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The Nashville Humane Association is committed to finding responsible homes, controlling overpopulation and promoting the humane treatment of animals.
The Nashville Humane Association is one of the oldest service organizations in Nashville. The roots of NHA can be traced back to a society founded in 1887 to protect children form inhumane working conditions and draft horses from mistreatment. This non-profit organization was incorporated in 1946 to protect the well being of animals in Davidson County. The Nashville Humane Association is committed to: promoting humane treatment of animals, finding good homes for stray or abandoned dogs and cats, educating the public about their responsibility to help control the pet population, and providing treatment and care to ensure the well being of animals in our community. This mission is carried out through the following services and activities: Pet Adoptions Over 1,600 healthy and temperamentally sound animals are placed each year into loving homes. Resource Center Information and referrals are provided for individuals calling with animal related questions. Inquiries about animal care, adoption, laws pertaining to animals etc. are handled daily. Humane Education Association personnel travel throughout Davidson County to teach responsible pet ownership and humane treatment for all living creatures. Tours of our facility are available for any interested group. Volunteer Opportunities Volunteer participation plays a vital role in the provision of Nashville Humane Association services. Volunteers work as kennel aids, foster caregivers, and humane educators and provide event assistance. Foster Care Community volunteers foster in the homes sick and injured pets that require a nurturing environment. Foster animals are retuned as healthy, well-adjusted pets for placement in the adoption program. Pet Therapy Volunteers, accompanied by shelter pets, visit with residents of nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions. These visits provide a source of enjoyment for the elderly, children and others during difficult times. Lost and Found Pets A record of animals lost and found in the Metro area is maintained for a period of time in our facility. This includes numerous daily calls from the public and regular review of the animal's lost and found ad placements in the local newspaper. Many lost Metro pets are reunited with their owners through this service. Community Outreach Rover, a colorful recreation vehicle, travels around town to provide free spay and neuter for those who need to have their pets altered but can't afford it. Rover's mission is to educate the community about proper pet care, in order to keep Davidson County pets healthy and decrease the population of unwanted animals.