive                    Knoxville, TN 37996 

PURPOSE: To provide a therapeutic intervention for at-risk adolescents through dog obedience training. OBJECTIVES: To offer adolescents an opportunity to develop a positive sense of accomplishment, self worth and pride. 

-To offer adolescents an opportunity to improve specific living skills such as assertiveness, patience, staying on task, communication and commitment. 

-To introduce adolescents to career opportunities in animal related fields. 
-To provide a successful experience for the adolescents and dogs. 
-To increase the adoptability of selected adult dogs through basic obedience training. 

*Through a series of classes, a canine obedience instructor helps student trainers teach basic obedience commands to dogs from an animal shelter. 

*Suitable dogs are selected from a local animal shelter and medically and behaviorally screened. They are given a standard series of inoculations, neutered or spayed, and boarded at the class site. 

*Student trainers are adolescents from residential centers for treatment of substance abuse, behavioral or alienation problems. They are selected by the staff of their agency and are transported to the class site for the classes. 

*The student trainer commits to one four-week course, meeting two times per week. Up to four agencies may furnish student trainers to work with one group of dogs. They train on different days. The dogs get quality attention each week.  Each dog is placed in a suitable home after graduation. Learn how to establish a prgram in your area on the website. Email  [email protected]
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Monday, September 25th          Ongoing
Memphis, Tennessee

Who We Are In June 2011, SOS Memphis was started by animal advocates in Memphis and in the surrounding community who wanted to put a stop to the continuing mistreatment of animals at Memphis Animal Services.  Currently, SOS Memphis serves as a watchdog and informational group focused on publicizing what exactly Memphian tax dollars are funding, as well as making efforts to improve the attitude about animal welfare in our community. Visit                                                                                                                   
Our Vision An improved quality of life, free from cruelty and neglect for all animals, especially those considered property of Memphis Animal Services; citizens educated about animal cruelty and proper animal care; and community action supporting animal welfare and compassion.
Our Mission Promote public awareness of issues and concerns regarding all aspects of Memphis Animal Services operations  ---Advocacy for all animals in our community                         Email [email protected]  
September 25th and Ongoing 
Tuesday, September 26th       8:30 am- 9:30 am 
Coffee with a Ranger in the Park 

South Cumberland State Park    11745 US 41  Monteagle, TN 37356    (931) 924-2980

Ever wonder what the job of a park ranger really entails? Come meet Ranger John on the Meadow Trail behind the Visitor Center at 8:30am to learn what South Cumberland State Park rangers are all about. The walk will be appx. 1.5 miles and last 30- 45 minutes. BYOC (bring your own coffee) 
Meet at: South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center      Free.  Visit
     Tuesday, September 26th                           9:30 am-10:30  am
West TN Therapy Dogs @ St. Jude Children's Hospital

St. Jude Hospital         262 Danny Thomas Place    Memphis, TN 38105

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital if the single largest center in the United States for the treatment and research of pediatric cancer and other childhood catastrophic diseases. Once a patient is accepted, St. Jude covers all medical costs beyond those covered by insurance. Families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude Hospital also provides transportation, lodging, and meals for one parent and child. 

West TN Therapy Dogs is a group of men and women who have years of experience in animal assisted therapy and know the benefits that can be derived by the pet and human bond. West TN Therapy Dogs impacts and improves the quality of lives of hundreds of  adults and children in the Mid-South.  Our therapy dogs are registered through TDInc after training, and provide a positive change by motivating physically and emotionally challenged individuals.
Tuesday, September 26th    Email for appt to adopt
Hearts of Gold Pit Bull Rescue -How You Can Help!

Hearts of Gold Pit Rescue     P. O. Box 3728      Memphis, TN 38173

Get freshly baked cupcakes and help make some awesome pit bulls happy at the same time! Cupcakes Give Back donates 10% of each and every sale to help provide vet care and other necessities to our Pit Bull rescue. Founder Donna Velez Visit Cupcakes Give Back to learn more.

There are many ways you can help us with the dogs in our care. Items we need: dog food, dog treats, collars, leashes, blankets, towels, toys, crates, heartworm preventative, and flea and tick preventative. Our biggest need is veterinary/medical. We will arrange for pickup or we have several locations where items can be dropped off. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information, or check out the Hearts of Gold Pit Rescue Wish List.  Loving adoptables
Tuesday, September 26th    and Ongoing 
TN Animal Shelters 
Petfinder TN Shelters  website
Animal  website website
Tuesday, September 26th                Schedule appt. 
Horse Haven of Tennessee

Horse Haven Of Tennessee   P.O.Box 22841    Knoxville, TN 37933    (865) 609-4030

HHT was founded by Nina Margetson and a couple of other concerned individuals as a nonprofit rescue operation for abused and neglected equine because of what she observed while working within the animal welfare community. See how you can help in many ways! Wonderful folks helping the horses.  Adoption, Programs, Education.  Thanks Nina!
            Tuesday, September 26th                              10:o0 am  til
Mid South Therapy Dogs & Friends at
Lebonheur Children's Hospital 

Lebonheur Children's Hospital      50 N Dunlap St        Memphis, TN 38103

Each Tuesday Mid South Therapy dogs provide love, hope, companionship to the sweet children at LeBonheur. It is the highlight of their week to see the dogs coming in to visit patients and familes. Their visits are for patients and families only. 

Mid South Therapy Dogs and Friends is a 501(c)3 organization that is devoted to providing all people, young and old, the opportunity to experience this magic of the human-animal bond. We are an organization of volunteers who provide animal-assisted interactions in health care facilities, schools, libraries, and youth facilities throughout the Mid South.  Learn more, see facilities served and see if you can help at
Tuesday, September 26th (see rest of wk specials too)   11:00 am-4:00 pm
Oak Ridge Animal Shelter Special Feline (& Dog)  Adoptions 

Oak Ridge Shelter   395 Belgrade Rd.    Oak Ridge, TN 37830  (865) 425-3423

Tabby Tuesdays – all tabby cats will be $55 on Tuesdays
Tortie Thursdays – all torties will be $55 on Thursdays
Black Friday – all solid black animals will be $55 on Friday (dogs and cats)
The adoption fees includes spay/neuter, microchip, 2 booster vaccines, a rabies vaccine, a dose of dewormer, a dose of flea, and a nail trim.
Our adoption process is quite simple. You must be at least 18 years or older and have a valid driver’s license. Once you have picked an animal that is available for adoption, bring the kennel card to one of the staff members. We also require a phone number and the name and phone number of an emergency contact person for your new pet’s microchip. (865) 425-3423 Adoption Hours  Tues-Sat 11 am to 4 pm

Adoption fee includes our veterinarian performing a physical wellness check, spay/neuter, vaccinate, rabies shot, microchip, tattoo, flea/tick treatment, and nail trim. All adoption services are completed before the animal goes to it’s forever home. Pls adopt your next best friend.
Tuesday, September 26th                              Various Times/Ongoing
Middle Tennessee Pet Food Bank

Middle Tennessee Pet Food Bank
PO Box 324,                       White Bluff, TN 37187   [email protected]

-All Animals Veterinary Hospital  2161 Highway 48 N.  Dickson, TN  37055
-Petco - Bellevue          7657 Highway 70 South   Nashville, TN  37221
-Petco - Murfreesboro    2615 Medical Center Parkway   Murfreesboro, TN  37129
-My Sister's Closet Consignments (get 15% off your purchase on the day of your donation!)
4012 Hillsboro Road (behind Catherine's Plus Sizes)   Nashville, TN  37215
-All Animals Veterinary Hospital  2161 Highway 48 N.   Dickson, TN  37055
-White Bluff Animal Clinic   4535 Highway 70 E.  White Bluff, TN  37187
Tuesday, September 26th                     12 noon- 6:00   pm        
PAWS of Rutherford County Volunteers & Foster Homes Needed  & Bark Park Meet-n-Greets

Almost Home Animal Rescue of Rutherford County
P.O. Box 10583                                      Murfreesboro, TN 37129

We can ALWAYS use more foster homes. Simply put, more foster homes means MORE SAVED LIVES. We provide all veterinary care and preventatives; we ask that our fosters provide food and water, and LOTS OF LOVE.

We also need volunteers for our monthly adoption events and fundraisers. Please email if you can help!    Foster Homes NeededAlmost Home Has Urgent Needs! Can you help these wonderful dogs? Almost Home is in DESPERATE need of foster homes! PLEASE, if you have room in your heart and home to help us save a life, check out our adoptable pets list to see if there is a pet you would be willing to foster. If so, please fill out the adoption application and put "foster" by your name. If you would like to make a donation to go towards the needs of the pets in Almost Home's program, please send a donation using the Paypal button on website, or you can mail a donation to:   ADOPT
Tuesday, September 26th                                      1:00 pm-7:00 pm
Memphis Animal Services Adoption Specials
Memphis Animal Services 2350 Appling City Cove Memphis, TN 38134

Pls adopt a pet that includes spay/neuter/ all shots and micro-chipped ! We do have special adoption fee of only $25.00 adoptions for pets over 25 lbs. All pets at the adoptions are ready to go! This is a fantastic price and a great event to help the shelter pets in Shelby county! For the latest Also visit

You can also visit Memphis Animal Services 11am -5pm too to adopt a loving, deserving pet! Location 2350 Appling City Cove 901-636-1416 ex 2. PLS see site for hours.
           (Every Tuesday)  Tuesday, September 26th                                5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Memphis Pets Alive 'Wag Along Tuesday' Photos

Memphis Pets Alive        Meet at Memphis Animal Services
2330 Appling City Cove   Memphis, TN 38133        MAS phone 901-636-1416 ext 2

Our mission is to promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to save companion animals in local shelters.   What a great life-saving operation. Join them and help save precious lives in Memphis area. 
Email  Mail: [email protected]               Memphis Pets Alive  phone  901.541.5415
What great work they do! Visit website:

Available Dogs

Available Cats

Please read their inspiration for Wag Along Tuesdays.
Wednesday, September 27th              11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Blount County Animal Shelter  Adoptions 
Blount County Animal Shelter        233 Currie Ave.     Maryville, TN 37804

The Blount County Animal Shelter may be contacted at 865-980-6244.. Tuesday-Friday: 11am-6pm Saturday: 10am - 2pm (Adoptions ONLY)
Sunday & Monday: closed
Animals can be surrendered from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Stray animals will be held at the shelter for a minimum of three days. Pets with tags will be held five days to give owners a chance to claim them. Pls visit
                 Weekdays  Call to schedule                               8:00 am-4:00  pm
Grainger County Humane Society Low Cost Spay & Neuter & Pet Adoptions 

Grainger County Humane Society  P.O. BOX 229  Rutlege, TN 37861    

For more information or to make an appointment, please call our Spay/Neuter line at 865-804-7121 between  9 a.m. and 8 p.m. 
Reservations must be made in advance. To register, please telephone Brenda McGinnis at 423-733-8927 between 9am and 8pm.
Pls  visit our GCHS website for further online info.

Animal Control: [email protected] or call sheriffs department at (865) 828-3613
Wednesday, September 27th                              10:00 am - 4:00 pm 
McKamey Animal Care & Adoption Center Vaccination Clinic 

McKamey ACC 4500 North Access Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37415

Now open one hour earlier!
McKamey Animal Center has a Rabies Clinic EVERY Wednesday between 11:00 am & 4:00 pm. No appointment necessary! Rabies - $15/$10 if licensed   Dewormer - $10   FVRCP (Cats only) - $10  DHPP (Dogs only) - $10   Microchip - $15 
They offer many services- low cost…Learn more about the McKamey Animal Care & Adoption Ctr at
Wednesday, September 27th           5:00 pm-10:00 pm
PizzaRev "Pay What You Want Fundraiser"
for Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County Animals  

PizzaRev  2825 N Germantown Pkwy, Memphis, TN 38133 901-244-5045

PizzaRev Taproom is hosting a “pay-what-you-want” fundraiser Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5-10 p.m., benefiting Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, a nonprofit whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate injured and abused animals in the area. Guests are invited to pay what they want for their first custom-built, personal-sized pizza with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the HSMSC.  Visit

PizzaRev Taproom, a build-your-own artisanal pizza concept featuring 18 self-pour beer and wine taps, today announced the grand opening of its second Memphis location is set for Saturday, Sept. 23. The restaurant is located at 2825 N. Germantown Pkwy., near the Wolfchase Galleria.
Adopt one of our pets!
Thursday, September 28th thru Saturday        10:00 am-4:00 pm 
Nashville Metro UnderDog Adoptions special

Nashville Metro  5125 Harding Place   Nashville, TN 37211   615.862.7928

Adopt an Underdog! We believe all shelter pets are pawsome, but when it comes to finding a new forever family, some animals have a tougher time than others. In celebration of these traditionally harder-to-place furry friends, we’re highlighting four groups of pets that may be a little overlooked, and encouraging potential adopters to give them a second glance — and chance!

Adoption fees for heartworm positive dogs, seniors, cats 6 months and older and bonded pairs have been lowered to $10 through Saturday, September 30 during our Under Dog (and Cat) Adopt-A-Thon! We are open for adoptionsfrom 10 am-4 pm. To view all adoptables visit
Thursday, September 28th thru Saturday     11:00AM - 6:00PM
HES Chattanooga  Adoption Fees Waived!   

HES   212 N Highland Park Ave     Chattanooga, TN 37404  (423) 624-5302

Through Saturday, September 30th the Humane Educational Society will offer fee waived adoptions. Thanks to PRAI Beauty all adoption fees will be waived in an effort to "Free the Shelters". All adoptions come with all age appropriate vaccines, spay/neuter surgery, and a microchip. This is the perfect time to visit HES and find your new best friend!
                    Thursday, September 28th                                     1:00 pm-7:00 pm
Memphis Animal Services Yappy Hour

Memphis Animal Services      2350 Appling City Cove           Memphis, TN 38134

Pls adopt a pet that  includes spay/neuter/ all shots and micro-chipped ! We do now have special adoption fee  of only $25.00 adoptions for pets over 25 lbs. All pets at the adoptions are ready to go! This is a fantastic price and a great event to help the shelter pets in Shelby county!   For the latest Also visit

You can also visit Memphis Animal Services 11am -5pm too to adopt a loving, deserving pet! Location 2350 Appling City Cove 901-636-1416 ex 2.     PLS see site for hours.
Thursday, September 28th   6:00 pm---evening hours
West TN Therapy Dogs @ St. Jude Hospital

St Jude Hospital    332 N. Lauderdale    Memphis, TN 38103

West TN Therapy Dogs is a group of men and women who have years of experience in animal assisted therapy and know the benefits that can be derived by the pet and human bond. West TN Therapy Dogs impacts and improves the quality of lives of hundreds of  adults and children in the Mid-South.  Our therapy dogs are registered through TDInc after training, and provide a positive change by motivating physically and emotionally challenged individuals.
Thursday, September 28th          3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Mill Bridge Adoption Event
Hosted by Sevier County Humane Society

Mill Bridge Winery  3331 S River Road    Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Live music , wine and adoptable dogs!  The mission of the Sevier County Humane Society is to inspire community compassion and respect for animals and to stop animal suffering and pet homelessness thru humane education, spay/neuter and adoption services. Our shelter is at 959 Gnatty Branch Rd.  Sevierville, Tennessee.  Loving adoptables
Thursday, September 28th and Ongoing-Become Involved!
ChainFree Bristol

Chainfree Bristol            P. O. Box 681              Bristol, TN 37621        423-534-9755

Chainfree Bristol is a non profit organization that is a grass roots effort to encourage  an understanding by our citizenry that chaining a backyard dog for it's entire life is inhumane and unnecessary.   [email protected]    Visit

Check website to see how you can help chained dogs. Chainfree Bristol was formed by Liza Conway. She is awesome and has shared they unchained their 100th dog.  Contact her  ph: 423-534-9755
-We are caring pet owners and animal lovers.  -We are neighbors and property owners that want to claim our rights of peaceful enjoyment of our properties.
-We are parents who worry about the safety of our children who might wonder into the space of an overly agressive chained-way-too-long dog.
-We are citizens of Bristol who think the sight of these sad backyard dogs living (and dying) in their circle of dirt is not acceptable. -We are taxpayers. We are the majority and we VOTE!
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Thursday, September 28th       6:00 pm-til
Sullivan County Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Locations in Bristol, Bluff City, Blountville, Kingsport & Piney Flats. (Call 423-279-1616, ext 4)

The Tennessee Department of Health, Rabies Control Service has scheduled Rabies Vaccination Clinic througout Sullivan County for Thursday, at 6 pm. Dogs and Cats (3) months of age or older must receive and maintain current rabies vaccinations. The cost is $10.00 per vaccination at locations in Bristol, Bluff City, Blountville, Kingsport & Piney Flats. For locations and more information call Jerry at 423-279-1616, ext 4.
                                Friday, September 29th  and Ongoing                  All Day
Nashville Dog Parks 

Walking and playing with one’s dog has long been among the most popular reasons to visit a Metro Nashville park. While leashed dogs are welcome in all Metro Parks, Metro’s Dog Parks are a great place for dogs to exercise, socialize and play. Dog owners may derive similar benefits!
See all parks and hours. All parks open at Dawn--see above link.
Saturday, September 30th    8:00 am - 9:00 am
Fantastic Feathered Friends Festivity!

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park  1651 West Elk Ave  Elizabethton, TN 37643   (423) 543-5808

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Sycamore Shoals State Park! Join Bryan Stevens of the Lee and Lois Herndon Bird Club for a morning of viewing birds during the migratory season on Saturday, September 30. Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the park grounds. Meet outside in front of the Visitor Center, tour will begin at 8:00 am. Bring your own binoculars, please no pets.  Meet outside in front of the Visitor Center.
                   Saturday, September 30th          8:30 am-12:00 noon 
'Clear the Trail' for National Public Lands Day 2017

T.O. Fuller State Park 1500 Mitchell Road Memphis, TN 38109   Phone: 901-543-7581 

The 23rd annual NEEF National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Come and join T.O. Fuller State Park staff for National Public Lands Day. T.O. Fuller State Park Volunteers will clear trail behind Shelter 3 and clean up Amphitheater. Please bring own snacks and water.

Whether you volunteer on NPLD, enjoy some boating, hiking, fishing, or camping, or simply learn more about your public lands and the plants and wildlife that live there, we invite you to take this day to enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate the lands that give us so much at T. O. Fuller State Park. Contact Tony B. Mitchell, Jr.  Meet at Shelter 3 within our Day Use Area.
Saturday, September 30th     9:00 am-11:00 am 
Williamson County Rabies  & Microchip Clinic 

WCAC     106 Claude Yates Drive           Franklin, TN 37064

By law your cats and dogs must be current on their rabies vaccination and display the tag on a collar or harness.
Loving adoptables

$10 per animal for rabies vaccination, $15 per animal for microchip. Cash or check please.
Mission -Making Williamson County Tennessee better for animals through adoption, education, enforcement and pet population control. The Williamson County Animal Center has four prime directives: Adoption Enforcement Education Spay /Neuter.
Maggie's Bark Park, a Williamson County Facility, is the 1st off-leash dog park in the great state of Tennessee and is located right behind our facility. Pls visit website:
Saturday, September 30th   9:00 am = 1:00 pm
LowCost  Mobile Wellness Clinic 

Nashville Pet Products    4066 Andrew Jackson Pkwy    Hermitage, TN 37076

Sat urday Mobile Clinic is a convenient and low-cost option for dog and cat wellness care.
We provide vaccines(including puppy shots), microchips, heartworm tests, and flea/tick preventative for your pet. No appointments are necessary, walk-ins are welcome!
Saturday, September 30th         9:00 am- 4:00 pm 
Greyhound Pets of America- Thompson's Station
 Dog & Pony Show  
Thompson's Station Park 1513 Thompson's Station Rd W Thompson's Station, TN 37179

Come out and meet us! GPA/N is an all-volunteer organization that finds loving, appropriate homes in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky for retired racing greyhounds. Read all about adopting a gentle greyhound at Main website home page with lots of event and greyhound info is

Our targeted adoption territory includes mid Tennessee, northern Alabama & southern and western Kentucky. Our adoption application and intake and home visit process help us identify appropriate homes for these gentle, loving dogs and to match people with compatible greyhounds. Each year, 19,000 greyhounds retire from U.S. tracks and are in need of homes. Why?
Retired racers are uniquely suited to live as companion animals. Affectionate and calm, they thrive on human attention and interaction, adjust quickly to home life and repay the kindness of their people with faithfulness and devotion.
Saturday, September 30th           10:00 am
Memorial Lutheran 'Blessing of the Animals'

First Evangelical Lutheran Church  113 Eighth Avenue South  Nashville, TN 37203

Blessing of the Animals will be held at Memorial Lutheran in East Nashville at 10:00 am. Don’t forget to bake a batch of your favorite cookies and bring them with you to share with
everyone! We are a congregation of the ELCA located in downtown Nashville. We hope to bring God’s presence in the heart of Nashville, and to serve members from all over Nashville and the surrounding areas.
Saturday, September 30th          10:00 am-6:00 pm
Just One Day, Just One Dollar
Metro Nashville   5125 Harding Place  Nashville, TN 37211     615.862.7928

The shelter is nearing capacity for dogs and over capacity for cats. We have continued to have a steady stream of intakes this September with over 577 pets coming through our doors needing care and more coming in each day. We need to find homes for nearly 80 residents. So this Saturday (September 30) all shelter residents (5 months and older) will be $1 to adopt. Visit

It takes a community and we really need your help to find homes for the pets in our care! Beat the crowd and adopt an Underdog this afternoon over 40 residents adoption fees are currently $10!
The shelter will be open Saturday from 10 am-4 pm and you can see all of the available pets at link below   Give the gift of life.
                 Saturday, September 30th                               10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Helping Tipton County Animal Shelter Animals

Tipton Animal Shelter        8621 Hwy 51S         Brighton, TN 38011    901-837-5919. 

We have loving dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Please come out and see us and share this event, shelter pets  with your friends. Spread the word! 

Sign up to help the Tipton Shelter animals. They need you! The staff and people who help them are really great! Tipton County Animal Shelter
Shelter is at  8621 Hwy 51S, Brighton, TN 38011    Shelter phone is 901-837-5919. 
Pls visit
Saturday, September 30th     10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fall Harvest Fest
Fontanel     4125 Whites Creek Pike       Nashville, 37189

Family & Pet friendly  Great live Country, Americana and Bluegrass Music  • Farmer’s Market   • Unique Vendors   • Games   • Food Trucks  • Quality Cocktails  • Craft Brews  • Lawn Games  • Petting Zoo  • FREE Admission and Parking • Fun fun fun  • Please No Outside Food & Beverage / Coolers Come on out with your leashed pets.
              Saturday, September 30th                                                      10:30 am- til
Friends of Hardeman Shelter Adoptable Animals

Hardeman Shelter   86 Landfill Way, PO Box 513               Bolivar, Tennessee 38008

Come see our sweet, loving Dogs and puppies, cats  of all sizes, breeds and mixes.
 Hardeman animals in the spotlight and the adoptable dogs are beautiful. Check out their facebook page which is always really popular.
Saturday, September 30th               11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Greyhound Pets of America- Nashville: Meet & Greet

PetsMart 100 Oaks Mall,    719 Thompson Lane       Off I-65 at the Sidco Drive exit        Nashville, TN  37204

Greyhound Pets of America - Nashville (GPA/N) works collaboratively with adopters, with rescue, humane and other greyhound groups and the racing industry to find homes for retired racers. Each year, 20,000 greyhounds retire from U.S. tracks in need of homes. Our targeted adoption territory inc middle Tennessee, northern Alabama and southern and western Kentucky. 

Based in Nashville, Tenn., GPA/N primarily gets adoptable greyhounds from tracks in West Memphis, Ark. and Birmingham, Ala. We also accept for placement retired racers whose owners can no longer keep them as well as retired racers who are turned into pounds, shelters and humane associations in our service area.
                              Saturday, September 30th                                call for appt.
Almost Home Animal Rescue of Rutherford County 
Middle Tennessee Large Breed & Horse Rescue

Almost Home Animal Rescue of Rutherford County    Murfreesboro, TN 37129

The most important thing you can do to help is SPAY AND/OR NEUTER your pets.  We are a large breed Dog & Horse rescue. Located in Middle Tennessee, Almost Home utilizes a network of foster homes to nurture and prepare our rescues for their transition into permanent homes.  A dedicated group of approximately 30 volunteers and fosters has allowed us to achieve our current success, and we depend on the kindness of people like you to continue to expand our reach into the community.
See adoptables including Horses.

No Phone Calls please; Only Emails      Email:  [email protected]
Last year, thousands of pets went through our local shelter, Rutherford County PAWS. Only 40% of those pets were adopted or saved by rescues like Almost Home.  Email  [email protected]
      Saturday, September 30th                   11:00 am- 3:00 pm
Jackson-Madison Humane Society Adoption Day

Petsmart                       635 Vann                       Jackson, TN 38305  (731) 661-0049

Come and visit the Jackson-Humane adoptables and you just may find your new best friend. There will be  dogs at this event and cats at this Petsmart event. Reduced rates for cats and kittens.  $25.00 for adults. $50.00 for kittens. 
There will be refreshments so stop by and meet all the great folks and sweet animals who need us all to be helping them. Thanks to Terry for her kindness and all they do. 

You can always visit the  Jackson Shelter. 23 Quaker Oats Drive Jackson, TN 38301  Phone (731) 422-5366
Saturday September 30th (& Sunday Oct 1)   11:00 am-4:00 PM 
A Paw and A Prayer Rescue & Sand Mtn Mutts & Pups Adoption Days

Petsmart        2130 Gunbarrel Rd    Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

A Paw and A Prayer Rescue is focused on rescuing dogs in the greater Chattanooga area. We have adoption events every Saturday at both PETCO and PetSmart on Gunbarrel Road. Contact Judy Butterfield [email protected] 423-718-0939 Check out the work they do for the Chattanooga area animals!

Sand Mountain Mutts n Pups Rescue was founded in April 2014. The rescue is volunteer based and runs on donations from the local community.
Saturday, September 30th                        11:00 am-3:30 pm
  Proverbs 12:10  Adoption Day

 Petco              7657 Highway 70 South #116                Nashville TN 37221 (615) 662-2585
Proverbs 12:10 has  a selection of our available dogs and cats.  Website

Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue's mission is to provide shelter and loving care for animals who have been abused, abandoned, owner surrendered or otherwise destined to be euthanized due to over-crowded shelter conditions.  At no time shall they be euthanized due to time constraints, medical need or other issues. Through the use of foster homes, Proverbs will provide loving care for our animals, to include veterinary care, food and any other necessity until responsible, loving homes can be found for all adoptable pets. All animals shall be spayed or neutered and we will make every effort to encourage those we encounter to do the same.  
    Saturday, September 30th                                                             1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunny Meadows Pet Adoption Day 

Sunny Meadows  4066 New Getwell Rd,         Memphis, Tennessee 38118

SUNNY MEADOWS is a non-profit No-Kill Animal Rescue.  We are the largest rescue  facility in the Mid-South. SUNNY MEADOWS Has been rehabilitating and re-homing 1000's  of homeless pets for 2 decades.  SUNNY MEADOWS was founded  by the kindness and passion of a very sweet loving woman. 

Each year , a heartbreaking number of pets euthanized each yr. we offer safety from the cruel reality for as many pets as possible.
        Saturday, September 30th                                      2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter
6th Annual Lakebridge's Cutest Pooch Dog Show

Lakebridge A Waters Community   115 Woodlawn DR       Johnson City, TN 37604       423-975-0095

Benefiting: Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter Join us for our fun dog show. The 5th Annual Lakebridge's Cutest Pooch Dog Show will take place Saturday September 24th at 2pm (rain or shine). The entry fee is a donation for the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter. Must bring a copy of current shot records. The first 25 to register will receive a gift bag. Lots of prizes to give away!!! Categories to enter include: Best in Show, Best Tail Wag, Best Trick, and Best Dressed. For more information call the Activity Dept at: 423-975-0095 ext. 308 or email: [email protected]                   For more info please call 423-975-0095
Saturday, September 30th      12:00 noon- 6:00 pm 
The Taco Festival inc Veggie Option & Food Trucks 
Centennial Park    2500 West End Ave,   Nashville, TN 37203

A General Admission ticket provides access to a collection of taco makers, restaurants, food trucks and others dishing out $2 tacos. Add bars and beverage stations serving margaritas, beer, water, and soda, and it’s a taco fiesta! The entire festival works on a token system – so you will purchase tokens worth $2 each and use those as cash. Vendors (veggie too!) will be on hand to sell other food (mostly desserts) as well.
Saturday, September 30th   3:00 pm-5:00 pm
 BarkHappy Doggie Ice Cream Social to benefit Agape Rescue!

Nashville Tail Blazers - 2407 Dickerson Pike Nashville, TN 37207

Gather your dogs, friends and their dogs to join the BarkHappy Doggie Ice Cream Social to benefit Agape Rescue! It will be a great time at Nashville Tail Blazers, we'll have several free giveaways and attractions including FREE doggy ice cream, FREE vegan gluten free dog treats from Nom Nom, FREE dog toys & bandanna from SM Pet Superstore, 

FREE professional photos with Music City Fur-tography, FUN play space, and a chances to win multiple raffle prizes. Join us!  FREE Doggy Ice Cream - FREE Professional Photos with Music City Fur-Tography  - FREE Tennis Ball, Bandanna AND Frisbee provided by SM Pet Superstore - FREE Vegan, Gluten-free dog treats from Nom Nom Dog Treats - FUN Play Space for the dogs  - EXCITING Door Prizes.
Saturday, September 30th  4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
'Pasta for Pups' hosted by Tails of Hope Dog Rescue

Church of the Holy Communion  4645 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

Annual fundraiser for the rescue dogs of Tails of Hope Dog Rescue. Dinner includes:
-Spaghetti w/homemade sauce ( both meat & meatless available)
-Salad  -Bread -Dessert  -Drink  (Take-out orders available) Adults: $8.00
-Children $6.00 ( 10 years & under) Seniors $6.00 ( 65 years & older)
-Silent auction! Smooch-the-Pooch booth! Cake walk!
 Tails of Hope Dog Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3), non-specific breed rescue made up of dedicated dog lovers. We have a network of families and individuals that provide foster care for dogs and puppies (some too young or sick for adoption) until they can adopted into loving, responsible homes. We save and rescue pups from Memphis Animal Shelter and other shelters. 
 ​   Saturday, September 30th             6:30 pm -til 11:45 pm 
MONSTROUS Evening of Movies at IJAMS Nature Ctr 
Double Feature 

Ijams Nature Center   2915 Island Home Avenue     Knoxville, TN 37920

Join us on the eve of October and kickoff your Halloween celebrations early, with a double feature for monster lovers of all ages. We’ll be screening the beautifully animated Paranorman, and the hilarious and horrific cult favorite, Cabin in the Woods. Once again, this movie night is brought to you by Ijams Nature Center and Central Cinema. This will be our last showing for our Movies in the Park series for the season, and we’ll only have one more movie night with our Central Cinema fundraiser screening of The Babadook on Friday, October 13.

Tickets for this double feature are $10 per person or $25 for a family. Click online site for tix... Tickets will be available at the door as well. Movies will begin once it gets dark. Doors open at 6pm. Food trucks & beer garden will be on hand w/ food and beverages available for purchase.

The profits from this and all of the other Movies in the Park events benefit Ijams Nature Center and Central Cinema. Set up close and personal with some of Ijams’ furred and feathered animal ambassadors! You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of our animal care program. You’ll get to see how we fee and care for the animals, and you may even have the chance to get nose-to-beak or toe-to-tail with some of our wildlife friends. Due to liability concerns, participants cannot be under 5 years of age.
September 30th, Year Round Ongoing                                      Times vary
West TN Therapy Dogs
Anne Weiss, president  Memphis, Tennessee
    1.Methodist Hospice     weekly                                   5. Memphis Int'l  Airport      monthly
    2. Juvenile Detention Center    bi weekly                6.  St Jude  Children's Hospital   weekly
     3. LeBonHeur Children's Hospital weekly              7.  Fed EX House    monthly
    4. U of M Psychology Dept     on call                          8. Jewish Home  2 days per week
     9. Various assisted living, nursing homes, and independent living facilities
            10.  Public and Private Schools    on call
Please visit website to see their wonderful work!
Visit             Email       [email protected]
September 30th Ongoing All Year                      Schedule appt pls-
Spay Memphis 

 Spay Memphis     3787 Summer Ave.           Memphis, TN 38122  (901) 324-3202

Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services is a 501(c)3 non-profit clinic dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation and high euthanasia rates by offering affordable spay and neuter surgeries to the public. The clinic has operated since 2005 and has performed over 31,000 spay and neuter procedures and counting. In addition, the clinic offers age-appropriate pet vaccinations and micro-chipping, which are done at time of surgery. (Wonderful org!)

Mission To reduce pet overpopulation through affordable spay and neuter surgeries
Vision Memphis will be the leader in animal welfare and ideal pet-friendly community where euthanasia is not necessary because there is a loving and responsible home for every pet.  Visit                        Phone 901-324-3202
Saturday, September 30th and Ongoing
 Tennessee Dog Parks
Get and enjoy the autumn colors with your dogs!
Saturday, September 30th Ongoing 
 Tennessee Animals Shelters & Rescue Groups
September 30th and Ongoing 
Young-Williams Animal Center’s Pet Food Assistance Program
Young-Williams Animal Village  6400 Kingston Pike                Knoxville, TN 37919

Young-Williams Animal Center’s Pet Food Assistance program is a special way to help pet owners in Knox County temporarily meet the needs of their pets during today’s difficult times.  Below are the details about our program. For more information, contact program administrator Xan Rawls at (865) 215-6683. 
Sunday, October 1st      8:00am- til 
Loretta Lynn's Ride for Mission 22

Multiple locations throughout TN, KY & AR (click the event link below for starting location details)  End up at Loreretta Lynn's     8000 Highway 13 South 
Hurricane Mills, Tennessee 37078

Start at multiple locations throughout TN, KY & AR all ending at the Loretta Lynn Ranch for a BBQ and special military tribute hosted by Loretta and friends. 100% of proceeds go directly to Mission 22 is to support American Veterans. Locationmultiple locations throughout TN, KY & AR 
(click the event link below for ALL of the starting location details)
Event website

Note Sept 29-Oct 1, 2017 The Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival is a 4-Day event held at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, one of Tennessee’s most popular tourist attractions. The Motorcycle and Music Revival will showcase the area’s depth and devotion to Music, Motorcycles, Food, Art, Entertainment, and Southern Hospitality.
Sunday, October 1st      12:00 noon til 
Halloween Pictures of Your Pet to Benefit Proverbs 12:10 

Phoebe & Friends 366 W Main St. Ste #6  Hendersonville, TN 37075   (615) 348-7297

Join us Sunday October 1 to receive your pet's Halloween picture from Phoebe & Friends Photography. Your donation to Proverbs includes one digital image.
There will be a prize package for the most creative costume, including a mini session from Phoebe & Friends Photography. *RSVP to reserve a time. 615-348-PAWS
TN Animal Shelters 
Petfinder TN Shelters  website        
    Low Cost Spay & Neuter in Tennessee
r and Ongoing 
Wilderwood  Service Dogs 'Lead the Way'

Wilderwood Service Dogs   1319 Tuckaleechee Trail              Maryville, TN 37803

Wilderwood rescues suitable puppies and young dogs from area shelters to be trained as service dogs. We start with rescued puppies and young dogs and give them a new and purposeful life as a service dog. The happiest dogs, domestic or wild, are those with a job to do. Human handlers and their canine partners are among the most amazing and fulfilled teams anywhere.

We specialize in providing service dogs specifically trained to handle the challenges of Spectrum Disorders and other neurological impairments. Some include:•Autism      •Aspergers  Mental Health D/O                    •Dementia •Mild Mental Retardation                       •Brain Injury (traumatic or chemical) Our dogs are a constant helpmate to you or your child... and any other place you may venture. How do I receive a service dog? To contact us: 865-660-0095 or email us at  [email protected]   Website is
Water Activities "Metro Parks Nashville" 

Get out and get wet! Whether your looking to drop a hook in a local lake, swim some laps, explore the local waterways, or just take the family & Pets out for a day of fun in the sun Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation has something for everyone. Please select an activity below for more information

-Boat Ramps    -Canoe and Kayak -Centennial Sportsplex        -Hamilton Creek Marina
-Riverfront Dockage           -Spraygrounds  -Swimming Pools            -Wave Country
    Sunday, October 1st                7:00 pm-8:00 pm Local Time
A Prayer for the Animals
   ~An Official Tennessee Week for the Animals event~

Join all those of us who would like to observe a moment of prayer for the precious animals. We are requesting prayers from 5-6 pm Central time on Sunday. This is a multi-faith observance. 

We can offer prayers, poems and memorials to our animal or all animals wherever we are and also light a candle by doing so if possible.

Wherever you are, if you can observe a moment for the animals who need us...that collective energy will surely grow and bring light to our cause to love, assist and help them from any and all suffering. For poems or additional inspiration, please visit
UPCOMING 2017 Blessing of the Animals Events TN

Sunday, October 1st    9:00 am  & 5:00 pm
St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral  Blessing of the Animals (2) celebrations 
Cathedral is at 413 W. Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, 37902. Parking is available behind the Cathedral on Church Avenue, between Walnut and Market Streets. (865) 525-7347
Dress casually and bring your pets!
9:00 a.m. Blessing of the Animals and Communion Service at Marble Hall Chapel in Lakeshore Park.  There is plenty of parking adjacent to this beautiful open air chapel.
10:30 a.m Blessing of the Animals and Communion Service in the Playground courtyard at the Cathedral.
5:00 p.m. St. Francis Evensong  
This event is for pet people (and their service animals, of course).
Please join us for this brief service of music and scripture celebrating the life of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

Sunday,October 1st   2:00  pm
St. John’s Cathedral     413 Cumberland Ave,      Knoxville 37902  (865) 525-7347
Bring your pets and gather in the Courtyard where Canon Thom Rasnick will offer a Blessing over our furry, scaly, and feathery family members. Please be sure all animals are contained/leashed for safety.

Sunday, October 1st      2:00 pm 
Blessing of the Animals 
First  Broad Street Methodist Church   100 E. Church Circle   Kingsport, TN 37660       423-246-4471
First Broad Street will again host All God’s Critters, a Blessing of the Animals Celebration, and you and your pet/s are invited!From 2:00 to 2:45 p.m., our current and former ministers will bless both you and your pet/s. At 2:45, a brief service, led by Harrison Bell, will conclude the celebration. The event will take place on the lawn between the church building and E. Church Circle. All God’s critters, large and small, are welcome. Dogs should be on their leashes, cats in carriers, & other animals contained as appropriate.

​Sunday, October 1st     4:00 pm
Blessing of the Animals 
Grace St Luke's 246 S Belvedere Blvd, Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 278-0200

On Sunday, October 1, at 4:00 p.m. we invite you to bring your dogs, cats, hamsters, lizards, fish, birds, snakes and hedgehogs to Grace-St. Luke’s Church for the Blessing of the Animals as we commemorate St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

We will all gather in Trezevant for a service which will celebrate our pets and our love for them. During the service we celebrate the joy and love that animals bring into our lives and we pronounce the wonder of God’s creation.For everyone’s comfort, we ask that all creatures be leashed, caged or otherwise contained. Each animal will receive an individual blessing from the clergy and a certificate of that blessing. Following the service there will be a reception with refreshments for animals and their people.

Sunday, October 1st   4:00 pm
St John’s Episcopal Church Blessing of the Animals (Honoring St. Francis of Assisi)
Head to Athletic Field on Overland Place (behind the church) for a blessing of our animal companions. A parade will be held and prizes given for best dressed, behaved, etc. The priests will bless your pets of all shapes and sizes. All pets and humans welcome from the neighborhood. In case of rain, moves to the church porte-cochere (turn around) in the Central Ave parking lot.

Wednesday, October 4th    6:00 pm  
Discipleship Ministries  1908 Grand Ave.  Nashville, TN 37212    (877) 899-2780
A Blessing of Animals, in many congregations, witnesses to God's and the Church's love, care, and concern for creation. As we recognize our mutual interdependence with God's creatures, the Church's witness of stewardship of creation is strengthened. It is also a service with special appeal to children. Come and celebrate with us. Wonderful info for conducting Blessings of the Animals ceremonies.

Saturday, October 7th    1:00  pm – 5:00 pm 
2017’s Pet Fest & Blessing XVI  Grace Lutheran Church  131 W. Gettysburg Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830        865-483-3787
Free Admission and FREE pet photos.Pet Blessing, 4 pm. Note new time! Pet Adoption and Foster Care Opportunities.  RAIN OR SHINE.

October 8th      10:00 am - 11:00 am
Unity of Nashville Blessing of Our Animal Companions     Unity of Nashville
5125 Franklin Pike      Nashville,TN 37220
The entire Sunday Experience is given over to the Blessing of Our Animal Companions In the Sanctuary.. All Critters of Every Kind Are Welcome. For those who have suffered the loss of a pet – please bring a photo so we can bless them while they wait for us on the Rainbow Bridge. For the safety of all, please have pets on a leash or in a carrier. Unity of Nashville offers a positive path to spiritual living and provides many opportunities to connect with friendly people, explore new ideas, celebrate, and grow spiritually.

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