You may have heard that Tennessee is the first state to have an animal abuse registry, and that it went into effect January 1. Here's more from Local Memphis, including an interview from HSMSC, on what is involved in this registry.


Bookmark the Animal Abuse Registry page on the TBI website; it's empty now but as felony animal abuse convictions start taking place, it will f...

Keep your pets safe if you must evacuate for flooding

Flood waters are rising and slowly creeping into some MidSoutherners homes. If you have to evacuate your home, do NOT leave your animals behind. You will endanger the lives of not only your animals, but emergency personnel who may attempt to rescue.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • Medical and vaccination records: Many clinics will not house your pets in their boarding kennels without proof of current vaccinations.
  • ...

It's time to re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards!

Hopefully you've already been earning money for HSMSC every time you use your Kroger Plus card on groceries or gas using their Community Rewards Program! If you have, it's time to re-enroll, and if you haven't, now is a great time to sign up! Kroger resets customers on January 1, so if you still want donations to come to HSMSC, you must re-enroll now. There is absolutely no cost to you other than what you're already spendin...

New Year's Eve: Second Worst Day for Pets Getting Lost

Pet owners, please take extra precautions on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! The fireworks that come along with the New Year holiday can be very stressful for pets, and as a result, can cause pets to escape from their yards or homes.

Teresa Martin, founder of the Lost and Found Pets of the Mid-South Facebook page, which helps reconnect pet owners with lost pets, says that, after Independence Day, New Year’s Day is he...

Humane Society Rescues 18 Dogs from Northaven Home

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County’s cruelty investigator and emergency services team removed 18 dogs, including 12 adult dogs and six newborn puppies, from a home in North Memphis last week.

On Dec. 21, 2015, HSMSC criminal investigator John Morgret responded to a complaint at a home on Belfast Drive in Memphis. The investigator observed a backyard littered with debris, fecal material littering the yard, one wad...

Humane Society Announces 2015 Volunteer Awards

HSMSC recently hosted our 2015 volunteer holiday party. We take this opportunity every year to celebrate our amazing volunteers. We love each and every one of these wonderful folks who make our mission possible, but each year we recognize a select few who really went above and beyond.

Our 2015 award recipients are at left. Pictured: Phillip Van Zandt Photography, Best Photographer Friend; Dave Eizinger, Outstanding Hospice Fos...

Humane Society, MPD Arrest and Charge Suspect w/ 8 Counts of Animal Cruelty

Nine animals taken to the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, in cooperation with the Memphis Police Department, investigated, arrested, and charged Memphis pet owner Jessica Montesi last week with eight counts of cruelty to animals, among other charges.

On Dec. 10, 2015, HSMSC criminal investigator John Morgret, with the assistance of MPD, issue...

Defendant Sentenced in Heat Stroke Death of Puppy
Puppy died in hot car while owner inside Wolfchase Galleria on July 29

Alexis Cain, a pet owner who was investigated by the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and arrested for Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, was convicted of the Class E felony and sentenced to two years in prison.

On Aug. 9, 2015, HSMSC Criminal Investigator Morgret assisted MPD in arresting Alexis Cain for an offense committed in July. On July 29, 2015...

Help for the Holidays

There are many ways to get involved and help HSMSC this holiday season! Keep reading to find out how!

Holiday Cards

Take advantage of this time-saving (and life-saving!) opportunity to allow HSMSC send out your holiday cards on your behalf! For $10 per card, we'll take care of everything--you just give us the recipients' names and addresses! Once you make your donation here ($10 for each card you would like sent), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from the same e...

Build Your Own Protective Shelter for Community Cats

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and Memphis Pets Alive! recently partnered to host a workshop showing concerned citizens how to build an outdoor protective shelter for community and/or feral cats in their neighborhoods. The shelter is easy and inexpensive to put together, and it provides potentially life-saving warmth for community cats.

Click here for a list of supplies and instructions.

Click here to lear...

Woman Indicted in Animal Cruelty Case

In March, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County's cruelty investigator arrested Diane Shields Parnell, and HSMSC took possession of the dog she owned, who was suffering from advanced demodectic mange with pustules. We named the dog Marlon. We can't share his before photos here since the case is still active, but here is a photo of him shortly before he was adopted into a wonderful home.

The Shelby County District Attorney's offi...

2016 "We're Pit Bull People" Calendars

NOW ON SALE: 2016 calendar featuring families from our annual "We're Pit Bull People" campaign, released each October as part of Pit Bull Awareness Month and Pit Bull Awareness Day on October 24. 

The calendars are $10 each, and all proceeds from calendar and photo submission sales will be divided between all the organizations featured in the calendar:

  • ALIVE Rescue Memphis
  • Compassionate Hearts Animal Rescue
  • Friends of Memphis Anim...

Humane Society, Shelby County Sheriffs Arrest Suspect in Aggravated Animal Cruelty Case

One suspect was arrested and charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and another is currently wanted after the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County’s Office of Criminal Investigations and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office worked together to investigate a case earlier this week.

HSMSC Criminal Investigator John Morgret responded to a complaint to the organization’s anti-cruelty h...

Humane Society Makes Five Animal Cruelty Arrests in August 2015

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County was involved in the arrest of five individuals during the month of August on charges of animal cruelty as part of four investigations, and closed one case in criminal court.

On Aug. 4, 2015, HSMSC Criminal Investigator John Morgret responded to a residence on Sunray Drive in Memphis to assist the Memphis Police Department on a complaint alleging cruelty to animals. ...

For the entire month of August, when you adopt from HSMSC, Hollywood Feed wants to thank you by paying you back for your adoption fee with a Hollywood Feed gift card valued up to $150!

When you bring home a new pet, there's lots of fun stuff you need to make your pet comfortable, healthy, and having fun. Hollywood Feed wants to help you with that! Check out our adoptable pets here and come see us to take home your new best friend plus a gift card to get everything you need!


Dog Dies in Hot Car, HSMSC Investigating

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County was called to a scene at Wolfchase Galleria on Wednesday, July 29, where passersby had witnessed a small dog that had been left in a car in the parking lot. Prior to HSMSC's arrival, the witnesses were able to remove the dog from the car and rush her to Bartlett Animal Services, where the dog was pronounced dead on arrival. Since Wolfchase Galleria is located in Memphis and is apart of HSM...

Millington Dog Owner Convicted of Animal Cruelty
Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County investigation led to arrest

Harold Curry, Jr., a dog owner who was investigated by the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and arrested for Cruelty to Animals, was convicted of the Class A misdemeanor and sentenced to time served of two days and was ordered by the court not to own or control animals.

On April 27, 2015, HSMSC criminal investigator John Morgret responded to a compl...

HSMSC Assists ASPCA with Animal Cruelty Case in Alabama
Neglected animals to receive medical care, behavior enrichment at temporary shelter

At the request of the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County deployed two staff members to Moulton, Ala., approximately three hours from Memphis, to assist with a large-scale animal shelter seizure.

The Moulton Police Department contacted the ASPCA, who is assis...

Andrew Jacuzzi Joins HSMSC as Executive Director

We are proud to announce the arrival of our new executive director, Andrew Jacuzzi. Andrew comes to us from Door of Hope, Inc., a Memphis-area nonprofit which helps the chronically homeless with disabilities transition from living a life unsheltered to secure permanent supportive housing, where he served as the executive director. He has developed an expertise in helping an extremely vulnerable population, and we know that exp...

2nd Annual World Spay Day a Success - 75 Feral & Community Cats Fixed

In honor of WORLD SPAY DAY and thanks to sponsors Liz & Rouben Simonian and an all-star team of veterinary professionals who donated their services, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County held a high-volume spay/neuter event for feral and community cats last week on March 3. World Spay Day is an international campaign of the Humane Society of the United states and the Humane Society International.



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