Rescued Dog or Cat

Tennessee State Pet


Cat and dog nap together

Dog and cat take a nap; photo by Roger H. Goun on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Official State Pet of Tennessee

On April 29, 2014 Tennessee designated dogs and cats that have been adopted from Tennessee animal shelters and rescues as official state pets. Colorado, Georgia, and California also recognize rescue and shelter dogs and cats as state symbols. All State Pets

Currently  there are around eight million abandoned pets living in animal shelters in the United States and three to four million of these dogs and cats are euthanized every year.



Pablo and Maggie May; two of our six rescues Photo by State Symbols USA. (use permitted with attribution).

Small dog cuddling with cat

Dog and cat buddies; photo by Elisa B. on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike / no derivative works).

Dog and cat buddies

BFF dog and cat; photo by Dimas Streich on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

BFF dog and cat


If this video about a shelter dog doesn't move you, check your pulse!