Update: 12/30/2016: We just uploaded a new video, please watch & share! Sevier County Humane Society has a target date of January 15th to vacate the temporary shelter at the fairgrounds and return to the Gnatty Branch location. HSTV visited the original Sevier County Humane Society last week. We became aware that the 44 year old shelter not only needs MAJOR repairs; but due to its remote location, is not an adequate shelter of this size to operate. The facility is not easily accessible for citizens or visitors of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains. Many people looking for their lost pets or looking to adopt a pet in the area will not be able to find this location and in some instances, may need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access the property.
This original shelter was designed to take in 1,000 animals per year; but in recent years the intake has grown to over 3,000 animals. As a result, their normal “live release” rate (animals not euthanized) is around 66%. This means that 34% of the homeless animals do not leave out the front door. That is an average of 20 animals per week or about 3 dogs and cats every day that must be euthanized. SCHS wants to change this! We want to help them change this. We know that you want to see this change too.
Let’s help Sevier County Humane Society raise at least $100,000 toward a more practical and visible location to help increase adoptions, spay/neuter awareness and into a facility that works for the animals instead of against them. Thank you!
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/oWkeSQdmO_Q
** UPDATE 12/24/2016 ** Thanks to each and every one of you for donating to help the animals of Sevier County, TN! We have seen an unprecedented amount of support from the country and in some cases, the World. Your donations have ensured that every animal taken in from the wildfire disaster received the highest degree of medical care available. Dogs and cats impacted by the disaster were taken to the Sevier County Fairgrounds where the Humane Society set up an Emergency Temporary Shelter. These pets were triaged, with some receiving on site veterinary care and more critical cases being transported to University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital for emergency care. Animals suffering from smoke inhalation were treated with oxygen tents. Pets with 3rd degree burns were treated, bandaged, monitored hourly with bandages changed. Equally important – we want you to know that local pet owners who were displaced due to the fires were able to drop off their animals for safe-keeping with the Humane Society until they could make living arrangements to have their pets with them. These pets received diet specific food, any needed vaccines and medical treatments at NO CHARGE. YOUmade this possible. By Christmas Eve Day, all animals being held being for safe-keeping at the Humane Society have been returned to their owners or officially turned over for adoption. 5 others remain at UT to continue treatment. At this time the SCHS has 86 animals in its care. These animals are being held for a five-day stray hold and then offered for adoption or transferred to rescue groups like HSTV. Other than being in a temporary shelter, the SCHS is back to doing what they have done for over 44 years – caring for homeless animals.
UPDATE 12/5/2016: As a result of the fires, the Sevier County Humane Society had to postpone their Annual Fundraiser, “Wags to Riche$” that was scheduled for December 3rd. Given the recent events, this is devastating for them financially because the "Wags to Riche$" auction is a major source of funding for their shelter operations and animal rescue work.
Sevier County Humane Society will continue working through the weekend and over the next few weeks (running 24 hours a day) to carefully monitor animals that have been found or displaced from the wildfires. They do not know the full extent of damage to their old animal shelter. It may not be habitable for many months, if ever. We want to keep this fundraiser going so they can fully repair the old shelter or build a NEW one! Again, on behalf of Sevier County Humane Society, thank you for your continued support.
UPDATE 11/30/2016: In less than 24 hours from creating this page over $20,000 has been raised! We are in awe by the outpouring amount of giving from all over the area! At this time, we have been able to confirm that the Sevier County Humane Society building has suffered extensive smoke damage and will not be accessible for a while. Currently, they are setup at the Sevier County Fairgrounds and that will be their temporary (long-term) shelter. They are running 24 hours a day while animals continue to be brought in and numerous animals have experienced smoke inhalation. We set the goal of $10,000 as an estimate because we did not know how much would be needed. We hope to continue raising funds because they will desperately need it in the days, weeks & months to come. Thank you again to all who have donated!!
Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by people who want to give back to causes that matter most to you. However, on this Giving Tuesday, the East Tennessee area specifically Sevier County has been inundated with wildfires and over 14,000+ people and animals had to evacuate Gatlinburg & parts of Pigeon Forge.
One of our partner shelters: Sevier County Humane Society (SCHS) was right in the path of the fires and had to evacuate 49 animals last night. Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley was able to take in 28 animals and the others went to Smoky Mountain Animal Clinic in Seymour.
So on this day of giving we ask that you show your support and give what you can because we still do not know the status of their facility and there will be numerous displaced animals from those in the area who had to leave their homes & animals. 100% of these funds will go to Sevier County Humane Society.
Help make this #GivingTuesday a success for animals. Whether big or small, the gift you make today will have an impact for helping animals during this difficult time and if you so wish you can also contribute to HSTV so we can continue to assist the animals that we took in and help them find loving & forever homes.