About Us - Nashville Humane
See how we got started and carry out our mission in everything that we do at Nashville Humane.
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About Nashville Humane Association

History and mission


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


While our location and logo (Don’t you just love Rover and Fluffy?) have changed throughout the years, our devotion to being a voice to those without one has remained steady and strong.


Nashville Humane Association is committed to finding responsible homes, controlling pet overpopulation and promoting the humane treatment of animals.



Our mission is carried out through the following services and activities:


Pet Adoptions: NHA places more than 4,020 healthy and temperamentally sound animals into loving homes each year.


Animal Resource Center: NHA provides information and referrals to individuals calling with animal related questions daily. From animal care, adoption, laws pertaining to animals and more, we can assist! See our frequently asked questions here.


Lost & Found Pets: A record of lost and found animals from the Nashville area are maintained for a period of time in our facility. Our system is updated regularly through daily calls from the public and regular review of the animal’s lost and found ad placements in the local newspaper. Many lost Metro pets are reunited with their owners through this service.


Humane Education: NHA personnel travel throughout Davidson County teaching the responsibilities of pet ownership and humane treatment for all animals.  We also schedule group tours of our facility, educating people on NHA’s various roles in the community.  Please click here to complete an application for an education presentation or group shelter tour.


Community Outreach & Spay / Neuter: Rover, our “Big Yellow Bus”, travels throughout Davidson County providing free spay and neuter for those who wish to have their pets altered, yet can’t afford it. Rover’s mission is to educate the community about proper pet care, in an effort to keep Davidson County pets healthy and decrease the number of unwanted animals.  To see if you qualify, please click here.


Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers play a vital role in enabling NHA to accomplish our mission. Volunteers serve in an array of roles from dog walkers to program and event assistants.  For more information, click here to see our Volunteer Opportunities.


Foster Care: Volunteers open their homes to foster sick and injured pets that require around-the-clock-care in a nurturing environment.  Foster animals return to NHA as healthy, well-adjusted pets for placement in the adoption program.