Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter (CPCAS)

2650 Gainesboro Grade
Cookeville, TN 38501
(931) 526-DOGS (3647)


12:00pm – 6:00pm

(closed Sundays)

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A Little About the Shelter….

The CPCAS Adoption Outreach seeks to place all adoptable animals in loving, lifetime homes. In fact, we fancy ourselves as matchmakers, actually. Our matchmaking skills are free and are included with the price of adoption.

The care and safekeeping of our area’s dogs, cats, bunnies and guinea pigs, ferrets and other domesticated animals is our first priority. CPCAS does not turn any Putnam County animal away.

Is your Pet Lost? We seek to reunite pet owners with their lost dogs or cats. Please stop by immediately after you realize your pet is lost! We can go over with you what we will need for a happy reunion! (The only way to be certain if your pet is at our shelter is to come see for yourself, in person!)

Remember that a collar and tag is your pet’s best way of being reunited with you quickly! If your pet gets out of every collar tried, you might consider micro-chipping!

Our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) helps area citizens take better care of their pets by helping them vaccinate and sterilize their pets. This is the best and only proven way to stop pet over-population in our community.

Our Helping Hands Program goes into classrooms and teaches humane treatment and kindness for animals. We also encourage group tours at the shelter.

CPCAS works with the Cookeville Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department’s Animal Control personnel in their efforts to enforce our animal control laws and investigate cruelty and neglect cases, and we house the animals they bring to us for safekeeping.

We will work with 501c3 (recognized) Rescue Groups who have applied to partner with our shelter. We will seek out Rescue Groups to add to our Partner List. This will increase the chances our animals have to be placed in another home.

Drop-off Instructions:

  • CPCAS accepts all animals from Putnam County.
  • You do not need an appointment, however we request that you bring them during our open hours, 12 noon to 4:00 pm; Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday.
  • All stray animals (those without a ID tag) will be kept for a minimum of 3 days before being put up for adoption.

In order to best care for the animal you are bringing in we request an intake fee. Intakes are taken on  Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Fee Schedule

Owner Surrenders: 

$15 if the animal is altered and current on annual vetting

$30 if the animal is altered, but not up to date on vaccinations or annual vetting

$50 if the animal has not been altered and does not have any vet records


$15 for any stray animal

Litters and Nursing Mothers: 

Price TBD on a case by case basis