You an Eastie with a BFF Beastie!? Check out the Eastie Beastie Photo Contest!

Welcome, friends and neighbors! Over the years, the crowd at the festival has gotten bigger and the temps are always high. With the risk of overstimulation and overheating, as an animal advocate group we had to take responsibility that the fashion show was hypocritical to our mission. So, when we moved [last minute] the contest online last year there was so much engagement and it turned out to be such an amazing fundraiser that it seemed like a repeat this year was a no-brainer! We’ve streamlined the process, added some fun ways to earn bonus votes, and have an opportunity
for a photo shoot. Let’s get into it!

Theme: Posh or Party! A tomato is classified as both a vegetable (posh) and a fruit (party) and your pet has a personality that aligns with one of those! Talk it over with your pet and see if they are marinara or bloody mary and use your ‘mater imagination.

Submission: it’s FREE and any pets are welcome to participate. We have had dogs, cats, bearded dragons, pigs, and even a hedgehog. Families and friends can enter with dueling personalities or pair them up. Email your photo to and be sure to include your name
and the name of your pet *in the body of the email* so that votes will go to the appropriate pet. Participation is open now and will close at 11:59PM on August 7th.

Voting: voting takes place on August 13th *ONLY.* We will have our booth at the festival with all the photos of those participating on display. Every dollar is a vote, and votes will be accepted as paper currency (that’s dolla dolla bills y’all) or through Venmo @eastcan. You can share your entry with
anyone you want and they can submit a “vote” even if they can’t physically stop by the booth. Votes submitted through Venmo must have your name/pet’s name in the notes section as it appeared in the emailed entry so that it can be applied correctly. These funds raised will go directly back into
the community via foster dogs in our program, outreach, or veterinarian care for owned pets.

Bonus votes: Behave Like a Mater shirt: if you wear your shirt and stop by our booth, you will be able to cast your bonus vote to your chosen entry. We had extras of 2XL and 3XL from last year, and so we are giving them away at Wags and Whiskers (bin by the garage door) FCFS starting Sunday,
July 31st at noon. These shirts are Bella+Canvas so can easily be styled to fit smaller frames.

BEast collar: If your pet has a collar purchased from the Basement East site, be sure to include it in the photo for an extra vote on your entry!

Mural/Photo Shoot: One of our favorite local artists and rescuers, Megan Southern, has created a beautiful backdrop that matches the style of the official artwork of the festival and provides an easy way for people to participate. The mural will be at Wags and Whiskers in 5 Points starting July 31st at 5PM. There will be a QR code in a weather-proof stand so you can visit and submit the photo at your convenience.

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $300 gas card
1st Runner-Up: 5 month membership to Gym5
2nd Runner-Up: $25 GC to Eastwood Deli Co./Hat from Princess Dyer Maker/Soap bundle from My Cluck Hut

Details available to download here:

Make Room for Summer & the East CAN Community Yard Sale – April 24


The Beatles said it best … “Little Darlin, it’s been a long cold lonely winter.”  But, here comes the sun and it is time for Spring Cleaning!  Clear your house of unwanted clutter and let’s turn trash to treasures at the EAST CAN 2021 COMMUNITY YARD SALE on Saturday, April 24 at Eastwood Christian Church (1601 Eastland Ave).

To make it even easier, this year, we will be accepting donations IN ADVANCE at two locations that match your schedule!  Should you need another time, contact Sharon at (615)554-3764.

East Nashville Self-Storage, 800 Main St
Saturday, April 3, 10 and 17

1003A Gwynn Dr, Inglewood 37216
8am – 9pm, April 1 – 19
This is a private residence (duplex), so text or call (615)554-3764 before drop off.

Leave items on porch or beside the driveway on the right.

** Should you need another time, call Sharon at (615)554-3764 **

Want to volunteer to help?  In advance, we need sorters, pricers and drop-off helpers.  Then, day of, we need many hands to make light work of loading, unloading, setup, sales and support!  It’s easy to volunteer, just complete this simple online form:

The yard sale is just one month away. Doesn’t it seem like years since the last one has been here?  Let’s make this one for the record books!  Reclaim your space and feel doggone great about it!  For more information, contact us at

Valentine’s Dinner for Two – to benefit East CAN! Order Yours Today!

East C.A.N. is proud to partner with COCO’S ITALIAN MARKET and VON SCHLEINITZ ESTATE wines to create your Valentine Dinner Date Night and deliver it to you!  (ORDER LINK)

Dinner from COCO’s includes:

  • Tortellini Elliston for 2″ Cheese or choice of chicken/sausage (fresh and ready to bake).
  • Garden salad for two
  • Two pieces of Tiramisu or two large Cannolis
  • Bread &
  • A bottle of Underdog wine from VON SCHLEINITZ ESTATE (red or white)

Deadline for orders is Sunday, February 7.  Your dinner will be beautifully boxed and delivered to your front porch on Saturday, Feb 13th or Sunday, Feb 14th.

Stay home and snuggle those you love – the two and four legged variety!  Our delicious dinner for two is just $100 for cheese, $110 with the addition of meat.  Net proceeds go directly to East CAN. 



East C.A.N. Annual Community Yard Sale – Sat., Oct. 5

MAKE ROOM FOR FALL!  Clear your house and storage areas of unwanted clutter and donate those underappreciated treasures to the East C.A.N Community Yard Sale.  Donations accepted 6-9am that morning – Saturday, October 5!  Reclaim your space and feel doggone great about it!  For more information or to volunteer, contact us at

Be an Early Bird! Schedule your #BigPayback donation today!

Time is money, we all know that!  Our days are filled to overflowing with work and errands and family commitments.  So why not save yourself some time, while helping the stray and abandoned dogs of East Nashville!  Now  through Wednesday, May 1 at 11:59pm … you can schedule your  #BigPayback donation in advance!

Your gift to East C.A.N. won’t process until May 2, but you can rest assured that it will help us achieve our goals for 2019.  Last year alone, East C.A.N. paid for more than $27,000 in routine and emergency medical care for more than 60 precious animals! You are the link that allows us to connect our community, one dog at a time.

It’s as simple as clicking here:

The Big Payback is a community-wide, online giving day hosted each year by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. How does it work? Beginning at midnight on Thursday, May 2, donors can make gifts online to The Big Payback’s participants, including East C.A.N.  These contributions could result in us receiving bonuses, and prizes made possible by The Big Payback sponsors throughout the day. For more information, please visit or contact us at