East Tennessee Spay & Neuter

Our Mission:

East Tennessee Spay & Neuter is a non-profit corporation, with the sole purpose to end the use of euthanasia for companion animals by providing a cohesive group of programs designed to help the community, especially low-income families, keep their pets healthy and OUT of the shelter. We believe this is the best way to reduce the kill rate at local shelters.

Currently, we provide transport to a regional low-cost spay-neuter clinic and assist low-income families with financial aid for surgery and related costs. We receive no public funding, and although we work with these groups, we are not affiliated with Carter County Humane Society, Elizabethton Animal Shelter, or any other animal rescue group.

Our other projects include a pet food pantry, a feral cat trap-neuter-return program (Appalachian Feral Cat Allies), a low-cost veterinary wellness clinic (Paws of Hope Animal Wellness Center, a rescue group (Fur Suthern Luv), a help phone line, and education about proper pet care, including a dog obedience class.

We plan to have a non-profit multi-purpose pet center for adoptions, training, grooming, and other pet-related services. Much of these services will be available at the Paws of Hope Animal Wellness Center in Bluff City.

Step by step, we are making a difference in the lives of animals and our community--everything we do gets us closer to our goal!

As of February 2014, ETSN has transported or assisted in getting over 2,100 pets spayed or neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations. We have helped a large percentage of the owners get financial assistance for the cost from groups such as Animal Defense League and through grants from the Elizabethton-Carter County Community Foundation, the East Tennessee Foundation, the Two Mauds Foundation, as well as through donations and sponsorships.

The most important thing we want to get across to the people of Carter County and surrounding areas is that there ARE alternatives to taking your pet to the shelter--we can help with low-cost spay-neuter, pet food, and health care.

Please see our Services page for more information about our services and costs.

Don't let money keep you from getting your pet spayed or neutered...
We can help!


Why We Do It: (Some Facts About Carter County)

1. Carter County has a population of about 60,000 people, and about 30% of those live below the poverty line. Average wages are less than $10 an hour.

2. There is a sales tax of 10% on every purchase—including food & clothing.

3. The local animal shelters are generally small and severely underfunded,  with a kill rate averaging 60-98%.

4. As many as 80% of pets have never seen a veterinarian, and due to  economic constraints, most receive little or no medical assistance for even the most minor ailments or injuries.

5. Very few animals are spayed or neutered, and many roam and breed freely and repeatedly. There are also many "backyard breeders" who contribute to the already high population of unwanted animals.

Our Goals:


What We’re Doing:

1. Providing sign-ups for low-cost spay-neuter surgeries for pets in East Tennessee. Assisting low-income individuals to find financial aid to pay for their pet’s surgery. 

3. Providing assistance to trap, neuter, and return feral cat colonies with caregivers so that we help reduce population & disease.

4. Providing pet food assistance to low income families who agree to get their pets spayed or neutered, and work with us to find homes for strays that they've taken in.

5. Working with Paws of Hope Animal Wellness Center, Appalachian Feral Cat Allies, and FurSuthernLuv Rescue to provide a wide range of services for the pets and people of our communities.


What We’re Doing:
Working with local businesses, banks, professionals, and grant foundations to start, staff, and operate a non-profit pet center that will include such things as pet adoption, daycare, grooming, training, and dog park facilities. All profits from this business would go directly to fund the East Tennessee Spay & Neuter programs, eliminating the need to do as much fundraising, and allowing us to focus solely on reaching and saving more animals.