Our mission at the SPCA of Tennessee is to provide and promote the resources and programs needed to help animals in the state. Helping pets in need through our fostering program adoption, education, rehabilitation, spay and neuter and the vet care that is needed as well as building a strong community outreach to create more awareness where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness.
The SPCA of Tennessee help rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused, unwanted and abandoned animals. We never discriminate on the basis of health, age or breed, we believe all animals deserve a second chance. By involving and educating the community, SPCA of Tennessee raises public awareness regarding homeless animals and the benefit of adopting an animal in need.
The SPCA of Tennessee has saved and found homes for over 16,000 homeless animals since 2005. There is nothing like seeing "Happy Endings," and wagging tails when they are being loved for the first time in their lives. We can always ask ourselves how we can all make a difference in the state and give the animals a second chance? Working together is the key of animal success stories.
As a Founder and President of the SPCA of Tennessee since 2005, I would like to invite everyone to join our cause to make Tennessee a better place for animals and to be proud of their efforts. We need SUPPORTERS and DONATIONS to continue our work in the state; to be able to be SUCCESSFUL. All it takes is people like "YOU" with commitment and determination to make our dream come true. We need volunteers and fosters to help us continue getting the work that we do, until we can build a place for them. There are 96 counties in the state of Tennessee and only 35 counties have animal controls.
Animals do not have a voice. We must be their voice. We are their only hope to be able to save their lives. We want to create a partnership with the social community to help homeless people, as well as low income families to have spay and neuter clinics, to lower the overpopulation in the state. Veterinary care can be very costly and some families do not have the money to care for them.
There are animals that get the help they need by donating to their care, however there are many others that do not have that chance because of neglect, abuse, and careless owners. Dogs, horses, and cats are being neglected and left without food and shelter in the hot and cold weather. Dogs are being chained and get scrap from the table instead of dog food. Cats are multiplying because the females keep having kittens, Horses are being left in muddy fields without any grass or hay to eat. There is so much work to do in the state, but with YOUR help we can make Tennessee a better place for animals. JOIN OUR CAUSE!!!!
Saving lives is what we do. There will always be an injured, helpless, and homeless animals that will need our help. We are here to give them a second chance.
With your help, we can make Tennessee a better place for animals. We should treat animals as humans wish to be treated. We believe in kindness and compassion for all living creatures and to improve their lives with positive experiences of caring and love. We seek to develop, promote, and create programs with new ideas to help animals and to do what we say we do by building partnerships across the country to improve our resources in the state. We believe by working together we can save more lives.
"Therapy Ranch for Animals and people"
A place to run and be free, they will never be alone, and will always be loved. Our ultimate goals are to be able to provide an animal sanctuary so no animals are killed, are given medical treatment, provide low cost treatment for homeless and/or low income families for their animals, and offer behavioral training. And, of course, animals will be available for fostering and adoption.
On December 25th, 2005, there was a dream I always wanted to achieve to be able to help animals in the state of Tennessee. There are so many dogs and cats that are overlooked at shelters and I wanted to be able to give them a second chance.
I believe with patience and determination, these animals can be rehabilitated to find their forever homes. I decided to become the founder of the SPCA of Tennessee to improve the lives of animals. I believe in faith, determination, and hope. I desire to bring a brighter future for the SPCA of TN. I have never lost faith because I believe in miracles and my biggest one is to be able to build a place for them.
What does the SPCA of Tennessee mean to me? Probably everything in my life.... I would love to build a dream place, to help more animals in Tennessee. I would love to help people to understand the purpose of having a pet and the commitment that it takes. Educating and teaching the pet owners the responsibility that it is to bring a new member of the family into their lives. Also would love to create a great partnership with shelters in the state to lower the overpopulation in their facilities.
Since I can remember, I always loved animals- You either were born with the passion or through time you realize that it is part of who you are.
Moving to Tennessee changed my life and it was inevitable to realize the poor conditions animals lived in some counties and how they are disposed of like empty souls. As a Founder and CEO of the SPCA of Tennessee, I have put my determination as well as dedicating long hours of work, hoping that one day my dream of building a Therapy Ranch will be achievable.
How my Dream started:
I moved to Nashville, Tennessee 24 years ago from Miami, Florida. I started helping animal rescues, working in transports, picking them up from shelters, taking them to the vet, doing home visits, and getting more involved in animal welfare. It was so rewarding seeing those cute faces finding their forever homes. I am starting to get to know more about puppy mills, animals suffering from being over-bred, and people selling them without proper veterinary care. A friend once told me, " We all have a past and we all have a story to tell." I am pretty sure these animals suffering with neglect have a story to tell, as well.
I started watching the "ASPCA" programs and reading about difficult cases of cruelty, and it was so overwhelming seeing the suffering of these animals being starved to death, being beaten by their owners, or left behind for no reason. I realized what I needed to do. I contacted the ASPCA in New York to start a chapter in the state. I filed a non-profit status for people to understand the need of helping the animals in Tennessee and Southern states. The SPCA of Tennessee was founded in December 2005 and we got our status in 2006.
The SPCA of Tennessee DOES NOT receive any monetary funding from the ASPCA - every SPCA is usually a shelter facility. My mission is to build a "Therapy Ranch" where animals can run free, have special training, be checked and cared for as soon as they arrive, and we can give every animal the chance they deserve.
I have a great Board of Directors as well as fosters and volunteers. We all have full time jobs (we receive NO money for our work with the SPCA and rely on 100% donations).
We all love what we do and we hope that with donations, our hard work will make our dream come true. Thank you for the adopters and donors that have believed in what we do without their help, our work can be done.
Beside animals, music has been part of me as well. I knew between animals and music, my world would be brighter and from that moment my life changed. Animals had been always my passion they bring out the best of me and I make me feel alive.I know my purpose to be here is to be able to offer love to them as much as they have heIped me throughout my life. I truly believe that our destiny has been written in the book of life and everyone has a mission to do what they love to do.
Founder & CEO
Jacob and Me- The horse I saved 14 years ago from going to a slaughter place.