_ SUMNER SPAY NEUTER ALLIANCE
1033-B Union School Road, Gallatin, TN 37066
P.O. Box 1834 | Gallatin, TN 37066
Open M-Th, 8-4:30
Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance is a non-profit organization that is committed to making their services accessible to all members of the community. This new facility provides low cost procedures helping to reduce the overpopulation of animals in shelters. There are too many animals that have to be put down and miss the chance for a great home. Licensed Veterinarians, professional staff, and dedicated volunteers handle the animals with great care.
How it all Began
Founded by June McMahon and Sara Flemlee in 2009 these dedicated women have over forty years combined in non-profits committed to helping and protecting animals. June McMahon who founded the Humane Society of Sumner County Tennessee is the president of SSNA and currently serves on the legislative committee for Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee. Sara Flemlee is the Program Director and is well known for her advocacy in other spay and neuter programs including the well known mobile clinic, The Spay Station. The current Veterinarian is Dr. Yvette Pennington, this will be her twelfth year in the profession and first year at the SSNA.
The friendly staff of SSNA include the clinic manager Jill Hart who takes care of all the appointments and the information desk. You can look for her messages and updates about great adoptable animals and events on the SSNA Facebook page. Paige Heriges and Jeff Williams are the Veterinarian Assistants that work like a well-oiled machine to prep the animals for their procedures and tend to their post-operation needs. There are volunteers that create surgical packs, help with laundry, and sterilize surgical utensils for the following day.
The goal of the SSNA is to prevent the abuse, suffering, and euthanasia of unwanted puppies and kittens. There have been problems with people feeding strays and letting them reproduce, which overpopulates the neighborhoods leading to many animal control calls. SSNA provides low to no cost procedures to assist predominately low-income, fixed-income, and the unemployed. The location of the clinic is surrounded by area neighborhoods within walking distance making it easy access to drop off and pick up animals.
Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance provides:
Cat Neuter …$30
Cat Spay …$40
Dog Neuter …$45
Dog Spay …$55
Feral Cat Spay/Neuter …$25
*Price includes a Rabies Vaccination
Financial assistance is available to those who qualify
DA2PPV (dog) …$7
FVRCP (cat) …$7
FIV/FeLV Test …$18
Heartworm Test …$12
*Services available at the time of surgery only
How to get involved
There are several events a year that help support the cost of the procedures provided, currently SSNA has paired with PetSmart charities to promote Beat the Heat which helps spay cats for only $20. PetSmart pays $7,000 towards the spaying of female cats that do not come from a rescue. The annual spring fundraiser Pedals for Paws will take place April 14th and in the fall they host a microchipping clinic that is made possible by a grant. Donations can be made any time and there are 2-3 appeal letters sent out a year. Grants are continually written by June McMahon and Sara Flemlee and once a year there’s a yard sale with all proceeds going to SSNA. Any time there is a local event, SSNA hosts an informational booth.
There is a wish list that scrolls on the bottom of the SSNA’s website homepage. The list is also available on their Facebook page; such items include trash bags, detergent, alcohol, bleach, and blankets. There are some more valuable wish list items such as an Ophthalmoscope/Otoscope for $360 and live traps for feral cats which cost $65, they need 20. Of course the big challenge is finding enough volunteers to help make packets for surgery, sterilize equipment, and do laundry to complete the goal of 35 surgeries a day. SSNA would like to see a significant decrease in the overpopulation of cats and dogs in the next year and an increase in volunteers.