The Sevier County Humane Society is asking for help from the community after taking in 56 dogs and cats from one residence on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the animal shelter said they received a call on Sunday from an individual in need of assistance because he could no longer financially or physically care for the number of dogs and cats he had living in his home. The Sevier County Humane Society and Sevier County Animal Control coordinated efforts to transport the fifty dogs, mostly small breed, and six cats from the man’s home to the shelter facility on Gnatty Branch Rd. in Sevierville on August 7, 2015 for assessment.
“We are pleased that these dogs and cats mostly appear to be in good condition and we hope to eventually find good homes for every one of them,” said Martha Gilchrist, Sevier County Humane Society president.
Each pet will be vaccinated and receive a health and temperament evaluation for adoptability and those in need of medical attention will be seen by a veterinarian.
Because of the large number of animals coming into the animal shelter at once, they are asking the community for donations to help cover the cost of care for these animals.
How to get your donation to the Sevier County Humane Society:
- In person at 959 Gnatty Branch Road in Sevierville, Tenn.
- Mail to: Sevier County Humane Society, PO Box 976, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868
- Via PayPal on the Sevier County Humane Society Website http://www.sevierhumane.org/home/donate
There is also a wish list on the website for donation of specific items such as Purina dog, puppy, cat and kitten chow.
Volunteers, fosters and adopters are also desperately needed. Adoptions are available at the animal shelter facility and at PetSense in Sevierville on most Saturday afternoons from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Shelter workers want to remind pet owners of the importance of spaying and neutering their pets so two dogs or cats do not quickly become ten. Low cost spay and neuter for pets is available through the SPOT program.
Sevier County Animal Shelter is a private 501-c non-profit organization, which is dependent upon donations from the community. It is not operated by Sevier County government.
For information call 865-453-7000.