animal services


Ways to support Cas


CAS Finds New Ways

to Attract Forever


Real Life Room at

the Collierville

Animal Shelter

Collierville Animal


Completes Expansion

Lemonade Stand


Earnings to CAS

CAS Reminds

Residents to Keep Pets

Safe in the Heat

Collierville Hosts

Educational Workshop

for Area Animal Groups

Town Teamwork

Saves a Kitten's Life

Kitten Foster Moms

Provide Time and

Attention for Strays

1/10/17 - The New Year is bringing new efforts to attract adoptive and/or foster parents for the animals at Collierville’s Animal Shelter (CAS).

A member of the shelter’s staff will appear on Local Memphis Live with Amy Speropolous every other Tuesday at 8:15 AM. The first spot aired on January 3 and featured shelter Director Nina Wingfield introducing several adoptable cats and dogs, and talking about the shelter’s expansion. Local Memphis Live is on channel 24 every weekday morning.

The Pounds for Hounds program is a way for volunteers to help themselves and the CAS at the same time. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals (ASPCA) will donate to the shelter $5 for each pound lost by participating dog walkers.

Call the Collierville Animal Services at 901-457-2670 for more information.

2/22/17 - The life of a shelter dog can be stressful. While they have food, water, and a roof over their head, they do not have a real home. The Collierville Animal Shelter is doing all that they can to create that feeling of home with “Real Life Rooms.” Real Life Rooms mimic a living room setting with furniture, a basket of toys, rug, etc. It gives the dogs a chance to spend some time out of their kennel - in a place that is more relaxing and true to a home-like environment.

“We’re always trying new ideas to help animals get adopted,” said Nina Wingfield, Director of the Collierville Animal Shelter. “This can make a world of difference in our adoptions.” In addition to a space where dogs can spend time outside of their kennels, the Real Life Room serves as a place where staff can show animals for adoptions.

Potential adopters can sit down on the couch and see how the dog may act in their own living room. Will the dog chew on the couch or favor a toy? Will he/she jump up in your lap or stay at your feet? These types of questions can be answered by observing an animal’s behavior in a Real Life Room.

The Collierville Animal Shelter is the first shelter in the Mid-South area to implement this innovative technique to find the right pets for potential families. Currently, the Shelter has two Real Life Rooms and are continuing to make them feel more and more like home.

3/23/17 - You might say that Collierville Animal Services (CAS) Director Nina Wingfield is as happy as a flea at a dog show. Why? Because now she has more room at the Town’s animal shelter and can accommodate not only whatever dogs and cats drop by, but all the things she needs to make their hopefully brief stay as comfortable as possible.

The new additions to the shelter make life less scary for the displaced animals by keeping them safe in areas customized for their needs. The best example of this is the new cat area in the west wing of the building. The room is large enough to accommodate several large two level cages and yet leaves ample floor space for the cats to roam when it’s their turn to do so. There’s also a storage room and a small office for volunteers in the new space. The west side of the building also houses Wingfield’s new office, a room large enough for her to comfortably address operational issues with staff or talk to visitors about possible adoptions.

The large open room in the middle of the building used to be filled with cages, but because of the expansion, the area is now designated for office use. There is one of the shelter’s “real life rooms” here, and a storage cabinet which was built and donated by a local Eagle Scout troop. The new reception area at the front of the building used to be part of this bigger room. Now when visitors enter the shelter, they are in an area specifically designated for reception. They are greeted through a window by someone in the office, and connected with the correct staff member or volunteer for their particular need.

On the east side of the building, the expanded area includes a new cat intake room, a small dog intake room, two laundry rooms, an additional restroom, a surgery prep area and the new surgery room, which can hold two tables and some storage cabinets.

The outside of the shelter has entrances to two new isolation areas for animals requiring quarantine. There is still a bit of tweaking to be done, but overall, the expansions at the shelter are allowing the CAS staff to do a more efficient job of serving Collierville residents, both the two-legged and four-legged varieties. Director Nina Wingfield is excited about the possibilities and is thankful to all who contributed to the finished product. A full 75% of the cost of construction was funded by donations from the public.
7/10/17 - Young residents of the Spring Creek Ranch neighborhood held a lemonade stand fundraiser for the Collierville Animal Shelter on Saturday, July 8. The group used the proceeds to purchase items the shelter “wish list” and delivered the supplies the following day.

Collierville Animal Services Director Nina Wingfield gave the young philanthropists a tour of the facility as a special thank you for their generous fundraising efforts.

The group is pictured at their lemonade stand, and at the shelter with their donations and while visiting a kitten.

7/11/17 - There is no denying it – summer is here, and it’s HOT outside. Now imagine wearing a fur coat during these 90+ degree days. Collierville Animal Services wants to remind you to remember how uncomfortable, and life-threatening, high temperatures can be for your pets.

The Humane Society of the United States offers these best practices for pets’ summer safety: • Never leave your pets in a parked car. On a warm day, such as 85°, the temperature inside a car can reach 102° in only 10 minutes – even with the windows partially open. • Watch the humidity. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, taking heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to efficiently cool themselves, and their body temperature can quickly rise to dangerous levels. • Limit exercise on hot days. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. In addition to difficulty breathing during extreme heat, asphalt can reach temperatures over 100° and can burn your pet’s paws – grass is the coolest surface to walk your pet. • Don’t rely on a fan. Pets respond differently to heat than humans, and fans do not cool off pets as effectively as they do for people.

• Provide ample shade and water. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they do not obstruct air flow. A doghouse does NOT provide relief from heat – it can make it worse. Any time your pet is outside make sure he or she has plenty of fresh, cold water. • Cool your pet inside and out. In addition to cold water, a cool soak in the tub can help alleviate a pet from overheating.

Dr. Carr Kelsey of Kelsey Canine Medical Center said the potential for a dog to have a heat stroke is much greater when temperatures are reaching into the 90’s. “There are several type of dogs that are more susceptible, which include any of the brachycephalic dogs like bulldogs, pugs, and Boston Terriers,” commented Dr. Kelsey. “Other susceptible breeds include any longer hair or thick coated dogs like a Golden Retriever. Lastly, any dog that has any respiratory disease that limits their ability to pant.” Dr. Kelsey advises that any dog can have a heat stroke without taking the proper precautions as listed above.

“Heat strokes do happen in the mid-South but can easily be prevented,” said Dr. Kelsey. “If your dog collapses or is panting for an excessive time (over 10 minutes) then you need to take them into a veterinary clinic or emergency clinic. You can try and hose them down just for a minute before heading to a veterinary hospital but the faster you get to us the better. The prognosis really depends on how high the temperature has gotten and how long they have remained at that high temperature.” To learn more about how to keep pets safe during the summer, or to receive a flyer about heat safety tips, contact the Collierville Animal Shelter at 901-457-2670 or stop by the shelter at 559 E. South Street Collierville, TN 38017.
8/1/17 - Eighty people filled the seats of the Harrell Theatre Monday, July 31, 2017 as one person sat near the side bottle feeding a five-week old kitten, who was rescued over the weekend. Faint “meows” could be heard through the room, but the other attendees did not mind as they were all in the business of saving lives. Collierville Animal Services and the SPCA of Memphis brought the Helen Woodward Animal Center “Business of Saving Lives” Workshop to Mid-South animal rescue professionals drawing attendees from Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. The Helen Woodward staff traveled the furthest – from their center in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

The Helen Woodward Animal Center is a nationally recognized, non-profit organization that believes in the philosophy of “people helping animals and animals helping people”. The center is located on twelve acres, and holds an impressive 100% adoption rate along with hosting numerous programs including pet encounter therapy and therapeutic horseback riding, pet food donations for senior citizen pet owners, and educational workshops for children and animal rescue professionals.

The “Business of Saving Lives” Workshop focused on successful fundraising methods, creative public relations strategies, and social media best practices. Mike Arms, President and CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center, opened with informative and inspirational remarks about the mission of working in the animal rescue field. Sharing inspirational stories was a common thread throughout the day as session leaders shared their stories of their “call” to the cause.

“The staff with the Helen Woodward Animal Center are the gurus of animal welfare,” said Nina Wingfield, Director of Collierville Animal Services. “We are always working to improve what we do, and this workshop was a wonderful, educational resource to have here.” The one-day workshop is offered by the center at no cost, and Collierville Animal Services took advantage of applying early in the year to bring the program to Collierville.

SPCA of Memphis handed out grants to all participants (over thirteen groups) in the form of “gas grants” for out-of-town attendees and spay and neuter grants for local groups. Blue Buffalo sponsored both breakfast and lunch for the day. Participants were also invited to tour the Collierville Animal Shelter the day before the workshop – Nina shared that everyone was very complimentary of how clean and impressive the facility was, along with the benefit the shelter adds to the Collierville community.
8/28/17 - Faint meows could be heard from a storm drain over the weekend in Lark Hill Cove in the Planter’s Ridge subdivision in Collierville. After a resident contacted the Town about the trapped animal, Collierville Animal Services and the Streets and Drainage Division of Collierville Public Services teamed up for a rescue.

The group quickly discovered that there was a kitten who appeared to be around six weeks old stuck in the storm drain. The kitten was very timid, however, Collierville Animal Services Director Nina Wingfield and Staff Member Megan Medlin were able to safely retrieve her and transfer her into a carrier.

“If we had another heavy rain, she could have been washed a few blocks away into the detention pond,” said Clay Ticer, Streets and Drainage Supervisor.

Once the kitten arrived at the Collierville Animal Shelter, she was given a bath, shots, and a comfortable place to stay. Wingfield plans on fostering the kitten herself while she adjusts to her new life and grows a little older.

“I think we’re going to name her Gabby,” said Wingfield. “She’s been very cooperative, but hasn’t stopped crying.” Hopefully Gabby will soon realize that she doesn’t need to cry anymore – unless they are happy tears.
8/29/17 - When Suzanne Ware first came to the CAS 17 years ago, it was with the idea of looking for a kitten to adopt. When she left, she had been “suckered” into fostering orphan kittens. “I was just going to take one kitten, but ended up taking her sister, too” said Ware. She was hooked, and as her children grew up and moved out of the house, Ware moved foster kittens into their rooms. The Wares eventually built an additional climate-controlled garage, affectionately referred to as “Suzanne’s Cat House” and now all fosters are kept in 2 rooms there.

Ware now serves as the CAS’s volunteer Cat Care Coordinator, and has seen both sides of the fostering program - the rewards and the burnout. Taking care of baby cats is very similar to taking care of baby humans, with round the clock feedings and teaching bathroom habits Ware said that in the case of kittens that have a feral mother, when possible the mom cat is caught and brought in to do the bulk of the work, but then released back to where she was found after being spayed and given vaccinations. Cases which involve large litters of true orphan kittens occasionally require a tag team approach from the volunteers, by splitting the litter and/or the weaning time between a couple of foster moms.

Cheryl Yates is fairly new to the foster group, but she is absolutely sold on fostering as an excellent way to spend her time. “After retiring 2 years ago, I decided that this is the way I want to spend my retirement - playing with kittens,” said Yates. Though some feline foster parents segregate their own animals and their foster animals, Yates lets her kittens have the run of the house once they are mobile. “I let my 6-year-old grandson play with them, and I also run the vacuum and all the other household machines so they will get used to the noise and not be afraid,” said Yates. “You can always tell a fostered kitten in the shelter because they will come to the front of the cage and interact with you. Non-fostered kittens often hide at the back of the cage.”

CAS Director Nina Wingfield fosters orphan kittens at her home as well. “I have been fostering kittens for 35 years because it is so rewarding,” she said. Wingfield said that even her dog, Tilly, got in on the act by bonding with some feral kittens that were slow in trusting any human. Wingfield urges people to spay and neuter their pets and strays to cut down on the population of cats and dogs without homes. But while there is still an overflow of baby animals with no place to go, people at CAS like Ware, Crossnine, Yates, Wingfield and the small army of 9 additional dedicated “kitten ladies”: Beth Vornbrock, Val Tingley, Heather Prouty, Beth Jasper, Cathy Dawson, Mary Nulph, Annie Stout, Betty Ciesiolka, and Lori Barrick will happily step up and take the kittens from vulnerable newborns to adoptable kittens. Staff members Lucie Farris, Shirley Money, Megan Medlin and Sandy Kraemer are always ready to help in emergencies to care for the tiny rescues, until kitten fosters can be found.

“We foster to give these little guys an extra boost in life,” said volunteer Cheryl Yates. “They come in because they’ve been found with no mama; they’re little and they’re scared. So we take them home and love on them just like their mamas would do, and it’s the most wonderful, rewarding experience a person can have.” If you’re interested in fostering kittens or puppies, please contact Nina Wingfield at Collierville Animal Shelter (901) 457-2670. You can also help the kittens by donating to the CAS Medical Fund which benefits the foster program.