Best Friends Sanctuary (Community Pet Advocates) is a 501 C3 (not for profit) organization dedicated to helping to reduce the unwanted animal population in Fentress County. Our mission is to assist in placing abandoned, unwanted, or abused animals in loving, responsible homes, promote spaying or neutering of the dogs and cats and to provide humane education. There is no shelter or county run dog pound in Fentress County thus there is a great need for this service. Our rescue program is designed to help cats and dogs who are homeless find permanent homes. Most of the animals have been abandoned in rural areas. They are not considered adoptable until they have been spayed or neutered, and have their immunization shots brought up to date. We always have puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats available for adoption. Our adoption fees are less than our costs.
Since April 2006, we have been working with a no kill shelter out of state. As of January 2013, we have transported 4225 dogs and puppies to the SPCA organization. They have placed all that we sent in loving, indoor homes. This has been a blessing. Without this outlet, these animals would have been put down, hit by cars, or roaming the streets as there are not enough homes in Fentress County to support the unwanted pet population. It costs a minimum for shots, worming, flea medication, etc. of $20 per animal taken to Ohio plus the cost of gasoline and maintenance to our van. We have no financial support from the city or county.