Jan 2 2008

Next Tuesday, Jan 8th at 3:00!

enough volunteers?

I have contacted the powers that be in the animal shelter to volunteer myself and my family about 4 x's and cannot get a reply from a soul. I even called and left a message. Here I am a willing and able volunteer in any capacity and cannot even get a response.

I hope this goes better than the majority of animal rescue organizations in this county.

Maybe I can help...

If you'll send me your contact information, I'll see what I can do. We can almost always use more help! I'm sorry you haven't been called, but I would be very happy to talk with you. This entire effort is being manned by volunteers who are spending thousands of hours- in addition to full time jobs and family obligations-- to help us raise the funds and supplies needed to build a shelter we can be proud of. The county will operate the shelter once it's complete, but it's creation is a work of the community, and I am very proud of that.

Wendy Pitts Reeves, L.C.S.W.
Blount County Commissioner, District 4, Seat C

Ground Breaking Location

Where: 12-acre site located on Tyler Road located behind the

Boys and Girls Club

241 Currie Ave

Maryville, TN 37804

*The exact address has not been finalized as the road to the center is just being put in this week. Directions should be sourced based on the Boys and Girls Club address.

Who: Hosted by the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation

What: The ceremony last approximately 30 minutes and will feature guest speakers

Why: Blount County is currently relying on the Loudon County Shelter to provide shelter to the homeless and abandoned animals in Blount County. The new Blount County Animal Center will feature an adoption center, over 140 kennels, medical suite and a focus on educational outreach to address the lack of spay and neutering of companion animals in the county.


I am very glad we will be

I am very glad we will be getting our own animal shelter and there is a great need for this, but isn't this area highly populated for such a place? I am wondering if my summer evenings sitting outside will be full of bark bark bark every evening? It's bad enough to hear all the sirens and such. I do hope this has been considered in the construction of the kennels.
I know this area has no upscale housing and is full of many lower middle class families.
Would it have been built near the Overlook at Montvale for example, or near Braircliff Drive?
It's too late now I know but I hope there is some consideration as to noise.
I am very thrilled for all who worked hard for this, but my first thought was "Oh No!" as I live near there.

Noise has been considered in

Noise has been considered in both the building plans and placement of the shelter on the 12 acres. We hope people will find the shelter an asset to the neighborhood when it is finished and all the landscaping is done. Walking paths, dog parks, and other landscaping is in the future.
codntracting plans


Great! It's looks great and

Great! It's looks great and I hope it does become a place the whole neighborhood can enjoy.
Thanks Terry.

so close

So close to you AB that you will find it very easy to wander over and do volunteer work :-)

I know you all love your

I know you all love your pets but I am a flower lover and dogs pee on flowers and cats well you know how they love that soft dirt. LOL
I'll leave the dogs and cats to someone else but I might be able to help with some of that landscaping..

I almost missed this one!

Dah! What a great idea AB! Mix a local grower, local garden clubs and the shelter's needs with landscaping! Now add in the possibilities of xeriscaping and we would also have another great educational opportunity for Blount County residents!

You two need a sit down before too many high water use plants and shrubs are donated by well meaning folks.

"If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that even, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death."
- George Orwell, 1984

MelloThere is a very nice

There is a very nice lady at Popes Garden Center named Sher, who some of you may know, and she is much more knowledgeable than I in perennials and drought tolerate plants.
I do have a lot of knowledge but mostly in annual type plants which also always have a place in the landscape and many of these can be grown and maintained with little water.
Sometimes seed companies will donate plants for use as trials, and also to present their products to the public. If these type plants were labeled, for example, Wave Petunia Zesty Rose by Ball Seed, they just may go for it and donate plants.
I agree that this is an opportunity to educate the public and also create a wonderful relaxing enviroment for walks and such.
If the animal shelter can become a "destination" location I think there will much more adoption taking place.

Yes! Petting dogs lowers your blood pressure

Yes! Petting dogs lowers your blood pressure!


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