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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization established to introduce and promote programs to improve animal welfare in Blount County Tennessee and the surrounding areas of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Target demographics: animals in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of animals

Geographic areas served: Maryville, TN

Programs: serve the community through innovative approaches to sheltering, adopting and spaying and neutering of animals, and to educate the public on responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Jody18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Donna117

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Tanya15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

1 TerriLane4FurKids

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Love to be a helping hand with the dogs and cats in areas where needed as time allows. We are a close knit community of volunteers it takes alot of teamwork to get many animals taken care of. I have to say we get it done! We have reports to prove it. I love to hear whom is going where "their story" as you get to know a dog when you come walk them from week to week. Truly a friend to greet you...BCAC is great with increasing chances of exposure of a dog by getting them to adoption fairs and out at Petsmart in town locally here or far. I walk the big dogs. It gives me a schedule and a "friend" to cheer. I always hear good reports but sometimes sad ones as animals get sick or hurt from time to time, but we can try to help and that's what we want to do. I'm glad to be a part of it and get to meet many animals and people in the process.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started volunteering here a few weeks ago and the quality of this organization has far exceeded my expectations. The staff and volunteers are so dedicated. I know the animals sense our love and compassion. This organization also has a strong presence and an excellent reputation in the community. The Smoky Mtn. Animal Care Foundation has a positive impact on not only the animals in our area, but also the people. Enough good things cannot be said about this organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with BCAS about a year after my dog of 14 years died. I didn't want to get another dog. I could walk the bigger dogs, and know I was making a little difference to a shelter dog who stayed in a kennel most of the day.

I started fostering dogs by accident. Someone needed a foster for about four days. That one worked out so well, I took another short-timer, then another one. I didn't miss my dog so much because the dogs I fostered needed me. Doing short-timers helped me keep from getting too attached. Most of the dogs I fostered required extra attention for several reasons.

My best story is Maxine, a young, scared mama dog. I took her so my friend could work with the pups. Maxine hid in very small places like between the recliner and the wall, or my quilt rack and the wall. By this time, I had already adopted a little dog from the shelter that I named Faith. Faith spent time with Maxine during the day and I walked with both of them, and petted and talked to them.

Maxine started standing near the window with Faith, watching for me to come home from work. She didn't hide as much, either. Maxine left my house after about 3 weeks. I heard later that the dog who hid a lot the first two weeks ran up to the man who was looking to adopt her. Wow! I felt so excited to know that I had made a difference in that dog's life - with a little help from my own dog.

1 Judy89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wondered what I was going to do when I retired to East Tennessee, but the answer came when a new acquaintance posted a photo on Facebook of a young feral dog at the Blount County Animal Center who was depressed, unsocialized and unadoptable. I thought to myself, "I can help that dog." He was also our first foster failure, as we adopted him after a month. In that first year we fostered 34 dogs and 9 kittens, and eventually, added volunteering at the shelter, walking dogs and helping at weekend events. It has been a rewarding experience that has made every day worth getting up for. I have also gotten to know some amazing people, whose dedication and perseverance to helping our Blount County animals is extraordinary. The Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation has made it possible for us to help the animals with their medical needs and to transport many of them to rescues.

1 Lisa283

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with BCAC in 2011 after I lost my precious Boxer Tyler to Lymphoma. Walking big dogs has been wonderful therapy for me. The dogs love getting out on walks and playtime they pay us with kisses. I can't think of any better pay. Watching a dog go from being so scared it would just sit in it's kennel shaking one day, to playing fetch in the pens a few days later is just priceless. The joy you get seeing a dog in danger one day go to it's forever home the next day is overwhelming in a good way. This is a wonderful shelter with plenty of room for more volunteers. We have lots of animals waiting to give kisses.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When you walk through the front door of BCAC, you will see people who are welcoming, yet focused on the work at hand, going about the business of compassionately caring for, and securing the best placement for each animal in their care. Everyone there does his or her best to put the needs of the animals first, and then takes a bit more time to comfort, guide and observe each one's health and well-being. I saw the good work being done and felt compelled to pitch in as a volunteer.

The staff is made up of dedicated professionals, experienced in handling animals. They go the extra mile in every way to meet and help potential adopters in the community find the right animal companion. They strive every day to make BCAC the most efficient and effective animal shelter in the State of Tennessee. They use their resources wisely. They show boundless heart and energy, and they are turning the tide and making a difference for the animals. I am very proud to be associated with and part of such excellence.

1 HazelT

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers are the backbone and make the center an amazing place for the animals (the strays and the owner surrenders) to be taken care of until a new home can be found. Help is always needed to walk a dog or just snuggle with a kitty, foster an animal, etc. etc. There are many things that can be done to help the animals, and the volunteers that show up have willing hearts, very hard workers and have got to be the best in Tennessee! The rewards far outweigh what we give.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few months ago someone left 3 pups in our yard. Because of a female dog we already had, we took the pups to the center. Everyone was very nice to work with and the pups were adopted within that week. I decided that I wanted to help in anyway that I could, so I have begun by walking the small dogs which is fun, but I want to learn more about the different ways that the center helps the animals, so maybe I can do more in the future.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

my father and I started volunteering about a month ago because my dog ran away. we went to the shelter to see if he was there, and he was in the very last kennel, he looked just like he did when he ran off! I wanted to volunteer because I wanted to help other peoples pets to find there home or find a new forever home. all of the animals are loved with all our hearts. all of the volunteers are kind to all of the animals and people that come to the shelter. it is also one of the cleanest shelters I have ever been to. i now that if you look you will find your new best friend at the shelter.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently started volunteering for the Blount county animal shelter, and already I feel like I'm at home. The workers and volunteers are very welcoming and are very willing to show new comers how its done. I believe the faculties are the cleanest I have ever seen. I have only volunteered a short while, but during this time I witnessed a African American man come all the way from North Carolina to adopt a terrier. I personally helped him show case the pup to his son over face time. The man ended up adopting the terrier, and it was life altering for me to see how happy and joyful the man and his son was to find the perfect pet. I felt a sense of renewal and rebirth for this puppy that was abandoned and found a new home, and it was all thanks to the Blount county animal shelter. My first volunteering day was last Sunday and while I was volunteering I really felt like I was making a difference in these dogs lives. I saw know how stressful it can be stuck in cages constantly hearing other animals barking and afraid. I adopted my own dog Alfred from a shelter and he was stressed when we first got him before we even left. And when I am able to help by giving these animals relief from this scary stressful time I am extremely happy to see them happy and free. I am so very proud to announce that I will be continuing my volunteer work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering here! Every volunteer and staff care so much about all of the animals and work so hard to make sure that every animal is being taken care of. We all work hard to find homes for all of the animals, and take excellent care of the animals that are in the shelter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at the Blount County Animal Center not long ago, but I have already been impressed by how friendly the staff and other volunteers are. They'll stop at nothing to make sure all of the animals are well taken care of. They have love, not only for their animals, but for the whole Blount County community. I would recommend the BCAC to anyone and everyone. The are EXCEPTIONAL!

Charles36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

my daughter and i do volunteer work at this excellent facility. it is relatively new and kept very clean. we enjoy helping out as it is a fun activity and very rewarding !!! please support this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering almost 3 years ago after my 12 year old cat died. I thought that working there would ease the grief a little. The new shelter had not been finished yet but was in process. One day one of the cats caught my eye. I looked at his kennel card and he had been there the longest of any of the others. Well, he then became mine and I sure do love that boy, Rufus. The shelter is finished now and is wonderful. It is kept so clean inside and out by the many volunteers that we have. The cats have a great "gym" where they can climb and play. The dogs have about 2 or 3 acres to be walked in and have about 6 enclosed areas to play together and socialize. There is always some way to contribute. The volunteers keep the entire shelter spotless. They make sure the kennel is clean, dogs & cats have water and food, are not sick or just need some special attention. There are cuddlers for puppies after surgery and a host of volunteers to do laundry, sweeping and mopping, washing dishes, greeting potential adopters and taking animals in. Having nothing to do is not an option. The animals need human contact, love and attention and they get it there. Everyone works so hard to be sure they are taken care of and will go to any length to get an animal adopted to a loving family. I fostered 4 kittens for a while. They were so sweet and I hope I made an impact on their life. 2 of them were adopted from my home before I could take them back to the shelter. Everyone goes to any extreme to make an impact on an animals life. We have adoption events at the shelter and outside the shelter too. Our main goal is to give animals special attention and find a family that will love them. They crave attention and love and they get it there. There is a great team of volunteers that make sure the adoption events are a success and try hard for every cat & dog can has a home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first connected with this fantastic organization when my daughter contacted them to take part in a countywide community volunteer expo as part of her Girl Scout silver award. Needless to say the BCAC made quite an impression because the two of us now volunteer there and love it! Every single animal that comes through that door is treated by the staff and volunteers as if they were their own. The care and compassion shown to these "fur babies" is exceptional. It takes a lot of volunteer hours to run a shelter as top notch as this one and it's obvious we have the best!!! I am thrilled that my daughter can take part in something as special as the BCAC, and learn valuable life lessons along the way.

Julie130

Board Member

Rating: 5

Exceptional facility for our community and great example for young people on how to treat and care for homeless animals. A huge group of super people working as volunteers to save the animals through transport, adoption, rescue or foster and reuniting with owners. Come join us!

Diane80

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am on the SMACF Board and also volunteer at the Animal Center twice weekly socializing and walking dogs - and often getting my kitty fix too!

The Animal Center is very clean and bright and provides a safe loving environment for all the animals thanks to all the wonderful volunteers and staff. It is amazing to see the physical and mental transformation that occurs with these animals when they realize they have arrived in a safe haven.

When I first started volunteering I was afraid (and my husband was too) that I would bring all the animals home with me but I soon realized that most will get good homes. We still have periods when we get overcrowded which is a concern but the volunteers and staff rally to foster animals and double them up in kennels until we can find them homes.

Please come out and see us at the Blount County Animal Center. Come adopt a wonderful friend and consider volunteering with us to get in your weekly puppy/kitty fix! Your donations to SMACF are appreciated and help pay for needed medical care and spay/neuter to help reduce pet overpopulation.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at BCAC in January 2013. I originally signed on to walk big dogs one morning per week. That changed pretty quickly once I discovered the impact that a committed volunteer can have on the life of a shelter animal. There are so many opportunities to help - adoption events, fostering, walking small and/or big dogs, cuddling after surgeries, helping prepare dogs and cats for transport to rescue organizations and many more. The high adoption rate at this shelter exists because of the efforts of its volunteers. If you want to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets this is definitely the place to be!

1 Robin76

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love helping here! By far the cleanest and well taken care of animals!

1 Lillie N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for the Blount County Animal Shelter two years ago. I didn't really know what to expect at first, but I attended an orientation and decided that this would be a good thing to do for the my community and the welfare of animals. I was assigned one three-hour shift per week and started out cleaning puppy kennels and scooping litter boxes on Monday mornings. It took awhile to get to know everyone and find my niche, but soon I was confident enough to help in many areas of the center (we officially became the Blount County Animal Center in Nov 2011), at off-site adoption events and with the spay/neuter clinic. I became involved with our foster network and coordination. There are so many needs here and so many volunteers with so many different talents. Our director has an open door policy and is always available to discuss anything with volunteers. The staff is compassionate and extremely ethical. It can be chaotic, but we accomplish so much. Please think of joining our team!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and foster for the Blount County Animal Center. If you a looking for an opportunity to help animals in need, then this is the organization for you. A few of the things we do at the center can range from walking dogs to assisting after surgery including cuddling puppies. We do adoption events and assist with transports to rescues up north. There are so many things we do there to help keep the center running and reliable volunteers are always needed. They allow you to become a part of the rescue experience and hold it close to your heart. Fostering is a big part of the center; it makes kennels available for other dogs and cats to have a safe place until adopted. Foster animals are usually adopted for transport and need a home atmosphere prior to their journey. It’s wonderful to be able to care and nurture an animal in a safe environment.

The occasion I remember the most was a Sunday morning walking small dogs. This little mixed girl came into the center late Saturday. We were cleaning, feeding and walking the dogs. I had brought my sister with me and she has several small dogs. This little girl in the kennel was a bit nippy so I thought quickly and asked my sister to get her out. She was nippy because she had given birth to four small babies during the night. It’s amazing some of the experiences you have, share with others and keep for ever.

Elizabeth