Humane Society helps animals stay safe and healthy | Giving Grace

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – If you have a pet that’s a member of your family, think of just how much you love them, and then think about the many animals in Montgomery County that may not have a home and need help.

For 53 years, the Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County has been serving the community’s citizens, their pets, and those animals who need a safe and healthy environment.

Executive Director Amy Shaver explained that many people confuse the Humane Society with Montgomery County Animal Care and Control. The Humane Society does not operate a shelter but uses volunteers and foster homes.

“Everything we can do to help families and help the community keep animals out of the shelter is pretty much what we focus on,” Shaver said.

Shaver said the organization is not funded by the City of Clarksville or Montgomery County. They receive all of their financial support through donations, grants and fundraising events.

In 2017, the Humane Society opened its low-cost spay-neuter clinic, and since then more than 19,500 surgeries have been performed. Shaver said their veterinarians perform anywhere from 20 to 45 surgeries a day, Monday through Thursday

When COVID-19 struck last year, the Humane Society had to shut down for 10 weeks and cancel around 600 spay-neuter surgeries. Those had to be rescheduled, and they are still trying to catch up.

They work with other animal organizations for the TNR-Catch and Release Program for feral cats. TNR stands for trap-neuter-return and is a humane way to control overpopulation of cats.

Shaver said they also operate a pet food bank that distributes around 40,000 pounds of food each year. It’s based on income, so if someone is receiving public assistance, they can get help with food for their pet, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday between noon and 2 pm

They offer a “Re-tail Store” full of donated items that are new or gently used. The items are sold, with the money going to support the organization.

Something to put on your calendar: Meows & Martinis, a new fundraising event, is coming Friday, Sept. 17, from 6-10 pm at Old Glory Distilling Company, 451 Alfred Thun Road. Enjoy an evening of dinner, music, a cash bar and a silent auction. Tickets for Meows & Martinis are available by phone or on the Humane Society website.

To make a financial donation, visit their website, stop by their office, call the office and donate with your credit card, or donations can be mailed.

The Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County is at 940 Tennessee Ave., behind Arby’s on Riverside Drive. They are open Monday-Saturday from 9 am-2 pm To learn more, visit clarksvillehumanesociety.orgemail [email protected], or call 931-648-8042.

Giving Grace, sponsored by Grace Dental, is an ongoing Clarksville Now series showcasing local nonprofit organizations.

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