SPCA Shelter Opening Monday In Bradley County

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The SPCA of Bradley County will open its shelter on Monday with hours of operation from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The SPCA of Bradley County also assumes responsibility for county animal control on Monday, the day the county’s contract with the City of Cleveland expires. The contract the SPCA has with the county provides for the SPCA to operate a shelter where county residents can bring homeless animals and animals for which they are no longer able to provide care, as well as to have humane officers who can respond to situations involving animals at the request of emergency service providers such as the sheriff’s department or fire department.

There will be a brief ribbon cutting ceremony at the shelter on Wednesday at 9 a.m. A larger grand opening celebration will follow in April.

Potential adopters are welcome to come by the shelter during hours of operation to meet potential new family members. The adoption fee is $50 and includes spay/neuter, age-appropriate vaccinations and de-worming. All SPCA of Bradley County animals will also receive a microchip. Photos of animals available for adoption will be posted on the SPCA of Bradley County’s Facebook page at facebook.com/bradleycountyspca.

Those who must surrender animals at the SPCA are encouraged to call (423) 454-9635 and make an appointment with the intake counselor. The intake counselor will work with those surrendering pets to determine if there are services the SPCA can provide that will help keep the animal with his or her family.

Volunteers are welcome and needed in several aspects, from fundraising to kennel care. If you’re interested in volunteering at the SPCA, call 423-457-2519 or email development@spcaofbradleycountytn.org.

More than $14,000 has been raised in the SPCA’s charter membership campaign, which has been extended through May 1. Anyone who joins the SPCA at any membership level before May 1 will be recognized as a charter member. Membership begins at the “Puppy Paws” level, which is for children younger than age 10, and is a $10 annual donation. There are membership categories for students, senior citizens and families – a category to fit every budget.

Anyone who joins the SPCA at a membership level of more than $500 during 2014 will be recognized as a founder.

The SPCA of Bradley County has several naming opportunities for donors at its shelter.

Anyone donating $1,000 or more can have a name displayed on one of the SPCA’s 20 kennels during 2014. This can include the donor’s name, and in honor/in memory recognition of the donor’s choosing, or the name of a business or organization of the donor’s choosing. Fourteen kennel naming opportunities are still available.

In addition to the kennel-naming opportunity, the following additional naming opportunities are available:

• Permanent naming of the shelter, $50,000 donation.

• Permanent naming of the Dog Care Center, $25,000 donation.

• Permanent naming of the Small Animal Center, $20,000.

For more information about these naming opportunities, contact SPCA of Bradley County Development/Communications Director Beth Foster by email at development@spcaofbradleycountytn.org or telephone at 423-457-2519.

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