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The SPCA of Bradley County celebrated its 3rd anniversary on March 17, 2017.
Since opening the SPCA of Bradley County has taken in (to date) more than 4,500 animals from our community and we are proud to say that we have maintained the No-Kill status that the shelter was founded upon. This is no easy task being an open intake shelter in the south. Things do not come easier because of the noble notion of being No-Kill. The work is harder, the days are longer, and the failures cut deeper.
We publish these numbers in hopes of sharing our trials and triumphs with the community we serve. These numbers represent lives in our care. We take that responsibility very seriously. Each life matters to us, even when we are too late to save them. They die with the dignity of a name and someone to hold them as they go. Each loss hurts, but each happy tails strengthens our resolve. We are more committed than ever to place the homeless animals in our community, to rescue the abandoned, to heal the wounded, and to love the abused.
The sad fact is there are not enough homes in our community to place these animals, but there are homes with our shelter partners to the North. These communities have more adopters than they have animals. This is why we began our transport efforts and why these efforts have increased to match or even exceed our adoption numbers. Our primary goal ALWAYS is to place our animals in good homes or with appropriate rescues who can do the same. We know that our community appreciates these efforts to remain a No-Kill shelter. These efforts do carry cost as each animal must be vaccinated, dewormed, deflea-ed, heartworm tested, and go through a health exam at the vet's office. On average it costs $35-$40 per animal and this does not include staffing, gas (to and from the vet's office as well as to meet transport usually in Knoxville), and wear/tear on shelter vehicles. It is an awfully small price to pay to keep saving lives instead of ending them.
The SPCA of Bradley County rescues animals from unimaginable cruelty and deplorable conditions. These animals need immediate and life saving veterinary care. This is why we created the Angel Fund. This fund is used solely to give these animals the medical care they need. We operate on a "shoe-string" budget. There are no funds from the operational budget to fulfill this need. This is where our community and followers come in. No matter how small or insignificant it may feel, every dollar counts. Your donation saves lives. It takes all of us.
Being a non-profit animal shelter also means we are heavily dependent upon volunteers. The animals who come to us are often scared and lonely. They need YOU. Make a difference. Be a part of Team SPCA.
The SPCA has also far outgrown it's current facilities. We are constantly repairing, updating, and re-purposing to maximize use of the buildings. Feel free to stop by, take a tour, and ask for current repair projects going on. Perhaps you have a skill (or know someone) that you would be willing to use to help with our repair work. We are currently trying to get a leaky roof, falling insulation, and poor HVAC flow repaired to keep our animals, staff, and volunteers comfortable.
We would also like to take a moment to clarify a misconception regarding donations. We do NOT nor have we ever received funding from the ASPCA or other national affiliates. If you wish to donate directly toward the homeless animals in your community, please donate directly to your local humane societies and animal shelters. Those donations stay in your community to benefit animal welfare in your area.
For information to adopt, donate, volunteer, or foster please contact us at the following:
1570 Johnson Boulevard SE
Cleveland TN, 37311
(if mailing donations feel free to specify the area you would like to donate toward: Transport, Angel Fund, Building Repairs, General Donation)
SPCA of Bradley County
PO Box 703
Cleveland, TN 37364