Cheatham County Paws


Cheatham County Animal Awareness Foundation, Inc.


A Section 501(c)(3) private foundation

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About Us

(As of September 20, 2020, CCP is providing low cost spay neuter services in partnership with People for Animals. Our mission has not changed however, clients now work directly with PFA to arrange low cost spay neuter surgeries for their companion animals). 

Mission Statement

Cheatham County Paws is a nonprofit organization dedicated to help control pet overpopulation through spay/neuter assistance and support other companion animal programs for the resident of Cheatham County. Our organization also supports Cheatham County Animal Control with financial assistance to enhance the lives of adoptable animals at the facility.

Who we help:

CCP (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 outdoor kennels and paying for vet care in order to save the lives or improve the health of the animals awaiting adoption.

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

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.

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


CCP 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 CCP comes from local and national grants, private party donations, and through fund raising events.



Cheatham County Paws

Current Projects:

Low Cost Spay and Neuter Services

A primary focus of Cheatham County Paws is to provide low cost spay/neuter services for the companion animals of Cheatham County residents.  Yearly, we provide financial support for over 800 surgeries (on average). This also includes our TNR program which provides instruction and a trap loan program to those people interested in reducing feral cat colonies, as well as paying for the alteration.


Fix Your Pit For Free

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.

Fully Vetted Adoptions

CCP assists in finding homes for the adoptable dogs and cats at CCAC. 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.

Advocates of Cheatham County Animal Control

CCP is partnering with the CCAC to provide a tax deductible donation structure to facilitate 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.