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  1. I live in Tennessee and would like to know where this county pound is so I could send blankets. There is also a group called comfort for critters that has volunteers making blankets for shelters all across the US. You may want to check them out. But if I new where these places are near me I would gladly help.

  2. Cara,

    You mentioned Lake County in today’s WWLTDO. It’s where I teach and where many of our dogs came from.

    Randy Boyd ran for governor in the last election. His family is The Boyd Foundation—good people who love dogs. The foundation provided a dog park in Lake County. Who in LC walks their dogs? Dogs are rarely spayed/neutered, although our grant covers LC, too. Dogs are on chains or run the streets.

    The Dresden Pound is in Weakley County, where Gleason is located. Gleason also received funding for a dog park. As I said earlier, the Boyds love dogs, but they are as out of touch as most Tennesseans. Imagine the number of spays and neuters $25,000.00 could have provided in Lake County. In Gleason. In all the other West Tennessee counties where the foundation built dog parks. I’ve written to Randy Boyd to thank him for the dog parks and to remind him that people who use dog parks are usually responsible enough to spay/neuter. That’s not the case in the counties where the dog parks have been built. Maybe the cart was put before the horse! I’m hopeful that his foundation will look into helping more animals by providing spay/neuter assistance, too.

    Anyway, I just thought it was sad that we’re killing animals in the same communities where we’re building dog parks, and no one else seems to think that’s a strange thing.

    Thanks for everything you do. Tennessee’s dogs and those who care about them appreciate you and what you’re doing.

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Thanks Kim! Too bad they can’t use that money to build a shelter in Lake County! Or as you said fund a spay/neuter initiative. It’s great to know there is a family down there investing in the future of pets, though. Maybe I will look him up.

      We will be down in your neck of the woods March 2-3. Please let me know if there’s anything we can do to help you or if you know of a pound/rescue/shelter we really should try to visit. I’d like to visit the Dresden Pound. Thanks for all that you are doing.

    2. I was just about to comment that lake counties dogs only real hope are you and Rose Ellison even though she’s stepped back from rescue. It’s a sad sad situation. When Ridgely did have an aco dogs were literally housed in a windowless shed(well it had one window that you couldn’t see in or out of) and was maybe 10×10 and in the back of the city dump. Tiptonville had a small facility with kennels that Rose raised money to put walks up around to protect against the wind and rain but I don’t think it’s being used anymore.

      1. Do you have contact info for Rose Ellison? You could email it to us or I can try to find her on Facebook. We will be visiting seven of the pounds in the area while on our trip next week. Hopefully, we can raise some awareness and maybe some resources. We’ll be meeting with several rescue groups in the area, including a new one that we’ll be visiting pounds with which was started by an amazing woman who lives in the area. She is putting together a smart non-profit rescue that will pull from pounds and has great rescue connections to move dogs out of state. We are going to do all we can to support them.

        1. Cara, I wish I had seen this before your trip! We would’ve loved to have you visit again, although I know there are so many in the area who still need to meet you. We can definitely put you in touch with Rose.

  3. I’ve been traveling to TN since I was 16 years old to visit family and friends living there. I am now 53 as of January. There’s a shelter I donate to via PayPal or Amazon in the Sparta area. In my small financially distressed town of 10,000 people in Michigan, we have no shelter, we contract with another shelter 13 miles away. Not the most convenient option for residents but it has been working and the volunteers at this shelter are awesome plus they work their tails off to get every cat and dog adopted. I was also a council member of my town for four years, this was an eye opener and an experience. I strived to make a positive change but I was only one vote out of six. However, what I saw that moved council and the mayor were the passionate residents going to city meetings, having their voices heard and demanding change, after all, they are the taxpayers and they should be heard and taken seriously. A newspaper writer/journalist also attends these meetings. Change won’t happen until the city and county officials are educated and pushed to make change. Perhaps these smaller shelters can merge resources with one nearby. There are options, it just takes driven and determined people to make it happen. I feel for these animals. I too have fostered, ran my own small rescue, and i am owned by 2 dogs and 4 cats currently. One of things that bothers me when I travel south is seeing animals cooped up in outdoor fenced pens on a slab of concrete sitting out yonder by his/her lonesome. Dogs are social beings, they want to connect with a child or an adult. Hunting dogs, 6 dogs cooped up in one small contained area, that breaks my heart. Maybe those hunting dogs serve one purpose to their owner in that they work for their human to bring them wildlife to put on the table or as a sport, however, lets do right by them and treat them better. People need to be educated, the mindset and old ways looked at from a different perspective. In the Detroit area, we deal with dogs on chains. That too serves no purpose other than to break down the spirit of that dog, it sits lonesome, cold, hungry sometimes it lives at an abandon home (maybe a drug home). It can’t protect, it’s on a chain, it has limited range. I could go on. I pray for changing the mindset of people in power. God bless you all.

    1. You are absolutely right – change will come when the taxpayers demand it. That’s why we are doing all we can to raise awareness. Many people have no idea this is how their leaders are using their tax dollars. I’m convinced that most of the time it’s not that people don’t care, it’s that they don’t know. We’re trying to tell them. Thanks for doing what you can to spread the message and thanks for choosing to rescue!

  4. If you can swing by western NC on your trip, you might want to check out:

    Foothills Humane Society (FHS) is a private non-profit, 501c3 no-kill animal welfare organization located on 11 acres nestled in the bucolic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Polk County, North Carolina. We offer adoption-guarantee and serve all of Polk County, North Carolina. Polk County includes the incorporated towns of Columbus, Tryon and Saluda. When capacity permits, we also serve Landrum, Campobello and Gowensville in the northern Greenville and Spartanburg counties of South Carolina, serving an overall service area of approximately 25,000 people and approximately 1,600 animals per year through our various programs.

    Foothills is supported by donations, grants, a contract with Polk County Animal Control, shelter activities, and fundraisers.
    I have not been there, but it looks like the ideal situation for a shelter in the South. This might be your “what can happen when concerned, aware citizens get involved.” I’ve shared several of their animals.

    1. There are so many examples, like this one, of how a good shelter can serve a community well in our rural south. That just underlines why there’s no excuse for the number of dogs dying and suffering in poorly supported pounds.

  5. I hope you can come to henderson county and Decatur county tennessee there is a private shelter not municipal in henderson county that does not handle cruelty or strays only owner surrenders and lexington has an aco no shelter the dogs are kept at a vet clinic or at the aco’s house we have to do our own investigative work to find someone to help sometimes as much as 2 hrs away to take in strays from the area so help is needed other groups helping with state funded spay neuter programs have helped too but still no where to go for homeless animals.

    1. I’ve put those counties on my list to look into and to visit on the next trip to TN. In the meantime, please feel free to email me. Not sure what we can do remotely, but if we can help, we will. Thank you for being an advocate for the animals and the people who fight for them. (carasueachterberg@gmail.com)