New Leash On Life – Giving Tree
New Leash On Life – Giving Tree

About New Leash On Life

About New Leash On Life

New Leash on Life is dedicated to improving the welfare of companion animals in our community through shelter, placement, spay/neuter, education and awareness.

Our Goals

  • To educate the public about the importance of having their pets spayed or neutered, and to provide low or no cost surgeries for those in need.
  • To shelter and provide care for stray, abused, or relinquished animals.
  • To educate the general population about the seriousness of pet overpopulation.
  • To end euthanasia as a means of controlling pet overpopulation.
  • To find good homes for the animals in our care.

Our hope for the future is that there will be no unwanted, unloved or abandoned companion animals. We will continue with our aggressive spay/neuter campaign and our owner education programs in the hopes that any pet ever adopted will find a permanent, loving home. We believe that with the involvement of our community, we will make a significant impact on the welfare of companion animals, but we need your help and understanding. Together, we will make a difference.

Our History

New Leash on Life (NLOL) was formed in July 1978 under the original name of the Humane Association of Wilson County by a group of caring individuals dedicated to ending the suffering of abandoned and unwanted pets in Wilson County.

At the time, there were no resources and no place for homeless animals to be sheltered.

In October 1978, we became incorporated and began our goal of obtaining funds to build an animal shelter. Our 501(c) 3 status was granted on May 28, 1980. In late 1982, our first successful capital campaign was launched, and in July 1983, we opened our current adoption center.

Recognizing the importance of spay/neuter in solving pet overpopulation and homelessness, we began operating the first mobile spay/neuter clinic in Tennessee in 2000. The Spay Station provides spay/neuter services to qualified low-income pet caretakers in rural Tennessee who might otherwise be unable to afford these services. We provide these services at no cost to the pet caretaker. In 2008, we opened the doors of Fix For Life, a low-cost, high-quality Humane Alliance-model spay/neuter clinic. To date, all our spay/neuter programs combined have sterilized well over 50,000 animals.

We are not affiliated with any government-funded animal control service in Wilson County and do not serve simply as an animal shelter. New Leash on Life is an animal welfare organization that operates a limited admission shelter, as well as a wide range of programs that benefit both companion animals and residents in the area.

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