Look for us in our new location: 
4001 Hughes Crossing, Suite 161
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 261-PETS (7387)



Happy Tales Humane is unable to hold or accept stray and lost animals at this time.  However, we can provide you with the following information to assist you in helping the animal.

Check for a Microchip

If the animal is not wearing a tag containing the owner's contact information, a verterinary clinic or animals shelter will be able to scan the animal for a microchip..

Report the Lost Animal to the Necessary Authorities

It is important to immediately report all found animals to the local animal control in the county in which you found the animal.  There is a good chance that someone is looking for the animal and they will likely contact the animal shelter.

Post Flyers

If you are not certain whether the animal is a lost or stray animal, it is best to post "Found Dog/Cat" signs in the area where the animal was found as well as in veterinary offices, local supermarkets, coffee houses and other public areas. You should include a photo and brief description of the found animal and your contact information.  If you are caring for the animal, be sure to post a flyer at the local animal control facility.

Lost/Found Listing

Post an online Lost/Found listing on as many websites as possible.  Include a photo and information about the date found, location, a brief description of the animal and contact information.  For a listing on Happy Tales Humane's website, send the above information to

Advice about lost/stray animals from the Humane Society of the United States


Before You Surrender Your Pet

We understand that in some circumstance, pet owners believe they cannot keep their pet.  When you surrender an animal to a shelter, the transition can be difficult.  Shelters are stressful environments for even the most well-adjusted animal.  Surrendering your pet to an animal shelter should be viewed as a last resort.  Before you make the final decision, consider the following:

  • Consult a trainer or behaviorist for help with common behavioral problems
  • Talk with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues your pet may be experiencing
  • Look for an alternative place to that accepts pets
  • Explore your networks to help find a new home for your pet - friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, vet offices, social or church groups or local businesses

Surrender Procedures at Happy Tales Humane

Animal surrenders are managed on an appointment only basis after a surrender application has been completed and returned.  Applications will be reviewed, and an appointment may be scheduled based on a number of factors including space available and the age, health and temperament of the animal.  A surrender fee is required to help cover necessary expenses.  Appointments for admission to HTH are not guaranteed.  If we are unable to accept an animal for any reason, we will do our best to offer an alternative solution.

To complete the surrender application please click the link below:

Surrender Application



Sunday / Monday - Closed

Tuesday~ Open by appointment only~
Wednesday- Friday 11-4
Saturday - 11-2

Dogs are available for adoption by appointment  during all regular business hours.