The Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County originally chartered nearly 30 years ago and underwent reorganization from 1997 to 1998. Charles Hand, a local businessman, rented to the Humane Society a building for seven years from which we could conduct sheltering operations. Contrary to popular belief, the Humane Society is not “funded” by the city or county, and sadly, the expense of caring for the rising number of homeless animals in our community far exceeded our income, which forced us to close our doors in 2003.
Without a building to maintain, we were able to refocus our energy & resources on pro-active programs & services to better serve the animals & people in our community. We have helped thousands of homeless pets & pet owners since 2003 & will continue to do so in the coming years. However, the euthanasia rate at the local county shelter continued to weigh heavy on our hearts.
We partnered with Animal Control & Adoption Service in January 2009 in an effort to help the shelter reduce euthanasia & increase adoptions. While the partnership increased adoptions by about 25%, the shelter is still forced to euthanize approximately 77% of its animal residents, which equates to nearly 90 per week and nearly twice the national average. Our inability to truly impact those statistics in a big way with our current programs prompted us to take a huge step in the most proactive direction possible.
We have purchased a building located at 940 Tennessee Avenue, which will be the future home of Spay-Neuter Clarksville!, Clarksville’s first-ever high-quality high-volume low-cost spay-neuter clinic. We are using the Humane Alliance model, which has assisted 80+ groups to successfully open & operate spay-neuter clinics across the country. Our clinic will spay & neuter 35 dogs & cats per day, 5 days per week, 48 weeks per year, for a total of 8,400 surgeries. The clinic’s spay-neuter services will be available to all families regardless of income, and it will be available to residents and rescue groups in surrounding counties too.
Interested in having a VOICE for homeless animals in your community? If you are a “go getter” and passionate about making a difference in the lives of homeless animals, perhaps a position on our BOARD OF DIRECTORS is for you? Email us for details!
Board of Directors
- Stacey Hopwood, President
- Carmen Hunter, Vice-President
- Courtney Berlyak, Secretary/Treasurer
- Sylvia Masson
- Jennifer Ellis
- Shawnette Murphy
- Elaine Weil
- Justin Grant
- Michelle Harris
Honorary Board Members
- Sarah King, Legal Advisor
Our services are limited to resources available to us at any given time… we depend on YOU to enable us to continue serving the citizens and homeless animals of Clarksville and Montgomery County!