Franklin County Humane Society (Animal Harbor)
56 Nor-Nan Road
Winchester TN 37398
Animal Harbor
Mission Statement
The mission of The Franklin County Humane Society (Animal Harbor) is to provide shelter and care for homeless dogs, cats and other companion animals and to find them loving permanent homes.  Our mission is also to reduce the number of unwanted companion animals through the promotion of spay/neuter and through our subsidized spay/neuter program for low-income residents, and to provide information to the community on such issues as pet overpopulation, animal cruelty, and other animal welfare matters.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan Rupert
Board Chair Ms. Susan Rupert
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired from The University of the South
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $250,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $250,000.00 (2017)
The mission of The Franklin County Humane Society (Animal Harbor) is to provide shelter and care for homeless dogs, cats and other companion animals and to find them loving permanent homes.  Our mission is also to reduce the number of unwanted companion animals through the promotion of spay/neuter and through our subsidized spay/neuter program for low-income residents, and to provide information to the community on such issues as pet overpopulation, animal cruelty, and other animal welfare matters.
Animal Harbor, the facility maintained by The Franklin County Humane Society, is a small no-kill shelter in Winchester, TN.  The dogs and cats in our care stay with us for as long as it takes to find them permanent homes.  Animal Harbor opened its doors in January 2003 in what had been a hog barn.  We managed to care for our rescued pets in this antiquated facility until we moved into our new Animal Harbor shelter in December 2014.  
   In addition to the shelter, The Franklin County Humane Society administers a program for the county's low-income residents to alter their pets, which we started in 2006.   We began a Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats in 2015.  We have provided educational materials to the schools and have sponsored an essay contest for fifth graders.  We continue to work with the schools to provide education for children in the care and proper treatment of animals.
   Through December 2016, we have placed over 6,000 dogs and cats in new loving homes since our shelter, Animal Harbor, opened in 2003.  Our goal is to place another 650 in 2017.  We continually search for ways to place our homeless pets more quickly and decrease the time they remain in our shelter.  All of our pets are spayed or neutered before adoption.  A grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee was a great help in funding this part of our operation.

   In May 2010, we became a source shelter in the PetSmart Rescue Waggin' Program--a national transport program that transports dogs from shelters with high pet populations to shelters where adoptable dogs are more in demand.  We have sent 1,311 puppies and dogs to shelters in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin since May 2010, and we expect to send 15-20 dogs each month in the future.

   We subsidized the alteration of 248 pets in our spay/neuter program for pets of low-income families in 2015.  We plan to help over 250 people have their pets altered in this program in 2016.  We will continue to build participation in our low-cost pet altering program and to search for new donors and funding opportunities.  Education initiatives for the public schools in the past 3 years have been very successful and we plan to continue these.

    PetSmart Charities gave us a grant in 2014 to begin a Trap-Neuter-Return Program for feral cats in our area.  This program is vital if we are to decrease the number of homeless cats.  So far, we have altered over 150 feral cats in our TNR Program.

Our capital campaign to raise funds for our new shelter reached 100% of our goal of $600,000.00 in August 2015.  



Our new Animal Harbor was completed in December 2014.  We admitted 20% more pets in 2015 than we had in the previous year, which increased our operating costs substantially.  We need donations to fund operating expenses in our expanded operations.

Need funding for shelter vet bills. We spent $30,838 for vet care for our shelter pets in 2015.  All of our pets are vet checked, up to date with shots, dewormed, given a flea preventive such as Frontline or K9 Advantix, spayed or neutered and microchipped before adoption.  Adult dogs are tested for heartworms and put on a monthly heartworm preventive. Kittens are tested for feline leukemia (FeLV) and adult cats are tested for FIV and FeLV. All of our pets are given rabies shots when they are old enough.  Stray animals that come to us often do so with medical conditions that need to be treated.  Though we do charge a fee for adoption, it is not nearly enough to cover our costs. 

Need funding for our spay/neuter program for the pets of low-income residents. We spent $6,980.00 on this program in 2015.

Need funding for our Trap/Neuter/Return program, which is designed to reduce the number of feral cats.  We spent $6,621 on this program in 2015.

Need volunteers to socialize our animals, assist in our office, and help with special events and other projects.

Need supplies:  dog and cat food, cat litter, bleach, paper towels, laundry detergent.


Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

We welcome donations, which can be made by mailing a check to Animal Harbor, P. O. Box 187, Winchester, TN 37398. Or you may go to our website to donate online through Network for Good.

We also gratefully accept gifts of supplies and equipment. Call 962-4472 to check for current needs and to arrange for pickup if needed.

Ongoing needs:

  • High quality pet food. We prefer Iams, Pedigree, and Purina.
  • Cat litter
  • Laundry detergent
  • Thick paper towels
  • Clorox bleach
  • Kong Pet Toys
We have volunteer opportunities in these areas:
Direct Animal Care
Remote Adoption Events   
Humane Education 
Community Outreach 
Special Events 
Clerical area
Grounds/maintenance work



Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Protection & Welfare
Secondary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal-Related NEC
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Franklin
We serve all of Franklin County, Tennessee.
Board Chair Statement

There are few pictures of me as a little girl without a cat in my lap or a dog by my side. The splendid thing about growing up on a farm was playing with the animals and talking to them. Cats resigned themselves to going to "school" on our back porch where I would line them up left and right on the banisters and teach them to sing and recite poetry. They were a long-suffering clowder whose patience gave me a peek into their loving natures. Perched on the fence, I tried out my Boardway repertoire on a herd of mystified (but seemingly appreciative) Hereford cattle, and then sat on the big rock by the crek with my dog, looking at milkweed pods, clouds and trees. Every spring the lambs came frisking over the grass for a feeding, signaled by clanking two milk bottles together. Growing up meant becoming aware of the larger scope of animal cruelty issues, and this led me to become an advocate for all animals. Now I have come to be president of Animal Harbor, largely I think, because of those kind animal souls and spirits who helped a child form a broader view of life and learn that each creature has its own unique personality and inner life, its own sense of fun, its own way of expressing love and loyalty, and a willingness to connect with us.

Fast forward through many rescues and pets to 2000.  I was invited to join a small group of animal lovers operating a pet rescue in an alpaca stable. Many was the night I cleaned cat cages by the light of my car headlights and carried water from a nearby pump for lack of electricity. This group eventually joined with the local humane society, and in 2003 we opened the first bona fide animal shelter in Franklin County. Animal Harbor had its birth in the acquisition of an old hog barn which had been used as a transfer point for pigs on the way to slaughter. This place of fear and suffering had been transformed into a "harbor" of rescue, love, and care. Our staff was volunteer and we made use of inmates from the county prison. Conditions for workers and animals alike were far from optimum. The roof leaked. It was hot in summer and freezing in winter, but with fans and heaters we kept our animals comfortable. Patching wires and pipes became a weekly occurrence. Little by little, learning as we went about sanitation and enrichment for our animals, we began to grow and place these pets into loving homes. Gaining 501(c)(3) status was a cause for celebration, and we never looked back.
The days of the alpaca stable and hog barn seem very far away. We struggled to overcome a myriad of difficulties as all shelters do, and we continue to address financial matters. We work constantly on raising the necessary funding for our expanded operation. But the truth is that we have come so far in our efforts to transform the lives of our rescued animals that I often have to remind myself how much nearer to our goals we are than we ever could have imagned in the early days. And often those "schoolroom" cats on my back porch flash past my mind's eye and remind me that patience and perserverance got us where we are and will continue to move us forward.
CEO Statement

In December 2016, we will celebrate two years in our new Animal Harbor, with up-to-date kennels and runs for the dogs, large portalized cages for the cats, several open cat rooms, and an outside cat porch where the more adventurous kitties bask in the sun. We have isolation cages, an intake room separated from the other animals for disease control, and a meet and greet room where adopters can visit potential adoptees. Our staff are continually educating themselves and looking for better ways to clean and care for the animals. They spend quality time on socialization and introduce behaviors which will enhance the chances for adoption. Volunteers help us both inside and outside the building and give time to our fund-raising events. 

With our mission statement in mind, we have adopted out over 5,500 animals including rabbits, ferrets, sugar gliders and pot-bellied pigs! We have a Low-Income Spay/Neutuer program, and with the help of PetSmart Charities, we did a Trap/Neuter/Return sweep that resulted in 167 cats being altered. Hundreds of dogs and puppies have made the trip north to find homes through the Rescue Waggin' program. We take dogs and cats from our county animal control whenever we have space. We place books on kindness to animals and character bulding in grade schools, and provide teachers with a magazine which has lesson plans and reading guides related to animal care. Our employees oversee a program for junior high students interested in animals. Once a week these students learn pet care skills and the benefits of volunteering. Our Development Officer appears on radio and local TV shows to discuss animal issues and increase public awareness of better animal care standards. We are working to expand our education offerings.
The move to our new shelter in town has sparked new interest in our work, and we see continued growth in our "fan base" and loyal circle of financial supporters. A dedicated trio of local vet clinics assure that we get the best possible care for our animals as well as guidance and information. Two adjacent counties have rescue groups and we partner with them to facilitate adoptions. Periodically a local organization will adopt us for a fundraiser, and our two local papers feature Pets of the Week complete with pictures and stories. We have gathered a loyal band who do whatever they can to support our vision of a county in which animals are valued for their intrinsic qualities as sentient beings and as companion animals--a county in which cruelty and neglect will be rare occurences and there will be no more homeless pets.
We are able to shelter approximately 30 dogs and 30 cats at a time.  We are a no-kill shelter, so the animals we rescue are not euthanized for space, but stay with us for as long as it takes to find them a good home.
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success In October, 2009, we celebrated our 2500th adoption.
Long term Success The ultimate success of our program would be no more homeless dogs or cats in Franklin County. 
Program Success Monitored By We keep records of our intakes and adoptions.  People who must relinquish a pet complete an information form about the animal.  A volunteer makes follow-up calls to adopters. 
Examples of Program Success
Rover remained at our shelter over a year, though none of us could figure out why this friendly, cute dog wasn't adopted.  He made appearances at pet fairs and other events.  Rover was finally adopted by a woman who had adopted his first shelter pen mate and best friend!  
Hoppy is a three-legged cat who was turned down for adoption by people who wanted their pets "whole."  Hoppy was adopted by a loving family who recently reported that they had make home repairs that meant Hoppy couldn't make it up to their attic to hunt mice.  The family was planning a new construction project to ensure Hoppy could return to his favorite hunting grounds!
Description We provide assistance to low-income families who wish to have their pets altered.  The families pay a small fee and, with the help of grants and donations, we pay the balance. 
Category Animal-Related Animal Ownership
Population Served Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General, ,
Short Term Success
In 2007 we provided assistance to 101 pets.  This year, through November,
we have helped 153 families alter their pets.
Long term Success The ultimate goal is no more homeless dogs and cats in Franklin County.
Program Success Monitored By We keep records of pets altered.
Examples of Program Success Please note information in "Short-term Success" description.
The Franklin County Humane Society launched a capital campaign to build a new shelter on July 10, 2012.  This capital campaign was a significant undertaking--aiming to raise $600,000.00.  This campaign was successfully completed in August 2016.

Population Served , ,
Description We began a Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats in 2015.  Ths program is vital in controlling the cat over-population in our county.  It has been met with enthusiastic response from the community, and we want to continue and expand this program.
Population Served , ,
Description For several years, we have been providing books about animals and their proper care for the libraries in the elementary schools of our county.  The librarians report that their students look forward to receiving new books each year.
Population Served , ,
CEO Comments New Shelter Capital Campaign:  We completed our capital campaign to raise $600,000 for a new shelter building.  Construction of our new Animal Harbor began in January 2014, and we moved into our new shelter on December 6, 2014.  We are very grateful to all the many donors who have responded to this campaign and ensured its success.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Susan Rupert
Company Affiliation Retired from The University of the South
Term Apr 2016 to Apr 2018
Board Members
Ms. Angela Alsup RetiredVoting
Ms. Cecelia Brodioi Retired TeacherVoting
Ms. Anne Giles RetiredVoting
Ms. Phyllis Larson RetiredVoting
Ms. Lisa McCord Healthcare InstructorVoting
Dr. Susan Ridyard PhDThe University of the SouthVoting
Ms. Susan Rupert The University of the SouthVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
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? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Automobile Insurance
Employee Dishonesty
General Property Coverage
Commercial General Liability
Additional Board Members
Dr. George Bowers DVMAnimal Care Center
Mr. Dan Maher Retired
Dr. Harry Prince DVMTown and Country Veterinary Hospital
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Susan Rupert
Term Start Apr 2016
    Susan Rupert has been active in companion animal rescue work and shelter operation for the past 16 years.  She and all our board members serve as volunteers and receive no compensation.
Former CEOs
Patricia R. Dover Apr 2014 - May
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 5
Volunteers 75
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 75%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Apr 2014
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Tennessee Animal Control Association2013
Senior Staff
Title Animal Harbor Shelter Manager
CEO Comments
Because shelter work is difficult and sometimes unpleasant and because we are unable to pay our staff the wages we all believe they deserve, we have a fairly high staff turnover.  We have addressed this by instituting annual bonuses and an employee-of-the-month bonus to better compensate our staff.  Each member of our staff is entitled to adopt a pet from us with the adoption fee being waived.  We added other "perks" such as an occasional staff lunch, and we have made efforts to include staff in such areas of our work as writing appeal letters and attending remote adoptions to have the staff feel they are a part of the total operation.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $250,000.00
Projected Expenses $250,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
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$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$241,492$141,375$269,363
Investment Income, Net of Losses$63$67($260)
Membership Dues$348$348$340
Special Events$23,434$39,019$24,221
Revenue In-Kind$0$47,500$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$261,326$280,934$208,474
Administration Expense$7,427$5,568$9,369
Fundraising Expense$2,961$6,700$13,789
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.110.951.41
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%96%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%3%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$906,607$947,484$947,622
Current Assets$163,400$169,358$174,699
Long-Term Liabilities$207,766$270,000$270,000
Current Liabilities$42,327$50,192$35,115
Total Net Assets$656,514$627,292$642,507
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.863.374.98
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets23%28%28%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, & Grants $241,492Contributions, Gifts and Grants $141,375Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $269,363
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $35,597Noncash Contributions $47,500Program Revenue $33,361
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $23,434Fundraising Events $39,019Fundraising Events $24,221
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
Campaign Purpose Our capital campaign was to raise funds for a new animal shelter. Our old building was a former hog auction barn which has never been adequate for its current use and it became hazardous, with rotten wood, a leaky roof, no climate control, and a rough concrete floor that is impossible to disinfect.
Capital Campaign Goal $600,000.00
Campaign Start and End Dates July 2011 to Aug 2015
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $600,000.00 as of Aug 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018 Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990.
Schedule B was removed to protect donor privacy.
Financial documents completed by Bean, Rhoton & Kelley PLLC.
Comments provided by Nicole Rose 07/24/2017.
Nonprofit Franklin County Humane Society (Animal Harbor)
Address 56 Nor-Nan Road
Winchester, TN 37398
Primary Phone (931) 962-4472
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan Rupert
Board Chair Ms. Susan Rupert
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired from The University of the South
Year of Incorporation 2001

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