The SPCA of Tennessee has saved and found homes for over 11,000 homeless animals. 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 asked ourselves how can we 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 2006, I would like to invite everyone to join our cause to make Tennessee a better place for animals and to be proud of their overcome. 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 built a place for them. There are 95 counties in the state of Tennessee and some of those counties do not have animal control and the Sheriff Department will not do anything to help those animals in need. 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 a spay and neuter clinic, 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, abused, 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.
Celina Batlle Founder & President TNSPCA
Tery Wayne Communications Director
Jaime Nguyen TNSPCA Vice-President Secretary and Legal
Dr Anne Stanland TNSPCA Director
TNSPCA Public Relations Director
TNSPCA Marketing Director
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.
Our minds are like ocean waves full of emotions and turbulence's deep inside of us. In the animal world, they can understand us and they react depending on how we are feeling at any specific moment in our lives. For example, how many of us come home from work and don’t feel like talking to anyone just having a quiet moment and petting our best friend?. Life can make us feel empty and lost sometimes. Animals are the only ones who can understand our emotions and makes us smile again. They make us feel comfortable and strong, looking forward to overcome all obstacles that we encounter everyday. We can talk to them, we can share those special intimate thoughts, and we know that they will never betray or judge us. Animals are our best friends in good and bad times. They will always be there for us…always. Let’s protect them, love them, and always be there for them……don't ever forget who your best friend is!
They communicate when they are feeling happy, sad, nervous, fearful, angry, and they use their faces and bodies to convey much of this information. Dog body language is an elaborate and sophisticated system of nonverbal communication that, fortunately, we can learn to recognize and interpret. Although dogs and cats cannot speak, they can still let us know their emotions by their body language and the sounds they make.
The SPCA of Tennessee is 501(c)3 non-profit organization who relies on volunteers and a variety of partners to be able to continue the work of saving animals in the state of Tennessee and southern and northern states throughout the United States. Our main goal is to be able to get more animals of the streets and situations where they are not well taking care of and give them a better life. Thank you for all your support throughout the past 11 years. It has been a long road to follow but now an impossible dream to achieve.
Donations are part of what help us do what we do for them. Sometimes we get animals in need that require more medical expenses than others. All your donations are tax deductible. All donations not matter the amount help us continue doing more for the animals in Tennessee and souther states.
Finding THE PERFECT PET FOR YOUR FAMILY
Every breed is different for everyone and we want to make sure we match you with the right pet.
WE SPAY AND NEUTER OUR SPCA DOGS
There are too many animals in need of a home and it is important to have the pets spay and neuter.
VACCINES AND HEARTWORM TEST
Vaccination and heart worm test are important before adoption
WE RECOMMEND HEALTHY DIET FOR OUR PETS
Giving the proper diet to make sure there are not accident ant their new forever home. PLEASE AVOID FEEDING YOUR PET GRAIN FREE DOG FOOD
WE FOLLOW UP WITH OUR ADOPTERS
We want to make sure everyone is happy with their new family member
WE ARE ALWAYS HERE TO GIVE YOU ADVICE
We always want to make sure our adopters call us anytime with any questions relating their new pet.
We are always here for you if you have any question or any advice regarding our adopted pets.
Since I was a little girl, I have loved animals. I was 4-5 years old when I got my first dog. It was a Cocker Spaniel named "Toifel". He was my shadow and my best friend. He died at the age of 13 years old. Our house in El Salvador was always full with animals, especially German Shepherds because my dad loved the breed.
Beside animals, music was part of me as well. I was 15 years old when I composed my first song. I knew between animals and music, my world would be brighter and from that moment my life change. 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.
I moved to Miami when I graduated from High School, in my country. I learned English at the the University of Miami then I started to study Music Marketing. I moved to CT and I got a job with Warner Bros and I started to travel all over the East Coast, but I knew there was a calling for me besides music.
I moved to Nashville, Tennessee 22 years ago from Miami, Florida with my 2 dogs, Princess and Maggie, Miniature Pinschers. Then Travis, the Dachshund, came along sick and so malnourished and the story began. 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 starting getting to know more about puppy mills, animals suffering for 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 love Basset Hounds and the main founder of the New England Basset Rescue asked me for help. Karen Fortier was amazing to work for and she taught me so much. I will never forget her determination and love for the Bassets in need. She was one of the BEST people I met in rescue.
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 to do it the right way 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.
We DON"T receive any monetary funding from the ASPCA - every SPCA is usually a shelter with animal control. 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 foster and volunteers and 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. I have gone through so many dogs in my home that they have crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I miss them dearly. Currently, I have 10 loving dogs that keep me busy and I never have a dull moment at home. However, there was a dog that won my heart. I rescued him from the streets. I named him Bebe Snowman. He was my soulmate and my true best friend. He passed away a few years back , but I know one day I will see him again. It was a true bonding I had never experienced before and I know he is watching me from Heaven.
Jacob and Me- The horse I saved 14 years ago from going to a slaughter place.
Updated April 2021