SAAW Nashville Chapter: Homeless Pets Program family of five

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Obedience Class to Begin!

WHAT: Dog Obedience Classes & CGC Test

WHO: The Southern Alliance for Animal Welfare @ 615-474-8390

WHERE: PetMed, located at 1120 Bell Road in Antioch @ 615-731-8074 

WHEN: To begin Thursday, July 29th and last 6 weeks, to end Thursday, September 9th. Class time is from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. The CGC test will be held on September 16th.

We are very excited to announce that we will be holding a 6 week basic dog obedience class.

On the 7th week we will give your dog the opportunity to earn an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Certificate!

Please note that the CGC test on the 7th week is optional! And you do not have to decide until the 6th week of class. The CGC test on the 7th week is for pet owners who want to take that extra step with their dogs and feel that they are ready.

Do you want to see just what your dog is capable of learning? You might just be amazed, because every dog can learn and become a Canine Good Citizen. This basic obedience course will teach your dog commands such as sit, stay, down and many others.

Please go to the American Kennel Club website at for more information on the benefits of CGC for you and your dog. You can enter CGC in the search bar on this site. You will have fun, meet other dog lovers and leave with not only a well-behaved dog but a dog you will see in a totally different way.

The class is limited to 16 dogs and their owners. To register your dog, please call Laurie Green at 615-474-8390 or email Dogs must be at least 6 months old and have proof of their rabies vaccine. Please bring a 5 or 6ft leash, not a retractable leash, please! You may bring treats for your dog if you wish to train with them. The cost is only $60.00 for the entire 6 week class and $10.00 for the CGC test on the 7th week. Payment can be made by check or cash on the first night of class. We will provide water for the dogs attending.

As an added bonus, PetMed is offering 1 free night of boarding with a minimum stay of 3 nights for all dog owners completing the 6 week course and 2 free nights of boarding with a minimum stay of 4 nights for all dog owners who receive their CGC certificate!


Due to the recent tragic flooding, the Southern Alliance for Animal Welfare is in desperate need of pet food. We need more dog than cat, but can use both. Please, no bags bigger than 10-15 pounds. We also need carriers (all sizes), leashes and collars. Gently used is okay. Gift cards to Walmart of cash donations also urgently needed. Feel free to call SAAW Nashville at 615-474-8390 if you want more information.

We serve homeless pet owners and those at or below the poverty level. I would estimate that 95% of the folks we serve have lost everything! Thankfully we’ve had no losses of human or animal life, however.

Donations of items may be dropped off at:

Pet Med Veterinary Clinic
1120 Bell Road
Antioch, TN

(across from Home Depot and Olive Garden)

Monetary donations may be made on this website, or mailed to our address:
Southern Alliance for Animal Welfare
P. O. Box 23535
Nashville, TN 37202 

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Southern Alliance for Animal Welfare’s website

Love your pet.  Fix your pet.

SAAW has a dedicated mission to homeless pet owners and those who live at or below the poverty level. Please support us with your generous donations as we seek out and help the pets that are truly the unseen and forgotten ones.


SAAW Nashville’s Homeless Pet Owner Outreach

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For our pets, summer brings as many potential problems as winter poses. When we bring a pet into our heart and home, they are a 24/7 365 responsibility!  But they sure are worth the effort may we all become the person our pets think that we are! But here are some summer tips to make life easier during these hot months. 

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