Over 12 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized at shelters all over the country annually.

In six years one female dog and her offspring can give birth to 67,000 puppies. 
In seven years one female cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens.

MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.
MYTH: It's better to have one litter first.
FACTMedical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.
MYTH: My children should experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth—which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion—the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.
MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.
FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats—mixed breed and purebred.
MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.
FACT: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.
MYTH: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
MYTH: But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.
FACT: A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesn't mean her offspring will be a carbon copy. Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can't guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. A pet owner's chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a pet's (and her mate's) worst characteristics.
MYTH: It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered.
FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other variables. But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost—a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs if complications develop. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.
MYTH: I'll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
FACT: You may find homes for all of your pet's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.
Remember to FIX YOUR PET. It's as easy as 1..2..3. 
Just call one of the following to make an appointment:

1. Your Veterinarian

2. Spay/Neuter Clinic 931-372-2728

Cookeville/Putnam County Animal Shelter

2650 Gainesboro Grade 

Cookeville, TN

(Next to Hyder-Burks Ag Pavilion) 

931.526.DOGS (3647)

Shelter Hours of Operation:

Monday - Saturday 

Noon - 6pm

(Closed the first Monday of every month for cleaning)

" We adopted our dog Penny (fka Mekena) from the shelter in March. We had been curious to see the new campus, and had been talking about getting another dog for a couple months. After looking at every single dog there (including all the puppies and we weren't wanting a puppy anyway), my husband wasn't sure he'd seen a dog he liked.... but Penny's spotted coat and hopeful face stole my heart. The staff and volunteers were all very helpful as we spent some time with her, and made the decision to take her home. She is such a sweetheart and I know she spent 2 months waiting to be adopted, only because it took US that long to finally get over there. We would not hesitate to come visit the shelter again, whenever we're looking to add another dog to the family."


" Awesome staff, clean, and overall great...we adopted a sweet little girl and the staff helped me from the minute we walked in to the final adoption. Thank you Putnam animal shelter for being such a great place. "


A friendly greeting.

We want you to feel at home and welcome you to visit!  


Genuine concern.

Every one of us is a pet-owner. We will treat your pet like it was our own.


Professional service.

Our professional and knowlegeable staff and volunteers will  provide the expert care your family deserves.

What to Expect when you visit the P.E.T. Care Campus

" After just moving from Ohio and being an avid dog and cat lover, I was thrilled to check out the new shelter. Last week I adopted the dog Tess (formally Scarlett) and she is doing so awesome with her new family. The staff is so helpful and do what they can to help you despite how busy they are. Please go rescue some pups or cats! They need it. "


Spay/Neuter Information

" I went to the animal shelter a few weeks ago when we lost one of our cats to see if he was there. This shelter is amazing! Absolutely one of the best I have ever been to & I even worked for a shelter in Utah once. The staff here are so nice & caring & the animals are so loved & cared for. We didn't find our cat there but did eventually find him and the staff was so helpful. We are going there today to add a canine to our family & can't wait! Thank you all for the incredible job you do for these animals!! "


The P.E.T. Care Campus

(Pets, Education and Training campus)

is a campus style environment which includes the Cookeville/Putnam County Animal Shelter, the Roger and Marion Moore off-leash dog parks (one for small dogs and one for large dogs), and and education center. Thanks to everyone who has shared and supported our vision! 

" I am thankful that we have such a caring and efficient staff at our Shelter. Everyday they love on the critters to calm their fears and make them more sociable so when want-to-be pet owners come in to adopt, they will find healthy and friendly animals.

Sadly, the Staff has to deal with people that don't know or understand how to care for animals. All in all, the Shelter Staff has a difficult job but they handle it like professionals and make a lot of connections for the animals. They are a great bunch of people that truly love animals! I give 5 stars to our Cookeville/Putnam Co. Animal Shelter Staff!! Keep up the great work! "


See what the community has to say about our wonderful Animal Shelter and P.E.T. Care Campus!

 " It has been a year ago this weekend that I adopted my wonderful fur-baby Jackson! He was a little shy at first, but the staff at Cookeville Animal Shelter set us up in a room so that it was not so loud for us. Jackson has been a wonderful therapy dog for me. He truly brings out a smile in everyone he meets. If you look for a furry friend who needs a forever home, this is most definitely the place to go! " 


Friends of Cookeville/Putnam County Animals