Aug 8 2007

Do you know who did?

This young dog has been seen waiting at the corner of this rural Blount County Road for three days now. She sits. She waits for the owner who left her here all alone. She won't let me get close enough to remove the rope she is dragging. She won't eat. She won't drink. She waits.

Unlike the heartless b@stard who left her here she has plenty of company from the kindness of strangers. Every dog in the neighborhood is taking turns waiting with her. Who says dogs can't talk? These well loved family pets know more about this pup's story than we ever will.

Currently, Blount County has one single Animal Control Officer and I talked with Josh this morning about our little brindle gal. He has such a large backlog of calls like mine that it will be a good many days before he can come and try to help this pup.

Our local rescue groups are overwhelmed and we desperately need this new Blount County Animal Shelter and more Animal Control Officers. You can help, yes you can. Have a garage sale to raise some money. Stick a few things on eBay and send the money to the new shelter. Get your pet spayed or neutered. And take a close look at the pup in the photo. Do you know who she belonged to?

And you folks in the animal world- start blogging. I know most of you have websites but not all of you have the time to keep the sites up todate because you are busy out doing animal care work. But how can we the general public know what goes on from day to day in and around the Blount County animal world if you don't tell us?

Thank you, Mrs Brad

Thank you for your comments. And I too am very sorry for your lost. I've had to make that choice for my animals also. It was one of the hardest things I've had to do.

Teresa Cutshaw is the one who wrote the above letter. She and I have been friends for over fifteen years. And most of that time we have been involved with animals and their proper care.

She and I both have been involved with helping with the plans for the new county animal shelter. We were actually in the pre-group before Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation and helped set the goals for the new shelter. Have you been to the Knoxville Shelter, Young-Williams? It is a beautiful facility with a great adoption program. It is inviting and gets many people coming into it, and as you know, the more people who see the animals in a shelter, the more get adopted. As part of the pre-group for building a new shelter for Blount County, we got a full facility tour. They have a nice surgery and all animals are neutered before being adopted. They have rooms for people to visit with persective animals before adopting. They also have larger rooms for animal education classes. (While we were there, there was a summer class for kids.) They work very hard to get as many animals as possible adopted. It is not a killing facility. And this is what we are trying to bring to Blount County. As a smaller county, we hope we can make a difference in a few years, and truly reduce the number of unwanted animals, not by euthanisia, but by adoption, by neutering, and by educating the public to be responsible owners. But at this time, there are just too many unwanted animals.

Unfortunately, there are not enough homes to go around, so the number of dogs being born must be reduced. And people should be educated that the need to be responsible to any living thing they take into their homes. And they should be educated on how to deal with behavioral problems they may encounter with their dogs. I worked at a vet office for 8 years, and I saw so many animals come in that people did not want because they were not house trained, they barked too much, they kept running off, etc. I even had one little Schnauzer cross that they didn't want because he matted too much, and they also complained because he threw up all the time. When asked what they fed him, they said they only fed him people food. "He wouldn't eat dog food." He ended up in my mom's home and was a wonderful dog for many years. I kept him clipped, and yes, he only got dog food!

We could use your help with work on the new shelter. Please try to come to one of the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation monthly meetings. They usually meet on the second Saturday of each month at the Blount County Library. You can find more information about them and their meeting times at their web site: (link...)

Right now, they are trying to fundraise. Although the county loaned them some money to start the kennel area, they need more money to complete the plans for the surgery and adoption areas. Please come and join us. SMACF hopes to break ground for the kennel area within the next few months.

Hope to meet you.


Forwarded from a friend

Please pass this on to your animal friends !

If you call yourself an animal lover….
I am sorry for it’s length, but I am very concerned about this animal shelter situation and need to share this with all of you.
Thank You

I come to you this night with a tear in my eye and a pain in my heart for all the animals of Blount County . I am sitting here in the quiet darkness, the room lit by my computer screen, 4 of 6 canine children sleeping at my feet. I am reading emails from so many citizens with animals in need of help and homes, it is so very sad!
For those of you that do not know me, my name is Teresa Cutshaw and I am the President of Blount County Animal Rescue Effort "Blount CARE". I feel that I have a perspective on this animal shelter situation that is unique, and I would like to share it and my feelings on this matter.
I have been involved with Blount CARE since it began in 2000, I have been the President since 2003. “BC” is a NO-KILL animal rescue group and we have a Spay & Neuter assistance program for seniors and low income citizens.
“BC” is only one of many wonderful NO-KILL rescues in the area…. I have run a NO-KILL Rescue and worked at a NO-KILL shelter, and I understand how they function from the inside. They are warm and wonderful places, run by caring and compassionate people. They are the kind of place that our homeless furry citizens deserve… But as the operator of one of the wonderful organizations I face the same agonizing dilemma everyday over and over… The phone rings and I don’t recognize the number, my heart sinks once again, because I already know the story on the other end…. Mr. Smith or Mrs. Jones has a dog or cat in need. Sometimes they are surrenders, sometimes they are strays. But always they are victims, victims of circumstance or victims of a throw away society. They did not ask to be brought into this world, they are here and in these deplorable situations and conditions, because of bad circumstances (i.e. owner passed away etc.) but more often because of the arrogance and ignorance of mankind. So many in our society bring these creature into their homes and lives as long as they serve their needs ( companionship, entertainment, status symbol ), and when they are through with them they toss them aside, with no concern for the animals needs, life or the potential impact of their unchecked breeding (pet over-population) on our community. It happens over and over everyday in Blount County and across the U.S. abandoned animals roaming in search of a way to survive. They do what God created them to do, they hunt, beg or scavenge for food, they search for a safe place to sleep, they long for companionship and they multiply.
Ladies and Gentlemen in a perfect world there will be no more euthanasia of healthy adoptable animals, but….. For those of us on the front line of this pet-overpopulation battle, it is painfully evident that we live in a world that is far from perfect. I run a NO-KILL rescue… but everyday I have to turn animals away because there is just no room.
If I had a hundred foster homes they would all be full…. Because they just keep multiplying.
We have to deal with this problem with our heads and not just with our hearts!
We have to step back and look at this from a “numbers perspective“. This a situation of supply and demand, (overabundant supply of homeless animals that are still multiplying with low demand for adoption and lack of available foster space) SERIOUSLY complicated by the heart-breaking fact that we are dealing with living, breathing, feeling creatures.
There is no quick fix for this problem, no simple answer to the question of what do we do. We must, as a community, attack this problem from many fronts.
1. We all have to take responsibility and voluntarily have our pets spayed & neutered.
2. We have to reach out to our neighbors and teach the need to S/N, and for those that can’t afford it, there is help out here for you, no excuses J
3. Don’t buy dogs and cats from pet stores, ADOPT ! ADOPT ! ADOPT !
4. And for NOW we must realize, as painful as it is, there are just not enough homes for all the ones that are already out here, RIGHT NOW.
5. We cannot pretend this problem is not as BIG & BAD as it is, or that it will somehow go away. We must do something for all of them, doing nothing and leaving even one of them in such terrible situations, should never be an option.
I know that you do not want to hear what I am going to say to you…. But to turn a blind eye to the reality that these animals must face everyday is doing them a serious disservice. If you call yourself an animal lover, then you must do the best that you can for them… even if it breaks your heart.
The painful reality is ....
what do we do when the NO-KILL shelter is FULL.
And don’t you think for a minute that they will always have room for another... It just doesn’t work that way. To make room… people have to ADOPT, and Spay and Neuter almost everything J . I have been face-to-face with this pet over-population tragedy every day for 7 years, and trust me when I tell you the raging flood of unwanted animals is NOT slowing down.
A NO-KILL shelter is a noble endeavor, but it is not the answer. If it were the answer, then years of tireless effort on the parts of many determined NO-KILL rescues would be making a significant difference, but sadly we are not!
It would boggle your mind, the number of homeless animals there really are. Some survive for a while on their own, until their hunting turns into killing livestock, and then they are shot by farmers defending their own animals. I have seen with my own eyes, what happens to those that are lift behind. The starving stray momma dog, a walking skeleton, searching in the trash, trying in vain to nurse a litter of emaciated puppies that are dying of parvo. The abandoned cat, his previously beautiful long fur matted to the skin, infested with fleas, and with several skin lesion some he cannot reach to clean infested with maggots. The little dog sitting by the roadside, sometimes for days or weeks waiting for the owner who dumped him to come back, only to die on that very road, scavenging a dead possum…. How long did that dog lay there and suffer before the angels took him home. And lets don’t forget the ones that go feral in rural areas and are put down with a gun, the lucky ones die quickly. Some people don’t have good aim and the animals linger for hours or even days before they bleed to death.
I know in my heart that stories just like these are played out over and over in Blount County everyday !
I have seen euthanasia up close and personal, it is my true belief that (short of dying in their sleep of old age) it is the most peaceful and painless death possible for our precious pets.
I held my own 17 year old terminally ill dog in my arms as the angels came for him at the tip of a needle, he did not suffer, he went in peace.
I held in my arms a terminally ill Irish Setter, cancer victim, in that NO-KILL shelter as she went to heaven, she too went in peace, euthanasia ended her suffering.
I witnessed a dog hit by a car that kept going, rescued him from the roadside, took him to the Pet ER only to learn that he was mortally wounded and would have to be euthanized, but what if I or someone like me had not been there, how long would he have laid there on the asphalt with his back broken in 3 places, writhing in pain.
Now what about those that are out there all alone, how long will they suffer in fear & agony before they leave this world. I am here to tell you that there are fates worse than euthanasia out there, and our innocent animal friends live, suffer and die by those fates everyday.
If any of my babies have to go to heaven before God calls them, I would much rather that they go after sleeping in a warm caring place, run by caring and compassionate people, with a full belly, peacefully with the prick of a needle , lovingly cradled in the arms of someone who really cares.
None of us ever want to put an animal down, and none of us would ever want any of them to die a slow and painful death . We all agree that euthanasia is not the best way… But it is all we have… right now it is a necessary evil… Which is worse, a peaceful passing among kind and loving strangers, or to be left to the elements and the harshness of time and nature to take their course.
If we do not have an All Access Shelter or (Kill Shelter) as it’s opponents will call it , we are effectively abandoning all of those that we do not have homes for. We are condemning them to suffer in fear, hunger ravaging their little bodies, waiting to die alone, slowly and painfully.
None of us would ever intentionally leave that dog or cat out in the elements, to starve, get hit by a car, or die slowly of injury, disease or infection. But if we do not have room for all of them, and we do nothing for those that are left behind….. We are effectively turning our backs on them, once again abandoning them and leaving them to suffer and die in pain.

Please join with me in support of making
An ALL ACCESS Shelter a PRIORITY here in Blount County .

To learn more about the efforts to build an ALL ACCESS SHELTER for the citizens of Blount County , and how you can get involved and help with fundraising go to:

If you have room in your heart and home for one more… join a no-kill rescue, there are plenty of us out here and we need you.
For information on how to get involved with rescues in our area check out these sites:

If you are interested in the Blount CARE Spay & Neuter Assistance Program, either helping with fundraising or if you know someone who needs financial help to their pets spayed or neutered, please contact us at:
or give me a call at 865-556-0315

Thank you for your time
And thank you for your concern for the animals

Teresa Cutshaw
Pres. BlountCARE


Thank you!, Terry

I can't tell you how much I appreciate your posting. I am not originally from Blount County and I was beginning to wonder if there was anyone in this county that really UNDERSTANDS the need for a Shelter. One of the previous postings talked about a "killing facility". Well, I am here to tell you that it isn't like that. A "killing facility" makes it sound as though those employed there live for the next kill. Like you said, if we lived in a perfect world there would be no need to euthanize any pets, but alas there are alot of things that "wouldn't be" in a perfect world. As you have seen, I too have seen the horrors that humans have done to dogs, cats, horses, etc. I was an animal control officer in another state. Not to be confused with the way animal control operates here in Blount County, but animal control with arrest powers. I worked for the S.P.C.A. I have seen some things that people wouldn't even dream of and unfortunately not only are there not enough homes for the number of animals in need, there are some animals that are not adoptable because of man's inhumanity. I would rather peacefully end the suffering of an animal then have it live one more minute in some of the circumstances I have seen. I'm not sure it occurs as much in this area, but what about the dog that has been trained since a puppy to fight other dogs. Who will be responsible for that dog that is adopted by a caring person only to find out that it killed the dog or cat next door when it got loose. Accidents happen and sometimes even the most caring owners lose control of their dog or have a break in a fence. Is the NO-KILL facility that is so proud of the fact that no animal is euthanized going to take responsibility when the family next door is devistated because their little dog got killed by the rehabilited fighting dog. Funny, but I don't think so. By the way, NO KILL facilities may not euthanize an animal they just send it to the facility that does.

I recently had to put my beatiful, wonderful, adopted Boxer down. It was by far the hardest thing I ever had to do, but I could not save him and I did not want to see him suffer. I have 6 other adopted dogs and 4 adopted cats, they are all indoor animals and they are all spayed and neutered. I do not hesitate to bring them to the vet for any minor problem, but not all owners are like me. They do not care and yes they treat their pets as disposable. Its not cute and little anymore, or the one that really gets me, we recently had a baby so the dog has to go. My response to that is, Do you get rid of your first child when you have a second? What surprises me most of all is that living in the bible belt you would think that the treatment of God's creatures would be a high priority, but it seems to be less important to those that are "Christian" then to those that don't go to church every Sunday and Wednesday. This County needs a shelter that will educate the people, promote a good adoption program and offer low cost spay/neutering and low cost rabies vaccine. Unfortuately, they also need a place that will euthanize so that ignorant people will at least be able to euthanize it peacefully, rather then dump it on the side of the road. It's also important that those of us speak out against cruelty when we see it, enact laws and ENFORCE them when people break them. I will not tolerate cruelty when I see it...I just yelled at a jackass the other day at my vets office (and you know who you are). Until people speak out and decide not to tolerate abuse and neglect anymore, it will continue and be the norm rather then the few.
Lastly, animal control officers should be investigating cruelty cases. The day of the dog catcher are over. They should not be picking up healthy wildlife because Mr. Jones doesn't want the oppossum in his garbage cans. Talk about a waste of money. Animal control officers are officers of the State or County. The County could generate money by requiring licenses for your dog. It doesn't need to be much for the license,(more for those that don't spay and neuter, less for those that are altered) but the fine for not licensing should be. It doesn't have to be rocket science. I hate to say it, but this isn't the most progressive County and once people make the statement lets make a NO KILL shelter most people in this area automatically tune that out. It is not realistic and its not working!! However, I do have to admit that the current facility in Maryville, is a killing facililty. There is no adoption program at all. We need to meet in the middle, and work on a facility that will handle many of the issues that occur, not just one or two. If we are going to start from the beginning, lets put some thought into it before we start the facility, so that we don't end up with what we have.
So, I want to say thank you to Terry, who although heads a wonderful organization and believe me, I really appreciate what you do, you at least have the insight to realize the reality of Blount County's situation. I'm hoping that you are involved in the future of the Blount County Shelter.


Oh MrsB, I am soooo sorry to

Oh MrsB, I am soooo sorry to hear about your loss. I really, really am.

Animal Control equals Killing

Dear Mello,

I am so glad you have taken an interest in the female pit mix I will call Doggie Doe. She is lucky that so many people are coming to her aid with food and good will. I take calls every day like Doggie Doe’s when people call the Humane Society and there are so few answers for Dogs like her. Now keep in mind that the Blount County Humane Society is not affiliated with the County or City Government. We are a Grass Roots Citizen Based Non Profit Organization made up of caring committed people trying to raise funds t build a No Kill Shelter and to help animals any way we can.

My standard answers to people in situations like the one like Doggie Doe’s is that there are three possibilities for animals in this situation which are abandoned. The first and best answer is... #1 Keep the animal and make it a pet. Unfortunately most people are not willing to bring an animal or another animal into their lives so this option doesn’t often work. Plus most Rescue Groups are so over crowded they don’t even return calls. So there is little to no help on that front. The second option is an option that most people don’t want to hear either… #2 Keep the animal long enough to find a good home for it or in other words foster it. Again most people are not willing to take on this responsibility especially when I tell them the odds of finding a suitable home quickly are slim and this could be a long time commitment. Fostering is a wonderful tool to place deserving critters but it takes commitment to foster an animal. The third option is where reality sets in as to the plight of animals in most of America and especially right here in Blount County. #3… Take the dog to the pound where it will most likely be killed. This is where most people but not all say…Oh I don’t want that.

But this is the reality of Animal Control in America. Animal Control in America equals killing animals on a wholesale level. In Blount County and surrounding areas we have a 70 to 80% kill rate. It’s easy to say 70 to 80% of the animals are killed that go into an Animal Control Pound but think about it. This is 70 to 80 animals out of a hundred or 700 to 800 out of a thousand. I don’t mean to give basic math classes but these numbers are staggering and to many a travesty.

In your story you say to help raise money to build a “Shelter” in Blount County so dogs like Doggie Doe can get the help they deserve. Sadly the new County Shelter will not offer much help…at least to the dogs and cats in need. The new County Shelter will be very effective in keeping dogs and cats off the streets and out of our way as we go about our lives but it will not help the vast majority of animals that are un lucky enough to end up there. The new County Shelter will be a killing warehouse designed to keep this societal problem out of sight and mind. No matter how well intentioned the fact remains that the new County Shelters purpose will be to kill animals not save them. We live in a throw away society and the animals our society produces and then loses interest in are the victims. Statistically when a new Animal Control Shelter opens the kill rate steadily goes up. This phenomenon can be seen at Young Williams in Knoxville at the City/County Animal Control Shelter there.

The Humane Society is on a campaign to educate people in Blount County about the harsh realities of the Animal Control Shelter or what I prefer to call “Pound” that is being planned for the animals of our county. It is a very sad situation when the best we can come up with as an animal control method is mass killing.

It’s not all doom and gloom thank heavens. There is a movement or better yet a Revolution starting in America that says that mass killing is not good enough for the animals in our communities care. The No Kill Revolution was started by Nathan Winograd of the No Kill Advocacy Center and their methods are proving to be successful in several communities across America. This offers hope to our throw away dogs and cats like Doggie Doe and the humans who love them and think they deserve better. The Blount County Humane Society embraces the principals of the No Kill Revolution and thinks that they can be applied right here in Blount County. We believe that Blount County can become a No Kill Community with hard work and commitment. We are taking steps to see the No Kill Concept becomes the standard “Animal Control” method for the animals of Blount County.

For more info on the No Kill Revolution in Blount County and how you can become a part of it go to our website. (link...)

President/Founder Blount County Humane Society
Steven Phipps

Not Clear

If the dog is dragging a rope, the logical conclusion would be that she escaped rather than was abandoned by a heartless b@stard.

Lost Dog

Hey Anonymous, don't know much do you about dumped dogs, do ya? Think a dog would hang out on a houseless corner if it just "escaped" from its owner? Not likely, so the logical conclusion when a dog, especially one that has a collar, a rope, no tags and is hanging out in an area that its never been seen in before is that it was dumped! Unlike many residents some of us notice something out of place and actually give a d&mn. Dogs know how to find their way home, when they escape from their yard. Your reply to "Mello" makes it sound as if that's the most ridiculous thing you ever heard.


Dog on rope means HOPE. Oh wait, well in this case, yes- my first thought was she simply was lost. After talking to a very experienced former ASPCA officer, our own Blount County Animal Control Officer and MANY folks involved in animal rescue the sad fact became clear..... a dog who will not walk away simply does not know where to go.

Update. She is contained, feed, watered and resting at a neighbor's home. Sadly, the next photo you see of her will most likely be on the ARFNETS.ORG website of dogs in the cells at the Loundon County Pound er Shelter.

That is sooooooo pitiful!

There was a dog camping for a week or two near the intersection of Blockhouse and Montvale Roads last summer. Bless its heart, its owners had the most loyal dog on earth because that thing was waiting for them to return all that time. The community poured out the love on that dog, too. Every time I drove by, dropped off food and water, etc., there was a pile of food and gallons of water already there. (And pizza, burgers, and everything people could come up with.)

WHAT are people thinking?

I will send this photo and email around and see if we can get a home for your brindle.

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