Pet Community Center was formed in March 2011 by community advocates who wanted to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable shelter animals. A caring group of individuals with years of experience in the animal welfare field developed a strategy to implement programs that would have the most impact on pet overpopulation and would also complement (and not duplicate) current programs in the community.
We began offering free and low-cost spay/neuter services for pets and community cats through a network of local veterinary clinics. After two years we began to experience long wait times for services due to high demand; and our vet partners were unable to increase the number of surgeries they could offer us. Meanwhile our city still had a high shelter euthanasia rate (76 percent in the year 2012). We researched other cities saving the majority of their shelter animals – such as Austin, TX and Jacksonville, FL – and realized our city lacked key resources. The primary factor; Nashville was short ~9,000 spay/neuter surgeries per year.
With support from Metro Nashville government and a local animal loving community, we opened our Humane Alliance model spay/neuter clinic in June 2014. The Humane Alliance is a mentoring program for spay/neuter programs and is considered the “gold standard” in high quality, high volume spay/neuter. The goal of the clinic was to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia by 10 percent each year until no more healthy or treatable shelter animals are being killed. Nearly two years after opening our clinic, shelter intake is down nearly 40 percent and and euthanasia has decreased to 27 percent.