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The Hair of the Dog Brunch

This weekend is shaping up to be quite a busy one in the Memphis area. Regardless if you are planning on running in the Cooper Young 4 Mile Race, attending the University of Memphis game versus UCLA, taking in the sights and wonders of the Copper Young Festival, or a combination of all of these wonderful events, you are going to want to unwind on Sunday, and what better way to unwind than enjoying brunch at a Midtown original while supporting Memphis Pets Alive!?

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Where: Celtic Crossing, 903 S Cooper St, Memphis, Tennessee 38104

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Celtic Crossing Irish Pub will host the 6th annual brunch the day after Cooper-Young Festival to benefit Memphis Pets Alive!.

Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome on Celtic Crossing’s patio anytime, and they are especially encouraged at The Hair of the Dog Brunch. The brunch will be held the Sunday after Cooper-Young Festival, which is one of the pub’s busiest weekends of the year.

“We’re proud to support our local pet rescues six years in a row through the Hair of the Dog Brunch,” Naylor said. “Our staff loves seeing all the dogs who come out for brunch, and we love supporting a good cause!”

The Hair of the Dog Brunch will feature a special canine-themed menu full of items designed to nurse a hangover, with dishes such as the Irish Wolfhound (a traditional Irish breakfast platter), and including options for vegetarians and limited options for vegans.The Reel McCoy will provide Irish session music starting at 11:30 a.m. Celtic Crossing will donate a portion of the proceeds from the event to Memphis Pets Alive.

Don’t Be a Daddy Day!

As many of you know, Memphis Pets Alive! has an active TNR program here in the Mid-South. Back in June, our dedicated volunteers participated in “Don’t Be a Daddy Day!” and it was a huge success!

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We spayed 16 females and neutered 11 males. These 27 cats will no longer contribute to the overpopulation in Memphis!

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THANK YOU to Dr. Monica Schoknecht at Arlington Animal Clinic for volunteering her time and expertise for this event.

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THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers for spending your Friday and Saturday trapping, assisting at the clinic, and helping with recovery.

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This is just one of the many events MPA! sponsors and participates in across the region to work towards our mission! You can discover more about TNR here.

My Furry Valentine Photo Contest

If you LOVE your pet, this contest is for you! Submit your favorite photo (higher quality = better) of your furry valentine to have him or her featured on our MPA! Valentines cards this year. All proceeds benefit Memphis Pets Alive! and our programs that work to lower in the euthanasia in local shelters. Valentines will be available the first week of February (mailed to the winner and available for pickup around town at no cost for individuals!).

Enter and vote as often as you like between January 23 and January 27! Every $1 vote cast is a $1 donation to Memphis Pets Alive! Ask your friends, family and co-workers to join in on the fun and help vote for your favorite photos! Keep checking this website daily to watch us get closer to our fundraising goal with every vote!

Good luck and have fun with this year’s postcard contest! Every dollar we raise WILL make a difference for the pets of Memphis – help us save more lives this year!

Winner will be chosen by popular vote and awarded the honor of MPA!’s Furry Valentine, being featured on Valentine’s postcards distributed (at no cost) around Memphis for individuals to pick up and share with their loved ones. The winner will be mailed 25 postcards featuring their furry friend to distribute to their friends and loved ones and will receive a large gift basket, including two Grizzlies tickets to the Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors (2/10/17)! Second place will receive a small gift basket, including a $25.00 PetSmart Gift Card. Third place will receive a small gift basket.

View entries and submit you own here!

Pet Pantry Stats

One of the many features Memphis Pets Alive! brings to the mid-south is our pet pantry which helps provide food and other essentials to pets in need. Every week there are dedicated volunteers handing out food, making home visits and assisting in any way possible to help ensure that animals are not suffering throughout our community. Recipients of assistance from the pet pantry must complete an application and demonstrate need in order to qualify for our temporary assistance.


The following are the stats for the amazing work the pet pantry has done over the last quarter:

September: 32 homes visited, 8 feral colonies served, 95 dogs served, 51 cats served, 3,672 pounds of dog food distributed, 438 pounds of cat food distributed, 9 new recipients!

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October: 45 homes visited, 5 feral colonies served, 102 dogs served, 58 cats served, 3,843 pounds of dog food distributed, 445 pounds of cat food distributed, 7 new recipients!

November: 29 homes visited, 3 feral colonies served, 65 dogs served, 60 cats served, 2,210 pounds of dog food distributed, 335 pounds of cat food distributed, 5 new recipients!



December: 49 homes visited, 5 feral colonies served, 118 dogs served, 113 cats served, 4,094 pounds of dog food distributed, 711 pounds of cat food distributed, 6 new recipients!

If you would like help, you may do so in a number of ways. You can donate via our website, make a purchase via our pet pantry Amazon wishlist, sign up to volunteer, call/email us: 901-541-5415/info@memphispetsalive.org to donate or simply spread the word about all of the good which we are doing.

Free Beer Wednesday!

Join Memphis Pets Alive! at Ghost River Brewing Co. this Wednesday, December 21, 2016, between 4:00 pm and 10:30 pm, for a free beer! Yep, that’s right, Ghost River is handing out frosty, cold ones to everyone who shows up to their tap room at 827 S. Main St. with donations for Memphis Pets Alive! on Wednesday. Bring by a donation of pet food or pet supplies, and receive a free 10 ounce beer* for your generosity! More info at the official Facebook event page.


This event as all a part of Ghost River Brewing Co. 4 Days for Memphis which features a different charity each day.

*Note : We know it would be fun to think, “17 cans of food = 17 beers!!!!” but we will only be counting that as one donation. Thanks!

Seize the Clay with MPA!


Join Memphis Pets Alive! and Seize the Clay for a painting party! Just in time for Christmas, come make your own custom dog or cat bowls to keep for your own furry friend’s stocking or gift to a loved one.

The plain dog bowls are $35 apiece, plain car bowls are $30 apiece, dog bowls with feet are $45 apiece, and cat bowls with feet are $40 apiece.

You can also paint two dishes and receive a $10 discount off of the total price, thus making your Christmas shopping even easier! For the dishes with feet, we need a full fourteen business day notification to ensure the dish is available and ready for your craftsmanship. This means all orders for the dishes with feet should be placed by 3:00 pm on November 16. So order your tickets today!


Choose from either a plain cat or dog bowl OR a cat or dog bowl with “feet.”

Choose from more than 100 paint colors to paint your pottery piece(s). Take advantage of Seize the Clay’s huge selection of stamps, stencils, sponges, paper punches, and more ways to perfect your personal artistic creation!

Once you are finished painting, simply leave your piece with us, and we will do the rest. Pottery will be ready in 3-5 days and is food safe and dishwasher safe once it is fired.

Thank you Seize the Clay for partnering with us for this fun event!

You may order your tickets here. We look forward to seeing y’all on December 4th!


The casual person reading this dog post is more than likely confused by it and maybe even a bit apprehensive. But they should not be. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a wonderful and humane program that has been proven to be life saving and effective. Community cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped (the universal marking that a cat has been vaccinated, neutered, and released), and then the cat is returned to their community, free to roam once more. TNR reduces and stabilizes the cat population. The breeding cycle is stopped, complaints about cats reduced, and the quality of life for these cats is enhanced.


Memphis Pets Alive! is on a list with a national organization focused on TNR, Alley Cat Allies and occasionally we will receive a call from Alley Cat requesting assistance on TNR in our area. One such request came a couple of weeks ago in West Memphis, and MPA! volunteers sprung into action!


Four cats (Chandler, Joey, Rachel, and Phobes) were humanely trapped and taken to Mid-South Spay and Neuter services to begin their TNR journey. The endeavor was successful and beneficial for Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Phobes, and the West Memphis community.