Animal Shelter


Monday 12-5pm
Tuesday 12-6pm
Wednesdays 12-5pm
Thursday 12-6pm
Friday 12-5pm
Saturday 12-5pm
Sunday closed

Please contact Animal Control or your local law enforcement if you need assistance with a stray/injured/aggressive animal outside of our operating hours.

Shelter hours and procedures are subject to change due to Covid 19 and staffing shortages. Please check our Facebook page or email for current information.


The shelter is always in need of supplies and funding. Please contact the shelter for a list of our most needed supplies. Monetary donations can be made via Paypal or check made out to :

Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter
2650 Gainesboro Grade
Cookeville, TN  38501

Donations may also be designated to sponsor adoption fees for pets in our care. Please call or visit the shelter for more information.

About Us

The Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter (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.

Please check our Facebook page for the latest news and information. 

To see our available pets please visit PetFinder.


We strive to provide the best quality of care for our animals and the best experience for our visitors. We rely heavily on volunteers to help us achieve this and are always looking for more dedicated volunteers to join our team. The minimum age for volunteers is currently 14 years old with supervision by an accompanying parent or legal guardian. Once trained, volunteers are free to choose their activities and make their own schedule. 

We are also in need of foster caregivers to provide short term housing for select shelter animals. 

The animal shelter also welcomes students with community service requirements and some court ordered community service. 

Contact the shelter for more information about volunteering, fostering and community service. 

Lost/Found Pets

We seek to reunite pet owners with their lost dogs or cats. Please do not delay reporting your lost pet. Stray pets brought to the shelter are only required to be held for 72 hours before becoming property of the shelter. Help us help reunite you with your pet quickly by providing your pet with an identification tag and microchip. 

You can view pets recently brought to the shelter at

You can also file a lost or found pet report on  and PetcoLoveLost

PetcoLoveLost uses facial recognition technology to help owners locate missing pets. You will need to provide a picture of your pet. 

 Contact the shelter for more resources and information for lost and found pets

Intake Instructions

We only accept animals found in Putnam County by Putnam County residents or animals owned by Putnam County residents

You must provide a valid government issued photo ID with proof of Putnam County residence

Stray animals are placed on a minimum 3 business day hold. No hold is required for owner surrendered animals. 

Appointments are required for owner surrenders and recommended for strays. Priority is given to people with appointments or injured/sick animals. We accept incoming animals every day that we are open to the public. We schedule our last appointment one hour before closing.

We request intake fees for all intakes to help support the cost of caring for the animals. Intake fees vary based on the type of intake and age and number of animals. Please call the shelter for more information.

For non-residents that have found an animal in Putnam County, please remain where you found the animal and contact local law enforcement

Putnam County Sheriff                   931-528-8484
City of Cookeville Police                 931-526-2125
Algood                                             931-537-6830
Baxter                                              931-858-4111
Monterey                                          931-839-2323       


All fees are payable by cash or check only


Puppies under 5 months                            $200
Puppies/dogs 5 months and older             $170
For dogs/puppies--Includes spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchip and heartworm testing for dogs 6 months of age and older

Kittens under 5 months                               $125
Kittens/cats 5 months and older                  $105
For cats/kittens--Includes spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccinations, and microchip. Felv/FIV testing is available for an additional fee


Intake fees vary depending on the type of intake, number of animals, their age and sex. Intake fees start at $20. Please call the shelter for a specific quote. 

A detailed fee schedule fee is posted at the shelter’s intake door.

End of life services

The animal shelter offers euthanasia and cremation services for pet owners regardless of the owner’s county of residence. Fees vary depending on the type of service(s) and the size of the pet. Contact the shelter for more information.