Heartbreak in Middle Tennessee & How We Can Help

Published by Erin Edwards on

“At the end of the day, all you need is hope and strength. Hope that it will get better and strength to hold on until it does.” 

—  Unknown

On March 3, 2020 at approximately 1 a.m. EST, two tornadoes touched down in Nashville, Cookeville, and surrounding areas in Middle Tennessee, with winds ranging from 90-115 MPH. It was reported that they only touched on land for seconds each time, but the devastation that was caused is forever life-changing.

Pet Treater takes a very personal reflection in this horrible tragedy as we are home based just 3 hours East of the areas affected. We have family and friends that live in those areas and that have suffered great loss. Our thoughts go out to the towns, people, and animals/pets displaced during this difficult time and for those that are no longer with us.

We wanted to reach out to those affected and others that may want to help. We found some info on organizations you can donate to, volunteer with, or get help from:

  • Nashville Humane Society has a mobile boarding unit set up outside the emergency shelter at Centennial Sportsplex capable of housing dozens of animals. The N.H.S. has several different ways to help support them and their continued mission to support and love animals.
  • VCA Animal Hospitals in Middle Tennessee is also offering free boarding at their hospital facilities in the area.
  • My Second Home in Franklin is offering free boarding for pets through Monday/Tuesday for families displaced by the storm.
  • Pet Disaster Preparedness through the American Red Cross: This page gives great insight on how to prepare for and work through horrific natural disasters with your pets in mind. They have a donate button to help with disaster relief efforts that goes towards helping pets as well! (We are not affiliated with American Red Cross, we are just providing some options for those that may want to help) to Donate. They offer you options to provide assistance to specific areas/affected places.
  • Hands On Nashville to sign up for volunteering: hon.org
  • Community Foundation for monetary donations: cfmt.org
  • Remember, just because a place or organization is not directly asking for support, does not mean they do not need it, especially those giving freely of their time and resources!

Kroger partners with American Red Cross offering aid to those affected by tornadoes” amazing companies coming together to help those in need! You can help just by shopping at Krogers too!

— The Kroger Foundation is donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in the relief efforts and the company is donating truckloads of food and other supplies to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and other community partners–.

Hunter’s Hometown Foods: Grocery store owner gives free groceries to North Nashville residents affected by tornadoes

Picture and article by WKRN Web Staff
Cookeville drone footage
Courtesy News 2 ABC
Germantown drone
Courtesy News 2 ABC
East Nashville Drone footage
Courtesy News 2 ABC

While Pet Treater is not directly affiliated with any organization listed above, we ourselves will be reaching out and offering monetary support as well. We love Tennessee and we LOVE the people and pets that help make this such an amazing state to live in.

Through tragedy and adversity, tenderness and unity will reign supreme in the Volunteer State.

With much love and respect,


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