"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." -

~St. Francis of Assisi~

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Who We Are

A chartered 501(C)(3) non-profit, shelterless, all-breed rescue organization dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, and the extension of humane education of people to become responsible pet owners.

This is an all-volunteer organization, dependent on donations and fund raising activities for its survival. It is only as strong as its supporters and active members.

News Update


Aug 2010 --- The Humane Society of Dover - Stewart County has accomplished a great deal for homeless and/or abused animals in our community. Currently there are 41 animals being fostered in 18 foster homes, we are tremendously proud so many families are volunteering in this very rewarding service. Since January 109 dogs/cats have been adopted out, due to the increased participation in the Petsmart Adoption Events (up from one time a month to 3 and 4 times a month). The Humane Society assisted with 63 puppies going to Precious Friends Puppy Rescue in Clarksville, TN.

The typical calls to the Humane Society continue to be (in order of most to least); abandoned dogs/puppies on property or along roadsides or parks; animal welfare checks on neighbor's animals (animal cruelty/neglect); stray and abandoned cats/kittens (HS currently cannot assist with these calls); injured or starving animals; requests to relinquish animals by the owners; and lost/found animals. In June alone there were over 100 calls.

The Humane Society continues to do the best we can with the resources we have. We are happy to work closely with other local animal advocate groups including SCAMP (Stewart County Animal Management Program); Precious Friends Puppy Rescue, Clarksville, TN; neighboring county humane societies and breed specific national organizations when possible. It is all about the animals.

Jun 2010 - - -In December 2009 a young little dog was dumped on a road in Indian Mound. She was days away from giving birth to a litter, but was so frightened from being left out on the side of the road that she would not let anyone near her. Several days after giving birth she and the pups were found in a barn. Fortunately they were saved and adopted. Another family has on their own, rescued and found homes for four cats and two dogs just in the past three months. Numerous unsung hero's and shero's have taken in abandoned and stray dogs and cats all over Stewart County, but there are always more.

On January 18, the Humane Society of Dover-Stewart County and the Stewart County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a dead dog found behind the Stewart County Ball Part on Highway 79. The dog, a small white female mixed breed, was in a kennel, along with a pillow and two plastic bows. She was dead. "It looks like the owner left her there hoping someone would come along and take her home, " said Humane Society President, Laurisa Goss. "Unfortunately, no one did and the poor animal starved to death." According to Dr. Rita Tinsley, DVM, after examining the body "the most probable cause of death was starvation".

As unfortunate and gruesome as this story is, all too often irresponsible pet owners are abandoning their unwanted pets in this or a similar manner throughout Stewart County. It is unlawful to unreasonably abandon pets. Under Tennessee Code 39-14-202(3) an owner can be charged with Cruelty to Animals. If the owner of this dog (or any of the abandoned pets) can be found, the Humane Society intends to prosecute them to the fullest extend of the law.

The Human Society joined forces with the Stewart County Animal Management Program (SCAMP) in an attempt to obtain an Animal Control Officer and Animal Shelter in Stewart County. With an Animal Shelter, animals could be dropped off there and adopted or humanely euthanized (only if necessary) rather than being abandoned to starve or be hit by car on the road. A vast majority of the respondents in a recent survey favor having an animal shelter but question how it will be funded.

Quoting the Stewart Houston Times, 23 Feb 2010: "By and large, the Stewart County commissioners who responded said that they had not taken the time to think about the issue since money is so tight and there are so many other pressing issues." Stewart County Mayor Rick Joiner agreed that there is a problem of stray and abandoned animals and he commends the work of SCAMP and the Humane Society for their time and effort in trying to tackle the problem." There were a multitude of comments from public officials that included "Something needs to be done but I don't know the feelings of the people in my district", "I want to talk to the people I represent a little more to see how much trouble they are having....I just don't know yet", .. "We need to look at some data about animal complaints in the county. I know the Humane Society and the SCAP organization probably keep good records..."

The Humane Society and SCAMP work together fostering animals, prosecuting animal abuse cases, and offering grant-funding price reductions for spays and neuters to cut down on the amount of unwanted puppies and kittens. The groups are relentless in addressing the problem of stray, abandoned and aggressive animals in Stewart County. Bottom line, it is still on our shoulders to help the neglected and abandoned animals in Stewart County.

On the Loss of My Dog, My Friend, Margo

14 September 08

Click Here For Margo's Story by Laurisa

Eagle Scout Project For the Humane Society

Robert Holt Jr of Stewart Boy Scout Troop 501 completed his Eagle Scout Project on Monday, October 20, 2008.

The idea of his project came while he was volunteering at the Dover - Stewart County Humane Society this past summer. Holt observed the need for more shelters to house the adoptable dogs.

He worked diligently, planning and coordinating with several local businesses, scout units, friends and family to gather donated supplies and volunteer hours needed to construct eight new houses for the Dover - Stewart County Humane Society. His project produced three large and five medium sized dog houses.

Holt, his parents, Robert Sr and Trish Holt and the Dover - Stewart County Humane Society were very grateful for the business and community support that went into the project. An Eagle Scout project must involve the community, and local businesses were enthusiastic with their support. They included Wallace Supply (lumber); Shelter (shingles); Sherwin Williams (paint, caulk, and painting supplies); Ferrell Calhoun (paint); and Clarksville Mobile Home Parts (hardware).

"There were so many individual volunteers who worked for many hours on this project," said Holt. "I could not have done it without everyone's generosity and help."

The Humane Society is very grateful as are the dogs now living in their new, warm and dry shelters. Thank you again to Robert Holt and congratulations on receiving his Eagle Scout Badge.


Recently Humane Society volunteers witnessed one of the most amazing adoptions, fueled by a love so deep that it crossed computer lines. The story of Ridge, an elderly Pointer, began on June 23rd. Deputy Marcus Brigham called Dr. Rita Tinsley, DVM late at night to report an injured dog lying in a ditch. Upon arrival to the scene, Tinsley discovered that the dog was blind, malnourished and very disoriented. After a few weeks of treatment for Ehrlichiosis (a tick-borne disease), Ridge regained his sight and was on the road to recovery.

Humane Society volunteers posted Ridge's photo and story this web site. We often lamented how sad it was that this wonderful dog, who had had such a hard life already, was not being noticed by potential adopters.

Then one day, we received an email from a nice woman in western Florida who was interested in Ridge. Her name was Jill K and she had seen Ridge's profile on this web site. She was very interested in adopting him as she had just lost her Pointer, Slappy, to cancer. The only problem was the distance. At this time we had no means to transport Ridge to Florida.

Surprisingly, Jill offered to fly to Nashville, rent a car and drive to Dover to pick Ridge up. On September 19, volunteers were on hand to witness the joyous adoption. Although Ridge was a little timid at first, he happily settled into Jill's back seat to enjoy what would probably be the ride of his life. Kahn and her husband live near the ocean in Florida and Ridge will spend the rest of his life basking on their terrace and running on the beach with his new family.

This kind of experience does not happen everyday, but it and other not so spectacular adoptions; and the outpouring of support for our special needs dogs (Rockette and Stevie) keep our organization going.

The Humane Society would also like to thank the Kiwanis Club of Dover and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary for their recent monetary donations.


Each year more than 10 million companion animals are abandoned in the United States. Of those homeless pets, about four million are euthanized because they don't have homes.

Nationally, only 20% of pets are adopted from shelters. An estimated 50% of potential adopters visiting a shelter leave without a pet because they can't find the pet they want.

Ways YOU Can Help

  • Save your aluminum cans. We collect the cans for recycling and earn money for veterinary expenses. Not only do you help us out, it's good for the Earth!

  • Save Purina Weight Circles. On every bag of Purina dog food there is a circular cut-out with a number on it. We save these and send them to the Purina Company in exchange for discounts and coupons.

  • Donate used towels and blankets. We have a constant need for towels and blankets for the animals. We use them for bedding, insulation, clean up, etc.

  • Do sewing projects such as sewing sheet casings from dog bedding. Sheet casings can be washed and bedding last much longer.

  • Consider fostering a homeless dog or cat. We do not have a shelter facility. Some of the animals in the Humane Society care have the benefit of a loving foster home. We have a constant need for temporary and long-term foster homes.

  • Volunteer to clean cat and dog kennels and walk dogs at the vet clinic.

  • Collect new or used dog toys, leashes, collars, bowls, crates, etc. The need for these supplies never ends. Consider running a pet supply drive at your church, school or work.

  • Donate items for us to sell at our yard sales. We have two sales a year (spring and fall). We also need volunteers to help us sort, clean and tag all of the items we receive.

  • Talk to your friends about adopting or fostering a rescue animal.

  • Sponsor the sterilization of an animal once a year.

  • Fund an ad in the local paper to help place rescued animals.

  • Donate food and treats for the animals (cat or dog).

  • Donate grooming supplies.

  • Donate a gift certificate that can be used to buy supplies.

  • Donate printer paper, stamps, envelopes and pens.

  • Sponsor or donate for a special needs dog.

  • Build/create/sew things (dog houses, bird feeders, dog accessories etc) to sell at yard sales.

  • Do internet research for grant possibilities and/or write for grants.

  • Do educational presentations to school classes, or sponsor educational programs for schools.

Click Here For Link To Clarksville, TN's Leaf-Chronicle Pet People Blog

Humane Society of Dover - Stewart County
c/o Laurisa Goss
3511 Highway 46
Indian Mound, TN 37079
Phone: 931-627-0975

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