To have access to lots of pet care and education information please visit the Humane Society of the United States website at go to pets, then pet care. Other good sources are and

NOTE: The Shelbyville-Bedford County Humane Association does not give funds to these groups, but these organizations do have some valuable information pet lovers should check out.

Group Education: If you would like a volunteer to speak to your group or organization about pet care and education, contact us. We would love to introduce you and your group to a four-legged friend certified as a Canine Good Citizen.

Pet loss and grief: It is sometimes hard to deal with the passing of a pet that has become such an integral part of your life. You are not alone. There are many resources to help in this time of need.

Anderson, M. (1994). Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet, 2nd Edition. Loveland, Co: Alpine Publications.

James, J. W. & Friedman, R. (1998). The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Death, Divorce, and Other Losses. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.

Lagoni, L.; Butler, C.; Hetts, S. (1994). The Human Animal Bond and Grief. Philidelphia: W. B. Saunders.

Lagoni, L. (1997). The Practical Guide to Client Grief: Support Techniques for 15 Common Situations. Denver: AAHA Press.

Sife, W. (1998). The Loss of a Pet (revised edition). New York: Howell Book House.

Audio Tapes
Antinori, D. Journey Through Pet Loss. Basking Ridge, NJ: Yoko Spirit Publications.

Butler, C., Hetts, S., Lagoni, L. (1996). Friends for Life: Loving and Losing Your Animal Companion. Boulder, CO: Sounds True.

Web Sites
Pet Loss Grief Support, Rainbow Bridge, Monday Candle Ceremony

Pet Loss Support Page by Moira Anderson, M. Ed.

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Pet Loss Support Lines
University of California Davis: weekdays 6:30-pm- 9:30pm PT

The National Cancer Support Group for Animals: 24 hours a day, sometimes with a return call 508-285-2525

Clarksville: Garden of Love Pet Cemetery, 2571 Whitfield Rd., Clarksville, TN 37040-7500, (615) 647-8980

Columbia: Cedar Hills Pet Cemetery Inc., 2467 Nashville Hwy., Columbia, TN 38401-7230, (615) 486-3255

Gallatin: Pet Rest Memorial Gardens, 1618 Hwy 109 N., Gallatin, TN 37066, (615) 452-3573

The Rainbow Bridge
A Dog’s Plea

Animal legislation: To learn more about animal legislation in Tennessee visit this University of Tennessee pdf at

Other good sources are: and and

For Local laws:

Contact: Bedford County Animal Control for County ordinances at or call 931-685-1130

For City ordinances see or call 931-684-6552

Local Veterinarians:

Shelbyville Animal Hospital
628 N. Main St.
Shelbyville, TN 37160

Southside Veterinary Hospital
312 S. Cannon Blvd.
Shelbyville, TN 37160

Cascade Vet Hospital
2849 Fairfield Pike
Bell Buckle, TN

Anderson Veterinary Clinic
Christiana, TN

Specialty Vet Clinic

Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic
(non-profit clinic for those on fixed incomes)
846 Union St.
Shelbyville, TN 37160