Memorial florist gives profits to animal shelters in Nashville

Elaine Herndon, owner of Memorial Graveside Flowers, donates a portion of her bouquet sales to spay and neuter homeless animals.

Elaine Herndon, owner of Memorial Graveside Flowers, donates a portion of her bouquet sales to spay and neuter homeless animals.

Elaine Herndon started her business to help homeless pets. Her company, Memorial Graveside Flowers, benefits shelters like Metro Animal Care & Control, Pet Community Center and several other small operations that shelter animals without homes, or provide spay and neuter services. To put it simply, she wants the proceeds from her flower business to provide care for animals in need.

“I want to raise awareness of organizations created by caring people, fellow animal lovers, who understand these needs and I want to help pay for your pets care when people can’t pay,” says Herndon.

She raises money through her business, by making and delivering memorial graveside flowers to cemeteries and funeral homes.

She sells each large silk bouquet at $99. A portion of each sale always goes to animal welfare.

Since Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas, nearly 150 dogs and cats from the region have arrived in Middle Tennessee as officials work to get them into new homes.

“Tragically, in dire situations some people decide to give up a sick pet or have it euthanized because they can’t afford the medical treatment,” says Herndon.

Looking into the future, Herndon wants to see every domestic animal in Nashville in a good home and zero of the animals euthanized.

“If one group you contact does not have enough funds to cover the entire medical cost needed for your pet to get neutered then you can contact others to make up the difference,” she says.

To contact Elaine, call (615) 948-4676 or visit her website.

Nashville Humane Association and Pet Community Center are two organizations that offer assistance with spay and neuter services.

Nashville Humane Association and Pet Community Center are two organizations that offer assistance with spay and neuter services.