EXIT 196

By Betsy Thorpe


Clover is 5 months old she is a spayed Lab-Chow mix and is available for adoption at the Nashville Humane Association


Dozens of travelers leave I-40 at Exit 196 everyday, some to visit friends and family, others for fuel, refreshment or lodging. They all have a story to tell and we are here to share a tale or two that we heard at Exit 196.

Last week a lonely, hungry, furry four footed visitor found his way to Exit 196. Abandoned, the friendly yellow Labrador was eventually rescued and placed in the care of Nashville’s Humane Association, where after his health is restored he will await adoption with numerous other homeless cats and dogs.

The Nashville Humane Association is one of the oldest service organizations in Nashville, their roots can be traced back to a society founded in 1887 to protect children from inhumane working conditions and draft horses from mistreatment. The non-profit organization was incorporated in 1946 to protect the well being of all animals in Davidson County.

The Nashville Humane Association is committed to promoting the humane treatment of animals, finding good homes for stray or abandoned dogs and cats, educating the public about their responsibility to help control the pet population, and providing treatment and care to ensure the well being of animals throughout the community.

Through the agency’s adoption program more the 2,500 healthy and temperamentally sound animals are placed into loving homes every year. Prior to adoption many sick and injured animals that require a nurturing environment are fostered in the homes of community volunteers. Fostered animals are returned as healthy, well-adjusted pets ready for placement in the adoption program.

Through the “Pet Therapy Program, volunteers accompany shelter dogs to local nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions to provide a pleasurable visit to residents and patients. Utilizing a colorful recreation vehicle, volunteers working in the “Rover Program” travel around Nashville and throughout the county to provide free spay and neuter services for those who need to have their pets altered but can’t afford a regular veterinarian visit. Rover’s mission is to educate the community about proper pet care, in order to keep Davidson County pets healthy and decrease the population of unwanted animals.

At Exit 196 we miss seeing our wandering canine friend but we are glad that he found refuge at the Humane Association located in West Nashville at 213 Oceola Avenue. We take pride in knowing that our community is so animal friendly and that with the help of dedicated volunteers and through the financial support of local individuals and organizations the Humane Association will continue to provide a safe haven for our city’s homeless animal population.

For information on how to help support the Nashville Humane Association, or to find out about volunteer opportunities please call 615 352-1010 or visit http://www.nashvillehumane.org/index.php

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