Humane Society of Putnam County
P.O. Box 995
Cookeville TN 38503-0995
Mission Statement
The Humane Society of Putnam County is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, relief of suffering among animals, advocacy of spay and neuter programs, and the extension of humane education. 
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Linda Clemons
Board Chair Ms. Paula Hinton
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1979
Former Names
Putnam County Humane Society
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $373,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $373,000.00 (2017)
Mission The Humane Society of Putnam County is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, relief of suffering among animals, advocacy of spay and neuter programs, and the extension of humane education. 
Background In June of 1979 a group of concerned citizens formed the Putnam County Humane Society. They filed the appropriate paperwork with the state of Tennessee and applied to the Internal Revenue Service for 501(c)(3) status. On June 22, 1979 Tennessee’s Secretary of State certified that their paperwork conformed to the Tennessee General Corporation Act, and they were chartered. On April 2, 1980 the IRS granted them exemption from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3). Nine years later, on June 14, 1989, they were incorporated (by the State of Tennessee) as the Putnam County Humane Society. The State approved a name change June 11, 1996—to the Humane Society of Putnam County, Inc. (HSPC) From the mid-1990s until January 2000 the HSPC operated the local shelter. In January 2000 HSPC advised the city and county they could no longer operate the shelter given the limited funding available for animal control. Since that time the HSPC has focused on spay and neuter fundraising and educational programs.
Impact In early 2006, we completed a successful capital campaign and raised $150,000 to open a low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter clinic with regional transport vehicle. Our most significant accomplishment to date is: --In August of 2007 we opened a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Cookeville to serve the 14 counties of the Upper Cumberland Development District. This clinic is part of the National Spay Neuter Response Team and we were the 25th clinic to open modeled on the Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic of Asheville, NC. Our most significant goals for the current year are: --Continue applying for grants for spaying and neutering to defray the costs for those who cannot afford sterilization at our reduced prices. --Build a coalition with other Upper Cumberland animal welfare organizations in order to more effectively meet the needs of our community.
Needs Funds for qualified clients who need financial assistance.
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Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Protection & Welfare
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Clay
TN - Cumberland
TN - Fentress
TN - Jackson
TN - Overton
TN - Pickett
TN - Putnam
TN - Van Buren
TN - White
We serve the counties considered in the Upper Cumberland and any other outlying counties with no animal welfare services.
Board Chair Statement Our goal is to provide a non-lethal, responsible solution to pet overpopulation. Between 2001 and 2006, our organization helped pay for the sterilization of over 4,000 family pets. While this is a wonderful accomplishment for an organization our size, it was not enough. In our target area (the 14 counties of the Upper Cumberland), there is a minimum of 300,000 dogs and cats. Only 25-30% of these animals have been spayed or neutered. Our goal is to sterilize at least 70%--at that point, the number of animals that end up in our area shelters will decrease and the rate of euthanasia will fall. There are only two full-service shelters in our immediate area. The Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Cumberland County in Crossville euthanize between 80-85% of their intakes. Our low-cost/high-volume spay/neuter clinic will make sterilization more accessible to a broader segment of the community, and an aggressive sterilization program will produce a dramatic reduction in the number of unwanted companion animals born. We will provide free transportation to our transport partners—the animals will be picked up, taken to the clinic, operated on, cared for overnight, and then returned the next day. Our coalition of animal welfare organizations will team up with us to provide this vital service to the Upper Cumberland. It is our intention to perform 5,000 spay/neuter surgeries each year.
Description Provide financial assistance to families who can not afford spay/neuter surgeries for their pets.  All surgeries under this program are conducted at our clinic. 
Budget 75000
Population Served Adults, ,
Description Provide materials to the community on the many aspects of animal welfare.
Budget 1500
Category Animal-Related Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.), Adults,
CEO Comments
We believe in prevention as the best weapon in our crisis of pet overpopulation in Tennessee.  Spay/Neuter is the most effective way to prevent unwanted litters.  Throughout Tennessee, cost is the primary deterrent for most pet owners to getting their pets fixed and we constantly seek funding to make spay/neuter affordable for all residents.  There are many spay/neuter assistance programs and clinics in the state and almost all are chronically underfunded to meet the demand for services in their areas.  At our clinic which primarily serves the Upper Cumberland, we have donated pet food available to our clients who need that help to keep the pets in their home.  This is especially important for all the counties without shelter options. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Paula Hinton
Term Mar 2016 to Mar 2018
Board Members
Ms. Jeannine Brey Nashville Tech., Cookeville, TNVoting
Ms. Linda Clemons RetiredVoting
Ms. Paula Hinton Tennessee Technology UniversityVoting
Mr. Kyle Peterson Peterson Express Transport CoVoting
Ms. Chris Soard Soard PropertiesVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
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? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Risk Management Provisions
Directors & Officers Policy
General Property Coverage & Professional Liability
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments We realize that our Board is not diverse but it does reflect the demographics of our community. We are aware of the need for diversity and are always on the lookout for those in our area of different ethnic backgrounds who might be interested in our work.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Linda Clemons
Term Start Nov 2001
Experience Linda Clemons was elected President of the Board in November 2001 and has served in that position since that time. Ms. Clemons was employed by the federal government for 31 years, serving 20 years in the Executive Branch and 11 years in the Judiciary Branch at the U.S. Sentencing Commission. During the last 6 years at the Commission Ms. Clemons served as the Special Assistant to the Director. She headed up projects and functioned as a Senior Management Analyst. Ms. Clemons holds a BBA in Business Administration from Averett University, Danville, Virginia.
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 25
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 0%
CEO Comments
Funding remains our biggest challenge; specifically, having enough funds on hand to assist every pet owner who wants to have their pets fixed. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $373,000.00
Projected Expenses $373,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$2,110$2,800$4,455
Individual Contributions$45,003$37,918$42,242
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$17,294$17,521$12,005
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$271,114$361,517$389,071
Administration Expense$69,635$27,700$24,918
Fundraising Expense$0$1,516$257
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.891.030.72
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%93%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%3%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$138,408$180,949$177,848
Current Assets$111,843$152,490$148,031
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$7,578$11,512$21,061
Total Net Assets$130,830$169,437$156,787
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities14.7613.257.03
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $237,735Program Revenue $288,144Program Service Revenue $241,182
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, & Grants $45,003Contributions, Gifts and Grants $37,918Contributions, Gifts, Grants $42,242
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $17,294Fundraising Events $17,521Government Contributions and Grants $4,455
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
Solicitations Permit
Tn Char Solicitation 2018
Organization Comments
Funding remains our biggest challenge.  Keeping our low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter clinic up and running takes money and our business plan for staying open is working.  With additional funding, we could subsidize more clients and get more animals spayed/neutered and reduce the number of unwanted, stray and abandoned animals in our area. Financial Comments
Financials taken from the 990.
Financials completed by Lou Alice Funk of Companion CPA.
Foundation & corporate gifts may be included with Individual contributions, as figures are not separated in 990.
Comment provided by Nicole Rose 07/18/2017.
Nonprofit Humane Society of Putnam County
Address P.O. Box 995
Cookeville, TN 38503 0995
Primary Phone (931) 372-2728
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Linda Clemons
Board Chair Ms. Paula Hinton
Year of Incorporation 1979
Former Names
Putnam County Humane Society

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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.