Jackson Area Animal Shelters

Companion Pet Rescue

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Companion Pet Rescue’s founder, Molli Bowen, formed the non-profit rescue organization after being involved with several rescue groups and realizing that the number of dogs in need of homes far outweighed the number of potential adopters in our immediate area. The organization was established with the goal of rescuing pups and dogs from Southern kill shelters and other neglect/abuse/unwanted conditions. Each month of the year, they rescue about 200 dogs and pups from TN, MS, AL and LA. All of the rescue pups receive all of their vaccinations and are spayed/neutered, posted on their website and adopted to homes in the Northeast. If a pup isn't adopted by the time he has finished all of his vet work, they are transported on CPR's transport to their Southbury CT adoption center. Since CPR's formation in 2004, the ever growing rescue group has rescued and rehomed more than 25,000 dogs and pups.

They are very instrumental in trying to eliminate the number of unwanted puppies by offering assistance as they can to the general public with their spay/neuter program. If you would like to donate to their spay/neuter fund and do your part to reduce the number of unwanted pups, donations can be sent to CPR PO Box 1772, Jackson, TN 38302.

For more information, visit their website at www.cprdogs.com.


Downtown Dogs Group

 Photo courtesy of Darren Lykes

Photo courtesy of Darren Lykes

Downtown Dogs Group is a no-kill 501(c)(3) organization committed to rescuing abandoned companion animals with the ultimate goal of placing them in loving, permanent homes. We offer long-term care in a sanctuary setting for those dogs unable to be quickly placed as well as hospice care when necessary. We are a true no-kill rescue. Our group only euthanizes in cases of painful terminal illness for which there is no cure.

Recognizing that every dog and cat deserves a chance, DDG does not discriminate on the basis of age, health, or breed. We dedicate every resource at our disposal to the physical, emotional, and behavioral rehabilitation of each animal that we rescue. All decisions regarding the animals in our care are based solely on the quality of life of that individual animal.

Noah, the beautiful pit mix pictured, is a prime example of the dogs to whom we’re dedicated. Rescued by a DDG foster after being found shivering in the rain, Noah was immediately taken to the vet and diagnosed with parvo, a deadly and very dangerous disease that most young puppies only survive with intensive treatment. There were two strikes against Noah: serious illness, and the fact that he is a pit mix, which still carries such an unfair and unfounded negative public image. Yet Noah is now thriving and healthy, enjoying the good life with a wonderful family in the Northeast.

DDG has rescued, rehabilitated, and found loving homes for amputees, deaf dogs, blind dogs and cats, dogs with behavioral issues, diabetic dogs, and elderly dogs and cats...just to name a few.  Several dogs and cats in our program, for which we were initially given no hope for recovery due to extensive injuries or illness, are now 100% well and living normal lives.

To the extent we are financially able, DDG has provided emergency medical treatment, spay/neuter, or other animal-care necessities for families undergoing temporary economic hardship but otherwise deemed to be responsible, capable, caring pet owners.

In addition, DDG is committed to reducing the number of abused, neglected, abandoned, and exploited animals in our area. Our long-term vision is to work with other concerned citizens to make Jackson-Madison County a true no-kill community. We fully believe this is an achievable goal if there is a sustained commitment in our community with regard to spay/neuter, humane treatment of animals, and aggressive efforts to educate citizens about responsible pet ownership. To that end, all of the dogs and cats in our care are spayed or neutered as soon as the animal’s health and age permits. The pets in our care are only placed with responsible, carefully screened fosters and adopters. We often adopt to homes in the Northeast, where years of progressive legislation and education have achieved the dramatic reduction in abandoned animals that we hope to someday see in West Tennessee. We also adopt dogs and cats locally; each adoption is specialized to best meet the needs of the particular pet.

Donations for medical treatments and day-to-day needs of the animals are always urgently needed, as are fosters for both dogs and cats. Fostering is such an incredible experience! The knowledge that you’ve given a special dog or cat the very best chance at a great life is a truly amazing feeling. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our rescue, and it is our hope that all who assist our organization will have a rewarding experience.

DDG is committed to operating fairly, ethically, and responsibly. We are an all-volunteer organization, and all donations received will be used to provide the best possible care for the animals. To learn more, visit us at www.downtowndogsgroup.org, and follow us on Facebook!
www.facebook.com/downtowndogsgroup


Jackson-Madison Co. Humane Society

 Photo courtesy of Autumn Nicole

Photo courtesy of Autumn Nicole

The Jackson-Madison County Humane Society is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization founded in 1953 by the late Dale Jamieson and chartered as a no-kill animal shelter.

All monies raised for the JMCHS come from donations from the public and fundraising events throughout the year. Adoptions are available at the facility, at weekend adoption events at Petsmart and Petco, and occasionally at other locations.

All volunteers at the JMCHS must be at least 16 years old or accompanied by an adult. The JMCHS has a small staff and can always use volunteers to do yard work, plumbing, electrical and automobile servicing. Walk-in volunteers are welcome Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and our dogs love to be walked.

All animals from the JMCHS have been tested for disease and temperament and have been vaccinated and altered in accordance to state law. The current adoption fee for dogs is $125 and $80 for cats. JMCHS is located at 23 Pinnacle Drive in Jackson. For more information visit www.jmchs.org.


KEG Rescue

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Founded in 2010, KEG was formed by a group of women who wanted to make a difference. The name came from the initials of the original girls (The vet actually shortened it with the initials). Today some of those ladies have moved on to other projects, but our group is still going. KEG Rescue started as a few people with a desire to help the many unwanted puppies and dogs in our area. We are one of many rescues in this area as there are so many homeless pets. All of our rescues have a common goal of educating the public about the importance of pet ownership and the benefits of spay/neuter. We do this by private adoptions from our site and also partner with other rescues in New England. We believe that these “throw aways” and “mistakes” deserve a forever home of their own.

All our dogs we rescue we fully vet before adopting out (shots, spay/neuter, wormed and heartworm tested). The ones that are positive for heartworms we put through treatment and make them healthy again. We have taken in dogs that have been hit by cars or beaten and abused, resulting in a need for expensive surgery from dental work to leg amputation. To be able to afford such expensive treatments we rely on fundraisers and donations called in to our vet at My Animal Hospital in Jackson. While the dogs are being vetted they are placed in loving foster homes where they can learn what love is and it gives us a chance to observe the dog so that we may place it in a good home.

We receive our pups/dogs in many ways. We pull from several kill shelters, dogs that are abandoned, and from people who call who need to surrender their own dogs or whose dogs have had puppies (We always spay the mom of the pups that are surrendered so we can help break the cycle). We also focus not only on the many puppies that are down South, but we also focus on adults that sometimes are harder to place because of their age or size. It is very easy to fall in love with a puppy’s face but there are even more adult dogs that are abandoned. Our mission is to rescue, but our dream is for the need to no longer exist.


Loving Paws Rescue

Loving Paws Rescue got its start in August of 2005. There was nothing in Chester County for dogs or cats—only a city shelter for dogs within the city limits. At that time, dogs were taken in and euthanized after a week. No effort was made to re-home them or treat them if injured. We began pulling from there, vetting and placing for adoption. We eventually formed a good working relationship with the city pound. Now there are people who go there and take pictures to network the dogs! No euthanasia in 3 years. Loving Paws has been instrumental in mentoring this group. We take in dogs and cats mainly from the county since they have no one else. We enjoy going to local schools to talk to the kids about responsible pet ownership, especially the importance of spaying and neutering to cut down on unwanted litters. We also have a low cost spay/neuter program for the community. We are always on the lookout for good foster homes where we can help more. With just the two of us, it limits what we can take in. Melissa Burcham is the director of our cat program. She and her family do a great job in getting the kitties ready for new homes. She occasionally will take on a litter of pups or an adult dog or two! The home Ron and I share is the main place for our doggie program. We also take in sanctuary dogs (those that due to no reason of their own, were not adopted to new homes due to factors such as age, chronic health issues or trust issues). As long as they behave, they are part of our family here. As of the end of 2015, Loving Paws has placed 3,127 dogs and cats, completed vetted and healthy, into good homes. We work closely with Forever Home Rescue New England in Mass. in placing our doggies. Due to strict spay/neuter laws there, they have no strays or excess pups. People will stand in line there to adopt what folks are throwing away here. So we are very fortunate to have them in our corner! Our kitties are adopted through our association as Pet Partners with PetSmart. We are very proud of the work we have done in the last 10 and a half years. But we wish it wasn't necessary! We’d love nothing more than for rescue groups to no longer be needed, but until we get legislation on our side, it won’t happen.


Redemption Road Rescue

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Redemption Road Rescue is a 501(c)3 equine rescue located in Jackson, TN. Lori Collins founded RRR in 2009 because of the overwhelming number of horses that were being neglected or abused and were in need of help. Since then, RRR has seen incredible growth and now has over 45 volunteers handling everything from cleaning pens to helping with fund-raising events. There are no paid positions in RRR. When a horse needs around-the-clock attention, the volunteers take turns to stay in the stable with the horse.

The goal of RRR is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home equine that are abused, neglected or abandoned, but also not to judge and reach out to equine owners who are experiencing hardships. RRR will try to supply feed and medical help on a temporary basis, and the rescue is there to receive equines if they have to be surrendered because their owner can no longer care for them.

RRR receives no government funding and is supported by small adoption fees where warranted, some small grants, fund-raisers and donations. Since its inception RRR has rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed well over 350 equines.

The purpose of RRR is to educate the community on the proper way to care for their equine companions and to be available to owners in their time of need.  RRR works hand in hand with law enforcement and other rescues both locally and around the country. They have worked with equine rescues as far afield as Arizona and with a national organization based in Washington, D.C. when they needed a reputable organization in this area.

For more information about future events and how you can help or donate, check out Facebook/RedemptionRoadRescue, or www.redemptionroadrescue.com


Saving the Animals Together

 Dixie and Suzie are in need of a new home after their owner was deployed. They are bonded sisters and will only be adopted together.

Dixie and Suzie are in need of a new home after their owner was deployed. They are bonded sisters and will only be adopted together.

Saving The Animals Together (S.T.A.T.) is focused on Madison County companion animals at risk. Through our rescue, foster, and adoption program,  as well as our numerous community outreach and educational efforts, we strive to promote positive human/animal bonds.

We do not choose dogs or cats to rescue based on breed or health. When we commit to an animal, we use every resource available to restore that animal to health. All of our animals reside in loving foster homes until they are adopted. We adopt animals locally as well as through our Pennsylvania chapter. No matter where an animal is adopted we stand behind them for life and if the adopter chooses not to keep the animal we will find a safe solution for it. We like to say “Once a STATDawg (or cat!), always a STATDawg.”

Sometimes the best rescue is the one where we enable a loving family to keep their pet in their home. Through our monthly pet food distribution program, #NoEmptyBowls, our fun and educational community events for pet owners, and the spay/neuter vouchers we provide as finances allow, we hope to do our part to make rescue less necessary in Madison County.

We love our volunteers and welcome you to join our team. You can find information about volunteering on our website, our social media outlets, and our postings on volunteermatch.com.

If you would like to contribute to our work with a financial gift, checks can be mailed to S.T.A.T., PO Box 12537, Jackson, TN 38308. You can also donate with a credit or debit card through our PayPal at savingtheanimalstogether@gmail.com.