Think you’re witnessing animal cruelty?
Tell us about it using the form below.

File A Report

If you suspect animal cruelty in Memphis or Shelby County, you may report it using this form. Click here to review our state laws to determine whether what you’re witnessing may be illegal.

In order for us to investigate your complaint promptly, we must have an accurate address and as much detail about the alleged cruelty to animals as possible. Complaints without an accurate location cannot be responded to.

All complaints are anonymous.


Complaints HSMSC does not respond to:

  • Loose animal (please contact your municipal animal control)
  • High grass or rodent infestation (please contact your local code enforcement or health department)
  • Animal bites or dangerous/vicious animals (please contact your municipal animal control)


Please attach any images that relate to the animal's injuries.

Thank you for your report concerning possible animal cruelty. Most calls for service are responded to within three business days; however, this may vary based on the call volume, call priority, and other emergencies that occur.

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County is a non-profit organization that receives no government funding for day to day operations. We do not operate the city animal shelter. Instead, it is the mission of the Humane Society to eliminate the needless suffering of pets in our community, and render aid to those pets who do not have a home and need immediate medical care. The Office of Criminal Investigations and Emergency Services of the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County normally has one agent who responds to calls for service across the 21 patrol districts and precincts in Memphis and Shelby County, and routinely covers over 100 miles each day responding to a variety of different complaints. Under Tennessee law, the Criminal Investigator has full police powers to make arrests for crimes against non-livestock animals in Shelby County.


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