I had always thought about volunteering at an animal shelter once I stopped working, but I was so afraid that it would be too depressing an atmosphere. However, Blount County Animal Center is an EXCELLENT facility. It is clean, the staff and volunteers are wonderful people to work with, and the animals are well taken care of. Furthermore, BCAC goes the extra mile to give the animals the needed veterinarian care. I am always amazed by the dedication of the volunteers. It is truly a wonderful place to volunteer and spend time with like-minded people and, of course, all the great animals.
I have been volunteering at the Center just after it opened to the public and before the building was completed. I've had the privilege to help volunteer and work in the center under many different roles, as well as see and be a part of Many, many different changes through these years.
I've watched our volunteer base increase from just a few dozen to hundreds of volunteers! Our beautiful furry friends, have never been so lucky and blessed to find themselves moving through out center as opposed to any other. We function on a very high saving rate with all of our volunteer help... even with a less than average employee base vs. any other county shelter.
Despite the fact that there are so many different personalities coming into one place, everyone always comes together for the benefit of our beautiful furry friends, as a family, and a team making it an amazingly enjoyable place to work/volunteer!
I truly encourage anyone with any type of a love for animals to come and visit! You may just find that you've found your new forever family member... and who knows, maybe you can pick up a volunteer application, and become a part of our amazing family!
This organization is excellent and they do their absolute best helping animals find homes and become adoptable! It is a great place to volunteer and I really enjoy spending time with all the sweet animals!
I volunteer with my wife all the time and this place is great. There are a lote of great people working here and great animals looking for a good home. Please keep supporting the shelter.
I've not been volunteering at the shelter very long but I can't express how much I enjoy going! It's so nice to get outside of myself and help and give back without expecting anything in return. The animals there bring joy to my life and I cherish the time I spend with them. They just want to be loved and it's heartbreaking that I cant just take them all home with me. The shelter is very well kept up with and clean. Everyone puts a lot of work into making sure the animals are happy and taken care of. The staff and volunteers have been nothing but friendly and helpful to me when I have questions. It's wonderful being a part of this amazing shelter.
This a wonderful place to Volunteer if you love animals. Great organization!!! Plenty of wonderful dogs and cats that want to be walked and loved on. I am very happy to be part of this group. I myself have been a drop in volunteer for 2 yrs and love every minute I spend with the animals and the other volunteers it is so rewarding to help
Due to my age and health problems I cant get there very often, but when I do I love it. Most of the animals are so eager to get out and walk and run. People at the shelter are so dedicated that I wish everyone could see this.Its hard not to bring them all home. Donna Petroski.
I love working with the animals there. I have helped with fostering a pregnant stray dog and her 6 puppies until they were ready for new homes. I also love to help cuddle after surgeries and walk the dogs. I wish I could take them all home because they don't deserve to be treated the way some of them have been treated. Everyone there loves and cares for the animals, their hearts bleed for them. I just wish I could do more.
I love volunteering at the Blount County Animal Center. It was a way for my kids and I to work together to help animals which we all love. I have adopted several animals from there as well and foster cats when needed. My kids have learned so much about caring for animals just by showing up to help out!! It is very rewarding to see the adoptions take place and know you have helped make a difference in not only the animals life but the family adopting as well. It has been a fun and rewarding experience, my kids now want to volunteer to help other organizations and have seen first hand what is like to help out with no expectations of anything in return except a happy outcome for the animals.
This organization is something everyone in the community can be proud of. They truly go above and beyond to meet the needs of the people and animals in this area. I am proud to volunteer with them and talk to other about what they can do to help!!
I enjoy volunteering with this organization because I want to help animals and be of service to my community. I have made wonderful like-minded friends who are also concerned with animal welfare. At this shelter, there is plenty to do. I have volunteered for nearly 3 years and I have been a dog walker, worked the front desk, been foster coordinator, counseled potential adopters, and helped at adoption events. I currently take photos of the adoptable animals, and help with post-op procedures on surgery day. I am also the admin for the center's Facebook page. I love it when I can post photos of dogs/cats that have arrived in very bad shape with mange, sores, malnourished etc and then post a photo which shows how much they have improved with lots of TLC and the LOVE that the volunteers provide every day. I call those "What Love Can Do!". It is also very satisfying to see terrified animals calm down, trust their handlers, feel the love, and come out of their shell and be a happy animal! We all rejoice especially when these special cases are adopted into loving homes. The shelter goes above and beyond in providing excellent medical care for those who have health issues! We are thankful to SMACF for their support which enables us to go the extra mile!