Agape Animal Rescue

Nashville, Tennessee

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About Agape Animal Rescue

Agape Animal Rescue has been making a huge difference in animals' lives since 2004. This team of dedicated volunteers runs a foster and adoption program for abandoned dogs in Tennessee and the surrounding states. Dogs in need are placed in loving foster homes until they each can find a new forever home. With a foster parent, each dog can be given a safe space to play and learn invaluable social skills and obedience training with more individual love and attention than they can get at a formal shelter facility.

Agape Animal Rescue also works hard to improve animal welfare within the community through several important services:

  • Dog training
  • Owner education
  • Low-cost spay/neuter clinics
  • Rescue programs for animals suffering from neglect and abuse
  • Community outreach and empowerment

Contact Info

1200 Haysboro Ave
(615) 406-7799

Hours of Operation

Email for information
Animals kept in foster homes

Adoption Process

Agape Animal Rescue's adoption process helps keeps return rates as low as possible. It's crucial to find the best pet and owner match to give each dog the most fulfilling life possible.

The process can take anywhere from 1 week to 1 month from start to finish. While that's longer than many same-day adoption facilities, Agape Animal Rescue's foster program and involved adoption process ensures two things:

  • Animals get individual care and attention, meaning less shelter-related trauma and better understanding of their behavioral and medical needs
  • Potential adopters can take the time to really consider the specific pet that matches their wants, needs, and lifestyle.

These two great benefits mean high success rates and plenty of happy families!

If you're interested in giving a sweet dog a new home, have a look at Agape Animal Rescue's website where all dogs in need of adoption are listed. Each pup comes with great pictures and a detailed biography describing their background and personality. You can immediately see which animals may suit you better than others, as some will have specific needs, such as a home without children or other pets.

From here the adoption process is as follows:

  • If you find a pup that melts your heart, you can complete an application showing your interest here.
  • After your application has been submitted, a knowledgeable Adoption Coordinator will contact you to answer any questions and discuss the next steps.
  • Now it's time to meet your potential pet and get to know each other at their doggie foster home.
  • Next, an in-home-visit will be scheduled where your new friend can come to yours to sniff out their new environment.
  • If the match makes sense, you'll be asked to sign the adoption contract and pay the required fee to finalize the adoption.

Congrats on your new furry friend!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Agape Animal Rescue are as follows:

  • Puppies: $250
  • Adult Dogs: $200

Those fees includes a state-regulated $25 refundable fee that's reimbursed after your dog has been spayed or neutered. Another $25 will be reimbursed after your dog graduates an obedience training class post-adoption. On average, Agape Animal Rescue spends $350 or more per dog while they're in foster care, so these fees don't even make up for the cost of the rescuing these animals.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Agape Animal Rescue
directly using the contact info above.

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