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New Nashville Paw Foundation

Nashville Paw Magazine Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary with Launch of New Nonprofit Spay & Neuter Initiative

By: Nashville Paw Press Release | March 11, 2011

Photo: Heather Davis, founder of Nashville Paw Magazine and the Nashville Paw Foundation


When local animal welfare advocate Heather Davis launched Nashville Paw Magazine in the spring of 2006, her goal was to bring awareness of animal welfare issues—such as pet adoption, spaying and neutering—to the Middle Tennessee community, as well as to create a network of animal lovers to bring about positive change for the animals we share our city with. Their print and online audience has since grown to an estimated 50,000 animal lovers strong.

Now, as the pet publication celebrates their 5th anniversary issue in April, Davis is excited to announce the creation of a new not-for-profit organization to take her animal welfare efforts to the next level. The Nashville Paw Foundation will work to reduce pet overpopulation through the funding of effective spay and neuter programs and to promote animal welfare through positive community education.

“Nashville Paw Magazine hosts annual fundraisers to support local rescue groups and spay programs, but I’ve really been wanting to do more,” says Davis, who will serve as the foundation’s Executive Director. “We have built a strong presence in the community through the magazine, which is an ideal platform for launching a nonprofit initiative. So, as we celebrate our fifth year of publishing, I am incredibly excited to move forward with this endeavor.”

Through fundraising events, private donations and grants, the Nashville Paw Foundation will host spay and neuter clinics throughout Middle Tennessee, providing free pet surgeries to lower-income families who may not otherwise be able to spay and neuter their pets. Their aim will be to work with mobile spay units, such as The Spay Station operated by New Leash On Life, to bring these vital services to communities in need.

“Due to pet overpopulation, more than 10,000 pets are euthanized each year in Davidson County alone,” says Davis. “Effective spay and neuter programs are key in solving this urgent problem, and we hope to be able to make a positive impact on those numbers through our programs.” In addition to spay and neuter funding, the foundation also plans to create educational campaigns to bring awareness of humane issues to the public.

Davis has enlisted the help of fellow advocate Kim Sullivan to serve as the organization’s Fundraising Coordinator. Sullivan is Davis’ co-founder of the annual “Art for Animals” event that has raised more than $23,000 for spay and neuter programs since 2007. 

The Nashville Paw Foundation is currently awaiting approval of 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Updates and further information will soon be available at NashvillePawFoundation.org, but until the site is complete you can view the organization's Facebook page.

About Heather Davis:

A writer and animal rescuer for over a decade, Davis launched Nashville Paw Magazine in 2006. She was recently named a winner in the Nashville Business Journal’s 2011 “Women of Influence of Awards” and received the Nashville Humane Association’s “Community Media Award” in 2007.

About Nashville Paw Magazine:

Nashville Paw Magazine is Middle Tennessee’s award-winning print and online resource for pet lovers and the animal welfare community. The magazine is available at more than 200 locations throughout the greater Nashville area as well as by paid subscription. For more information, please visit www.NashvillePaw.com.