Like many of the rescues that followed, Streetdog Foundation itself began with a phone call.  When founders Melanie and Kent were asked by a friend at another organization to check Memphis Animal Services for a lost American Bull Dog, their one-hour task turned into a lifelong mission (not to mention the rescue of three shelter dogs at the same time). 


Since that transformational day, Streetdog Foundation has rescued more than 750 endangered dogs from the streets and shelters of Memphis, all without a dedicated structure to house them. Streetdog relies on volunteer foster families to not only provide homes for our dogs, but also give them the love, security, and confidence they need to succeed in their forever homes. Whether temporarily fostering or adopting one of our rescues, everyone who takes in a Streetdog becomes part of our family.  


And because we’re focused on the well-being of all the canine and human members of our family, Streetdog’s primary goal is to find the right fit for both the dog and the household. We are not a first-come, first-served rescue; our volunteers work diligently to make sure every match has the highest chance of success. We appreciate your interest and hope the compassionate vision that brought Streetdog Foundation into being will inspire you to join us however you can.  

Click on Our Story to learn more about how Melanie and Kent established Streetdog Foundation in 2009.


Streetdog Foundation Board of Directors

Melanie Pafford

Kent Pafford

Alli Echlin

Erica Lindsey

Tina Marotta

Mavis Estes

Matt Berry

Michelle Simkin


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