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MidSouth Animal Rescue League

Bartlett, TN

Our Mission

The mission of MidSouth Animal Rescue League, as a network of individuals and rescue organizations, is to improve the plight of homeless animals dying in local shelters by providing rescue, shelter, medical care, adoption services, and foster homes. To assist other agencies in investigating incidents of animal cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. To reduce pet overpopulation by advocating spay/neuter programs. To reduce the number of homeless animals entering MidSouth shelters by promoting responsible pet ownership, permanent identification, and the humane and compassionate treatment of all animals.

MidSouth Animal Rescue League is an all breed, 501c3, non-profit organization that prefer to rescue senior dogs and special cases. With 20 years of experience with our beloved ROTTWEILER breed, we try not to ever have to turn any away that need us…especially the seniors that end up in shelters. Currently, we have several senior rottweilers in our hospice foster program. We always need more fosters so that we never have to say NO to them. We have also started a community relief effort specifically in the Red Banks, MS area not far from us, called The Dog House Project, where we go door to door providing dog houses to dogs on chains and other dogs and cats without proper shelter, including straw in cold temps, as well as food and other supplies as needed. We offer free spay/neuter services to those animals and continue to check them all year. To date many have been surrendered from their neglected lives on chains.

MidSouth Animal Rescue League relies on the kindness, generosity, and financial support of people like you so that we can continue to rescue and care for dogs like this one. We are a group of dedicated volunteers who respond to animals in need in shelters, strays, and from individuals. We receive no federal or state funds and are supported solely by private donations.

Many of the animals we save are in need of special medical care or surgery to bring them back to health before they can be placed. Veterinary care, vaccinations, tests, x-rays, medications, spay and neutering, heartworm prevention, flea/tick prevention, worming, food, kennels, grooming, and other supplies are provided for each dog while in our care.

Adoption Policy

Thousands of pets die each year because irresponsible owners neglect them, let them breed or just decide they no longer want their pets. Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment. Our adoption program is designed to ensure the placement of our pets into permanent, responsible homes. Our adoption & screening process is very thorough. We make every effort possible to correctly match pet & human so as not to subject the pet to further rejection or abandonment. We are looking for homes that understand that adopting a pet is a 10 to 15 year commitment to love & care for this homeless pet’s needs.

We do not allow meetings with any of our dogs until we have your application. Potential adopters must complete an application & phone interview with the foster, & a home visit. Fenced in yards are almost always required, there are exceptions, but it is rare. Applications are an important aid in helping both the adoptor & rescue group make the best decision in knowing what pet will fit the adoptor’s expectations & lifestyle. The application is as much a great service & tool for the adoptor as it is for us, so please consider this as you answer the questions.

Our adoption fee is $150.00 for dogs, & $200 for puppies unless noted otherwise.

All pets have had shots, spay/neuter surgery, heartworm testing & are current on heartworm prevention, & are microchipped. If the dog is too young for surgery it will be scheduled by us at our vet when age appropriate & specified in the adoption contract. All dogs are kept in foster homes, inside, & are kennel trained.

Adopting a new family member should involve a well-thought out & deliberate process. This is not an impulse purchase. Please understand that we do not want these pets to be homeless again. We try to complete the process as quickly as possible & will appreciate & consider each application.

**NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE** It is almost impossible to return everyone's calls & emails. Voicemail fills up several times a day & the emails are endless. We are so busy rescuing & caring for pets in our care & want to give our time to those pets & to adoptors who have taken the time to complete the application.

Due to the overwhelming inquiries we receive for help, we do miss some emails & we are very sorry if we miss responding to you & assure you it is an oversight & not intentional. Some days we get 50 emails just asking us if a dog is available, if it is housebroken & how much it is to adopt. This is very frustrating for us because we maintain a current website & all pertinent info for adoption & the pet is right there. Inquiries asking if a dog is available, how much the fee is, etc, consumes alot of our time that could be used in responding to local applicants. Most questions you have can be answered by reading our site. We do sincerely apologize for not being able to get to everyone & are sorry for any inconvenience we cause you.

We know how excited & anxious you are to adopt your new pet. We know it is hard to understand why the adoption process is so lengthy & may seem cumbersome to you. We know it is hard to understand why it can take awhile to get your call returned or your application processed immediately & we apologize for the inconvenience. We ask that you be patient & understand that we are volunteers receiving more requests, calls, applications, & emails than we can possibly return in a day. We ask that you remember that we are gone most of the day rescuing pets from shelters, taking them to the vet, doing home visits, processing applications, checking references & the list goes on. One sick rescue can throw us off schedule. Please remember that we have families & pets that sometimes get sick & need our time as well.

We receive many applicants for the same dog. In this case, we try to make the best possible match based on the info we have gotten during the application process.
We PREFER to adopt in the Mid-South AREA, usually no more than 1-2 hours away in driving distance. We rarely adopt long distance, but will consider each & every application.

**WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY ADOPTION. Our first concern is the happiness & welfare of the pet. We respect our potential adoptors & appreciate your interest in adopting one of our pets. We care about you too & that you are getting the right fit for your home. By following our process, together we can make sure you are getting the right pet.**

MidSouth Pet Rescue League is a 501c3, non-profit organization that relies on the kindness, generosity, & financial support of people like you so that we can continue to rescue & care for these animals. We are a group of dedicated volunteers who respond to pets in need. We receive no federal or state funds & are supported solely by private donations.

Thank you for understanding our application process!

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