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Vonore, TN - 05/02/16
Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of Monroe County Friends of Animals, Inc.
Grant of $20,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Monroe County, TN
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05/02/16: Radio Systems Corporation Awards $7,000 Grant to Monroe County Friends of Animals
Monroe County Friends of Animals today announced it has been awarded a $7,000 grant from Radio Systems Corporation to support construction of its Puppy Holding Facility. The investment will help to provide a dedicated space for puppies apart from the adult shelter population. The Monroe County Animal Shelter currently receives multiple litters of puppies each week which are susceptible to contagious diseases that may be introduced by older animals. Plans to build a separate Puppy Holding Facility with self contained HVAC and proper drainage will provide a safe and healthy area specifically for puppies.
04/08/16: Petco Foundation Awards $20,000 Grant to Monroe County Friends of Animals
Monroe County Friends of Animals today announced it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support construction of its Puppy Holding Facility. The Petco Foundation investment will help to provide a dedicated space for puppies apart from the adult shelter population. The Monroe County Animal Shelter currently receives multiple litters of puppies each week which are susceptible to contagious diseases that may be introduced by older animals. Plans to build a separate Puppy Holding Facility with self contained HVAC and proper drainage will provide a safe and healthy area specifically for puppies.
07/08/15: East Tennessee Foundation Awards Grant to Monroe County Friends of Animals
The Board of Directors of East Tennessee Foundation is pleased to inform Monroe County Friends of Animals, Inc. it has been approved to receive a grant in the amount of $7,000 from the John D. Grubb and Louise G. Sumner Fund for Monroe County (Fund for Monroe County), an affiliate fund of East Tennessee Foundation. This grant is intended to help defray the costs of food, medicines, veterinary care, and rescue efforts for animals in the Monroe County Animal Shelter.
07/08/15: The Grey Muzzle Organization Awards Grant to the Second Chance Pals program of MCFA
The Grey Muzzle Organization (GMO) has approved a grant of $3000 to the Second Chance Pals program. GMO is a 501 (c)(3) organization which funds programs designed to encourage the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and care of senior dogs.
06/21/15: Petco Foundation Awards Monroe County Friends of Animals $10,000 Grant
Vonore, TN - Monroe County Friends of Animals of Vonore, TN. today announced it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support construction of it's Canine Behavior Assessment building. The purpose of this building is to provide a dedicated space apart from the actual shelter facility in which the behavior of dogs can be determined in a calm atmosphere so that they may be properly evaluated to insure proper placement, thus potentially saving more lives.
The grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation's annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in partnership with Natural Balance Pet Foods. During the campaign each October, customers are invited to donate in Petco stores across the country to support service and therapy animals and organizations.
The Petco Foundation investment will help to better assess a dog's behavior and assure a successful and safe pet adoption.
11/2014: Stranded Monroe County Dog Rescued
by Tellico Village Kayaker Ladies
Recently, one Saturday morning, three Tellico Village area ladies were enjoying a quiet
kayak trip on the Tellico Blueway, a scenic part of the upper Tellico River. This part of
the river was between the Sloane Bridge and Harris Branch Road and 1.5 miles from the nearest
house. One Kayaker happened to see something move from the corner of her eye. Her first
thought was that it was a white paper moving in the wind. Then as they went out of their way
to investigate, they found a beautiful dog with black ears and a black stub tail sitting all
alone stranded on a partially submerged log. The dog could not swim ashore because of a steep
slippery bank on shore. The dog wagged its tail when he saw them approaching.
They were in kayaks that would not support a medium size dog, but realized it was very friendly
and happy to see them. With no way to save this stranded dog with their Kayaks, they decided to
rapidly paddle the last six miles to their exit point and head home and see what they could do to
save the dog.
After multiple phone calls they decided with night fall approaching it was too late in the
afternoon to go back for the dog. The next morning they got up very early and returned to see if
the stranded dog was still there.
WOW… Upon their return, they found the dog wagging its tail and very happy to see them. This
time they brought lots of treats and several kayaks that could transport the dog to safety. They
took the dog to the Monroe County Animal Shelter behind Wal-Mart in Madisonville. Clever dedicated
A special thanks to these wonderful kayakers from Tellico Village, Dee Prickett and Teri Cox and
Nan Woodbury from Knoxville. They are very special compassionate people for doing what they did to
help this precious, loving dog in his time of need.
Kenny is now available for adoption at the Monroe County Animal Shelter in Madisonville.
Call 423-442-1015 for up-to-date information.
9/17/2014: Petsmart Charities Rescue Waggin' Program First Transport!
What a wonderful way to start the day, with 18 pups going on the PetSmart Charities® Rescue
Waggin' from the Monroe County Animal Shelter.
This was our first transport with them and it was a happy day even though some of us were
a little teary. It was a little like sending your kindergartener off on the school bus for
the first time.
Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who worked hard for months to make this happen!
And also thanks to our fosters - we all work together for a happy ending!
9/1/2014: Petsmart Charities Rescue Waggin' Program
Monroe County Animal Shelter has been accepted into the program.
This is an amazing accomplishment for the shelter and for the Monroe County Friends of Animals
PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin’ program is a national transport program that transfers homeless
dogs and puppies from communities with high pet populations and euthanasia and very few potential
adopters to animal shelters elsewhere in the country where there are exceptional adoption programs
in place and more adoption space for dogs and puppies in need of new homes. Currently, the
PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin’ program visits about 50 shelters across the nation in any given
month to pick up dogs and transport them to destination shelters that have regular adoption space
The Rescue Waggin’ program saves lives by transporting homeless dogs from shelters where there is
little chance of adoption to other shelters where adoption opportunities are more available. The
puppies and dogs traveling on the Rescue Waggin’ vehicle receive behavior evaluations and are
examined by veterinarians prior to transport to ensure they are healthy and ready for the trip.
Once on-board the Rescue Waggin’ vehicle, dogs and puppies receive an air-conditioned custom-ride,
some vans complete with piped-in lullabies to help them sleep during the trip – and video monitors
at the front of the vehicles enable transport coordinators to monitor them during the trip. When
they arrive at their destination shelter, they receive 12-24 hours of down time before getting
another medical check-up, their spay/neuter surgery, and placement on the adoption floor. According
to most Rescue Waggin’ destination shelters, dogs are generally adopted within a week of arriving
at their new shelter. Since 2004, vehicles used in the Rescue Waggin' program have logged more
than 2 million miles transporting dogs to shelters with high adoption rates.
How was the Monroe County Animal Shelter chosen? Lots and lots of hard time put in by volunteers
working to qualify for this program. All shelters in the Rescue Waggin' program must go through a
vigorous screening and training process before being admitted into the program. Only 61 (2013
data) shelters across the country are eligible to be a source shelter. You can only begin to
imagine the hours of work that went into our acceptance in the program.
Watch for more information as we continue to work to save the lives of our homeless animals in
Monroe County. Congratulation to MCAS and MCFA for their hard work.
Monroe County Friends of Animals | P.O. Box 106 | Vonore, TN 37885