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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: People Promoting Animal Welfare (PPAW) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization with the exempt purpose of operating a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats. Our clients primarily reside in 3 counties of East Tennessee area (Blount, Loudon and Monroe counties), but we have clients from 14 other Tennessee counties and three other states. The PPAW Spay/Neuter Clinic was started in late 1998, and we have sterilized over 50,000 companion animals to date. Our mission is to reduce the number of unwanted dogs, cats, kittens and puppies in our area of East Tennessee and thus reduce the number of euthanasia induced deaths at area shelters. We support rescue organizations to help them save dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from kill-shelters, and we support shelters who are working diligently to achieve no-kill status. Their quest and our mission work hand in hand.

Results: 2012 Calendar year to date through September, 2012, PPAW has fixed over 52,000 cats and dogs. We spay or neuter approximately 5000+ animals per year.

Geographic areas served: Loudon, Blount and Monroe counties are the primary counties served in our area of East Tennessee, but our reach also extends beyond to Sevier, Roane, Grainger counties and many remote areas of Appalachia.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

HazelT

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can't say enough kind words about PPAW and the dedication of each and every veterinarian, staff member, the board and others who make spay/neutering of the animals affordable and accessible to all. Amazing folk helping four leggeds and two. Their knowledge is shared with the public and does make a difference. Thank you PPAW!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I trapped a feral cat that took several weeks to catch. I called on Friday and they wouldn't take her. They suggested I let her go! That is not acceptable for a charity that says it helps with feral cats!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had all my pets and an entire feral cat colony spayed at PPAW. I Never had any kind of complication and I am always impressed by their dedication and professionalism. Without them, there would be no way I could have afforded to maintain the feral cat colony in the area. Love this place and the angels that work there!

Tina81

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ppaws is a fantastic place with caring and knowledgeable staff. They spayed and neutered my three boxers and also many of the feral rescue cats I have taken in. This county would be at a great loss without all that they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such amazing and caring people. I have taken my own and foster cats and kittens to this facility for spay and neuters. They are so kind and caring. I always recommend them to anyone with cats/kittens to be prayed and neutered.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my kitten spayed at PPAW two days ago. I got her from a rescue that paid for her spay, so I only had to cover the cost of her shots, which were extremely affordable.) They also microchipped her. All the services were performed with care and the spay seems to be done extremely well, especially compared to those of other family pets that had been performed at larger vet hospitals. The staff members were friendly and helpful. My kitten is currently resting on my lap and says, "Thanks, PPAW!"

guffeya

Client Served

Rating: 5

These volunteers truly care about the animals they help. I cannot say enough good things about PPAW, and I'm so glad they are in my community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about this organization. One of the volunteers actually waited on me to get there after they had closed so that I could drop off a feral cat for neutering. They offer discounted spay/neuter services as well as discounted flea medicine. I love the fact that they have animals that live there and just have free roam of the place. These wonderful volunteers really do love animals!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people that work at PPAW are always SO nice and willing to help and answer any questions. I work with a cat rescue so I visit quite frequently and I am treated the same every time I go in. Even before I worked with rescues I would take animals and recommend this place to anyone who asked. Truly an awesome group of people working to help animals and their owners.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PPaw has helped me so much in helping, take in stray animals by being able to get them Spayed at low cost , i could not have saved the stray dogs and cats that have came to my house without them,They have helped me help the pets.

Vicky P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

P Paws has helped so many animals and people. They offer advice and equipment on cat colonies and how to help those animals get spayed and neutered. They are angels! They have also spayed and neutered and offered medical treatment to many of my animals throughout the years. They are a well deserving facility of any grants, donations, or funds they receive. They make the most of their small space. You can feel the love for animals when you are there! They are dependable professionals and affordable to all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group is terrific, offering low cost spay/neuter services, name brand meds for half the cost other places and have a caring staff of volunteers with great people skills. We are so blessed to have them in our county.

Review from Guidestar

Barbara108

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 3 beautiful cats that were fixed through PPAWS clinic, and I am very greatful for the services they provide. I try to take the best care of my fur babies that I can, and being low income, PPAWS has made a huge difference for me.

Judy67

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ppaws is great! Their prices are good and the staff is wonderful with the dogs and cats! I highly recommend them for anyone who needs help with animal care and who can't afford a vet! I have taken several dogs to get neutered or spayed there and have always had satisfactory results and was treated with respect and care by the staff! I've never had any problems with them and they always consider the safety and health of the animals! I think ppaws is great!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had bought a Husky mix, and then got my hands on a rescue boxer. My husband's hours then got cut and my babies needed fixed. They set me up with the "big dog special" that included the neutering of both dogs and a rabies shot!! While I was there my eyes were brought to the awesome prices they had on flea preventatives. They took such great care of my pups and the surgeon Keri spoke with me on the risks and the pros and what to expect after the surgery. Their surgery sites were clean and healed beautifully. If it were not for the awesome care of PPaws my dogs would have not been able to be neutered. I now use plows for their flea meds!! I recommended them to everyone!

Peggy25

Client Served

Rating: 5

These folks are our heroes! We adopted a dog who showed up on our doorstep and made herself at home, but only because we were able to take her to PPAWs for checking over and spaying. We were not able to afford to take our pup to the vet otherwise, and couldn't have kept her unspayed. To our delight, they checked her over, pronounced her healthy, and began the procedure. Imagine our surprise and delight when the vet came back out within about fifteen minutes to tell us when they shaved her they found a spaying tattoo! "All you'll have to do is wait for her to wake up" they told us. They were as delighted as we were and couldn't have been more helpful. We continue to order our anti-flea meds for our three cats as well as our dog through PPAWs. These are some of most helpful and generous people we know!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love PPAWs. They are a wonderful origanization. The staff is very caring and dedicated and the prices are very reasonable. They make is possible for low income families to get their pets fixed and vaccinated. I have had several ferals fixed here as well as my own personal cats, even though it is a bit of a drive. I would recommend PPAWs to everybody!!

Lisa219

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization does such great work. It allows many people who cannot afford to have their pets fixed to do so. It assists those who want a pet to take in an animal in need of a home while also helpping control the pet populations. Great, great people!

John132

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I became aware of this group through my friend Mica, who does work with them all the time. They place animals in loving homes, and advocate against the abuse found in circuses and animal acts.

Stephen V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They're the best! Sterilizing pets at low or no costs to depressed east Tennessee residents. The lady that started PPAWS adopted or found hundreds homes. They're devotion to these animals and to the communities is outstanding. I wish I could donate a million dollars for their cause. I've adopted from them and used them for 13 years.

Kerry7

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the eleven years I have lived in Loudon County, I have used PPAW's services multiple times. The staff is wonderful and passionate about reducing pet overpopulation and helping those on a limited income care for their pets in an affordable way. They have gone out of their way to help when someone dumped a litter of three week old kittens at my house; they found homes to foster the babies until they could be vetted and put up for adoption. This is the one charity I try to help whenever possible because I have experienced firsthand how hard they work on their mission. I cannot say enough great things about them!