Cheatham County Paws


Cheatham County Animal Awareness Foundation, Inc.


A Section 501(c)(3) private foundation

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About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of Cheatham County Animal Awareness Foundation (Cheatham County Paws) is to find responsible homes for adoptable animals being held at the Cheatham County Animal Control; help to control overpopulation through spay/neuter assistance; and provide a comfortable place for the animals at Animal Control.

Who we help:

CCAAF (Cheatham County Paws) provides access to low cost spay/neuter services for the companion animals of Cheatham County residents.  Cities served include Ashland City, Pegram, Pleasant View, Chapmansboro, Joelton and Kingston Springs.

Organized in 1997 prior to the development of the county animal control facility in 2005, the initial goal was to find responsible homes for unwanted animals. Since the opening of the county facility, our organizations have worked hand in paw to provide a positive environment for animals relinquished to CACC (Cheatham County Animal Control).  Our support has included purchasing a washer/dryer, building 14 outdoor kennels and paying for vet care in order to save lives and make those animals adoptable.

Since 2000 the focus of CCP has been on preventing unwanted/unplanned litters by providing access to low cost spay and neuter services for those pet owners that qualify. Spaying and neutering your pet reduces the number of pets that animal control must process and try to rehome.

Spay/neuter services are provided for a co-pay (based on income) to pet owners on fixed or low incomes, on disability, retirement (social security), food stamps or other forms of government assistance, and those simply unable to afford the service due to their current financial situation.

CCAAF has provided access to over 8000 low cost spay neuter surgeries over the past 10 years.


CCAAF is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1997 by Beverly Swearingen. The current board of directors includes:

Cindy Weiss, President
Carol Harper, Vice President
Robert Jenner, Treasurer
Phyllis Elliott, Secretary
Mary Ann Prince, honorary, Board of Directors


Funding for all the services provided by CCAAF comes from local and national grants, private party donations, and through fund raising events.



Cheatham County Paws

Current Projects:

Low and No Cost Spay and Neuter Services

A primary focus of Cheatham County Paws is to provide low cost and no cost spay and neuter services for the companion animals of Cheatham County residents to prevent animal overpopulation. On average, CCP has provided the financial support to alter over 800 animals with the help of mobile spay and neuter programs, private vets and other outlets. Our target area surrounds Ashland City which contributes 60% of the animals released to Cheatham County Animal Control. We have made a significant impact on feral (wild) cat colonies and continue to make progress at reducing unwanted litters.

Fully Vetted Adoptions

CCP pulls animals out of CC Animal Control when their time is up to keep them from being euthanized. At that time they need to be fully vetted in order to put them up for adoption or place with other rescues. Services include spay/neuter, dewormer, heartworm or feline leukemia test, rabies vaccine, other required shots and flea and tick protection. The average cost associated with this work is $160.00 per animal.

Fix Your Pit For Free in 2019

Over 70% of the dogs received by the CC Animal Control are Pitbull or Pitbull Mixes. We are targeting this breed with FREE spay & neuter services in an effort to reduce the population received at the CC Animal Control. This breed is extremely hard to find adopters or rescue groups, resulting in euthanizing by CC Animal Control.

Advocates of Cheatham County Animal Control

CCP is partnering with the CC Animal Control to provide a tax deductible donation structure to provide needed equipment, facility renovations, and vet services for injured animals. The county operated shelter cannot directly take public donations, but Advocates for CC Animal Control can receive donations and manage those funds on behalf of CC Animal Control. No funds are provided for the general operations or staffing costs, as this would conflict with the County responsibilities. However, donations to support unfunded equipment and facility improvements or vet services for injured animals can be supported by Advocates for CC Animal Control managed funds.