History

Pet Community Center was formed in March 2011 by community advocates who wanted to end pet homelessness.  A caring group of individuals with years of experience in the animal welfare field started by developing a strategy to make spay/neuter more accessible.

We began offering free and low-cost spay/neuter services for pets and community cats through a network of local veterinary clinics in 2011.  After two years, our clients 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 thousands of homeless animals were still entering the shelter.  After extensive research, we discovered that Nashville was short 9,000 spay/neuter surgeries per year to reduce pet homelessness to the point where all shelter pets could be saved.

In 2014, with support from Metro Nashville government and a local animal loving community, we opened our East Nashville clinic offering low-cost spay/neuter and preventive veterinary care.

In 2015 we launched mobile services and outreach services in response to data showing that pet owners were relinquishing their pets to the shelter because they could not afford or access veterinary care.  We deliver services to pets in “veterinary care deserts” and areas with the highest rates of pet homelessness.  Our goal is to keep pets happy, healthy and in a home with people who love them.

Annually we serve approximately 15,000 dogs and cats.