Ways to Donate

One Mission. Many Ways To Help.

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit animal shelter. We depend almost entirely on donations from local community members. The animals in our care depend on your support. Use the links below to donate online, see our wish list, and more! If you’d prefer to mail or bring a donation in person, we invite you to do so at HSMSC, 935 Farm Road, Memphis, TN 38134.

Pick what works best for you!

Other Ways to Help

We are classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization for tax purposes, so all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

If you would like to help the hundreds of animals we receive every year, there are numerous ways to contribute beyond making a one-time or recurring donation. Do you have another way to help? Contact us and let us know!

Sponsor Our Events

We host a number of fundraising, adoption, and awareness events throughout the year. We could not do it without our sponsors, both financial and in-kind. We offer generous ROI to businesses and individuals who support our events. For a listing of our upcoming events, visit our event page. To inquire about events and sponsorships, please contact our Marketing & Development Manager at sboster@memphishumane.org or 901-937-3943.

Host a Fundraising Event

Host a fundraiser as an individual, with your friends, or at your business. Feel free to get creative! Fundraise with a bake sale, birthday party, craft sale, or yard sale – the possibilities are endless! Businesses can throw a community event, donate a portion of sales, collect a dollar per drink, and more!  Contact us and tell us about your fundraising event. We would love to help!

Kroger Community Rewards

The Kroger Community Rewards program donates money to nonprofit organizations when enrolled supporters use their Kroger Plus cards. That means you can earn money for HSMSC every time you buy groceries or gas at Kroger! There is absolutely no cost to you other than what you’re already spending, and it has no effect on your Kroger Plus discounts or fuel points. All you have to do is sign up for a free Kroger account if you don’t already have one, enroll in the Community Rewards program, search for “Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County,” and click on our name to confirm. Go to www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewards.  If you have trouble, you can access Kroger’s complete list of detailed instructions here. You must renew your Community Rewards each year.

Donate Items

Caring for over 300 animals requires a lot of food and supplies, and we rely on the generosity of people like you to keep us stocked. Consider our wish list below, when you are cleaning out a pantry or closet or even when you have a birthday! Or, add a few extra items to your shopping list.

Shopping on Amazon
Save lives while you shop when you use our Amazon Wish List! When you need to shop on Amazon.com, simply start out by clicking the link below:

Employer-Matching Donations

If you donate to the Humane Society, check with your employer about matching dollars for charitable donations. If you volunteer your time at the Humane Society, check to see if your employer might match your hours with dollars. Some companies now include donations of your time as well as your money in their Matching Gifts programs.

Donate Retirement Assets

Retirement accounts can be heavily taxed and can significantly reduce the value of your account when given to an individual. If you name the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County as the beneficiary of your Individual Retirement Account, 401(k), 403(b), or other qualified pension plan, your estate will receive a charitable deduction for the funds’ full amount. Your gift can reduce the tax burden on your estate, increasing the amount your heirs may receive.  You can also use an IRA distribution to set up a Donor Designated Fund. Need help figuring it out? We’re happy to help!

Gifts of Stock & Appreciated Assets

Give the Humane Society appreciated securities, shares in a mutual fund, or other types of appreciated property, and you can enjoy tax benefits and a charitable income tax deduction. By donating appreciated property instead of cash, you can usually deduct the current fair market value of the property and avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation. Please call our Operations & Finance Director at 901-937-3913 for more information on transferring gifts of stock.


Join the Circle of Humane Heroes! Leaving a gift to the Humane Society in your estate plan is a wonderful way to make a lasting impact for animals in need. Bequests are the simplest and most popular type of planned gift, and they allow you to designate a portion or all of your estate to support our mission.

Your bequest can be unrestricted, which means we’ll use it to fund our endowment and operating budget, or you can choose to restrict it to a specific program or purpose that’s near and dear to your heart.

We know that estate planning can be overwhelming, but our team is here to help make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or would like more information on leaving a bequest to the Humane Society. Thank you for considering this meaningful way to support our work! Contact Suzanne Cantwell, Director of Development, at scantwell@memphishumane.org or 901-937-3902 to learn how.

Tribute Bricks

Are you looking for a special gift for the animal lover in your life, or perhaps a way to honor a cherished pet? We have just the thing! Our tribute bricks are a meaningful and heartfelt way to commemorate your loved one while also supporting the lifesaving work of the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County.

Custom-engraved bricks are a beautiful and permanent tribute to the people and pets you love. Honor a friend, family member, or furry companion who means the world to you with a tribute that will be proudly displayed in our walkway and will ensure a solid foundation for our pets in need for years to come. Thank you for your compassion and support!

To order your brick, contact our Development Specialist at 901-937-3903 or email donations@memphishumane.org.

Shop Humane Society Swag

By shopping on our fundraising store, you can help raise money for pets in need and support the Humane Society. Not only will you be able to snag some cool swag, but you’ll also be helping animals find their forever homes. Whether you’re in the market for a new tote bag or a snazzy t-shirt, every purchase you make goes towards supporting the cause. So what are you waiting for? Let’s shop ’til we drop and make a paw-some difference in the lives of our furry friends!

Create a Donor Advised Fund

During a time when the stock market is booming, a donor-advised fund (DAF) can be extremely helpful for people who want to donate to the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County.

When the stock market is performing well, people can make a lot of money from their investments but also pay a lot of taxes. But by giving appreciated assets like stocks or bonds directly to a DAF, you can avoid paying extra taxes on your gains. This means you can put more of your money toward helping others without losing a chunk to taxes (and Uncle Sam.)

Secondly, a DAF gives you a lot of flexibility and makes giving easy. When the market’s up, donors may have more money to spare. With a DAF, you can donate right away to lock in the current value of your assets. Then, you can decide later where you want the money to go.

Even better? A DAF lets donors grow charitable funds over time by investing them wisely. So, when the market’s good, the money in a DAF will grow too. This means there’s more to give to charities down the line. By making strategic contributions and letting the money grow, donors can make sure their giving lasts and keeps making a difference.

Lastly, a DAF helps families and communities get involved in giving back, especially when times are good economically. By talking with family about where to donate from a DAF, people can pass on the value of kindness and helping others to their kids and grandkids.

In short, during a booming stock market, a DAF is a great way to donate effectively, take advantage of market growth, and create a powerful legacy of giving for the future.

If you would like to learn more, please call Suzanne Cantwell, director of development, at 901-937-3902 or email scantwell@memphishumane.org.


Thank you to our corporate partners!

Generous businesses and community organizations help make our mission possible. We’re grateful for their continued support!



Donating to the Humane Society is a meaningful way to make a positive impact on the lives of countless animals. Your generous contributions provide vital support for our mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and find loving homes for abandoned and neglected animals. Adopt a pet and change a life.