Tonya Griffith's Animal Rescue, Inc.
Tyler, TX

Our Available Cats for Adoption List

Our Available Dogs for Adoption List

Click here to see our Adopted Happy Tails!

Would You Like to Make a Donation?

If you would like to make a donation, please click on the button above to make a donation on-line using PayPal. Any size donation from $5 on up would be greatly appreciated to help with spaying/neutering, medicine, vaccinations, and supplies. If you want to mail a donation, please look at the "Who We Are" heading.

If you cannot contribute financially, we also collect aluminum cans, tin cans, and printer cartridges for recycling to raise money for the animals. Please contact us to pick up any of these items.

We are currently in need of donations and volunteers to help us build new dog pens. We have two new cat buildings, one new dog pen, and need to build several more new dog pens. We also built an adoption center area for the dogs in 2009. In 2013, we remodeled a donated store room 14 feet by 32 feet to better crate the dogs, store supplies, and have a medical/isolation/bathing room.

Do You Need Help?

Since we do not euthanize animals to make room for more, we are limited on space. If we cannot take in your pet, we suggest that you put an ad in the Thrifty Nickel and/or other newspapers. You can also post pictures on several different web sites. You can e-mail us and ask for our Pet Options List, which will give you these web sites and other options to consider. You can search for other groups at, click on shelters and rescues, click on find an animal shelter or rescue group, put in your zip code, and click GO.

Barn Cats for Adoption

We have feral (wild) cats that need to be placed into farm or barn settings. Each year we get requests to help with feral cats, but no place to take them after they are spayed or neutered and vaccinated. These cats must be secure for a minimum of two weeks with food, water, and a litter box to get use to their new surroundings before being released, and they must continue to receive shelter, food, and water after released. We are doing a $15 adoption fee on the feral cats to at least pay for their vaccinations.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics

The Tyler area has several low cost spay/neuter clinics. You can call to find out procedure and prices. You can also check each month for special rates with grant funding by clicking on Pets, and do a search for spay or neuter.

     Dehart Veterinary Services (mobile vet)
     Troup, TX
     cell phone:  352/327-2400
     Dr. Lynn Foster
     cell:  903/705-8385
     Tuesdays and Fridays of each month at 304 N. Main, Lindale, TX - mobile unit
     Animal Protection League
     Mineola, TX, 903/440-4911 (5 other locations listed for mobile clinic on web site)
     Longview, TX,  903/753-7387
     Sulphur Springs, TX, 903/885-9943
     Spay Neuter Network
     Crandall, TX
     Friends of the Animals
     Gun Barrel City, TX
     903/887-7387 (every Tuesday by appointment only)
     Hawkins Animal Clinic
     low cost for the public on Wednesday only - by appointment
     1129 N. Beulah
     Hawkins, TX  75765

Do You Have Allergies, but still want a pet?

You can now be allergy free, and have a pet. No more medication, and it is permanent. To find out more information, please contact Dr. Craig Hendricks, Dr. Ray Nannis, or go to to find a doctor nearest to your location that uses the BAX 3000 and/or BAX Aura L.A.S.E.R. Therapy.

     Dr. Craig Hendricks (acquired BAX 3000 in May 2012)
     Hendricks Chiropractic
     1213 Doctors Dr.
     Tyler, TX 75701
     Dr. Ray Nannis, D.C. (has BAX 3000 and BAX Aura)
     Nannis Chiropractic
     1600 N. Plano Rd., St. 1000
     Richardson, TX  75081


On July 15, 2004, we achieved 100 actual homes in 10 months since we started on Petfinder in September 2003.

Since September 2003 we have had 1,915 adoptions (6 kittens, 6 cats, and 8 dogs adopted that are not posted). All animal returns are accepted and placed back on our adoptable list. We also have grown to several foster homes.

February 24, 2004, we had enough generous donations to send 32 male cats through the neuter scooter event in Longview, Texas.

February 22, 2005, and March 1, 2005, we had enough generous donations to send 3 male cats and 42 male cats through the neuter scooter event in Longview, Texas, making a total of 45 male cats neutered.

February 2011 we took in 38 cats from a home out in the country area of Arp. The couple had been evicted, and we had helped them for a few years with spays/neuters, so having an investment with the cats, we were able to set up another shelter with a donated chain link dog pen, cover it with chicken wire and sheet metal on top. As of 3/20/12, we are down to 18 of those 38 cats after some adoptions.

July 26, 2012, we finished the inside of our second cat building enough to move 10 cats from their outside shelters, that were falling apart, into their new 12 X 16 foot home. We will now be working on putting concrete sidewalks in the front and back, and then put fencing up to allow the cats to go outside through a cat door and be protected. Once the fencing is complete, we will probably be able to hold 20 cats at a time in this new shelter.

Who We Are

My husband and I began to actively help animals in February 2000. We achieved our tax exempt status as of August 6, 2003, with four on the board of directors.

We are a definite no kill rescue group. Animals stay with us until they are adopted or pass away. We do not euthanize any animal unless it is severely sick and suffering. If an illness should occur, we do whatever we can to treat the animal. We do not euthanize any animal if we think it is unadoptable as I have heard some rescue groups do. We don't have a staff to help us, so we are grateful when volunteers help.

We have two veterinary clinics that help us, and if you would like to make a tax deductible donation to help us care for these animals, please look at the following:

      Gresham Veterinary Hospital
      11187 CR 168
      Tyler, TX  75703
      Checks made payable to Dr. Will Hadden and put Tonya Griffith's Animal Rescue for the memo; they will credit it to our account.
      Gresham Veterinary Hospital has micro chipping available.
      Hawkins Animal Clinic
      1129 N. Beulah, P.O. Box 1037
      Hawkins, TX  75765
      Checks made payable to Hawkins Animal Clinic and put Tonya Griffith's Animal Rescue for the memo, and they will credit it to
      our account.

We do not have a post office box, so if you would like to write a check to Tonya Griffith's Animal Rescue, Inc., please mail it to and in care of the Gresham Veterinary Hospital.

Adopting a friend

Please click on the name of the animal you are interested in to see who you need to contact about that pet. We operate out of several foster homes. The initials of the foster home are listed before each animal's name. Animals that are in more urgent need of a home are listed with the initial A.

Come Visit Us!

We do not advertise our physical address to prevent people from dropping off animals. We prefer people to call first for help. Dropping off or dumping animals can lead to their death.

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