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.
We have had a warm and wonderful reception from the public, proving that low-income families DO want to do the right thing, but until our clinic came along, they frequently could not afford to. The human-animal bond is such an important relationship to foster. It helps children learn the caring and compassion that will take them into productive adulthood, and our clinic helps foster that caring and compassion by providing teaching materials ... and also, teaching by example.
In these times of financial and economic hardship, we are seeing more and more people with NO money available to them to sterilize their pets, the end result of which is that more and more puppies and kittens will be surrendered to area shelters for euthanasia, or worse, abandoned to care for themselves, most times succumbing to predators, disease or the elements. This can be demoralizing to these low-income families when they have no other recourse.
We also support TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) of feral cats by providing low-cost and no-cost sterilizations, and believe TNR is the only humane method of population control of feral cats.