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!
In addition to those pets transported, ETSN has gotten low-cost vouchers for over 200 animals adopted from the Elizabethton Animal Shelter. Most of these pets were taken to Sycamore Shoals Animal Hospital, the only veterinarians in Carter County who will accept the vouchers for low cost visit, surgery, and shots.
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 home page for more information about our services and costs.
Don't let money keep you from getting your pet spayed or neutered...
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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 tiny, severely underfunded, and in poor condition, 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.
#1: LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER FOR EVERY PET
What We’re Doing:
1. Providing low-cost vouchers for spay-neuter and office visit for pets adopted from Elizabethton Animal Shelter.
2. Providing transport to regional low-cost spay-neuter clinics 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. Raising money to equip and staff a low-cost veterinary wellness clinic with transport to reach outlying rural areas.
#2: A NON-PROFIT PET CARE AND SERVICES FACILITY
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 vet care facility. 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.