Smith County Humane

Carthage, TN   |
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Smith County Humane

EIN: 81-0559707


The Smith County Humane Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to: the general welfare, shelter, and placement of animals, the Prevention of Cruelty to animals and animal over population, education concerning humane treatment of animals and continued involvement in other animal welfare issues.

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Shenia Pellum

Main address


Carthage, TN 37030 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info


Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Low Income Spay and Neuter

Smith County Humane provides assistance with spay and neutering services for low income and seniors based on financial resources and or Government assistance requirements.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Smith County is a rural county without a shelter or animal control services. Our goal is to obtain a physical shelter location within the next 2 years and work with the county and local municipalities to begin providing full animal control services to the residents in our county.

We have set a goal of getting 75% of the dogs in the county microchipped, to allow us to get roaming or escaped dogs back to their families as quickly as possible. Since our rural county has a lot of farms, and sees a lot of roaming dogs and repeat roamers, microchips will assist in minimizing costs as well as Length of Stay in foster home or shelter when we get one.

We are looking to begin a wellness plan program for low income families, those on government assistance, our seniors and veterans to provide annual wellness check and routine vaccinations at a reduced cost. We believe this program will be instrumental in preventing some animal welfare and neglect situations, which saves resources. We all believe this will help reduce owner surrenders from health related issues with maintaining proper healthcare.

We have a goal of reaching a goal of 85% of the owned animals within the county being spayed and neutered in the next 3 years. We are currently working on developing metrics to determine where we are and how many are needed annually to reach 85%.

Within 2 years, we hope to have 50% of the animals living on chains in outdoor kennels and off the chain/tether with our UnTetherMe Campaign. We currently have a large number of animals who live their entire lives chained or tethered outside. With continued education and providing a low cost kennel program for families in need we hope to begin to reduce the number.

We are always reviewing the needs within the community with a goal to identify the root cause of the problem. We utilize that information to create new targeted programs that are geared to reduce the needs that arise. We seek to reduce the overall number of animals in need by utilizing the prevention is worth an ounce of cure mantra. Creating assistance programs, intake diversion programs, helps keeps the number of dogs and cats in shelters down, and saves lives.

Assistance programs also create new homes for animals, which helps when you have a big overpopulation issue. Our county has been behind the ball for decades on managing the complexity of animal issues and needs in the community, and the needs of the residents.

We believe that being aggressive with these programs will save the organization money overall in the long run, and will create a more humane county for the animals residing here.

We are capable of implementing all of the new programs on a small scale initially, and work to grow the programs from there. We believe the new programs will also open up new grant opportunities, and support outlets.

We are bringing capitol fundraising initiates now to raise funds to buy/build a shelter, and hope to achieve this in the next 2 years. We have already tripled the average donations raised on an annual basis this fiscal year as compared to the 19 previous fiscal years. Activity begets Activity, the more we do in the community the more donors that come on board. The more we do now, the less we will have to do years down the road. Creating long term strategic management of the animal welfare landscape within the community will reduce lives lost and neglect cases long term.

We have rented warehouse space to begin working with HSUS and Chewy for truckloads of items to be donated to the community through community distribution days. We recently just held our first one, giving away 26 pallets of hard good items to the community including crates, gates, food, wireless fences, cat trees, carriers, pet strollers, and more!

We are beginning to work with the county to re-institute the animal welfare committee to begin discussions about steps towards a shelter and towards combined efforts of Animal Control.

Our spay and neuter numbers have been steadily increasing as we continue pushing spay and neuter in the county.

We have established a law-enforcement line for animal welfare related calls and emergencies that need assistance in the absence of Animal Control.

We have two volunteers who are undergoing National Animal Control Officer Certification.

We have established an emergency response team who is undergoing various trainings to be able to respond to various situations as they arise within the county, and to be able to assist other counties nearby when needs arise.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 2 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 26.4 over 2 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 2 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Smith County Humane

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Smith County Humane

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Smith County Humane

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Smith County Humane’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $52,461
As % of expenses 89.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $52,461
As % of expenses 89.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $269,240
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 98.9%
Other revenue 1.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $58,522
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 0.0%
Professional fees 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 100.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $58,522
One month of savings $4,877
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $63,399

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2023
Months of cash 52.9
Months of cash and investments 52.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 20.4
Balance sheet composition info 2023
Cash $257,788
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $99,531
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $158,257
Total net assets $257,788

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2023
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Shenia Pellum

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Smith County Humane

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Smith County Humane

Board of directors
as of 06/14/2023
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Board chair

Shenia Pellum

Faye Jones

Gina Fann

Shenia Pellum

Jennifer Godward

Gina Rhodes

Elaine Massey

April Holt

Jessica DiFiore

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/17/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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