Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance
720 Blythe Avenue
Gallatin TN 37066
Mission Statement

The mission of the Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance is to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia of  dogs and cats by making high quality, high volume, low cost spay neuter services available to all residents of our community.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sara Felmlee
Board Chair June B. McMahon
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $580,138.00
Projected Annual Revenue $697,400.00 (2017)

The mission of the Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance is to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia of  dogs and cats by making high quality, high volume, low cost spay neuter services available to all residents of our community.
Sumner County has for many years had an animal control program that was more than inadequate. The Animal Control program was housed in an old, extremely inadequate building that was very inaccessible to the public. Programs and policies needed updating. The euthanasia rate was about 90%. There was no effort to reduce this number or educate pet owners about responsible animal care and spay/neuter.  In 2008, things began to change when the animal control contract was awarded to the Sumner County Sheriff's Department, forming the new Division of Animal Control. The county voted to build a new $1.2 million Animal Control Facility. A proposal was submitted by the Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance to both Sheriff, Bob Barker
(deceased), and County Executive, Anthony Holt, concerning the importance of spay neuter in Sumner County in order to begin to reduce both the number of animals being born unwanted  and euthanized and saving tax dollars in the process. The proposal included provision for the low cost clinic to be part of the new animal control facility but be equipped and operated as a nonprofit entity by the SSNA. The proposal was graciously accepted and SSNA was immediately put in touch with the architectural firm that was designing the animal control facility. Plans progressed from there and the spay neuter clinic  opened in July,2011 .Demand for spay/neuter services was overwhelming and could not be handled in a timely manner in the smaller building..We are now in a new 3500 square foot facility and working toward increasing our count on an annual basis.  In 2016- 10,156 animals were fixed. In addition, 8,502 rabies vaccines were given and 1,659 microchips were implanted. 
 We are very grateful to Sumner County who allowed us to get our start in the original building and very proud of our new home where we have greater capabilities 
SSNA has spayed and neutered 50,000 animals since opening in July of 2011. This has resulted in a 31% reduction of animals coming into the municipal Animal Control facility and a 41% reduction in euthanasia.
In June of 2014, SSNA moved into our new, 3500 square foot facility. In planning this move, our goal was to, by 2016 to be able to spay/neuter at least 10,000 animals per year. We did make that goal. In 2017 and beyond. we will increase that number by hiring additional professional staff, as they become available.
If we use a modest estimate of 4 animal lives saved by each spay neuter surgery, spaying and neutering 10,000 animals a year will save 40,000 animal lives per year . For the 50,000 surgeries we have performed so far, 200,000 lives have been saved. These are animals that will not have their lives ended at the government shelter, or roam the streets hungry, injured, ill or suffering.
 Approximately 1/3 of  our clients are low income and cannot afford to pay for our services.  Through funds in our Community Assistance Program, we are able to spay or neuter the pets belonging to this population for no charge. These are pets that would not otherwise  be sterilized, but would in all probability reproduce, adding to the already overwhelming community problem of too many unwanted  pets.
Word of mouth has been our biggest advertising media and has  made our clinic services well known in the area . Our greatest number of animals come from Sumner County, however our clients come from at least  7 surrounding counties as well and are Robertson, Davidson, Trousdale, Macon, Rutherford, Montgomery, and Wilson. Besides the general public,  We also provide spay neuter services for about 25 animal rescue and sheltering organizations. 
Because we recognize that cats, particularly breeding, free roaming cats, are the largest part of the unwanted, animal homelessness issue and the largest number of animals euthanized in a government shelter, our Community Cat Program spays or neuters, vaccinates, ear tips, provides flea preventative and de-worming for about 3000 -5000 free roaming cats per year.
In January we offered "Happy Neuter Year," a $20 neuter for male cats and dogs. over 412 male animals were neutered in 2016 through this promotion.  
For the 5th year in a row, we  offered  "Beat the Heat", a $20 February spay program for owned cats. This year 453 cats were spayed through the program.  
Our early summer Pit Bull Spay neuter project fixed, vaccinated micro-chipped, and wormed over 450 pit bull dogs and mixes. 
Our Community Cats program for 2017 will fix, for no charge, over 1000 free roaming cats in our October 1000 cat challenge.
SSNA has never turned away anyone for the inability to pay for services We recognize that if we are to achieve our mission to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia, we must find a way to reach all pet owners with extremely discounted or free services, not just offer them to persons who can pay.  
In  October of 2015, our new transport van hit the road, providing transport to our clinic for animals in Macon and Trousdale counties. .We are traveling to underserved communities and bringing animals back to our clinic for spay neuter with this program. 

Funding for our Community Assistance Program
2. Medical supply donations
3. Volunteers and additional qualified staff to help at the spay neuter clinic
4.Volunteers to help with Fund raising events. 
5.Wish list items- paper towels, distilled water, 55 gallon trash bags, liquid laundry detergent, distilled water and bleach . Donated items are just like cash because it allows us to use our funds to spay and neuter more animals for the low income.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Persons can donate by mailing a check to SSNA. P.O. Box 1834, Gallatin TN 37066 or going to our website: and give through PayPal. One can also make a donation on our Facebook page or by calling the clinic at 6150452-2233 and call in a donation wtih a credit card.  In kind donations of medical supplies are appreciated. Fleece blankets, laundry liquid, bleach,distilled water,alcohol and paper towels are always on our wish list
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Veterinary Services
Secondary Organization Category Education / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Sumner
TN - Macon
TN - Davidson
TN - Wilson
TN - Trousdale
TN - Rutherford
TN - Robertson
TN - Montgomery
This organization  primarily serves Sumner County. However we  have grown to serve 7 counties.   In addition to SSNA, only 2 others, Rutherford and Davidson have low cost spay neuter clinics in our area.
Board Chair Statement
A unique opportunity was  presented to SSNA in the opening of our first clinic in 2011  in the  government animal control  facility.We are so pleased to have come so far in such a short time .We opened our brand new facility in 2014 which allows us room to spay and neuter about 65-70 animals per day. We are challenged, however, to continue to raise funds to reach and cover the cost of surgeries for our low income pet owning public.Being able to sterilize so many  animals is making our program successful in reduction of overall number of animals entering shelters and being euthanized in our community.
Our current biggest challenge is free roaming and feral cats. We strongly believe and participate in the Trap Neuter Return concept. Because 80% of the unwanted kittens that end up in our government shelter are euthanized.  We continue to establish programs that offer solutions to the problem. We currently offer free spay neuter for free roaming cats in Sumner County. As President and founder of SSNA, I have grown in the animal welfare movement for more than 45 years. It is so rewarding to see the great number of services that  are offered in Sumner County for pets. 
Low cost spay neuter: Male cat $33, Female cats  $43, Male Dog $48 and Female dog $58. We sterilize 65-70 or more animals per day, 4 days a week.   Services are provided in our clinic, a private non-profit in Sumner County. Vaccinations are offered at time of surgery only. However, a free rabies vaccinations is given with every surgery, if needed.
Community/Free Roaming cat / feral spay/neuter. The Free Roaming, (Community Cats) /feral cat population control is a concern in Sumner County and is included in the plan to reduce shelter intake and  euthanasia/animal /population control.  Feral cat programs are  offered  for persons caring for barn cats, feeding strays on their property, or managing colonies.  This program will be free to persons bringing cats from Sumner and some other areas as well. Donations will be appreciated.
Financial Assistance for low income, elderly, disabled, unemployed, etc. with our regular clinic fees. Large dogs over 40 pounds can be spayed or neutered for a 10 co-pay, or free if need dictates. Assistance offered for cat fees as well.
Budget 600000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Veterinary Services
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short Term Success
Our short term goal was  to see a 30% reduced  number of stray, free roaming and unwanted pets being relinquished to and picked up by Sumner County Animal Control over the first 3 years. Since they receive government funds to operate, they can not be a limited access facility, as private organizations can be. They are required to take all animals brought to them from Sumner County. The result is too many animals, not enough homes.. Euthanasia is imminent. We have achieved that 30% goal in the first 3 years. Current short term goasls are to continue to see that reduction on an annual basis.
Long term Success
 The long term goal is to reduce shelter intake and  euthanasia of animals at the Sumner County Animal Control Facility. Our success will be measured by the number of animals we spay or neuter and the reduction of animals entering the Animal Control Facility in 7 years.
In conjunction with spay/neuter for owned pets and those belonging to the low income population, pets going into new homes from the Animal Control Facility and their current  training and behavior programs, feral cat spay/neuter programs will also measure results., Micro-chipping Clinics, our goal is to see less than a 20% euthanasia rate and an 50% reduction in  the number of animals coming unwanted into the Animal Control Facility facility in a 7 year period..
Program Success Monitored By Our success is monitored by the number of animals being spayed or neutered, the number of calls and complaints Animal Control is receiving and the number of animals entering the AC facility.
Examples of Program Success
Spay Neuter Transport: In keeping within our mission of reducing the number of unwanted animals in our community, and as we waited for our clinic to be completed, we took about 35-40 animals each month, over a two day period, twice a month, to an existing low cost clinic in Kentucky. These animals belong to persons who found it difficult, because of work schedules, lack of transportation, etc. to drive and pick up their pets at a clinic. Since the program began last June until our clinic opened in July of 2011, we transported 750 animals to a low cost clinic to be spayed or neutered. Once our clinic was open, we spayed and neutered an additional 2685 animals from July to December of 2011. In terms of reproduction of unwanted animals, that amounts to the prevention of over 27,000 births in just the first generation alone. When that is compounded by offspring's, offspring, the prevention number is in the hundreds of thousands.
In June of 2014, we opened our new 3500 square foot  facility in order to spay and neuter at least 10,000 animals per year which we are now doing.  We continue to see reduced number of animals entering Animal Control
CEO Comments A very big challenge for SSNA currently is Community cats (free roaming- friendly or feral). Traditional animal control methods, for the last 50 years, has meant that  free roaming cats will be picked up by Animal Control or brought to the shelter by well meaning citizens. Yet the truth is, 100% of feral cats will be killed at the shelter. 80% of even the free roaming friendly cats will not find a home and be killed there too. This method hasn't worked to control the population. There are more free roaming cats now that ever before. There is a better way. SSNA is an advocate for TNR, Trapping, Neutering and Returning the cat to its outdoor home. If cats are picked up in a location, and never returned, new intact cats will come into the same area, breed  and take advantage of the resources now left unused by the original removed cats. Yet cats that are trapped, fixed and then returned to the area will no longer reproduce. They are free to live out their lives , taking advantage of their food source and adding no more litters to the mix.  A much better method than catch and kill. As well, behavior problems demonstrated by intact cats will cease and they can live peacefully in their location; no fighting, enjoying the company of the others in their colony and enjoying whatever food source brought them there in the first place.

The challenge is to ask people to make that change in their thinking, that paradigm shift to this non-lethal way of dealing with too many cats. SSNA will spay or neuter, vaccinate and de-worm  free roaming cats for no charge. Donations appreciated
Board Chair
Board Chair June B. McMahon
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2015 to Nov 2017
Board Members
Mrs. Sara Felmlee Executive DirectorOwner Heartland Roofing,LLCVoting
Mrs. June McMahon PresidentCommunity VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Diane Miller SecretaryRetired Professor EmeritusVoting
Mrs. Julie Pieper-Hemmings TreasurerHendersonville Arts CouncilVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Sara Felmlee
Term Start July 2009
Founded all spay neuter programs in Wilson County: mobile unit, feral cat "MASH" clinics, stationary clinic
Past President of Humane Association of Wilson ( Now New Leash on Life) Designs programs for SSNA
Past Board member of Tennessee Humane Association
Board Member of Wilson County Animal Control
Dart Training certificate 
Helped create SSNA 
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 12
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 90%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? No
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Voted Best Spay Neuter Clinic iin Middle TNNashville Paws2013
Recognition of ServiceCity if Portland TN2013
Pedal for Paws-Best Fund Raising eventNashville Paws2013
Hometown HeroModern Woodman of America2016
CEO Comments Our current management challenge is to always be mindful to keep all communication needs met within our organization, as lack of communication is the cause of many problematic issues.In doing this, we will be able to always keep our mission in focus, have staff employment longevity, and continuously update our needs.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $697,400.00
Projected Expenses $580,138.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$512,651$473,005$400,052
Administration Expense$74,780$57,963$35,142
Fundraising Expense$24,010$12,815$12,216
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.151.101.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%87%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%6%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$634,245$545,352$489,055
Current Assets$537,415$422,942$371,184
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,016$3,227$2,052
Total Net Assets$631,229$542,125$487,003
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities178.19131.06180.89
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $399,167Program Revenue $398,904Program Services $315,394
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $237,831Contributions, Gifts and Grants $160,244Contributions, Gifts & Grants $270,030
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $62,667Fundraising Events $39,143Fundraising Events $24,501
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
Organization Comments
In order to meet the overwhelming  need over and above what our smaller clinic could handle, we moved into  a 3500 square foot low cost spay neuter clinic in Gallatin TN in June of 2014 .  Our plan  for raising  funds was through grants, individual donors and events .
 Our greatest challenge is creating new donors through the understanding of how spay/neuter saves lives by preventing births and helping people.  Another challenge is creating programs and funding to bring the Community cat/free roaming/feral cat situation under control as well as raising funds for our community assistance fund for the low income population
Raising funds for our spay neuter programs include the Annual Pedal for Paws cyclist enthusiast event. It is a well organized, scenic bike ride through Sumner County. The 2016 event was the 6th annual and was planned for April 9. $25,000 was raised in 2015  through increased rider sign ups and sponsorship. The 7th Annual Pedal for Paws is April 15, 2017.We have one Holiday Appeal mailer each year. In 2016 $10,000 was realized from that mailer. Program services brought in about 400,000 in 2016. Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the Form 990.
Form 990 was prepared by S. Jill Whaley, CPA.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 7/18/16.
Nonprofit Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance
Address 720 Blythe Avenue
Gallatin, TN 37066
Primary Phone (615) 452-2233
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sara Felmlee
Board Chair June B. McMahon
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2010

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Animal Welfare

Pet overpopulation is the most serious issue facing domesticated animals in Middle Tennessee. Many ongoing animal-related issues – including dog bites, disease, animal hoarding, cruelty to animals, and high euthanasia rates in shelters – ultimately stem from overpopulation, which has posed a complex dilemma in Middle Tennessee and across the country for decades. More attention has been brought to this issue in the last 15 years, and many nonprofit groups in Middle Tennessee are working to offer low-cost spay/neuter services. Some government-funded animal-control programs also offer spay/neuter and adoption services.