Welcome to our blog!

More than likely, you’re here because you signed the petition to reform Nashville’s Metro Animal Care & Control (MACC). And we thank you!

The petition advocates four major reforms that have proven successful in many other city-run animal shelters, AND these  reforms would have little to no fiscal impact.  They are as follows:

  • Establish a Rescue Program
  • Establish a Volunteer Program
  • Stop Breed-Specific Policies and Euthanasia (pending)
  • Raise Visibility of Impounded Animals

The City Paper published an article in January detailing MACC’s dismal outcomes…


  • Animals MACC officers picked up in the field: 3,378
  • Animals delivered to MACC: 5,999
  • Total intakes: 9,377


  • Euthanized: 7,179 (76%)
  • Adopted: 1,211 (12%)
  • Returned to owner: 553 (6%)
  • Relocated back to the wild: 96 (1%)
  • Transferred to rescue organizations: 95 (1%)

This news came as no surprise to us, but it was a surprise to many who call the nation’s “it city” home.  To date, more than 10,000 concerned citizens from Nashville, greater Nashville, and beyond have signed the petition to reform MACC.  These citizens have not only lent their name to the cause – many have attended town hall meetings and have volunteered their time, money, and/or expertise to help.  After all, Tennessee is the “volunteer state.”  With a passionately engaged community such as Nashville, all that is needed to achieve measurable, sustainable change in our local animal control facility is a commitment from our government officials.  We have met twice with Metro Public Health Department officials to date and have received no such commitment to change.

Over the coming weeks, we will be providing more information about these reforms – best practices, MACC’s current policies, etc.  We’ll also update you on any and all progress, so stay tuned!


3 thoughts on “Welcome to our blog!

  1. I wrote my council members today and asked that they change this ordinance. What did you do today????

  2. Instead of attacking the poor souls at MACC, why don’t you direct your energies toward the irresponsible pet owners who don’t spay/neuter their pets? Or toward our lawmakers asking for a mandatory spay/neuter law. The workers at MACC didn’t cause the overpopulation problem, irresponsible pet owners did. You should not use MACC as a scapegoat.

    • Hi Sally, For spay/neuter legislation to be effective, low-cost spay/neuter programs have to be put into place – that costs money. While we would support an initiative such as this, it is not at the forefront of our efforts because we are focused on implementing incremental, little to no cost, high-impact changes at MACC. Concerned Citizens for Change is not in the business of attacking MACC employees – we are in the business of saving lives. And that means MACC needs to make a commitment to reforms that will lower its euthanasia rate. Lots of other counties have high numbers of stray animals and still manage to kill less animals in their government-run shelters. If that weren’t true, we wouldn’t be doing what we are doing.

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