Pet Community Center was formed in March 2011 by caring community advocates who started a grassroots spay/neuter voucher program utilizing a network of veterinary clinics. After two years, the demand for spay/neuter services far outnumbered the available appointments in the network. Meanwhile our city still had a high shelter euthanasia rate (76% in 2012). We researched other cities saving the majority of their shelter animals and realized our city lacked key resources; namely Nashville was short 11,000 spay/neuter surgeries per year.
With support from the city of Nashville and a local animal loving community, we opened a spay/neuter clinic in June 2014. To date we have spayed or neutered more than 19,000 dogs and cats in our clinic.
We also opened Nashville’s first mobile wellness clinic, a veterinary clinic housed inside a 30-foot RV. The mobile clinic provides basic wellness services in underserved neighborhoods. The program was developed in response to data from Metro Animal Care and Control indicating lack of access to affordable veterinary care as a primary reason for pet owners surrendering their pet to the shelter. The mobile clinic launched in July 2015 and has served more than 8,200 pets.
· Since 2011 our organization has served more than 30,000 animals. Last year more than 66% of our spay/neuter surgeries were subsidized for pets of low-income residents or community cats.
· Dog and cat intake at Metro Animal Care and Control has fallen 50% since we were founded. The shelter’s live-release rate has increased from 27%, before our clinic opened, to 84% in 2016.
· We partner with 20 local animal welfare groups to provide surgeries to rescue animals and pets belonging to low-income pet owners.
Since 2011 our organization has served more than 30,000 animals (as of March 2017)
Efforts to provide targeted, free spay/neuter services to outdoor cats led to a decrease of 80% in the number of stray cats entering the city shelter from the target area. Countywide the number of cats entering the shelter decreased by 20%.
Overall our efforts have created a decrease in shelter intake of 50% since Pet Community Center was founded in 2011. Euthanasia has also decreased from 76% in 2013 to 15% in 2015. This is attributable, in part, reductions in shelter intake produced by our programs, but also due to new policies implemented by new shelter leadership.
Number of Animals Served
Mobile Wellness Program:
Shelter Intake at Metro Animal Care and Control (dogs and cats)
Monthly Donors: Community Champion donors play an important role in helping pets in our community by making monthly donations that go directly to dogs and cats in need. Information can be found at http://petcommunitycenter.org/communitychampions/
Nashville metro area.
Pet Community Center is the proactive response to pet overpopulation and the high euthanasia rate in our community. Our goal is to prevent animals from becoming homeless by preventing the births of unwanted pets and by helping to keep pets in loving, forever homes.
We are focused on helping the most at-risk pets in our community by providing:
Low cost and free spay/neuter: Our goal is to make spay/neuter services accessible, convenient and affordable for everyone. Our East Nashville clinic provides low cost and free surgeries five days per week..
Trap-Neuter-Return services for community cats: Community cats are among the most at-risk populations of animals in shelters. The vast majority of kittens come from outdoor/unowned cats, which makes them a high priority for our programs. Sterilizing community cats is the most effective and humane way to keep cats out of shelters and reduce the population of outdoor cats.
Wellness Services: Data from Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control indicates that one of the leading reasons pet owners relinquish their pet to a shelter is lack of access to low cost vet care. Our mobile wellness program addresses this need by traveling to underserved areas in Davidson County, and providing much needed low cost wellness services.
This program is a collaborative effort of PCC and Metro Animal Care and Control modeled after programs which have reduced shelter euthanasia and humanely reduced the population of cats living outdoors using a combination of Trap-Neuter-Return and Return-to-Field systems.
Trap-neuter-return (TNR): community cats are trapped and transported directly to a spay/neuter clinic, where they are sterilized, vaccinated, and ear-tipped for identification. Following recovery, the cats are returned to the location where they were trapped to live out their lives without producing any more kittens.
TNR programs have been shown to decrease [population] size through attrition. TNR can also decrease shelter intake in areas of high cat density when performed on a large enough scale and targeted in a specific population…
In June 2014 Pet Community Center opened Nashville’s first public low-cost, high quality spay + neuter clinic, located in East Nashville. We are a member of the prestigious Humane Alliance network of high quality, high volume spay + neuter clinics. Our staff receives ongoing training and support from the Humane Alliance.
The goal of the program is to eliminate the need to use euthanasia as a means of controlling the pet population. Spaying and Neutering prevents the birth of unwanted animals. We are targeting areas of the community with higher than average rates of shelter intake and low-income individuals, in order to have the most impact.
Pet Community Center was chosen from among 500 organizations to operate a Pets for Life (PFL) program under the mentorship of The Humane Society of the United States.
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In 2011, this organization filed a 990-N form with the IRS, which
does not provide specific financial information. Most small tax-exempt organizations whose
annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years
ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to
electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they
choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.
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.
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