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Adopt a boxer mix Hi, my name is Babe and it is quite obvious that I am a boxer mix. From the distinguished, gentle aging of my face it’s clear I am a senior dog. I am looking for my forever home, where I can settle in and enjoy the remaining years of my life. My foster mom says I was wandering around Shelby Park, and when I spotted her walking her dogs I knew if I followed her home she would take me in. I have a very gentle and affectionate nature. I get along very well with other dogs and cats. I am also not intimidated when in the company of children. I spend most of my day laying on my bed, but I’m fully aware that my job is to guard the house. My foster mom has a fenced-in yard and I have a doggie door that I can use whenever I want, which makes my job much easier. I love walks and I get very excited when I see my foster mom getting my leash. It will be music to my ears when I hear someone say “I got you Babe”!” Meet Babe


Griswold adopt house trained dog Griswold is named for Chevy Chase's "National Lampoon" character; which he earned after a month-long chase between him and dog lovers of Donelson and East Nashville. He was first spotted looking terrified and running (seemingly) for his life down Gallatin. Multiple people attempted to catch him, and East CAN received numerous emails and messages about this dog that was running down Gallatin, then Ellington Parkway, then Briley Parkway! Continue reading Meet Griswold


Princess Adoptable Dog It had been pouring rain during a freezing day December 2012. We were delivering supplies to a dog in need tied to a front yard tree when we noticed a shockingly emaciated black dog tied up in the back yard. We found out she was nursing and 6 of her 9 puppies had died while living in the December cold with their mother too malnourished to properly feed them much less herself. That poor girl, with her black coat and intense eyes begging for attention, was Princess! Princess has lived 4 long years tied to that back yard tree. Her owner has recently decided to surrender her, but Princess needs someone to open up their home to foster or adopt her before she can be freed from living tied to that tree. Volunteers are working with Princess on her social skills and boundaries as she’ll need help since she’s never known how to live as part of a family. Princess enjoys her new training, but she’s a powerful girl who needs her future pack leader to provide consistent structure and patience while she learns. She may need to be your one-and-only pet until she becomes properly and carefully socialized with other animals. She’s up-to-date on vaccinations, spayed and currently on heartworm/flea preventative. Princess is a silly, energetic 4 year old with the playfulness of a puppy. She wants to be the center of attention! She’ll look at you with those intense amber eyes as if to size you up…making sure she can trust before she offers up her belly for a rub. Hope you like doggy kisses because Princess will love on you while slathering you with kisses. Are you that special person or family ready to open your home to Princess? Please contact to meet Princess. Meet Princess


Rosalee adoptable dog Rosalee is a sweet 3-4 year old beagle who is looking for a cuddle buddy! She is as sweet as can be and will make a wonderful companion for the person lucky enough to adopt her. Rosalee is a delightful mix of calm and playful and does great with kids, other dogs and cats. She enjoys going on walks and smelling all the wonderful smells around a yard — but her favorite activity is getting a belly rub and feeling loved. Rosalee is crate trained and housebroken. She is finishing up heartworm treatment and is soon to be spayed. Get in touch with us to meet this goofy and loveable girl! Meet Rosalee


Adopt a dog Subie Subie is a 4 year old male, approx.. 45lbs on a skinny day and after 6 years in the rescue business, the easiest foster I have ever had. He is crated at night and on days when I’m not home, unless the weather is nice enough to hang outside in the safety of his privacy fence. He has become so accustomed to our routine he often puts himself to bed in his crate before I suggest it. Love his toys and can often entertain himself. Subie loves to ride in the car, or the jeep as the case may be and does not yell rudely at bikes or other dogs if we pass by, nor does he wander anxiously around the vehicle while it’s moving. He sits in his seatbelt like a champ or lays down and naps. Subie walks well on a leash with his pinch collar and engages other dogs well if he is introduced correctly and with a human that he trusts. Subie sleeps through the night and though he might often be awake before me he never lets me know. He waits patiently until I get up and let him out. We’ve worked on a few simple tricks and he is very responsive to continued training and correction. We haven’t run in a while but he has been on 6-7 mile runs and probably wouldn’t want to go much beyond that. Subie’s perfect home would include other animals or children and someone who would take him on a nice walk often and in the car to run errands often. He is a very social boy and prefers to not be completely alone for long periods of time. He hasn’t been around cats, that I know of, but his prey drive isn’t dynamic so I think he might enjoy the company of a playful cat. If you want to meet Subie please contact Elizabeth at 615-604-8320.    Meet Subie

Trinket – Coonhound

Coonhound Adopt Trinket is a gentle and adventurous soul. She is just under three years old, healthy, fixed, and micro-chipped. She loves to run and play, she gets along great with other dogs, and she is a terrific watchdog. She loves to wander around her big back yard investigating, and her walks are the highlight of her day. She always wants her neck scratched and her tummy rubbed, and her favorite food is homemade chicken soup! She is looking for a forever home, preferably somewhere with lots of room for her to run around. If you give her a job to do—protecting the house, keeping the squirrels away from the vegetable garden, looking after other dogs—she will love you forever! She needs to be useful and to loved! Inquires Meet Trinket – Coonhound

Tug – Adoption Pending

adopt a black boxer Meet Tug! Followed his Foster Daddy home on a cold night when he lost his family. Heart-breaker handsome and a contagious people pleaser that wants nothing more than to hangout nearby (Although, he won’t turn down pets, ear scratches, friendly pats…) If you smile at him, he actually smiles back! He’s an excellent leash walker, sits when he’s asked, and knows well, ”Time for bed…” (Like any kid, he skulks a bit on the way to his room, because he doesn’t want the fun to stop.) He’s been friendly to everyone he’s met, but not a jumper. (if you invite him, he will gladly dance with you). And his favorite trick – he gives hugs around the neck (seriously, they’re called Tug Hugs now) – hugs that let you know that no matter what kind of day you’ve had, everything is going to be just fine.  Tug is HW negative, up to date on shots and neutered. Tug prefers to play with bigger kids. Meet Tug – Adoption Pending

Blue – Adoption Pending

Adopt Blue Small black dog Little boy Blue was surrendered to East CAN along with a few of his brothers and sisters in late May 2014. Blue is about 4-5 months old. While he is young and new to an in-home life, the common feedback across Blue’s foster parents and foster sitter over a long holiday weekend is that he is one smart cookie! Blue is a playful pup, but after he’s all played out he loves to cuddle. Blue has been dog,cat and child tested, which is something that is not always possible depending on the foster home. The good news is that he’s great with all three! Continue reading Meet Blue – Adoption Pending

China – Adoption Pending

China Adopt a Dog It had been pouring rain on a cold December 2012 day when a friend and fellow animal advocate suggested we check out a house where a tied up dog was in serious need of proper shelter. We drove by and you could see the multiple gaping holes in the roof of the poor dog's current dog house knowing it was getting soaked and freezing in the December rain. Several days later we delivered a doghouse and hay to provide to a little tan/white dog tied to a front yard tree. She belly crawled over to greet us with her piglet like grunts. Continue reading Meet China – Adoption Pending

Willie Nelson – Complimentary Post

Adopt Willie Nelson Willie Nelson is originally from Love at First Sight (infant animal rescue in Sylvan Park) but is too old to return to the program at 7 months. Weight: 35-40 lbs Expected weight: 50-60 lbs Kid experience: sweet with kids, no aggression, but still too much puppy for younger children Cat exposure: None Fixed, up to date on shots He’s sweet and handsome, and loves to curl up with a person or in his dog bed. He graduated from puppy training program at Murphy Road Animal Hospital, is pretty well housebroken and knows “sit,” but he still has some puppy immaturity (like jumping when excited) that could be corrected with continued training. His current mom is devastated that her job has changed in a way that makes it impossible to give the time and attention Wille needs, but she also knows it would be selfish to keep him for herself when he can have the chance to find a family that’s right for him. He enjoys playing with other dogs and will require an active owner. To meet Willie Nelson, please email Dave (owner’s son) at willienelsonphotos Adopt Willie Nelson Meet Willie Nelson – Complimentary Post

Scout – Complimentary Post

Scout 1 Meet Scout! She and her two kittens were homeless until some nice people picked her up during the extreme winter weather. Scout’s babies were able to find homes and now she is looking for that special family to call her own! She’s approximately one year old and weighs 7 pounds. She’s small but don’t let her weight fool you; she’s very outgoing, sweet and always ready to play with a toy her scratching pad. She loves to cuddle with her foster parents and even occasionally sneaks a cat nap with her dog-sister, Lily. Scout is spayed and fully vetted and can’t wait to meet you! For a meet and greet, contact Leigh Anne at Meet Scout – Complimentary Post

Rudy – Complimentary Post

Rudy main Meet Rudy!  He is a sweet and playful boy with lots of energy and tons of love.  He was rescued from the streets of East Nashville after being shot in the leg and is now happy and healthy.  He is great with all people, children, and other dogs, but he isn’t so good with cats. He is about 3 years old and weighs in at 48 lbs.  He is neutered, microchipped and up-to-date with all his vetting.  While he is a much-beloved member of his family, Rudy needs to find a new (cat-less) home, and his family is maintaining responsibility for his re-homing. Rudy’s family is asking for a $50 re-homing fee that they will donate to East CAN, and will send Rudy with his crate, bed, toys, and vetting records.  Please contact Ashley (;  615-568-4129) to meet Rudy! Meet Rudy – Complimentary Post

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German Shepherd dog Meet Rex! He’s a gorgeous German Shepherd (with a touch of mystery mutt) who was found in East Nashville and rescued by a good samaritan. Our wonderful friends at Middle Tennessee German Shepherd Rescue have taken Rex in and had him fully vetted and treated for heart worm. Rex has that so very Shepherd look of concern on his face that makes you fall in love. Rex would do best in a home with someone experienced with Shepherds and who can be a good leader for him.  Email:   Phone:  615.218.6478 Meet Rex – Complimentary Post

Reba – Complimentary Post

Reba Adopt a dog Meet Reba!  This medium-sized love-bug (25 – 30 lbs & about 8 years old) just want to be with her people!  As long as she has opportunities for exercise, she does great whether in a house or an apartment.  She has some prey drive, so she is not recommended for a home with cats, but her dad says that she is an expert mole and snake killer!  While Reba gets along great with one of her current doggie siblings, she doesn’t get along with the other.  Therefore, Reba is also not recommended for a home with other dogs or small children.  Reba loves people and does great in the car, on leash, and in the bath.  She will bark to let you know when she is unhappy (typically when she is separated from her people).  This cuddly girl is goofy, active, and wants your attention at all times.  While she can be anxious in some situations, she looks to her person for guidance and to build her confidence.  Reba is spayed, up-to-date on all vaccines and heartworm/flea/tick prevention.  Please contact Matt at to meet Reba!   Meet Reba – Complimentary Post

XENA – Complimentary Post

pitbull adoption Xena is a 2 year old pit bull who is just as energetic as she is friendly! She loves to run about outside, so It would be ideal to have a fenced in yard. She does well with plenty of exercise and is 80% leash/ walking trained. Like most pit bulls, she can seem to be dog selective towards other dogs on a leash or through a fence, she just gets excited! Xena just needs a little patience because she has a lot of potential to be a great life companion! She is currently living with two dogs, and would love the company of other dogs in her re-homing. Pets other than dogs would not be ideal, for example: cats, birds, rabbits, etc. She learns quickly and knows commands like sit, lay, high five, and stay. She is an absolutely beautiful dog and is extremely sweet, ready to love. She is up to date on her vaccines, and spayed.and spayed. You can reach me anytime on my email, or reach me on my cell at 615-887-9848.  Meet XENA – Complimentary Post

Molly – Complimentary Post

Pitbull Mix Adopt Molly is a 3-year old pit mix who is full of love and in need of a home. After living life on a chain and being used for breeding, Molly was abandoned at an emergency clinic when she was pregnant. Her owners wanted Molly euthanized because they didn’t want to pay for treatment. The vet tried to save her puppies but none of them survived. A kind soul rescued Molly and is trying to give her a chance to find a family that will love her back. Molly is loving, cuddly, sweet and laid-back. She has had intensive professional training and per her trainer, Molly is a very adoptable dog who will provide her owner/owners with years of special memories and lots of love. She’s good with other dogs who are larger, and would do best in a cat-free home. She’s also good with kids. For more information, email Meet Molly – Complimentary Post

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Molly Comp Molly came to us on while we were running at Peeler Park at the end of Neely’s Bend Road. She joined in our pack run immediately and I thought, “she’s coming home with us.” even though I protested loudly at the time. Molly is a brindle Boxer/Pit mix. We were not fans of Pit Bulls before Molly, but her demeanor has won us over. Molly is house broken and about 70% leash trained. She could easily be 100% leash trained with enough exercise. What I mean by that is she pulls, sometimes hard, on her leash rather than walking beside you the entire time. We are working on this and Molly improves daily. Molly is being trained to sit, shake, stay and is coming along nicely with those tasks. She is more obedient, obviously, with exercise. We use Caesar Milan’s techniques to train her in everything we want her to do. We have a forever dog and they wrestle and wrestle often and that helps, but I have to emphasize that Molly needs to be exercised daily. Molly is estimated to be 1 year old or less. Molly has been spayed and has received all of her shots. We try to medicate both dogs with a regular dose of trifexis, and when we don’t have trifexis we give them doses of frontline monthly. Molly is loyal and super sweet. She has an awesome over bite that will melt your heart when she has misbehaved. We would keep her, but we don’t want two dogs. We run 10-15 miles a week, and Molly could use more…or perhaps just a faster pace. She loves to crash on the couch and stair out of the windows. Molly wants to be your friend.  Molly is a complimentary post and East CAN is not handling her adoption.  Please contact Ryan at for a meet and greet! Meet Molly Complimentary Post

Cuz – Complimentary Post

Cuz Meet Cuz!  He’s a boxer mix and about 90 lbs.  He is up to date on his vaccines and has been neutered.  Cuz is crate trained and learning his manners on a leash. East CAN is not handling his adoption and for a meet and greet, please contact Tommy at Meet Cuz – Complimentary Post

Bradley – Complimentary Post

Bradley 1 Bradley is a beautiful boy with his lustrous black coat and bright-eyed face; he is a 5 or 6 year old lab mix.  He is a very loving dog; when his human sits on a chair to watch a movie, he comes up, sits beside her and gently lays his head on her leg to get petted. If his human sits on the floor to watch a movie, he loves to lay his head in her lap, roll over on his back and allow his belly to be rubbed. He is obedient, cooperative, and submissive to his humans. The commands he knows are: sit, down, stay, wait, come, heel, and let’s go (for a loose lead walk). He LOVES his favorite toy, a Kong extreme ball. He will play drop, bounce and catch for quite a while. He also loves his antler chew and will chew on it when his humans are around; seems to be a celebration for him that we are home and he is with us. Bradley loves his crate and will often go into it on his own to take a nap.  He will do best in a home where he is the only dog.  He also needs to be somewhere there are no cats. It is best for Bradley if he is with someone who is an experienced dog handler.  Bradley has had lots of professional training and is polite about his food.  He is used to a daily walk so he would be happiest with someone who also enjoys walking and/or running with him on a regular basis. Bradley is a complimentary post and all inquiries should go to Sandi at Meet Bradley – Complimentary Post

Archie – Complimentary Post

Archie1 Meet Archie!  Archie is an adult (approx. 5 1/2-year-old) collie/chow/golden retriever mix weighing in at about 55lbs.  He is high energy dog, and has the sweetest temperament.  Archie is loved by his mom, and the doggie daycare he visits adores him.  Unfortunately, he is being evicted by the landlord because he has some separation anxiety!  When Archie is alone, he becomes destructive and tries to escape pens and fences.  He needs an owner who can work with him through his anxiety by providing him with a strong enclosure/crate and helping him burn off some mental energy with training.  He knows some commands (sit, down, off, wait, and here), but like many working dogs, he is stubborn.  Archie is not good with unfamiliar cats.  While he has learned to respect cats who visit him frequently, he still needs occasional reminders to leave them alone.  Archie loves going for romps in the woods or walks on-leash and has a very gentle mouth when taking treats.  Archie is a sweet, happy dog who loves being with his person.  He would make a fantastic running partner and companion!  Archie is not an East CAN dog, and is currently located in Summertown, TN.  His mom, Ellen, is maintaining control of his foster and adoption and is willing to travel to surrounding states to find Archie a great home.  Ellen can be reached at or 931-964-4213.  Please contact her if you can foster or adopt Archie! Meet Archie – Complimentary Post


Adopt Woody crate trained Woody is a sweet 6 month old boy who is smart as a whip and loyal. Not to mention his charm and good looks… just look at that face! He was dumped on his finder’s east Nashville property, starving and alone. He pepped up quickly once he had some food and companionship. Woody loves people and gets along well with other dogs. He loves to play, but is just as happy lounging and cuddling all day. He is as sweet as they come. Woody is crate-trained AND potty-trained. He sits by his foster’s door when he is ready to go outside! Woody is up-to-date on shots, dewormed and soon to be neutered. He is just one chilled out pup looking for his forever family. 


Oliver Pitbull mix adopt Oliver is quite the stud. He and his brother, Blue, were surrendered to East CAN in late May. At first, this little man was a bit nervous to leave the only home he knew but he quickly changed his mind after getting his first bath ever and snuggling into his foster mom’s arms. Oliver is about 4-5 months old and is a good old East Nashville special: a black pittie mix. Before moving in with his foster mom, Oliver spent all day every day in an outdoor crate with 6-7 other dogs. He is still fairly new to the in-home life and the free range of a yard to run in, but he is loving every minute of it. He is a very playful pup with a lot of energy love to give… Did we mention he loves to snuggle?   Oliver is looking for a home where he can be loved and adored. Oliver will be fully vetted and neutered prior to adoption. To give this loving, snuggly, playful little pup a forever home, please email with “Oliver” in the subject line.


Brutus Adopt dog   Brutus has a heart almost as big as his head!  He’s a classic East Nashville Special Breed: a black pittie mix. The vet estimates he’s a couple of years old and is in great health. He’s been fixed, is up to date on shots and monthly flea and heart worm treatment, and he’s heart worm negative! He’s only about 55lbs.  He enjoys daily activity and likes the challenge of learning new tricks, but he’s also content to cuddle or snore on his dog bed. He likes other dogs, but he may be a bit too interested in chasing cats to co-exist peacefully with them. To make this sweet guy your own, please email with the subject line “Brutus.”


Adopt Beagle Mix Meet Socks!  Sweet Socks is a 30lb, Beagle mix and is believed to be about a year old.   Socks was discovered hanging around a family’s yard in East Nashville, close to Shelby Park.   At first, he was scared and reluctant to allow any of the adults to come close, but the young boy in the family quickly won him over with offerings of water and snacks… a nice bath was all it took for him to let his guard down and start to play.  He’s a very friendly guy who has fallen in love with tennis balls and loves to stand on his hind legs and show off his dance moves.  Socks is excellent car rider and seems to enjoy the mundane task of running errands with his person.  His foster family is teaching Socks the ropes of being a good family dog and he already knows basic manners and is learning to walk on a leash.   He does well with other dogs – he is both submissive and playful – and is great with kids.   Socks is curious about cats, but in a non-predatory way, so he likely just needs to learn boundaries with them.    Socks has been neutered, is up-to-date on all of this shots and is ready for his forever home.