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Saving The Animals Together

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Saving The Animals Together (S.T.A.T.) is a group of animal lovers dedicated to networking and rescuing dogs from Madison County TN and surrounding areas. We invite you to help us save the lives of pets on death row.

Target demographics: Reduce the pet euthanasia rate

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 homeless animals, 40 pet owners in financial crisis

Geographic areas served: Madison County Tennessee and Surrounding Areas

Programs: networking animals in danger of euthanasia so that adopters and other rescues can help them, rescuing animals to place into our foster program, fully vetting all of the animals in our program, responsibly adopting out our animals. We also offer low cost microchipping to the public so that more lost animals can be reunited with their owners.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sidney C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started with STAT as a Facebook follower. I saw a post labeled urgent looking for a foster for a dog in need. I had been interested in fostering and so I took the leap and offered. I know since foster failed 2 dogs and fostered several that have found their furever homes through STAT. Through these experiences, I have learned a lot, not only have dogs and dogs in need but how we can make these dogs lives change furever. I am now a board member of this amazing group. We work our butts off to make sure that we are making the best decisions for the dogs in our care, all our dogs are in foster homes and spoiled rotten. We find the best possible furever homes and don't settle to get dogs moved. While STAT has grown and changed over the years, we have developed into a group that safe every dog we can, no matter condition, age or breed. STAT is a stand up rescue, we are a real rescue that fights hard for our dogs and their lives.

Jasmine28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Both of my german shepherd were both rescue dogs the boy he last owner had burned the tips of his ears and the baby was not being feed at all. when I brought them home it took them a while to get used to me to know that I would not hurt them but when they finally did they are both healthy.

Robin162

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with STAT for 4 years and am amazed at the caring loving people that are with this group. I started as a foster and eventually became a board member. If I did not believe in what STAT stands for I would not have stayed this long but now I am in for the long run.

Melissa322

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can't always express how thankful you can be in certain situations. I take adopting a pet very seriously and want the match to be just right so the adoption can be a total success! When i fell in love with Sage on petfinder i didnt immediately realize she was in TN., so i was scared to adopt from such a distant but i just knew she was for us! That's where STAT and Sage's wonderfull foster mom Wanda came into the picture. We messaged back and forth and even spoke on the phone to make sure this would be the perfect fur-ever fit for all involved. The attention and detail the organization gives to possible adoptees is amazing and in doing so provides all with peace of mind and a whole lot of excitement and happiness! Sage has been with us for 3 years and is my best friend and i can't imagine my life now without her! I highly recommend this rescue to anyone looking for a well informed and confident adoption process. Thanks for all that you do!! -Melissa,Hbg.Pa

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great caring people and great experience. They truly care about seeing that these animals get great homes.

1 JHauck

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Saving the Animals Together for the past 3 years. We have a satellite chapter here in PA where many of the dogs have been adopted. I have found the vetting to be impeccable, questions are answered promptly and accurately, descriptions of animals are transparent, volunteers are friendly and helpful and the board members have always been receptive to ideas and appreciative of their volunteers. I adopted Maggie Star from STAT over 2 years ago and she has been a wonderful addition to our house. I am not a volunteer with them. This is a very good animal rescue that I am pleased to be associated with.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the past 2 years and adopted from S.T.A.T. Their adoption process was seamless and we now have a beautiful special companion Maggie. Everything described to me about Maggie was accurate along with great fostering by Pamela. Medical records were very complete and precise. My volunteer work with STAT has been rewarding. I have meet the new adopters and dogs coming to PA. Communication is great with the adoption coordinator Mandi. I have had the opportunity to see many very happy people here in PA because of the great rescue work STAT volunteers and fosters do in TN. Great rescue organization that I will continue to support!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Saving the Animals together is a wonderful organization. They were friendly, easy to deal with and they definitely have the animals best interest at heart. I still keep in contact with one of the fosters years later. I would adopt another pet from them in a heartbeat.

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Trish25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

It seems this organization is a great resource for a lot of people and that I do not doubt. I did adopt one of their pets and I can't say I am having a great experience. STAT sends a lot of dogs out of state for adoption, my dog being one of them. I read her bio on 2 different pet adoption sites and she seemed like what I was looking for; good with dogs, good with cats, good for older adults. Now I know all these people are volunteers but it seemed getting them to respond was pretty untimely. I put in the online application and didn't hear anything for a couple days so I messaged them and eventually got a response. After a couple more days I remessaged them to see the status of my application again. In all after more time I was told I was approved. After a few brief phone calls I was wasn't told much more about her and that they didn't want me to talk to the foster (reasons I will not go into). I was told she didnt have many social cues (I figured she didn't know basic commands), but she was still a puppy. The dog I eventually picked up is not what I would have expected. They said she would be nervous - she wasn't, She made herself right at home right away, chases my cats everywhere and seems aggressive towards them, she has a extremely high prey drive, she jumps, nips, and in no way seems like a reasonable dog for an older person to have. I am trying my best to work with her so she doesn't eat my cats but I am very frustrated with it all. Because I don't think pets are expendable I hate to just say I don't want her but at the same time I feel terrible my cats are in hiding for the past month. I don't understand how this dog had absolutely no basic training/manners after living with a foster.

1 Phyllis O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my husband and I who are both disabled provide healthy food for our cats and dogs. They have given us quality dog food and quality cat food and cat litter as well as treats we could not afford to buy our pets ourselves. It gives us so much joy to be able to reward our pets with a treat and to know that the food they are getting will not hurt them in any way. We are so grateful for this organization and the dedication of those who stand out in the cold, rain, and extreme heat on the day food is given out to be sure every pet that can be helped is helped and in doing so helping reduce the financial strain on those of us who want out pets to be well cared for when events happen in our lives that change our financial circumstances and we do not want out pets to suffer as a result of that. These are a few pictures of our pets. Bella and boots and Buster and Max. Thank you all so much for making sure these pets we love so much are helped and for helping us provide for their needs. There have been times when this food we receive allowed us to get a prescription filled or buy needed groceries when their food was getting low. They will always come first. thank you again from Bella, Boots, Buster, Max, Scott and Phyllis ....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the privilege of helping with the No Empty Bowls program and it is such an honor to work along side the other volunteers to help families that may be struggling to feed their pets. It is amazing to see the gratitude on the faces of the people that we serve each month. Without No Empty Bowls, these people could possibly be faced with having to give up their pets. It does not feed their pets for a whole month, but... it is a supplement to help them get through the month. Saving The Animals Together is a wonderful group of people working together to save animals. No Empty Bowls distributes about 300 pounds of dog food per month and about 60 pounds of cat food per month. They also are trying to raise money to help families get their pets spayed or neutered. It is just AWESOME to see how hard these people work to help this community and save these precious animals! There are just no words to describe how hard these volunteers work to raise funds and feed these animals.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has helped a disabled person, to feed the two senior dogs that are part of my family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed STAT's JRC page on FB for several years, and the lengths to which this group will go to save an animal are astounding! Wish I was closer to help with more than pull fees. A few weeks ago, I noticed a senior dog who had been at JRC long past her stray hold. There was no plan for rescue, and euthanasia was looming. I live 2 hours away and couldn't get there until late afternoon---too long to wait for a dog in jeopardy. One of the STAT volunteers pulled the dog and transported her to an area vet for me. Another met me at the vet's office later that day and helped me load and tether the dog so we could ride home safely. Keep in mind that I had never met any of them before. What a gift to me and this sweet dog. The STAT crew works tirelessly, and we will be forever grateful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became familiar with stat 4 yrs ago , while I do not know all of the staff members I can say that Diane butler portrays what rescue is really about. She spends all of her time trying to get these dogs and cats into loving homes

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year I lost my cat. I called Jackson Rabies Control and they said they had a yellow tabby that matched my Scooter. I was so distraught when I arrived. I was very ill and in tears. S.T.A.T.'s Diane Butler was there and she took me to look for kitty. Diane or another member is at this concrete jail almost everyday. I found out that the county charges charities for the honor of redeeming the least of these from certain death. S.T.A.T. networks with every reputable rescue to pull out every animal it can no matter the breed.They beg, they borrow, they fundraise, they network, they cry and they hurt for those they cannot save. I lost my cat but found a network of selfless people that make my home a much more humane place to live.

Derek12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

STAT works tirelessly with Madison County Rabies Control. They do an amazing job of facilitating a large portion of the adoptions and rescues that occur at the facility. There has been many times when if not for STAT's help some animals would not have made it. They are a great orginization and wonderful for the community

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Carol and I help another rescue group but I have been involved with one of the local high kill shelters here in Jackson Tn. I can not say enough about how the door seems to continue to revolve with animals that STAT has helped from just this shelter alone. I try to help this shelter as much as I can because it has been dear to my heart since I was a teenager and now I am 55 so when I am seeing where Diane Butler has visited the shelter to help move dogs from there to give them a second chance on her limited time off work then its amazing. Stat volunteers are an amazing group of caring people who as a group that put there minds together to make room somehow if at all possible to move animals out just in the nick of time. It takes a special person to volunteer her time off , whether its her lunch break or her day off to take a treat and one last loving hug to a dog that is very ill or time has run out. I cannot imagine having such a loving heart to be able to do that but Diane is an awesome lady. S.T.A. T. is one of the best rescue groups that volunteer, yes volunteer there time, money, and hearts to helping God's animals. Hats Off To You All for helping these precious babies:)

1 Teresa67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I ran across the S.T.A.T. group a couple years ago on facebook when I was looking for boxer rescues to adopt a boxer because our Sadie Mae who was 8 years old had passed from Cancer. That day changed my life forever. The particular rescue site had a S.T.A.T post shared on their page for a dog that was needing a home. I knew nothing about shelter life for the animals until then. As my mom and dad always said curiosity killed the cat. Something about me made me want to know and I started researching this group. Once i started keeping up with S.T.A.T. i no longer seemed to be interested in adopting a boxer because there were so many animals needing home. This group of ladies are a awesome bunch to work with and have made it possible for me to help in rescue weekly and usually daily. With their help and the rescue group i have backing me we have managed to save over 200 dogs from JRC in Jackson in the past two years. The women there have helped my tremendously beyond measure with networking, pulling animals, pledges, temporary fosters and transporting because i am roughly 3 hours away from Jackson, TN and i also work a full time job just as many of them do. I am very honored to be able to work with this group of women every day because if you don't know anything about rescue as i didn't it takes many humans just to save 1 furbaby and it is always a group effort. Never is it a me rescue !!!!!!! I know it is heartbreaking because we can't save them all but we can save one at a time and for that one their life has been changed forever. Thank You S.T.A.T women of Jackson, TN.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am intake coordinator for a northern rescue and Diane Butler and her volunteers are always there to help me identify dogs that could fit within our rescue, and assist with pulling dogs, temporary fosters and putting together transports. Without them many dogs would never make it out of Jackson Rabies Control.

2 VickieZ-Mass

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EVERY person in this organization is truly AMAZING. I have dealt most with Diane Butler.. She is ASTOUNDING! This group puts in 150+% devotion to every aspect of saving animals DAILY. They BUST THEIR BUTTS and Hearts in a way that Ive hardly seen from most other Rescues. Their knowledge, devotion, expertise is completely invaluable to the World of Rescue! I am blessed to have been able to work with this group. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!

2 Valerie58

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group is pretty amazing. They are a relatively small group of individuals who are doing mighty things. They work tirelessly to save the dogs and cats of their county. And when they are full and can't receive any new intakes, they work just as hard to keep saving these precious lives by facilitating the many levels of tasks that need to take place for other rescues to get a dog or cat "safe." This kind of dedication and purpose makes their mission one of many successes, but they mourn those they can't save and keep trying for each new day. This rescue actually does what their name says they do which is "saving the animals together."

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great group of volunteers! They get so many dogs out of JRC and make it easy for anyone to work with them. Thanks!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became familiar with the S.T.A.T. mission a couple of years ago through social networking. This group has made a tremendous impact on not only the Jackson Rabies Control shelter, but also the awareness of spay, neuter and animal well being in Jackson, TN. They have assisted with networking dogs and cats in the shelter that would otherwise never have exposure or chance to be adopted/rescued. They have also spearheaded improvements at the shelter campaigning for Karanda beds being donated. They raise funds for pull fees, vetting and transportation. They are very careful with the adoption process and work tirelessly to assure that every dog and cat have a second chance at life and a forever home. One of the worthiest organizations in the area.

1 Kelli A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've served on the board off and on since the founding of this organization in 2012. We have such a fantastic team of fosters and volunteers. I feel like we've had a positive impact in the short time we've existed and I look forward to continuing to grow and serve our community for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We started out fostering for STAT, and have had the opportunity to foster several dogs. One dog in particular stole our hearts so we foster failed and adopted. Throughout the process STAT was great to work with. They are always available, they provide a wonderful service to the community and our dedicated to bettering the lives of unwanted animals.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog in 2013. I had lost my dog a year earlier and really missed having one. The staff was awesome from the adoption coordinator to transport. I couldn't ask for a better experience. My next dog will come from them too.

1 Amy_176

Client Served

Rating: 5

In early 2012, my husband and I decided we would like to add a dog to our family. We had four cats and we needed to make sure that our new addition would do well with the cats. We decided to look for a puppy and knew that we wanted to rescue rather than buy a puppy. We came across S.T.A.T. and were amazed by this organization's helpfulness and honesty. We never had a puppy before so there was a lot to learn and we were given valuable and trustworthy information. We worked with two lovely ladies, one of whom was fostering the little angel that we decided to adopt. During the entire process, we were kept fully apprised of what was happening with our baby girl. We named her Satie. The foster mom would send me pictures and cute little notes from Satie. Satie was healthy, spayed and fully vetted. She was transported from Tennessee to Pennsylvania and the S.T.A.T. volunteer that coordinated the pick-up was so genuinely kind. It was a wonderful gathering of families picking up their new family members. Satie is the most amazing dog and she has brought so much joy to our home. When we're ready to add another dog to our home, we will definitely be going through S.T.A.T. again.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently lost our little Oso to cancer. My husband was devastated. I knew I could never replace him for my husband, but I wanted to try. Looking through STAT'S dogs for adoption page, I came across little Aiden, one Teddy. I must have looked through 1000 pictures, and knew he was the one! I filled out an adoption form and they called me right away. They were very thourough. In their background check to make sure this baby was right for us. We drove up to Jackson and met him and it was love at first sight! We couldn't imagine our lives without little Teddy. He is my husband's constant companion. Needless to say, STAT mended our broken hearts and for that we will be forever grateful.
Margaret and Ken Croft

2 Josie3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a new puppy. He's about a year and a half, a coonhound/border collie mix with a sweet face and sweeter personality. I'd been looking for a second dog for over a year, since my beagle/basset mix is not much of a walker -- she's a smeller. I saw Wyatt, my new puppy, on a friend's FB page as a dog in need of a rescue and fell in love with his face. I called my friend, who had taken in a dog from STAT, and he raved about STAT, hooked me up with Kelli, and in a few hours I knew where Wyatt had been born, who his parents were, his last vet's appointment, his disposition (most important since I have cats) and so on. STAT was concerned about Wyatt, who had been surrendered by his owner, at a shelter in Pennsylvania, not his native Tennessee. Wyatt is at that age where the wrong experience can become part of his personality, and he was terrified of all the dogs he was sharing the shelter with. Kelli coordinated with the shelter, and the pick-up could not have gone smoother.

He's a big dog with a lot of energy and a fantastic walker. Our boys love him and even our little drama queen beagle/basset will admit sneaking kisses on his nose. Since the shelter in Pa. was a high-kill shelter, it's quite likely he would have been destroyed, despite being a perfect family dog.

1 Wanda Y.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started fostering years before I heard of STAT. A friend at work asked if I would like to be a foster for STAT and I'm so glad i said yes. STAT is a group of caring people who do a great job rescuing dogs from Jackson Rabies Control. The adoption coordinator finds wonderful homes for them. Each person in our group does their part to save lives. I am so proud of to be a part of this awesome group. We have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of dogs and the lives of the adopters. I love getting updates on my former fosters telling me thanks for saving my best friend. Sure does feel good! I love STAT. ♡♡♡

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking to adopt an oldie but a goodie. And that's when I was told about STAT. I thought to myself instead of saving one dog why foster to be able to save more? That's when I contacted STAT about fostering. They helped me through every step of the process. Two weeks after I put my application in I got my first love. She is an absolute joy. I would HIGHLY recommend STAT to anyone who wants to adopt or foster.

1 Anne101

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I joined STAT as a foster almost 2 years ago. My first foster was a puppy with parvo and both STAT and the vet responded very quickly to my description of her illness symptoms and she pulled through. Once returned to good health, she was quickly adopted. My next 2 fosters were older dogs and I adopted my last one. At all times, with any concerns I had, they were addressed immediately. It was a pleasure fostering with STAT. I would do it again but it seems there's a sign on my mailbox inviting strays to stop in.

1 Kristyn N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have now adopted 2 sweet ladies from STAT! It was a flawless and easy adoption both times. Everyone is always extremely nice. The dogs are cared for very well and also are trained, depending on age, to do most normal activities. Morgan is fantastic at what she does. She is always checking in to make sure the girls are doing well. I recommend STAT to everyone I talk to about my babies! I will adopt from Morgan again in the future.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The service provided was outstanding. We received all the necessary paperwork and information promptly. Our new puppy seems like she has been really cared for with STAT.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My fiance and I were looking at adopting a dog in April. We looked on petfinder.com and ran across a cute dog named Star. They had videos and pictures of her which was really nice. When we looked at the location we noticed it said Tennessee. We were at first a little concerned on how we would get Star back to Pennsylvania. We filled out the adoption form anyway and received a call almost immediately. They wanted to know a little bit about our background and the type of dog we were looking for. They then told us about Star, and we agreed it would be a good match. The whole process went very smoothly. They told us that they have a pet caravan that would drop the dog off about a half hour away. When we got there they were waiting for us, with all of Stars vet information and a goody bag for her. We are extremely happy with Star. Morgan was the foster parent prior to us adopting, and she really cares about the dogs and does a great job. Star was house trained, very good with dogs and her personality was exactly what they told us. We still send pictures from time to time. Overall this is a fantastic organization, and I would recommend them to anyone... and do when people ask where we got Star.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

we lost a dog a year ago in june.......in august of that year we saw your page"Saving the Animals Together"..and spotted a cute little dog that we adopted...from that site ......not only did they have pictures..they had a little video of her.......that sold us.....this is a great organization....they gave us all the info about our dog....and helped us through the paperwork...and such ......and received our little cutie...and she is just a great little dog ....we donate and help when we can ..... and as i said before it is a great organization...!!!!