The Betty White Challenge has been a breath of fresh air! What a wonderful event!!

When we heard of the Betty White Challenge, we thought there was a chance we might pull in a few dollars to help our efforts. However, when the 17th arrived, we were in awe! That day set a record for Franklin Animal Shelter single day donations! We accepted 80 donations specifically designated for this one cause on the 17th. Never have we ever experienced such a massive single day response to an event… of any kind. To date we have received $7,360…  and the donations continue to roll in. THANK YOU!!

Betty White was a tremendous advocate for animals of every kind. To have an event of this scale, this magnitude, stretching across the nation speaks to the impact she had on the humane treatment of animals. We are truly honored to be one of thousands of beneficiaries of this effort. We could not be more happy or more proud to carry Betty White’s message forward into our supporting community. We are hoping to turn this into an annual event so that Betty White’s message does not get lost over time.


The final tally is in. Total receipts for the Betty White Challenge comes up to $7,360!!

Those of us at the Franklin Animal Shelter are humbled and honored to be the beneficiary of the outpouring of generosity by our incredible community of supporters on Betty White Day.

On this most special day, FAS has witnessed a coming together unlike any we have seen before. Betty White Day has spurred many to join in Betty White’s cause, a cause we hold dear to our hearts. At the end of the day (Jan 17th), seventy-seven (77) online donations were received! Clearly a single day record!!

Year in, year out and year after year, members of our community continue to support our cause and create genuine heartwarming outcomes for hundreds of unwanted, neglected, and abused cats and dogs – many are often life-saving events.

The Board of Directors, Shelter Staff and Volunteers recognize that we would not be as successful as we are without your ongoing support. We are truly forever grateful.

                              'Tis The Season!

After soooo much hard work by our loving and devoted staff, the door has cracked open and some of our guests are finally headed home!!! Callum, Wauke, and Smudge checked out Saturday with more to come.

It truly is the Holiday Season!!

Shelter Manager, Krista Hebert, said this would not have been possible if it were not for the AMAZING team of animal care givers. 


              Callum (below)                                 Wauke (below)                         Smudge (below)


There are many ways to contribute and support the Franklin Animal Shelter. If you're unable to support financially, we are always looking for volunteers and donations of items of everyday use such as cleaning products, food for the animals, litter, etc.

Our Annual Appeal helps close the funding gap between our annual income and our expense budget. Details below...

We are in our expanded space.  However, the campaign funding is still short to complete the work.  

Make a tax deductible donation to support the shelter with everyday expenses, vet visits, and more.

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Shelter Hours:
Tuesday - Wednesday - Friday
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


One of our most steadfast supporters, FUNds 4 Paws, continues to put its generosity on full display.

Franklin Animal Shelter was honored to be named as one of the beneficiaries of their 2nd Bowl-a-Thon. The funds received will go a long way in providing the cats and dogs in our care a secure and loving environment with caretakers that work tirelessly to find each and every one their forever home.

FUNds 4 Paws is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to support organizations or individuals involved in the humane treatment of animals, including those in dire situations. FUNds 4 Paws is a major influence in humane animal efforts and Franklin Animal Shelter encourages everyone to support them and, by extension, other humane animal organizations.

You can learn more about FUNds 4 Paws and their mission at or on Facebook at

At this time, the shelter is temporarily closed to the public.

Due to infectious diseases running through the shelter, the Board of Directors voted to close the shelter to the public until further notice. No surrenders will be accepted, and all adoptions will be subject to the animal passing all testing to confirm it is not infected. ACO intakes will continue as normal as we are obligated by contract to do so. All animals are being treated, and the facility is being sanitized in order to expedite our re-opening. Donations may be dropped at the front door. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit animal welfare organization.  We make every attempt to reunite strays with their original families. 
If that is not possible, we try to place them with a new loving family.


Our mission is to shelter, care for, and advocate for the abused, neglected and abandoned cats and dogs of the communities we serve by taking steps to control overpopulation and providing healthy animals that will be adopted into loving 'forever' homes.

We will accomplish this by responsible stewardship of resources and maintaining a focus on the financial health and well-being of the organization.


If you know of anyone who is abusing or neglecting an animal, please contact your local Police Department or Animal Control Officer to report it. The Franklin Animal Shelter is not an enforcement agency, but you may contact the shelter at (603) 934-4132 for additional assistance. Be the voice for those who can't speak for themselves.