Animal Shelter


Two cases of canine distemper were recently confirmed by an Oak Ridge veterinarian’s office. Additionally, a dog adopted from the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter in January may have contracted distemper. It was not known if the adopted dog contracted the disease before or after being adopted. As a precaution, all animals brought into the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter are being vaccinated on arrival. The shelter is separating dogs with any kind of cough or nasal discharge from dogs available for adoption. No cats have tested positive for distemper – cats and dogs cannot pass the disease to each other.

Early signs of canine distemper include sneezing, coughing and discharge from the eyes and nose. Depression and/or loss of appetite are also symptoms. The virus can be passed from dog to dog through sneezing, coughing and sharing food and water bowls. The disease was all but eradicated about 40 years ago but is seeing resurgence, particularly in rural areas where dogs have not been vaccinated. The shelter staff has been taking extra precautions cleaning and sanitizing kennels with bleach and disposing of items such as towels and blankets that might be contaminated. Pet owners should be wary of wild animals, such as raccoons and foxes, which can carry the virus.

For more information on prevention of distemper, visit the following ASPCA web page:

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Tuesday through Saturday
Open from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM

395 Belgrade Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
We are located on the corner of Warehouse Rd and Belgrade Rd.
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Phone (Business hours)(865) 425-3423 
(865) 425-4399
(865) 425-3427

  • $110.00 fee for the adoption of either dog or cat
  • $100.00 fee for the adoption of a second animal at same time
Adoption fee includes our veterinarian performing a physical wellness check, spay/neuter, vaccinate, rabies shot, microchip, tattoo, flea/tick treatment, and nail trim. All adoption services are completed before the animal goes to it’s forever home.

After the animal has been adopted, the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter require the family take their new pet to a veterinarian within five business days. The shelter should be notified after the veterinarian has completed a thorough physical exam.

It is required that all animals that reside within the City of Oak Ridge be current on all vaccinations, rabies shot, and city registration.

  • $5.00 registration fee/tag for each animal that is spayed/neutered
  • $10.00 registration fee/tag for each animal that had not been spayed/neutered