Frequently Asked Questions
Here are several of the many questions we are asked on a daily and weekly basis
Are you a “no-kill” shelter?
We are not a 'no kill' shelter but we are as 'low kill' as we can manage. We do have to euthanize some animals but only for very poor health or aggressive temperament towards people. Dogs used to be given a two week euthanasia date upon arrival, however since in the past 3 1/2 years no dogs have been euthanized on those dates due to space, the city has allowed us to remove the euthanasia date on the dogs on intake. We have a wonderful group of volunteers in and out of the shelter who share our Facebook posts and All Dogs Album to insure that our dogs are marketed to potential adopters and rescues. We recently had a hoarding case in which several feral to semi feral hounds stayed at the shelter for several months. While a few were rescued and/or adopted after months of heavy marketing by volunteers both in and out of the shelter to many rescues and potential adopters, the majority of that group were euthanized. Our shelter is not equipped to care for dogs that have issues like the hounds did. While we can spend several hours a week socializing and doing our best to create a home like environment for dogs, we are in reality a pound in the city's official wording, and complete socialization of dogs with a pack mentality who have had minimal care all of their lives is simply not feasible at a facility such as ours. We maintain as low kill as possible at our facility. Our 2016 stats were 115 dogs adopted, 115 dogs rescued, 130 returned to owner, which resulted in an overall lifesaving percentage of 97%! That's 362 out of 375 adoptable dogs that were given a new chance at life thanks in part to the amazing group of volunteers both in and outside of the shelter who market our dogs to rescues and potential adopters on a daily basis.
How long do you hold animals for?
There is no set time limit. We hold healthy, adoptable animals until we find them a home as long as we have space available. However, dogs that approach a 4 month or longer stay are marked as urgent and more time is spent on finding them placement over any other dogs in the facility.
If I find a stray dog how long will you hold it?
We hold all stray dogs per TN State Law for a minimum of three days (5 days if an animal has collar or identification) to try and find an owner. After that time, animals are evaluated to ensure that they are suitable for adoption, and either put up for adoption or marketed to rescues to try and place previous bite case dogs or at the time of availability dogs that will require more work before becoming available for adoption.
Do you pick up stray animals?
Yes, but only dogs as our facility does not take in cats. Our Animal Control Officers are on call for stray and welfare calls Monday thru Friday from 7am-5pm. You can call dispatch at 931-359-7215 to request or report during these hours. You may call dispatch 24 hours a day to report vicious stray dogs or severe neglect/welfare checks requiring immediate attention. Both the county and the city welfare and stray calls need to go through the new dispatch number at 931-359-7215.
What are owners required to provide for their pets?
TN state law requires adequate shelter, water, and food, and a current Rabies vaccine given within the last 12 month to all dogs or cats. Horses and other livestock need to have adequate shelter requirements as well as food and water. Adequate shelter does not require the animal to actually go into the shelter, as they cannot always be made to go in, but it has to be there for them if they wish to go in and must be large enough to contain the animal completely if it tries to get in. There is no law in TN or in Marshall County against dogs being tied out on chains. They just must be able to get into adequate shelter if needed.
Do you accept donations of blankets, towels, or other items?
Yes! They may be dropped off at any time. Please see our Wish List for some of our other needs. If no one is here the items may be left at the front door (except in inclement weather) or may be taken to Griffin Cook and Sons (at 602 West Commerce) during their business hours (7am-5pm M-F, 7am-12pm Sat) and one of our volunteers will pick up from there and bring to the shelter. We currently are full on blankets, pillows, and sheets/comforters so no longer need those right now.
Are you funded by the state or other government entity?
We are a government municipal shelter run by the City of Lewisburg and overseen by the Lewisburg Police Department. They pay for our utilities, most veterinary expenses, and operational expenses, as well as the salary of the city Animal Welfare Officer and the Shelter Manager.
Can I make a monetary donation to the Shelter?
If you wish to make tax deductible donations to the Lewisburg Animal Shelter you may do so by sending to: City of Lewisburg 131 East Church Street Lewisburg TN 37091. Donations that are NOT tax deductible which the Shelter Volunteers use to purchase toys and treats for the dogs, pay for vetting that is not covered by the city, and purchase office supplies to market the dogs may be made to Lewisburg Shelter Volunteers 300 Woodside Lewisburg TN 37091.
I think my neighbor is abusing/neglecting their animal, can you help?
Please call dispatch at 931-359-7215. They will contact the Animal Control Officer on call.
Does my dog require a leash when he goes outside?
Yes, Marshall County does have a leash law. In the city limits of Lewisburg all dogs must be on a leash at all times. In the county, any dog must remain on a leash off of YOUR property.
Does my dog require a license in Marshall County?
You do not currently need a license to own a dog in Marshall County, however ALL dogs over the age of 3 months do need to have a Rabies vaccination. It is safe to give at 12 weeks of age, and is a yearly vaccine. This is required by TN State Law and can only be given by a Veterinarian.
I found a baby bird, rabbit, injured wildlife etc. What do I do?
Our shelter does not handle wildlife. You may find a wildlife rehabber from this TN State website close to your area. We highly recommend Walden's Puddle. Within the city limits of Lewisburg, you may call dispatch if you have a nuisance groundhog, skunk, opossum, or armadillo on your property. The ACO will set a trap for the animal. This service is not available to the county. Our ACO's do not pick up or dispose of deceased animals in Marshall County. In the county you can call TDOT 931-276-2219.
They do pickups of deceased animals on main roads throughout the county normally on Tuesdays and Fridays. Within the city limits you may dispose of the deceased animal in your trash receptacle and it will be picked up on your normal waste removal day.
Do you accept cats or kittens at your facility?
No, we are a dog only facility at this time.
Can I check on a stray dog that I dropped off?
Yes, please call our shelter at 931-359-5948 and one of our volunteers will be glad to give you an update.
Do you take owner surrenders?
No, we do not take owner surrenders. We do have a local rescue group that may be able to help you rehome your pet. Please call our shelter at 931-359-5948 and we can give you their information. We also have a facebook group which you may post any pet you need to rehome to. That page is Pets Needing New Homes in Marshall County TN on facebook.
Where can I see what dogs are currently in your shelter?
The ACO's list the dogs first to Petfinder and from there the volunteers market them to Facebook, AdoptAPet, and RescueMe. The All Dogs Album on Facebook is where all of the dogs currently available in the shelter are listed. These pages are all maintained and overseen for the Shelter by the Lewisburg Animal Shelter Volunteers with the approval of the City of Lewisburg and the Lewisburg Police Department.
Do I have to get the dog I am wanting to adopt spayed or neutered?
YES! This is mandatory. When you sign the contract either over the phone or in person, you are signing a government contract with the City of Lewisburg to have the dog fixed. This is not only a requirement by our facility, it is required by the State of TN. It is unlawful for a pet coming from a shelter facility to be left intact. The ultimate goal is to cut down on pet overpopulation, and this can be achieved through spay and neuter. There is no exceptions to this law. In most instances we will either have the appointment already scheduled (especially for purebred or dogs with high interest) or otherwise you have 30 days from the date of the contract to have your dog spayed or neutered. The volunteers do follow up checks within the month and any dog not fixed within the specified amount of time is turned over to the follow up of the ACOs. You could be found in violation of a government contract and subject to fines or having the dog taken from you if you do not have this done. In instances where puppies are adopted, an extended time of 2-3 months may be given to have the pet altered. These cases are few but we have been given the go ahead by the ACOs in the cases of young puppies to have this extended.
How do I adopt a dog and what does it cost? What is included in my adoption fee? What kind of payment do you take?
Our adoption fee is currently $125. For that adoption fee you receive a voucher for the spay or neuter of the dog and a Rabies vaccination. The $125 fee includes a $50 refundable deposit that is refunded once you provide proof to the shelter that your dog was spayed or neutered. You may also choose to donate that $50 to the Spay and Neuter fund so we can get dogs in the shelter pre-vetted. We accept personal checks or correct change when you come in to adopt. You must fill out an adoption application in order to adopt. To see how to adopt out of state, please see our post below.
Do you do out of state adoptions, what is the process, and how do I get the dog to me?
Yes! We welcome out of state adoptions. You can call and talk to a volunteer to find out more information about the dog you are interested in. At that time we will speak with you and find out more about your home environment and make sure that the dog you are inquiring about will be a good fit for your family. We can take your information over the phone to adopt, as well as give you our paypal address at that time to send your adoption fee through. The dog will be vetted before it leaves our county to go to you. There are no exceptions to this. Upon adoption the dog will receive it's spay or neuter, a Rabies vaccine, a booster on it's distemper/parvo (or a modified live parvo if it has been at the shelter less than 2 weeks). If you wish for further vetting such as a fecal or heartworm check, those things must be paid for in advance by calling the vet that the volunteers are able to book the appointment with. That information can be given by the volunteer at the time you speak to them regarding adoption. The veterinarian will take your card number over the phone for any additional testing or work you require while the dog is at their offices. Transport groups require a health certificate which is an additional cost at the vet office. We work with several rescue transport groups. Two of the ones we recommend are Kindred Hearts Transport and New Beginnings Animal Transport. These transport groups normally require a two week hold out of the shelter, and we do have veterinarian offices that board as well as a boarding facility called Junes House Pet Spa in neighboring Chapel Hill. Any boarding costs will need to be paid by the adopter. The volunteers do the transports from our shelter to both the veterinarians offices and Mrs. June's for you free of charge.
My dog was picked up as a stray. How do I get it back?
If your dog is lost and is in the shelter, please call and one of the ACOs or volunteers will speak with you. If this is the first time the dog has been picked up as a stray and it has recently come in, the ACOs may waive the $25 Return to Owner fee. If this is a repeat time they have picked up the dog, or if the dog has been here for several days, the Return to Owner fee is $25 plus $5 for every day the dog is here in our care. In extenuating circumstances if you are a repeat offender for allowing your dog to run as a stray and the ACOs have picked it up, you will be required to go to court to reclaim your dog. In the event you do not wish to reclaim your dog, you may still be required to make an appearance in court and explain to a judge why you continued to allow your dog to run loose ignoring the leash law. In those instances you will be required to pay any court costs incurred whether or not you wish to have your dog back. After the court date, which can be as long as 30 days, and you do want your dog back, you will be charged the $25 Return to Owner fee and $5 per day depending on how long the dog was with us. All of these charges are determined by the Animal Control Officers, and while a volunteer can ask them for you, we cannot waive those charges. Again that is all up to the Animal Control Officer which the court case falls under or which one picked up your dog as a stray. The best thing to do is to NOT allow your dog to run at large as a stray, either in the city or the county.
HELP! My dog is lost and I don't know what to do
If you have lost a dog, call the shelter immediately and report it, either by speaking to someone directly or leaving a message on the machine. The volunteers have set up and maintain the Marshall County TN Lost and Found Pets page on facebook and will post the dog out for you there. You may also do so yourself including a photo and a contact number. We have reunited several pets with their owners this way, in a matter of a few minutes to a few days.
How long will my dog be pregnant?
Gestation is approximately 63 days. However, to help cut down on pet overpopulation in our county, we encourage you to have your animals spayed or neutered in order to control the pet population.
Can I get my animal spayed or neutered for free?
No but there is a low cost spay and neuter clinic available in neighboring Bedford County. Mid TN Spay and Neuter is a great asset to the Middle TN area. Spaying or Neutering your pet is critical to controlling the animal population. 931-684-5353.
We have a lot of feral cats in our neighborhood, can you help?
Our facility does not take in cats at this time, however we do have humane traps that can be checked out from an Animal Control Officer so that the cats can be caught and transferred to rescue groups or taken to a vet by you, vetted, and released. Our volunteers will be glad to give you information on groups available and the names of the vet clinics in our county.
Do you accept donations of food?
Yes we do. We accept canned and dry dog food at all times.
I want to keep my pet but I can't afford food right now between paychecks. Can you help me?
Yes! Our volunteers operate the Marshall County Pet Food Pantry. We need you to come in and fill out a one page form and we can help you out with dog food, cat food, or kitty litter to insure your pet can stay in your home. This is meant to be a one time only service, however under certain circumstances this may be repeated with an individual. All we ask is that when you are back on your feet you donate back to the Pet Food Pantry so that others in your former situation may be helped as well.
The following pages are all maintained and overseen for the Shelter by the Lewisburg Animal Shelter Volunteers with the approval of the City of Lewisburg and the Lewisburg Police Department.
This group is ONLY for the posting of lost and found animals of any kind in Marshall County TN. It is maintained by the Lewisburg Animal Shelter Volunteers so that we can help connect any calls on pets or dogs that come into the shelter with their owners. Let's do all we can to help get these little lost ones home!
This group is set up by the Lewisburg Animal Shelter Volunteers to help pets and their owners stay together. Many times pet owners must make the decision to give up their pet for financial reasons even tho they would rather keep them. Food requests and emergency vet bill donations may be requested here. Yearly medical vaccinations are the responsibility of every pet owner and should not be requested here. Vet bill donations will need to be paid directly to your vet as no monetary monies may be given to an individual. Food donations will be given via the Shelter Volunteer Pet Food Pantry. A one page form is required for any food request and can be obtained at the shelter. If you know of a pet in need of a welfare check do not post here but instead call the shelter at 931-359-5948. This is for pet owners of any kind. Dog, cat, horse, whatever. This group is only for Marshall County TN requests.
If you have an animal you can no longer keep please feel free to post it here to help find it a new home. For Marshall County TN pets needing new homes only! This is not a page for breeders to sell animals but rather people's personal pets to be rehomed to keep them out of the shelter or thrown out as strays. All breeder postings will be deleted. We recommend checking references before just giving an animal away to someone. Fees charged as rehomimg fees are at the owners discretion. Remember there are folks out there who collect animals as bait or breeding or lab animals to resell. Please do your homework and be responsible and act in the best interest of your pets!