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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!