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JOIN US THIS SATURDAY ....(6/22) at the Kroger Marketplace on Gallatin Rd. We will be collecting donated materials for some of our animal groups in Sumner County ... paper towels, cat litter, dog & cat food, bleach, trash bags, detergent. Add one of the items to your grocery list and donate on the way out ... or just drop off to one of our volunteers by either exit. 10am - 3pm, "Day For The Animals", jointly hosted by Kroger Marketplace and "Helping Paws".
LIKE TO VOLUNTEER?? Many of our animal organizations are always looking for volunteers. If you, or your teen (some have a min age restriction of 16 without an adult) have some free time to lend a hand, contact one of the non-profit animal groups listed on the 'Coalition Members' page (Note: Our County Animal Control does not have a volunteer program)
HENDERSONVILLE DOG PARK: The Hendersonville Lions Club held a fundraiser at the Blackeyed Pea restaurant in H'ville on June 10th, raising funds to build a new dog park in Hendersonville. According to Steve Brown, almost $10,000 of the $20,000 needed to equip the park has been raised. Bricks (4"X8" ... $100) and pavers (8"X8" ... $300) are available, engraved to advertise a business, as a memorial or in honor of your favorite pet, or the donor's name, are still available for purchase. Benches, waste stations and fountain purchases/donations are also available. The Lions Club has taken on fundraising for the dog park as one of their community service projects. For more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Target opening date for the park is fall of 2013. (Pictured is Steve Brown at the Blackeyed Pea fundraiser). "Thanks" to the Lions Club for taking on this much needed facility for our pet owners!!!
PUPPY & KITTEN SPAY/NEUTER SPECIAL: For the month of June, the SSNA Spay Neuter Clinic will spay or neuter kittens and puppies for $20 (under 6 months of age). Funded by PetSmart Charities. For details and to make an appointment, call the clinic at 452-2233, http://www.sumnerspayneuteralliance.org/.
"DAY FOR THE ANIMALS" event will be held at the Kroger Marketplace from 10am - 3pm on Saturday, June 22nd. We will be collecting donated supplies for several of our animal groups and accepting cash donations for the spay/neuter "Community Assistance Fund". Collecting paper towels, bleach, trash bags, kitty litter and detergent in addition to dog and cat food. Drop by to do your shopping, drop off your donations or just to say hello. (If you are interested in volunteering to help with the event, e-mail Smailto:SumCoAnim@comcast.net with your contact information)
MAY SUMNER COUNTY AC RESULTS: In May, a total of 306 dogs (115) and cats (191) were taken in by our county animal control. Of these, 34% (71 cats/31 dogs) were 'owner surrendered', up from previous months. On the out take side 271 animals were processed: 28 animals (10%) were reclaimed by their owners; 79 (29%) were turned over to rescue adoption groups; 22 (8%) were adopted and 143 (53% ... 103 cats, 40 dogs) were euthanized. Yes, we are still in the 'kitten litter' season resulting in higher than usual cat numbers.
AVANTI GOURMET's "SPAYGHETTI" EVENT: The event held on May 22nd was a huge success, raising over $1000. for the spay/neuter "Community Assistance Fund". Almost 40 door prizes were drawn for, the food (as always) was great ... Charlie said he used over 22 gallons of marinara sauce and lost count of the amount of pasta served. Charlie and Cheryl Neglia, owners of Avanti Gourmet Restaurant, once again "Thank you" for your continuing support of our animal groups
APRIL SUMNER COUNTY AC RESULTS: In the month of April, the Sumner County Animl Control took in 241 companion animals (113 cats/128 dogs), a 37 % increase over March. Owners surrenders (45 cats/37 dogs) accounted for 34% of the total intake, mainly due to increased cat surrenders. Of the 66% of strays taken in, 47 were picked up by the County AC officers; 36 by Gallatin AC; 43 from Portland AC and 33 from the H'ville AC.
The cat intake increased 102% over March and was the highest number of cats admitted in April on record ('13=113;'12=96;'11=65;'10=92) Yes, we are in the "litter season" (assumption on my part since AC does not track numbers by ages) and the high numbers emphasize the continuing need to spay/neuter our cat population. Traditionally, very few cats are adopted, rescued or reclaimed by their owners out of AC therefore most end up being euthanized.
"THANK YOU KROGER CO/DELIGHT PRODUCTS CO/RONNIE CLOUSE": Thanks to their generous pet food donations, our "Helping Paws" program has been able to supply food to several of our non-profit animal shelter/rescue groups, to our 3 Emergency Pet Food Banks in Sumner County, to make possible a new much needed pet food bank in Macon County, a pet food distribution at our Sumner County Food Bank each month and to help several indigent multiple pet owners who have taken in strays to keep them off the streets. Without the generosity of Ronnie and his company, none of this would be possible. "Ronnie/Delight products/Kroger ... THANK YOU for helping us help the animals!!!"
"HELPING PAWS" PET CARE CLINIC: Provided FREE Vaccinations, rabies inoculations and a basic vet exam for over 110 pets of financially qualified (low income) pet owners. "Thanks" to our donors for funding this much needed service!!
SUMNER COUNTY AC MARCH RESULTS: In March, a total of 176 animals were taken in (56 cats/120 dogs). 23% (13 cats/27 dogs) of these were "owner surrendered". On the "out take" side 157 animals were processed: 28 (18%) were reclaimed by their owners; 26 (17%) were turned over to rescue organizations; 30 (19%) were adopted and 73 (46% ... 29 cats/44 dogs) were euthanized.
Total numbers of animals taken in and also those euthanized are continuing to trend downward and hopefully will continue to do so. Hopefully we are seeing the anticipated results of the successes of the SSNA's spay/neuter clinic who have "fixed" over 11,000 animals since opening, preventing the birth of many animals who would eventually be processed through the animal control system.
SUMNER COUNTY AC FEB RESULTS: In February, 190 animals were taken in, of which 60 (32%) were ‘owner surrendered’ and 130 (68%) were ‘strays’. 15 (8%) were reclaimed by their owners*; 51 (27%) were turned over to rescue organizations; 31 (16%) were adopted and the euthanasia rate was 45% (85 animals). Another ‘good month’ compared to past results.
*Regarding ‘strays’ … the vast majority of stray animals do not have any type of owner identification where the owner can be contacted to reclaim their animals. Even though state law requires dogs to wear ‘rabies tags’ which can be used to identify the owner , most strays do not wear them or have never been inoculated. Unfortunately, too many people treat their animals as a ‘disposable’ commodity … they never follow up with AC or the other shelters on ‘lost animals’. Most of these are eventually euthanized unless rescued or adopted out. If a stray animal is picked up and is wearing owner ID, AC’s policy is to ‘provide a free ride home’ on first offenses without a citation.
"HELPING PAWS"/SUMNER COUNTY FOOD BANK: Each month the Sumner County Food Bank provides food supplies to 175+ families who need a little help in feeding their human family members. Since December, 2011, our "Helping Paws" program has distributed free pet food to help care for the pets of the food bank recipients, usually 700-900 lbs each month. Many have multiple pets ... animals that they have taken in as 'strays'. As one lady said, "I know the feeling of being hungry" and can empathize with abandoned animals who have been left to fend on their own. Many of the folks live in rural area where unwanted animals are being 'dumped'. SSNA's Spay/Neuter Clinic has provided free spay/neuter certificates to many of the recipients who can't afford the service and the Helping paws Pet Care Clinic helps to keep their pets healthy by providing free vaccinations and rabies inoculations (see above entry).
METRO (DAVIDSON COUNTY) ANIMAL CONTROL: Accepted an invitation to tour the Metro Animal Control facility this past week. Many of you have read the recent articles in the Tennessean regard their intake of 10,000+ animals annually with a euthanasia rate of 76-78% (in comparison, in the same period Sumner County took in 2,500 animals with a euth rate of 63%) Unlike our Sumner County facility, the Metro AC facility is fully open to the public (as is Williamson, Rutherford and Cheatum County facilities). I found the Metro facility very clean, spacious, odor free with a friendly professional staff that reports to their County Health Department. Like Sumner, they also have about a 1/3 of the total intake from 'owner surrenders'. They do not adopt out any Pitt Bull or Pitt mixed breeds (which accounts for about 60-65% of their total intake) ... these are euthanized if not reclaimed by their owners. All animals in their adoption center have been fully vetted, S/N'd and pass a temperament test, with most also having been quarantined for a 7 day period. Upon intake ALL are vaccinated, dewormed and treated with Pet Armor flea/tick treatment. It is mandatory that all animals that have been picked up as "running at large" be micro chipped before/if being reclaimed by their owners. They also accept animals from all counties/areas, not just from Davidson County. Davidson County also has a licensing program ... $4 annually. All animal feed containers are cleaned & sterilized daily ... kennels were very clean (they have a paid cleaning staff) ... emphasis is placed on disease prevention and sanitization. Their annual budget is about $1.8 million, compared to Sumner County's approx $350-500 thousand. I was impressed with the facility and overall operation ... nice!!
And "Yes, they do have a volunteer program". If are interested in volunteering, e-mail us at SumCoAnim@comcast.net and i will gladly send you an application. All volunteers are trained, undergo a background check and must sign a liability release.
"FEEDING AND FIXIN'": DJ (Helping Paws) & June McMahon (Prez SSNA) works in partnership at the Sumner County Food Bank: Helping Paws distributes free pet food and June/SSNA hands out 'Free Spay/Neuter' certificates to Food Bank recipients. SSNA funds the free surgeries through private donations (Community Assistance Fund) and through grants received. SSNA also offers everyday low S/N surgery rates and when funding is available subsidizes the low rate for 'financially qualified' pet owners. Since opening in July 2011, the clinic has performed almost 11,000 S/N surgeries ... "Making a difference in our community's excess animal population problem!!" For more information, to donate to the fund or to make an appointment, call the clinic at 452-2233
FIND-A-PET: Looking for a new pet to adopt? Save gas & time!! E-mail your requirements (small/large, breed, age, sex, etc) to us (SumCoAnim@comcast.net) and we will forward your needs to all of our shelters to see if there is an animal available to meet your needs ... they will then contact you with further information if they can match you with a new loving companion.
JANUARY ANIMAL CONTROL #s: In January the Sumner County Animal Control took in a total of 167 animals (50 cats/117 dogs), fewer animals taken in in January 2012 (223), 2011 (203) and 2010 (326). Hopefully the downward trend in intake numbers will continue. 59 (35%) of the animals were owner surrendered, with 38% (44) of the total dogs being 'owner surrendered'. Unfortunately AC does not track specific reasons or ages of the surrendered animals to proactively address the problem. Hopefully most of these end up in the 'rescued' or 'adopted' categories. 62% of the total dogs taken is were picked up as 'strays' (18 were reclaimed by the owners). If the strays are wearing some form of 'owner identification' or microchipped, the owners are contacted to reclaim the animal ($50 citation + $10 day boarding fee) ... how many of these refuse the animals because of the costs? How many of the total strays taken in have owner ID?* Can a more proactive approach to the problem be taken? Yes, but the responsibility is still on the owner (see below). On the Out Take side (186 animals), 20 (11%) were reclaimed by their owners; 43 (23%) were turned over to rescue groups; 22 (12%) were adopted and 101 (54%) were euthanized.
ON STRAYS WITHOUT ID ... unfortunately we have many people who let their dogs run at large and these dogs usually do NOT have any owner ID. Why? Because if the animal is picked up they don't want to get a citation as the owner (reclaim fee at AC is $50 + boarding, fine for "Running at large" is $250.). If the dog is picked up they do not make any effort to reclaim ... easier to just get another dog, which is still left to run freely. The 'reclaiming cost' is in part 'punitive' for allowing the animals to roam ... regardless of the law. The only one who pays the price is the animal which usually ends up euthanized unless rescued or adopted. "Responsible pet ownership" ... can't preach enough about it!!!!
SSNA's "BEAT THE HEAT": Thanks to a generous grant by PetSmart Charities, our SSNA Spay Neuter Clinic will spay a female cat for only $20 during the month of February, including a rabies shot. Call 452-2233 for more information or to make an appointment .... appointments fill fast so call ASAP!! Cats can produce 3 litters a year, and by the end of the year their kittens are also producing litters ... and litters ... and litters!!! We have an abundance of cats in Sumner County .... a huge feral population and many 'community' cats.
SSNA'S S/N CLINIC SURPASSES 10,000 SURGERIES: Our SSNA low-cost spay neuter clinic, which opened in July 2011, has completed over 10,000 spay/neuter surgeries. Multiply that number several times and you will have an approximate number of prevented births of unwanted/unneeded animals added to our still excessive population. Kudos to the SSNA Crew ... great job!!! (posted 2/9/13)
NEED A PET SITTER?? Check out the 'Animal Services' page!
PET HOSPICE ... OR ... "WHEN ITS TIME": As with us humans, we can also lose a beloved 4-legged family member.When our pets are at the end of their life, it's hard to say goodbye. Even harder to make that "final trip" to the Vet's office. Allowing your pet to make the 'transition' to pet heaven in the home or familiar surroundings may be more desirable when it comes to that time. Buttercup's Pet Hospice out of Nashville serves the Middle Tennessee area, offering both Hospice and Pet Bereavement services. For more information: http://www.buttercupspethospice.com/, http://www.petbereavementsupport.com/. (posted 2/1/13)
NEED A BARN CAT??: One of my Heroes, Patti, is often found skulking around in the middle of the night setting her live/humane animal traps to capture feral cats. After trapping, she has the cats altered and vet checked and either returns them to the colony or looks for new adoptive homes for those that she has socialized. While kittens (and some adults) can be adapted to in-home pets, many are ideal for new homes as 'barn cats' ... meaning they are still a little too wild for house pets. If you would be intrested in either a barn or house kitty (all are vetted and S/N'd), let me know and I will have Patti contact you (SumCoAnim@comcast.net) (2/9/13)
A COOL THING TO DO: "Cool" being 29' ... but no rain, sleet or snow. Distributing free pet food at the Jan 15th Sumner County Food Bank, Helping Paws distributed about 800 lbs of cat/dog food to the food bank recipients ... some who had been in line since the evening before ... second family in line had been in line since 2am. Helping Paws has been distributing pet food at the monthly food bank distribution each month since December, 2011. For many of the recipients, this is the only 'pet food' that their pets get ... all are appreciative. Many have multiple pets ... stray animals that have been taken in. As the old saying goes, "Not a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out of", but they identify with the hungry abandoned animals they take in. For some, the animals are their sole source of companionship and love. "Thanks" to the Delight Products Co/Kroger Co. for their pet food donations that allows the Helping Paws program to help others, to help the animals.
LAFAYETTE PET FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Had the pleasure of working with Debbie Gross this morning helping her with a pet food distribution that she does in Lafayette each month ... lots of folks in Macon County having hard times and need help feeding their pets (most have multiple 'pets' ... animals they have taken in that were strays).
Debbie introduced me to all recipients ... they were very appreciative of the food provided through our Helping Paws program. A requirement of Debbie's is that anyone receiving food has to have their animals spay/neutered. Unfortunately, in Macon County there is very little support of companion animals outside of the 2X2 Ranch Rescue ... makes me appreciative of all our shelters and support of the people in Sumner County
DECEMBER ANIMAL CONTROL STATS: Our Sumner County Animal Control had a GREAT results month in December!! Only 159 animals were taken in (the LOWEST month on record!!) ... 'owner surrenders' dropped to 23% (still too many people giving up their animals!!) and on the out take side ... adoptions rose to 28%, 27% were turned over to rescue organizations, 15 % were reclaimed by their owners and only 30% were euthanized ... another 'low record'. Although state law only requires a 5 day holding period before the animal can be euthanized, the staff keeps the animals as long as space is available. Overcrowding is the main reason for euthanasia ... and keep in mind that unlike our non-profit shelters, AC HAS TO ACCEPT every animal surrendered or picked up as a stray ... they have no choice ... it's their job.
In 2012, a total of 3347 animals were processed through Sumner County AC. Euthanasia rate for the year was 63% (lower than many other AC's). Out of 2375 strays picked up, only 302 animals were reunited with their owners ... can't express enough the importance of having 'owner identification' on pets (by law, dogs are req'd to wear their rabies tags, which would suffice in AC identifying the owners). Hopefully, in 2013, we will continue to see improvement in the adoption and rescue numbers as well as the owner claimed animals which will have a direct impact on reducing the number of animals requiring euthanasia due to overcrowding. Any special events planned Sheriff Weatherford??
SANTA PAWS PET CARE CLINIC: On Thurs, Dec 20th, 9am-4pm A "Pet Health Care Clinic" was held at the Safe Place for Animals shelter in Gallatin, (1070 Old Hwy 109 North) hosted by Safe place for Animals and funded through donations via the "Helping Paws" program. For those pet owners financially qualified, free vaccinations & Vet exams were given 60 pets. Mother Nature provided us with rain, cold temps and wind for most of the day which had a direct impact on the turnout for the event. ANOTHER clinic will be held in the late March/early April timeframe at which time we hope to provide the services for another 90 animals (pray for decent weather!!) Many of these are disabled people or seniors who are on very limited incomes who can't afford health care for their pets. (12/3/13)
THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF THE FOLLOWING DONORS, OUR GOAL WILL BE TO PROVIDE FREE VACCINATIONS, RABIES INOCULATIONS AND A VET EXAM FOR 150 ANIMALS!!
M&M Fanroy M&M Justice M&M Larsen M&M Tomlin Nancy Key Claudette Spinks Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary Donna Duncan Michael Shavers TravelinTails Grooming M&M Meadows M&M Schock Debbie Gross M&M Scott Gerblick SSNA M&M Mickey Walrond Lifepoint Hospice Gloria Story Southern Paws Pet Sitting Kroger/Delight Products Co. Sumner Regional Hospital
REMEMBER LIBBY MARIE? Two months ago (see earlier story below)we had a picture of Libby Marie, a 1 yr old Pit-Terrier mix animal abuse victim that was turned in to the Safe Place for Animals shelter in Gallatin. Libby suffered from multiple severe skin infections, including mange. Her ears had been cut off and sutured with fishing line. As a result of much much TLS, Libby has been transformed into a beautiful girl and has been adopted by Greg Johnson of the SPA s taff. "The sweetest girl", is how he describes her. Indeed she is ... a great personality and as even as abused as she was, now has a new 'loving owner'. Thanks to those who made a donation to her care/recovery medical costs. Folling are the 'Before" and "Current" pictures with new owner Greg Johnson 12/18 - A GREAT DAY AT SUMNER COUNTY FOOD BANK!!! - Our Helping Paws program passed out about 2500 lbs of free pet food at the event to much appreciative recipients. SSNA was on hand to pass out certificates for FREE spay/neuter surgeries ... 145 CERTIFICATES WERE DISTRIBUTED!! This is the population that creates the most litters since they can not afford to have their animals fixed. Thanks to Dawn Tomlin and June McMahon for working the event and thanks to Sara Felmlee for bringing down boxes of dog treats to pass out with the free pet food. The free S/N surgeries are funded through SSNA's "Community Assistance Fund" which is used to subsidize the already low costs charged for those needing financial assistance
taff. "The sweetest girl", is how he describes her. Indeed she is ... a great personality and as even as abused as she was, now has a new 'loving owner'. Thanks to those who made a donation to her care/recovery medical costs. Folling are the 'Before" and "Current" pictures with new owner Greg Johnson
12/18 - A GREAT DAY AT SUMNER COUNTY FOOD BANK!!! - Our Helping Paws program passed out about 2500 lbs of free pet food at the event to much appreciative recipients. SSNA was on hand to pass out certificates for FREE spay/neuter surgeries ... 145 CERTIFICATES WERE DISTRIBUTED!! This is the population that creates the most litters since they can not afford to have their animals fixed. Thanks to Dawn Tomlin and June McMahon for working the event and thanks to Sara Felmlee for bringing down boxes of dog treats to pass out with the free pet food. The free S/N surgeries are funded through SSNA's "Community Assistance Fund" which is used to subsidize the already low costs charged for those needing financial assistance
DAY FOR THE ANIMALS A SUCCESS!!! The Nov 3rd "Day for the Animals" materials drive held at the Kroger Marketplace was very successful, thanks to the support of the store staff and the gererosity of the Kroger customers. Two truck loads of donated supplies/materials were collected and distributed to several of the non-profit animal groups in Sumner County, plus almost $300 in cash donations were made to the low-cost SSNA Spay/neuter Clinic. It was heartwarming to see some customers come out with a whole shopping cart full of donations (and a special "Thanks" to Linda Justice who delivered a whole car load of supplies for the drive!!) We have great support for our non-profit groups and the animals. Special thanks to Mssrs. Santic (Store manager) and Paschall (Assist. Manager) of the store for their individual support of the drive (pictured at right with DJ.
Expenses with running a shelter includes cat litter, paper towels, cleaning supplies ... bleach, Pine Sol, hand sanitizer, paper towels, detergent, etc. in addition to all the food (our shelters in Sumner County use 12,500 lbs of pet food per month!!!)
NOV AC NUMBERS: In November, a total of 192 animals (88 cats/104 dogs) were processed into the system, the lowest since Nov, 2010!! 28% of these (54) were owner surrendered. On the Out take side, 208 animals were processed, including: 29 (14%) returned to their owners; 13 (6%) were rescued; 24 (12%) were adopted and 142 (68%) were euthanized (80 cats/62 dogs). From Jan thru Nov this year, 3188 animals have been taken in.
"HELPING PAWS": Sumner County Food Bank: On Tues, 11/20, Helping Paws distributed almost 3,000 lbs of donated food to the Food Bank recipient pet owners. Almost 300 families came through the Food Bank lines, the vast majority having at least one pet. In most cases this is the only 'pet food' their pets gets. Helping Paws has distributed pet food at the Food Bank since last November. Pictured at left is Patrick Heath (R) of Winlectric of Millersville, one of our sponsors, and DJ (L) of Helping Paws. Since Nov, 2011, Helping Paws has distributed more than 65,000 lbs of donated pet food to our non-profit shelters, 3 Emergency Pet Food Banks (Friends of Hannah, Humane Society and Safe Place for Animals shelters), several feral care groups and at the monthly Sumner County Food Bank. We also provide pet food to the 2X2 Ranch rescue who are running a pet food bank in Macon County..
OCTOBER AC NUMBERS: In October, the Sumner County Animal Control took in 327 animals (171 cats/156 dogs), Of these, 105 (32%) were 'owner surrendered'. On the 'out take' side (350 animals), 8% (28) were reunited with their owners; 7% (25) were rescued by rescue groups; 12% (43) were adopted; 73% (254) were euthanized.
A third of the animals taken in were owner surrendered and almost 2/3 were euthanized. Only 7% were rescued. SAD!! All of our non-profit shelters/rescues are still in an 'overflow' and working off of 'waiting lists' of owners wanting to surrender their animals. This has a direct impact on the AC results ... they are full and unable to rescue animals from AC. Less rescues results in more animals having to be euthanized because of overcrowding at AC. Our SSNA spay/neuter clinic has just surpassed 8,500 surgeries since opening almost 15 months ago ... without their efforts, the numbers would be much much higher.
In 2012, a total of 2,996 animals have been processed through AC ... of these, 1,845 have been euthanized.
SHELTERS STILL IN "OVERFLOW": Owner surrendered animals accounted for a 1/3 of the total animals taken in by our county animal control. Our non-profit shelters continue to having 'waiting lists' of owners wanting to surrender their animals ... too many animals - not enough homes. Our Safe Place for Animals shelter alone has over 200 animals sheltered and according to the staff they turn down approximately 20 surrender requests a day due to lack of room. If you are looking to add a pet to your family, please please adopt from a local shelter to make room for another animal to be taken in.
SUMNER COUNTY ANIMAL ABUSE CRUELTY: Recently a 1 year old female Pit-Terrier mix was turned in to the SPA shelter ... suffering from multiple skin infections including a severe case of mange. The dog, named "Libby Marie" by the shelter, also had had her ears cut off and sutured up with 'fishing line'. Under the loving care of the SPA staff and Veterinarians, she is showing improvement ... "A sweet personality" per the staff. If by chance you recognize this animal or have any background information on her, please contact the shelter (451-7342) who will persue prosecution.
Animal cruelty of this nature is unexcusable and must be stopped. If you are aware or observe an animal being abused, please report it to your local Animal Control organization.
If you would like to contribute to defray Libby Marie's medical and care costs, please contact the shelter (451-7342..
SEPTEMBER AC NUMBERS: A total of 271 animals were taken in by our county animal control facility during September, over 100 less than in August. Sadly, 33% (90) of these were 'owner surrendered'. Good news is that on the out take side of 273 animals, adoptions increased to 17% (47 animals, 5 cats & 42 dogs), 8% (22) were reunited with their owners, 10% (26) were turned over to rescue organizations and the euthanasia rate dropped to 65% (178, including 109 cats and 69 dogs). Is a 65% euthanasia rate good? When compared to other animal control organizations, yes ... and hopefully it will continue to drop through increased adoptions and rescues.
SPA OFFERS "ZINC NEUTERING" PROCESS: The SPA vet services are now offering a new 'Zinc" neutering for male dogs only. This is a 'chemical sterilization' process which does not require removal of the testicles and only takes about an hour ... within 24 hrs the animal becomes sterile. For more information, contact SPA at 451-7342.
AUGUST AC NUMBERS: In August 391 (196 cats/195 dogs) animals were taken in, 76 (19%) of these were 'owner surrendered'. On the 'out take', of 359 animals, 38 were returned to their owners; 27 were adopted; 35 were turned over to rescue organizations and 259 (72%) were euthanized. Year-to-date (YTD), 2398 animals have been taken in, 1413 have been euthanized, 427 have been rescued, 215 have been adopted and 202 have been returned to their owners.
"3rd Annual Cabernet Festival", benefiting the Brown Dog Foundation was held last evening at Monell's in Nashville. A good assortment of Cabernet wines to tast & judge, good entertainment, good hors d' ouvres and most of all .... good people!! Enjoyed seeing friends and networking with fellow 'animal lovers.
Pictured are DJ and event volunteer/friend Jeanemarie Koskey and also DJ pictured with the "Saucy Sisters" Barbara and Beverly featuring their book, "the Saucy Sisters Guide to Wine" which was on sale at the event. Great event for a great cause!!!
SUMNER COUNTY GIVES RECOGNITION TO SSNA CLINIC: The Sumner Spay Neuter Alliances's low-cost spay/neuter clinic was applauded by our County Commissioners at the 8/20 Commission meeting. A certificate of recognition was presented to SSNAfor their contribution to the community in spay/neutering over 6300 animals in their first year (current numbers are 6,800+) of operation (July 15, 2011 thru July 15, 2012), resulting in saving thousands of lives by reducing our surplus animal population. Pictured with the certificate presented is Patti Ragsdale (Board member), June McMahon (SSNA President), Cathy Nicolas (Board member) and Sarah Felmlee (Board member & Clinic Director.
I can't say enough good things about this group!! They are making a difference in controlling our animal population through spay/neutering. They are currently booked 4 weeks in advance for appointments, which speaks for itself ..... very much needed service!!! Having them located as part of the new animal control facility demonstrates the 'proactive' approach in controlling our animal overpopulation by our Sumner County officials. Thank you County Commissioners for your ongoing support and giving recognition to this wonderful group!!!
JULY AC RESULTS: For the month of July. the Sumner County animal control took in a total of 342 companion animals (193 cats and 149 dogs). Of these 137 (40%) were 'owner surrendered'. (103 cats, 34 dogs). On the out take side which totaled 323 animals (195 cats, 128 dogs), 29 (9%) were adopted; 39 (12%) were turned over to rescue organizations; 16 (5%) were reclaimed by their owners; 239 (183 cats (94%), 56 dogs (44%)) were euthanized (74%). We continue to have too many animals being surrended by their owners, not enough reclaimed by their owners, too few adoptions, too few rescued and too many euthanized. Simply, there is still an excess of unwanted animals in Sumner County. Our non-profit shelters remain full and many have 'waiting lists' for surrendered animals. "Spay/Neuter" ... the most humane way to control our future animal populations!! For low-cost spay/neutering call the SSNA clinic at 452-2233.
BOB BARKER ART EXIBIT AT HENDERSONVILLE LIBRARY: From August 6 through August 30th, visit the Hendersonville Library's new art wall where the artworks of our late beloved Sheriff Bob Barker is displayed. Many of the loaned pieces are those that were auctioned off in 2010, raising more than $4,200. for the construction of SSNA's low cost S/N clinic. A reception will be held on the evening of August 9th, celebrating the new art wall and honoring Bob Barker, 6-7pm, in the library's Community Room ... open to the public.
AVANTI GOURMET ITALIAN RESTAURANT SPONSORS SHELTER MATERIALS COLLECTION: At the Freedom Farm Pet Celebration on Sept 22nd, SumnerCountyAnimals' "Helping Paws" will be collecting materials for all the participating shelters/groups. For each item donated the donor will receive a drawing ticket for a $100.00 Dining Gift Certificate at Avanti.s (Thank you Charlie Neglia/Avanti's for your continuing support of the animals!!). Materials needed: paper towels, trash bags, bleach, dog and cat food, litter, dawn liquid detergent, hand sanitizer .... we'll even take toilet paper!! Visit Avanti Gourmet at http://www.avantigourment.com/.
SSNA SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC CELEBRATES 1 YR ANNIVERSARY!!: The clinic has now Been open for one year ... and what a year!!! Over 6,300 S/N surgeries have been performed and appointments are booked two weeks in advance. A success?? YES!! Making a difference in our present and future pet populations?? YES!! Saving county taxpayer monies by performing services for the county animal control?? YES!! One of the most proactive steps the county has taken was to provide space for the clinic in the new Bob & Connie Barker Animal Control facility (Thanks to the support of our late Sheriff Bob Barker). Rumors are that SSNA will be recognized for their contribution by the County Commissioners at their July 20th Commission meeting ... a much deserved salute to the group for their success!!
"KUDO" TO WINLECTRIC OF MILLERSVILLE FROM "HELPING PAWS": Recognition and thanks were given to the Winlectric of Millersville company for their support of SumnerCountyAnimals.com's "Helping Paws" program. They have consistantly provided transportation assistance twice a month for the Kroger Delight Products Company's pet food donations, totaling over 40,000 lbs since last November. Per President Roger Dabio, "We (Winlectric of Millersville) are glad to be part of the "Helping Paws" support team". Pictured at the right is Darrel Johnston (R) presenting a plaque of appreciation to Roger Dabio and the Winlectric staff, also a picture of driver Patrict (L) and Darrel Johnston with one of the truckloads of donated food. "Winlectric .... thanks for your support, it is appreciated!!"
"HELPING PAWS MATERIAL DRIVE" A HUGE SUCCESS: Thanks to the generosity of Kroger Marketplace's customers the 6/23 material drive was a huge success. Over two truckloads of materials were collected/donated and given to the local non-profit animal groups in Sumner County. Cash donations of $338 were also received and in turn donated by SumnerCountyAnimals to the SSNA's Community Assistance Fund for subsidizing spay neuter surgeries. Thanks to Kroger marketplace for their continuing support of our animal groups!!!
JUNE AC RESULTS: In June 374 companion animals were taken in, 109 (29%) of which were 'owner surrendered'. On the out take side (367 animals) 33 (9%) were adopted; 32 (9%) were turned over to rescue groups; 27 (7%) were happily reclaimed by their owners and 275 (75% ... 205 cats and 70 dogs) were euthanized.
2012 Jan thru June - According to the AC numbers published by the Sheriff's Dept, a total of 1665 companion animals have been taken in. 915 of these were euthanized (55%) which is actually 'low' when compared to most county animal control operations. Still .... too many!!! Spay/neuter your pets and let's help reduce the excess animal population!!
MAY AC RESULTS: In May 335 companion animals were taken in, an increase of more than a 100 over April (229). Of these 85 (25%) were 'owner surrendered'. On the out take side (221 animals), 27 were returned to owners; 20 (7%) were adopted; 50 (17%) were rescued by adoption groups and 199 (67%) were euthanized. Jan thru May a total of 640 animals have been euthanized mainly due to overcrowding at the facility.
APRIL AC RESULTS: In April a total of 229 animals were taken in, 71 (31%) of which were 'owner surrendered'. On the out Take side were 221 animals - 25 (11%) were adopted; 42 (19%) were rescued and 19 (9%) were returned to their owners. 135 (61%) were euthanized.
SSNA'S LOW COST SPAY NEUTER CLINIC SURPASSES 5,000 SPAY/NEUTER SURGERIES!!!: Since opening last July, the SSNA Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic continues their success and helping to reduce our excess companion animal population problem in Sumner County. They have recently completed over 5,000 spay neuter surgeries and are still 'snipping away' on almost a daily basis. Through several grants they have been able to offer special spay/neuter programs to help subsidize surgeries or to target specific population problem areas (ferals, pit bulls, large breed dogs, etc). Our 'hats off' to SSNA President June McMahon for her tenacity in making the clinic a reality; to Program Director Sara Felmlee for her outstanding efforts in writing, persuing and obtaining numerous grant funding and to the rest of the 'crew and volunteers' who have made the clinic such a success, for truely 'making a difference'!!!!!!!
"HELPING PAWS" PROVIDES FREE PET FOOD:On 4/6, the SumnerCountyAnimal.com's "Helping paws" crew picked up another approx 2,500 lbs of donated pet food for distribution to our local non-profit shelter/rescue groups. A portion of the food is also used to restock our three 'Pet Food Banks' in the county and will also be distributed at the Sumner County Food Bank distribution on April 17th, helping those who need a little assistance in feeding their pets to keep them at home. Thanks to Kroger Co for the food donation and to Winlectric of Millersville in providing transportation.
Our 'loading crew' pictured at the right is Patrict (Winlectric), Ronnie (Kroger Co) Nate and Laura (Clover for Rover) and Ken (friend and always willing to help) with a truckload of food for our furry friends.
On April 17th, "Helping Paws" distributed approximately 500 lbs of cat and dog food to recipients at the Sumner County Food Bank. For many, this is the only actual 'pet food' that their pets get ... normally just the scraps off the table.When passing out food I always ask if their pets are spay/neutered. Although many are very conscious of the need and have had their pets altered (many through special programs at the SSNA clinic) I'm always surprised at the amount that are still intact ... the reason?? Can't afford it!! If you would like to help out, make a donation to SSNA to their "Community Service" fund which provides assistance to those who can not afford even their very low S/N fees (more info, call the clinic at 452-2233)
SPA OFFERS LOW COST VACCINATIONS: Safe Place for animals recently received a $5,000 grant from the ASPCA to offer vaccinationsto the public at a reduced cost. Pets can receive their annual booster (5/1 parvo/distemper and also their rabies vaccinations for $4 each. The only requirement is that an appointment must be made in advance ... will not be available to 'walk in' appointments. At the time when scheduling the appointment you must tell the receptionist you want the specially priced vaccinations. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call SPA at 451-7342.
SSNA LOW-COST S/N CLINIC A SUCCESS!! The SSNA Spay/Neuter Clinic is fast approaching their 5,000th surgery since opening in mid-September last year. In Feb alone they performed a record 743 surgeries!!!! They are making a major difference in our surplus animal population in Sumner County. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: To maintain the low S/N costs, SSNA is looking for volunteers to work in the clinic. If you have a couple of extra hours a week and would like to help a great cause (the animals!!!), give Sara a call at 452-2233.
SSNA MICROCHIP CLINIC HELD 3/31 - a total of 43 animals were microchipped by the clinic. This was the third microchip clinic they have held and plans are to hold one clinic every 3 months. Microchipping is the best way to permanently identify your pet through loss and the clinic price of $20 includes the chip registration ... can't beat the price!! If you haven't had your pet chipped yet, look for the next clinic to held in the late June/early July timeframe.
ANIMAL MARCH/1QTR STATS: Animal control took in 223 animals during March ... of which 30% were 'owner surrendered'. 13% were adopted; 25% were rescued by shelter/rescue groups and 53% were euthanized. During the 1st Qtr 2012, a total of 727 animals were taken in ... 29% of these were 'owner surrendered'. 229 animals were rescued; 81 were adopted and 306 (42%) were euthanized.
OPERATION "HELPING PAWS" DISTRIBUTES PET FOOD: Donated pet food continues to help feed animals in our non-profit shelters/rescues and to restock our Emergency Pet Food Banks in the county. Many of our local markets also have 'donation barrels' in front of their checkout registers for donating food/supplies to specific shelters. Our shelter/rescue groups are non-profit and any food/materials donation, whether thru a donation barrel or just dropping off at a shelter, is always appreciated ... or take the easy way out and just write them a check!! ... all donations are 'tax deductable'. A donation to a local shelter is also a nice 'memorial tribute' in the name of a lost pet, either yours or a friend's.
Pictured at right are Laura and Nate with rescued pooch Kayla Bella from our Clover For Rover Rescue and Animal Sanctuary picking up a load of donated pet food. Their sanctuary, in addition to dogs and cats, include horses, cattle & pigs (one is housebroken and uses a litter box!). Have some extra hay you need to get rid of? They can use it!!
Since Oct 2011, thanks to the generosity of Kroger Company, SumnerCountyAnimal.com's "Helping Paws" program has distributed almost 50,000 lbs of pet food to the local non-profit shelter/rescues, 3 pet food banks within the county and also at the Sumner County monthly Food Bank.
COUNTY/ANIMAL GROUPS MEET: On 2/22, Sheriff Weatherford/AC invited all the animal groups to meet with the county regarding 'animal control'. The meeting was actually conducted by county attorney Leah Dennen (Sheriff did not speak but did attend). Although several of the groups did compliment AC on the great job they are doing, some of the issues were discussed. The county is still concerned with 'liability' issues ("...slips, falls, ...") and indicated that the access to the Intake area (where strays and owner surrendered animals are housed) will be further restricted ... their current thoughts are to limit access to only one designated person from each rescue organization. They also stated that fewer people having access would reduce the 'stress' on the animals (huh?). The request to allow a certified euthanasia tech from one of the local animal groups to witness that proper euthasia methods are being used was adamantly denied. The low adoption rate (6% for 2011, only 5% since the new facility has been open) and euthanasia rate (71% for 2011, 73% since the new facility has been open) ... both going in the wrong direction (according to the 2011 numbers ... however the numbers for both January and February have been great!!), was brought up with no comments from the county, other than they are processing more animals than ever (number of animals are actually going down according to the AC published numbers). Several of the ideas discussed have been proposed before (forming a non-profit to benefit the AC animals, posting all animals on Pet Finder, separate quarantine area) and previously turned down by AC. The ongoing suggestion for a 'committee' comprised of members from the animal community and AC staff to address ongoing issues was once again requested.
End result: Not much accomplished but the county, when pressed to work with the animal groups, can now say "they have held a meeting with the animal groups". Politics.
SSNA MICROCHIP CLINIC - SATURDAY, MARCH 31st, 1pm-3pm. Microchipping your pet is the best permanent way of identifying ownership of your pet. Take advantage of this outstanding cheap opportunity to have your pet implanted with a microchip for only $20 which includes registration. The clinic will be held at SSNA's low cost spay neuter clinic, 1033 Union School Rd (part of the county animal control facility building). Call 452-2233 for more information
HORSE COGGINS CLINIC: The Gallatin Animal Hospital will be hosting a Coggins Clinic at the Gallatin Tractor Supply on March 3rd, 2-5pm. Coggins - $17 per horse; Microchip - $30 per horse; Health Certificate - $17 & $5 for ea add'l horse. Particpants (receipt req'd) will also get 10% off of all horse vaccinations in the next 6 months. For questions or more info, call the clinic at (615) 206-0145
RESCUE ANGELS!!! In January, Sara Felmlee (SSNA Clinic Director) and Jill Hart (Lifehouse Rescue & SSNA clinic employee) rescued 100 animals from AC !! They have teamed with DeputyTammy Weatherford (AC Staff) to intercept new arrivals before they go to the kennel areas & transporting most of the rescues to a shelter out of the county ... in addition to saving lives they are reducing our Sumner County animal population. Great teamwork Ladies!!! Thank you!!!
ANIMAL CONTROL JANUARY STATS: January was a GREAT month!! According to their numbers, total intake was down to 223 with 'Owner Surrenders' dropping to 30% (was 48% in Dec!!). On the out take side, an outstanding 43% were rescued (see above "Rescue Angels"), 12% were reclaimed by their owners and the euthanasia rate dropped to 35% !!!!! 22 animals were adopted, higher than any month in 2011 except for December (28) ... but that was Christmas and also had some great PR coverage on the TV news with Sheriff Weatherford. Many "Thanks!!" to the Sara/Jill/Tammy efforts on the rescue efforts ... definitely made a difference!!
ANIMAL CONTROL SHUTS DOWN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: On January 17th, I was officially notified that "my volunteer services at animal control were no longer needed" ... fired for the first time in my life. I try to look on the positive side ... since at the time I was the 'only volunteer', they in effect 'disolved the volunteer program'. While our non-profit shelters heavily depend on their volunteer forces to help out, animal control, run by the Sheriff's Dept, has an endless supply of inmate labor to do the cleaning and to walk the animals. Over the 3 years that I volunteered I always kept an eye out for 'adoptable animal candidates', referring them to our non-profit shelters for possible rescue, sometimes assisting with their transport to their new shelter home. Four of our main adoption/rescue groups have been kind enough provide letters to designate me as one of their representatives to evaluate and pull animals on their behalf, which will give me access to the Intake area in accordance to AC's new 'access policy' (see article below). I still get to visit the Intake pooches and hopefully will get a few placed with the shelter/rescue groups ... hopefully. The letters are still pending approval .........
ANOTHER RESCUE ANGEL ... Another 'recue angel' story: Ann McManus, while walking her two dogs at Triple Creek Park in Gallatin on 1/30, came accross a lady who had discovered 9 little puppies that had been 'dumped' ... the lady asked Ann to call 911 to have someone pick the pups up ... instead Ann quickly contacted the Safe Place for Animals (SPA) shelter who, in spite of being full, made room to take the pups in. Fortunately SPA's on-site veterinarian was working and gave the pups a checkover ... the runt of the litter was in the worst shape but after being given fluids and a heating pad bed, all are doing great. The runt? Now the feistiest of the pack!!! The pups, approx 5 weeks old, will soon be looking for a 'forever home' if you are looking for a new pet with 'puppy breath'.
The 'icing on the cake'??? Ann is now a volunteer at the SPA shelter!! Thanks Ann.
Regarding "Dumping of Pets": There is no excuse for this, especially puppies who can not fend for themselves ... I pity the person who did this, a pathetic person without a heart.
"BEAT THE HEAT" CAT SPAY SPECIAL!: For the month of February, the SSNA low-cost S/N clinic has a "Beat The Heat" special and will spay female cats for $20, which includes a rabies vacinnation!! Cats can start breeding at 5 months of age and can have up to 3 litters a year!! Our euthanasia rate for cats in 2011 at our county animal control was 91% ... we have waaaay too many cats! Save lives, prevent unwanted litters, spay and neuter your pets!! For more info on the special or to make an appointment, call the clinic at 452-2233. (Note: the "Beat The Heat" promotion is sponsored by PetSmart Charities ... Thank you PetSmart for supporting our animals!!)
HOW MUCH DO THEY EAT???? How many pounds of food does it take in an average month to feed all of our sheltered animals in Sumner County?? Based on a survey of the shelters, 12,185 lbs!!!! Food is one of ther largest expenses and your donations are always appreciated!!
2011 ANIMAL NUMBERs: Following are the 2011 companion numbers for Sumner County, based on the input from the non-profit shelter/rescue groups and our county animal control:
1. ADOPTED: 1888 (563 cats, 1325 dogs) were adopted into new families.
2. Euthanized: 2430 (1482 cats, 948 dogs), mostly due to overcrowding at our animal control facility (yes, we still have a problem with 'too many animals') but also includes humane euthanasia due to injury, illness and aging.*
3. SPAY/NEUTERED: 4355 (2010 cats, 2345 dogs) *
4. RESCUED/ADOPTED & TRANSPORTED OUT OF COUNTY: 502 (12 cats,490 dogs) who are no longer residents of Sumner County.
* Altho a few of these were done at local veterinarian offices serving some of the non-profit shelters, the number does not include all that were done at veterinarian offices.
Based only on the above numbers from the shelter/rescues and AC, there are 7,287 (2+3+4) fewer animals breeding in Sumner County than in 2010. Add on to this figure S/Ns and euthanizations from the veterinarian offices and the total more than likely exceeds 10,000.
Does this impact out excess animal population? Definitely!! We are seeing a decline in the number of animals processed thru our AC system, over 1,000 fewer animals in 2011 than in 2009 (altho owner surrenders were slightly up, over 1,100 fewer strays were processed).
AC RESTRICTS ACCESS FOR VOLUNTEERS: On 1/12/12 I was formally covered on the following change in policy by Major Carl Edison, Sumner Sheriff's Dept (who runs our county AC):
"To reduce liability, in regards to bites and disease, volunteers will no longer be allowed in the Intake area and will limited to the Adoption area. The only people allowed in the Intake area will be inmate trustees, county employees and rescue organizations to evaluate and pull animals."
My questions/his answers: has any volunteers (there are only 3 of us) been bitten? No. Has anyone contracted a disease? No. How about if I sign a 'liability release/waiver' releasing the county from all liability (which I later remembered was a requirement when I started volunteering and is already on file)? No. Can you bring in more trustees to walk & exercise the animals? We will pass that suggestion up the line."
I respect their right to set the policy and will abide by it. BUT ...is this policy in the best interests of the animals? No. The Intake area is where the 'owner surrendered', strays and occasional 'evidence' animals are kenneled. In cases of 'biters' or agressive animals, the kennels have always been properly marked as such. I have been volunteering at AC for 3 years and have never even come close to being bitten. It hasn't made me sick ... in fact volunteering there and working with the animals makes me feel better. I don't really care who walks the animals, as long as they get walked. Some are/were housebroken. A yard or house pet now confined to a small kennel area in a strange environment. The animals are stressed and need exercise, to go for a walk and to poop somewhere besides in their immediate living area, even if the majority of them will be euthanized. These are/were someone's pets who have become lost or been abandoned. They are not criminals, they have done nothing wrong. This is a 'shelter', not a jail. Bring in additional trustees to walk the dogs.
Also of a concern is the increasing "shroud of secrecy" regarding the Intake area. The public (taxpayers who paid for the 1.3 million dollar facility) are not allowed in. And now, not even the volunteers? I would think the Sheriff's Dept would be proud to show off the new facility we, the taxpayers, have paid for and who are paying their wages to work there. As a taxpayer, please feel free to ask for a guided tour of the Intake portion of the facility next time you visit ... just keep your fingers out of the kennels so you don't get bitten or come down with a disease.
SUMNER COUNTY FOOD BANK - "HELPING PAWS": SumnerCountyAnimals.com's "Helping Paws" program distributed about 500 lbs of free pet food at the Sumner County Food Bank in January, where food are distributed every 3rd Tuesday of the month. In many cases (based on the recipient's comments) this is the only 'pet food' their animals get ,,, normally just table scraps. With the continuing support of Kroger, it is our intention to participate in the event, giving a 'helping paw' to those pet owners in need. "Thank you Kroger for helping us help the animals!"
LUCKY FRIDAY 13th: On January 13th, another approximately 2,000+++ lbs of pet food was obtained through the "Helping Paws" program, donated by the Kroger Company. The food is distributed to several of our Sumner County non-profit animal shelter/rescues, used to restock 3 Emergency Pet Food Banks and to provide a "Helping Paw" to pet owner recipients of the Sumner County Food Bank. Thanks once again to Winlectric/Millersville for helping with the transportation and to the Kroger Company for your continued support of our community!!
Pictured at right (L-R) is Ken Duncan (always a helping friend), Laura Meadows (Clover For Rover Rescue), Darrel Johnston (SumnerCountyAnimals.com) and Roger Dabio (Winlectric of Millersville) standing in front of 3 fully loaded transport vehicles
DISCOUNT COUPONS FOR NEW ADOPTIONS - See Adoption Page for free or discount services offered on new pet adoptions.
SUMNERCOUNTYANIMALS.COM's "HELPING PAWS" PROGRAM DISTRIBUTES 13,000+ LBS OF DONATED PET FOOD: Through our newly established "Helping Paws" program, SumnerCountyAnimals.com has distributed over 13,000 lbs of donated pet food during Nov-Dec, 2011, thanks to the generosity of Kroger and Nutro (via Sara Felmlee) companies. We have supplied food to our local non-profit shelter/rescue organizations, assisted in stocking our three pet food banks in the county and distributed over 1,500 lbs of pet food to pet owners through the Sumner County Food Bank distribution held on 12/20. Pet food is one of the larger expenses in the shelters and supply is usually dependent on donations. Providing a "helping paw" to pet owners through the county Food Bank often makes a difference in the owners being able to nutritionally feed their pets and not abandon them or let them fend for themselves.
In 2012 we are anticipating continuing the distributions, thanks to our donors, of a minimum of 4,000 lbs per month. Pictured at the right are two truck loads of donated food with volunteers (R-L) Ken Duncan, Lee Sanft and Joe Haley who helped with the loading/transport and unloading of the food. Thanks guys!! I would also like to thank Winlectric in Millersville who have donated a truck and driver to assist with the last two pickups ... your support of the animals is appreciated!!
12/6: IN ADDITION TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY, HAIRY MOOSE PET RETREAT & SAFE PLACE FOR ANIMALS SHELTERS PROVIDES EMERGENCY PET FOOD BANK: In addition to the Humane Society (Hendersonville), the Hairy Moose Pet Retreat (Gallatin) and Safe Place For Animals (Gallatin) are now offering Emergency Pet Food Bank services in Sumner County. For those needing some assistance in feeding their pets, which sometimes makes the difference in either 'keeping' or 'surrendering' the pet, please visit one of the food banks. Food is supplied on an "when available basis" so donations of both cat and dog food, also cat litter, is always appreciated.
SPA SHELTER OFFERS LOW-COST VETERINARY SERVICES: The safe place for Animals non-profit shelter is now offering low-cost veterinary services on a limited basis. The clinic is open Wednesdays, Fridays and a 1/2 day on Saturdays. For more information or for appts, call 451-7342.
SSNA CLINIC REACHES 2,800+ SURGERIES !!!!: According to the SSNA staff, the Clinical Director, SSNA has completed over 2,800 surgeries since opening in mid-July! The low-cost clinic offers affordable spay/neutering, low cost vacinations and microchipping (at time of surgery only). Pictured at left is the SSNA staff with their 1,000th patient, "Shilo", from Cross plains
SSNA held their second microchipping clinic on Nov 5th and installed microchip identification in 57 animals. Plans are to hold the microchipping clinics on a quarterly basis. The Clinic is located at 1033 Union School Rd, Gallatin, in the new Sumner County animal control facility. For appointments, call 452-2233.
SPAY NEUTER COMMUNITY FUND- If you would like to make a donation to assist in subsidizing S/N costs for those needing assistance, please contact the clinic. SSNA is a 501.c3 and all donations are tax deductable.
Pricing of services at the clinic is as follows: Cats - Spay $40, Neut $30; Dogs - Spay $55, Neut $45 ... all S/N prices includes rabies vaccination! At time of surgery the following vacinations and services will be available: DA2PPV, Bordatella & FVRCP - $7 ea; Heart worm test - $12; FIV/FeLV test - $18; microchip - $20.
SUMNER COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL STATS DECEMBER 2011: In December a total of 276 (147 dogs, 129 cats) were processed through the Sumner County Animal Control facility. A record amount, 48% OF THESE WERE OWNER SURRENDERED!!! On the Out Take side, the euthanasiarate was at 58%, much better than previous months. 28 animals were adsopted, also a great improvement over previous months and a 'high' record for the new facility which opened in June. Two events helped the adoptions: Christmas and Sheriff Weatherford and the AC operation being on the news regarding our surplus of animals. Yes, 'public relations' does pay off and hopefully we will see more efforts in 2012 to focus attention to the AC animals in a POSITIVE way!!
For the entire 2011 year a total of 3387 animals were processed through the facility, compared t 3496 in 2010 and 4411 in 2009. While 'owner surrenders' are basically the same amount in 2009, over 1,100 fewer 'strays' were processed. 38% of all animals taken in were 'owner surrendered; 16% of the Out Take side were rescued; 6% were adopted; 7% were 'returned to owner'. Even though a 1,000 fewer animals were processed in 2011 than in 2009, the number of animals euthanized were almost the same (2367 vs 2447) ... the euthanasia rate in 2011 was 71% compared to 58% in 2009 (due to the fewer animals processed). Still too many!!!! Sadly I don't see anyone within the county asking "Why" regarding the low adoption rates, high euth rates, low rescue rates and taking proactive steps to make improvement. Since January 2009, through December 2011, 11,294 animals have been taken in; 6919 have been euthanized.
Why are we seeing decreased numbers of animals being processed (which is a good thing!)? Since Jan 2009 through Nov 2011, 2212 animals have been rescued from AC .... the majority have been transported 'out-of-state'; another 971 have been adopted and supposedly spay/neutered at time of adoption. Include the 4,000+ adopted animals from the non-profit shelters/rescues in Sumner County that were spay/neutered, add 6,767 euthanized animals and the 750+ animals transported for altering by the Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance's Free Transport program and the 2500 animals they have already altered in their new clinic, that's over 17,000 animals that are no longer breeding in Sumner County. With the new SSNA low-cost clinic which will have a capacity of 6,000 surguries per year, the possibility exists that one day, there will be homes for all the animals. Hopefully. All of the above attribute to the lower counts (my opinion). Increased education on pet ownership responsibilities and an 'incentive' to have the pet altered will help. We still have an excess companion population in Sumner County. One that continually needs to be addressed in a humane, proactive system.
NEW DOG BEDS FOR ANIMAL CONTROL: At the request of COSCAG (Coalition Of Sumner County Animal Groups) the Sumner County Sheriff's Division of Animal Control purchased new Kuranda beds for all the AC kennels. The beds were assembled and installed in the kennels on Nov 3rd. The beds provide a raised clean, dry resting place for the dogs off the concrete floors and improves the humane conditions and care of the animals. Pictured at the right is one of the pooches in the AC adoption center enjoying the comfort of their new beds. "Thanks" to Sheriff Sonny Weatherford and Sgt Sean Ryan for responding to the request and their help in providing a healthier environment for the animals housed at the center.
"DAY FOR THE ANIMALS" EVENT A SUCCESS!!: Thanks to our local Kroger Marketplace for hosting the "Day For The Animals" event on 11/12. The Kroger customers were very generous with their materials donations to our SumnerCountyAnimals.com ... we collected and donated to the local non-profit shelters over 800 lbs of dog food, 160 lbs of cat food, 485 lbs of cat litter, 156 rolls of paper towels, 47 bottles of bleach, etc, etc, etc. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Cash donations of $213 made were in turn donated by SumnerCountyAnimals.com to the SSNA S/N Community Assistance Fund to help subsidize S/N services for those needing a little help with the costs. SPA and the Humane Society also had adoptable animals on display and the SSNA held a Bake Sale in addition to their S/N information booth. "Another 'Good Day' for the animals!!"
HENDERSONVILLE DOG PARK ???: While recently attending the Humane Society's "Picking 4 Pets" (a great event!), I had the opportunity to speak with Steve Brown, an upcoming candidate for Mayor of Hendersonville. Steve is an animal person and supports many of the local animal activities. In our conversation, Steve mentioned that one of his priorities as the new Mayor in providing services for residents would be to establish a much needed/desired "Dog Park" in Hendersonville!!!