Nashville Animal Rescue & Activism // Ways to Get Involved
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Are you looking for ways to get involved with Nashville animal rescue? There are plenty of different organizations and methods of helping animals via breed or species-specific rescues, wildlife rescue, farmed animal activism and much more. As a vegan and animal activist, I know I personally have looked for all the best ways to get involved in my community and after attending my first Nashville Animal Save and Anonymous for the Voiceless demonstration recently, activism is going to become a bigger part of my life. I tend to do a lot of daily activism and vegan outreach but want to start being more involved in organizations.
Nashville Dog Rescue Organizations
As a pitbull lover and Mom, I’m definitely drawn towards the pit bull specific organizations. Nashville PITTIE is an advocacy group built on the principle of education through compassion. PITTIE stands for “Pit Bull Initiative to Transform Image and Educate”. Nashville PITTIE’s goal is to restore the Pit bull’s positive image by dispelling myths surrounding the breeds called “Pit bulls” through education, promoting responsible ownership, and promoting spay/neuter programs. Nashville PITTIE strives to bring to light the true character Pit Bulls and the invaluable contributions they make as family pets and service companions, as they have for generations.
Big Fluffy Dog Rescue
Big Fluffy Dog Rescue is dedicated to helping giant breed mixed breed dogs. They specialize in the big, fluffy dogs such as Great Pyrenees, Saint Bernards, Newfoundlands and more. Many of these dogs were abandoned at high kill shelters, were turned in by owners and many other reasons. Big Fluffy Dog Rescue is a large rather rescue organization but has its headquarters in Nashville.
Pittie in Pink
Another pit bull specific rescue is Pittie in Pink. They are a no-kill rescue group that is run entirely off foster volunteers so the best way to get involved with them is to volunteer to foster a pittie or donate towards their cause!
East C.A.N is a volunteer, grassroots organization serving the East Nashville area. They fundraise to facilitate stray and forgotten dogs on the streets of East Nashville. They provide full veterinary care to the dogs they take in and rely on fellow neighbors to provide safe foster homes. As part of their mission, they also educate the public on issues of animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.
Agape Animal Rescue
Agape focuses on dogs in homeless situations and provides them loving and stable foster homes while searching for their forever families. Agape Animal Rescue is dedicated to finding forever homes for abandoned and displaced dogs while educating the public to be more responsible pet owners.
Old Friends Senior Dog Rescue
Old Friends focuses on senior dogs. Most of the time, senior dogs face a much greater chance of euthanasia at shelters due to the difficulty of finding adopters. These senior dogs make wonderful companions and if given the chance, can live out a happy and quality life. ‘Old Friends’ strives to find foster home where they can live out their years as a loved family member.
Nashville Cat Rescue Organizations
Nashville Cat Rescue
Nashville Cat Rescue is dedicated to rescuing cats and kittens from high-kill shelters and off the streets. They receive veterinary care – tested for FIV/FeLV, spayed/neutered, de-wormed, vaccinated and given flea preventative. Nashville Cat Rescue is operated through a network of foster homes and the adoptables are showcase at Petsmart locations throughout Nashville, Cool Springs and Hermitage and Pet Supermarket locations in Bellevue, Brentwood, Cool Springs, and Donelson. They also have a mobile adoption center which is used to transport them to adoption events and to humane treatment education programs at local schools.
F.L.U.F.F. is a foster based animal rescue organization that rescues orphaned kittens that are too young and need too much care to be in shelters or on the streets. Our adoptable animals typically come from local shelters and other organizations that need our assistance. They do also help cats, puppies, dogs, rabbits, chinchillas, etc when they can.
Non-Specific Animal Rescue Organizations
Crossroads Campus is located in Germantown in Nashville where they provide humane education and a safe environment. Crossroads focuses on rescued shelter animals and young people who may be facing adversity to create hope and connection. These young adults are also equipped with job and life skills to break negative cycles. Crossroads also consists of a pet retail store and every purchase made or grooming service goes towards their mission. The store also serves as a place for people to meet the adoptable animals.
Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue
Proverbs 12:10 is committed to “Helping His Helpless” through quality care, adoptions and population control awareness in the community. Proverbs 12:10 helps dogs and cats in need.
Nashville Humane Association
Nashville Humane Association is committed to finding responsible homes, controlling pet overpopulation and promoting the humane treatment of animals via pet adoptions, humane education, community outreach, volunteer and foster. Nashville Humane Association is one of the oldest service organizations in Nashville and has roots back to 1887.
Nashville Wildlife Rescue Organizations
Walden’s Puddle is the ONLY professionally-staffed wildlife rehabilitation and education facility in Middle Tennessee. They provide care and treatment to sick, injured and orphaned Native Tennessee Wildlife. They have a bunch of tips for handling and caring for wildlife until they can take over.
Nashville Animal Activism Organizations
Nashville Animal Save
The Save Movement is comprised of groups around the world who bear witness of pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals en route to slaughter. The goals are to raise awareness about the plight of farmed animals, to help people become vegan, and to build a massive love-based, grassroots animal justice movement.
The Save Movement started in December 2010 with the inception of Toronto Pig Save. Today there are 130+ groups in Canada, the US, Australia and elsewhere.
Nashville Animal Save is in its first year of establishment and, at the moment, you can join weekly Chicken Vigils near the Tyson plant in Shelbyville on Monday mornings.
Nashville Animal Advocacy
Nashville Animal Advocacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting animal rights and veganism through education, research, special events, protests & legislation.
Anonymous for the Voiceless
AV is an animal rights organization that specializes in street activism. Local AV groups all over the world demonstrate the truth behind the animal agriculture industry. Since just April 2016, there have been over 1,137 demonstrations in 227 cities and it is estimated that almost 40,000 bystanders have been convinced to seriously consider the needless violence in their diets and lifestyle.
I was part of the very first Cube of Truth in Nashville a couple weeks ago and highly recommend it!
MTPRC is a grassroots community action group focused on strengthening the human-animal bond through education, compassion and community action. MTPRC works for the welfare of all animals by promoting plant-based diets, spay/neuter programs and pet adoption vs breeding.