At the Shelter

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source ~ Doris Day

Did you know that babies in homes with dogs may have fewer colds and ear infections and need fewer antibiotics in their first year compared with those in homes without pets? (Source: Pediatrics Web MD Wire)

Our shelter is full of smart pets who are full of love, loyalty and devotion. Stop by the shelter and meet them. See many of our pets on or and type 38024 zip to see our shelter or stop by The Pet Stop any day of the week to see a selection of shelter cats and kittens offered for adoption.


'Bobette' is a fetching American longhaired bobtail kitty. There are both longhaired and shorthaired divisions for the American bobtail; because the longhair gene is recessive, there are fewer of these. The bobtail coat does not mat easily. There were, until recently, only a couple of bobtailed or tailless breeds. But in the last few years, breeds from the former Soviet Union such as the Kurile Island bobtail have become better known, and two new bobtail breeds have been registered in North America. The American bobtail was the first of these. The genetic background of the breed is uncertain; bobcat parentage is unconfirmed, but both Manx and Japanese bobtail genes may be present, since both completely tailless "rumpies" and cats with kinked tails appear. These cats have a friendly, inquisitive nature. (Source: Fogle's The New Encyclopedia of the Cat)


'Oreo' is an extra-large black-and-white kitty who loves humans. He is a perfect lap cat. Our three cat rooms are full of equally fetching felines.

Ted', 'Jed', and 'Lucy

'Ted', 'Jed', and 'Lucy' are precious 9-week-old beagle-mix puppies who are playful and happy. Ted has a natural bobtail.


'Jerome' is a handsome Aussie mix who is quiet, sweet and has excellent manners. When he first arrived at the shelter, he stayed close to the run gate to be petted and enjoyed being talked to. He has been at the shelter for so long, he is depressed and doesn't bother any more. Jerome has given up on ever being adopted. He lies in the corner curled in a ball. Please adopt this deserving dog and give him a loving home. He will make a fine pet.

Make a difference this year: If you can't adopt - foster. If you can't foster - sponsor. If you can't sponsor - volunteer. If you can't volunteer - donate. If you can't donate - educate, network and cross-post. Everyone can do something to help save a life. Many people ask what is involved in volunteering. It is easy, fun and on your own schedule. Our volunteers socialize pets, walk dogs, play with puppies and kittens, give pets a bath and brush them to make them more adoptable, hand out treats and toys, and any other way you want to help. Better yet, foster a pet for a two-week period or longer. Our rescues require a two-week quarantine period. You save the foster pet's life and the one who takes its place. Call or stop by the shelter office for details. If you can't foster or volunteer, please donate. We need dog blankets, bath towels, no-tears pet shampoo, sweaters for our small dogs and puppies, good-quality dog and puppy food, cat and kitten food, plus formula for both and pet bottles. The pets appreciate treats and toys, also. Please no small toys because the dogs will choke. Also no bead eyes/noses, scarves, beanie babies, etc. Medium and large-size stuffed animals/toys are needed. The babies love to cuddle with a soft, stuffed animal. Since we had a mild winter, fleas are very bad this year and we need Adams' Flea Mist for dogs/puppies and cats/kittens. We also need collars, leashes, paper towels, bleach, office supplies, hand sanitizer, etc. We ask visitors to use hand sanitizer before and after they touch pets. We make every effort to keep our pets disease free. As soon as pets arrive at the shelter they are given their first round of shots if they are old enough.

Your donations to our shelter help keep our doors open and things running smoothly. Your donations to our shelter stay in Dyer County and will only help Dyersburg/Dyer County homeless animals. Our shelter doesn't receive any help from national organizations such as ASPCA, PETA, or HSUS. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and have been helping local homeless pets for over 30 years. Specify who your donation is to with complete address where notification or acknowledgment should be sent and your complete address. We will do the rest. Categories are: The Beagley Fund (heartworm treatment for shelter pets only), General Fund, Champ Lewis Fund (monetary pet-adoption assistance), Save a Life Makeover (professionally clip and groom to make a pet more adoptable), Honorariums and Memorials. Please mail your tax-deductible check to the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society, P.O. Box 223, Dyersburg, TN 38025-0223. Thank you for helping the animals.

Shelter hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. The shelter is closed to the public on Sunday. We are located at 1120 E. Court St. and phone number is 285-4889.

Please visit the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society's page on by clicking the link .