About Us



Our Mission

NashvillePAW Magazine is Middle Tennessee’s award winning resource for pet guardians and the animal welfare community. We are deeply committed to making a positive difference for the animals in our community by empowering our readers through informative, engaging and intelligent editorial as well as by providing trustworthy resources and active networking opportunities. Now in our third successful year of publication, our mission is to serve as Nashville's best source of information, education and motivation for pet guardians and animal lovers, and to promote the humane treatment of animals everywhere.

Magazine Details

NashvillePAW Magazine is published bi-monthly (6 times per year) in February, April, June, August, October & December. Our 32-page publication is professionally designed and printed in full color on 32Ib. high-quality newsprint. Each issue, we distribute over 11,000 free copies at more than 300 high-traffic, pet-friendly locations throughout Nashville and seven surrounding counties. We're proud to have a loyal readership of more than 30,000 animal lovers... and growing!

Meet the Staff


Heather Davis
Publisher & Editor

Magazine founder and publisher Heather Davis has worked as a professional writer and editor for nearly a decade. Her freelance work regularly appears in national pet magazines such as Animal Fair and Fido Friendly, as well as in a number of travel and lifestyle magazines. Her work is also featured in the hardback coffee table book, "Little Dogs: A Love Story", published by Hodder in 2006. In addition, she has served as a judge for the National Young Authors Writing Competition, as well as an editor and contributor to the award-winning literary anthology, Hair Trigger 27, which was published in May 2005. She is currently working on a memoir as well as her first novel.

Heather's past experience with animals has included working as a veterinary technician, pet sitter and a fundraiser and volunteer for various animal shelters. She is deeply involved in the animal welfare community and is grateful to share her life with her furbabies: Shelby (a German Shepherd / Collie mix, pictured above), Molly (a Chow Chow / Keeshund mix) and Smokey, a gray Domestic Longhair.



Julie Bredesen
Graphic Designer

We are fortunate to have the most awesome graphic designer in Music City! Julie is not only insanely talented and creative, but she's also a huge animal lover who is dedicated to our mission of serving as a voice for animals throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond. In addition to graphic art, Julie (AKA Slugs Bunny) enjoys slamming into and rolling over other derby skaters as a member of the Nashville Roller Girls. (She may look sweet, but she sure can skate mean!)



Tanya Willis
Advertising Account Manager

Tanya may be new to the NashvillePAW team, but she's not new to the animal welfare community! In addition to coming on board as a new account manager, Tanya is also the co-founder and director of Agape Animal Rescue and serves on the board of directors for Therapy ARC. Through Therapy ARC, she visits special needs children with her Delta certified therapy dog, Mack. Tanya's dedication, enthusiasm and passion for animals are greatly appreciated here at NashvillePAW, and we are very excited and proud to have her on our team! For information on Agape Animal Rescue, please visit their website at www.AgapeRescue.org.



Gina Farrar
Advertising Account Manager

Also new to the NashvillePAW team is Gina, our second account manager. A longtime animal lover and freelance sales consultant, we are happy to welcome her talents, enthusiasm and experience! In addition to her freelance work, Gina serves as the fundraising coordinator for the biannual TACA arts festival. She shares her East Nashville home with her husband, two beautiful children and their canine companion.


Meet our Regular Contributors


Emily Volman

A talented and dedicated contributor since our launch, Emily works hard to bring our readers feature stories that are both informative and entertaining. In addition to her writing, Emily is a singer and comedy improviser with Improv Nashville. She lives in Franklin with her husband, Mark, and their two dogs, Josie and Jasper. Visit her website at www.EmilyVolman.com.



Danielle Throneberry

Danielle Throneberry is a freelance writer, marketing consultant and a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She lives in Green Hills with her two dogs (pictured), Madeline and Georgia. Visit her website at www.BerryInterestingProductions.com.



Paige Presley

Paige Presley is a freelance writer with an enormous love for animals. She lives in Nashville with her adorable dog, Maggie (pictured). Visit her website at http://psquaredpr.googlepages.com.



Kat Martin

Kat Martin is the owner of Dogs & Kat Dog Training and Behavioral Counseling. Look for her "Canine Corner" column in every issue for great tips on all things canine! Visit her website at http://www.DogsAndKat.com.



Mark Waldrop, DVM

Dr. Mark Waldrop is the owner of Nashville Cat Clinic and was voted #1 Best Cat Practitioner in our 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards. With over 23 years of feline veterinary experience, Dr. Waldrop continues to pursue his passion for helping our feline friends live long, healthy and happy lives. Look for his "Kitty Corner" column in every issue for tis on keeping your feline friends healthy and happy! For information on Nashville Cat Clinic, please visit their website at http://www.NashvilleCatClinic.com.


Meet the Volunteers



It simply would not be possible for NashvillePAW to continue our work without the outstanding efforts of our dedicated volunteers! From delivering issues to over 300 distribution locations to helping us plan and pull off events, our amazing team works hard to help us realize our animal welfare goals. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who make NashvillePAW possible:

Diane Arrington, Millie Brown, Kristy Carroll-Grimes, Chris Fox, Kacy Greene, Sharon Gros, Brenda Hamner, Renae Hawkins, Jill Hanson, April Johnson, Carol Medley-Herron, Wendy Paul, Ginger Reeves, Meredith Robinson, Cindy & Bob Rudolph, Deanna Trietsch, Marina Tucker, Amanda West, Teri Wilkins, Andrew Worsey