SPCA of Bradley County, TN

No-Kill Animal Shelter
1570 Johnson Blvd SE
Cleveland, TN 37311
Office: (423) 790-1915

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I began 2018 in a very introspective place, personally and professionally.
Simply put, I wanted to be and do better. I want to have a bigger impact by focusing on what is important to me and what, I feel, is my “calling.”
This led me to complete some research and numbers crunching for shelter impact.
I was a bit disheartened by what I discovered. I saw a decrease in our numbers from 2016 to 2017. My real concern is the statistics didn’t decrease because of lack of need, but because of a lack of goals and resources.
Our staff is really small and we’re doing all we can with what we’ve been given. Accepting and caring for 1,311 animals by three full-time and 2-part time staff members is nothing of which to be ashamed, but I have a desire to do more.
Yes, we are a no-kill center. Our live-release rate in controllable outcomes is 98.91 percent.
Yes, we’re an open-admission facility, but our resources limit our staff’s ability and time to intake animals daily.
We desire to have a bigger impact on our community and, in order to accomplish this goal, we must take in more animals than before. In order to decrease the number of homeless animals in our community, we need to increase intakes at the Adoption Center.
So, I called a staff meeting at the beginning of the year to review our goals, and to look at areas of improvement and potential change. I told staff members I wanted to increase intakes. As expected, they looked at me like I was crazy. I could practically hear the arguments in their minds: “We’re already overflowing.” “We’re spread too thin as it is,” etc…. Since animal welfare is the common factor for my entire staff, I reminded them of the positive side of intakes.
Instead of focusing on the human side of intakes (i.e., the frustration and disappointment we experience when people surrender a pet), we will focus on the reality that most of these animals are in a better environment with us. Every animal that leaves us is spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped (among other things). So, when they return to the community, they are healthier and will no longer contribute to our pet overpopulation problem. Approximately 40 percent of the animals we intake are placed with breed-specific rescues and partner shelters in Northern states. So, by intaking more animals, we’re also relocating more to other communities and parts of the country that have less of a population crisis. Our supply meets their demand.
We’re never going to outrun the population epidemic without pushing the limits. We’re not a spay/neuter clinic so our contribution can’t be to provide incentive to alter animals. We’re an animal shelter and adoption center. Sheltering and placing animals for adoption is what we do. So, we established a short-term goal of accepting 25 percent more animals than last year. For us, this totals approximately 328 more animals. Our long-term goal is to continue to increase intake rates per year until we see the tide change. Instead of a line of citizens waiting to surrender their pets when our doors open, we want to be in the community actively taking animals off the streets. The long-term goal is to implement a change from having a reactive approach to animal surrenders to a pro-active approach. Instead of waiting for animals to come to us, we want to go to them.
In order to achieve this goal, we must increase staff throughout the center. We need more personnel from our intake office to members of our kennel staff. We must also increase adoption promotions and transportation efforts. Our commission is to simply take in more animals and place more animals for adoption. We want to do MORE!
I took this plan to our Board of Directors who were more than willing to help us achieve this goal. They pre-emptively agreed to add some staffing to help shoulder the load of increased intakes. We began a pilot, or tester phase, and I can proudly say we have increased intakes by 30 percent during January/February 2018 compared to the same period of time last year.
Our Board of Directors has launched a capital campaign to build or acquire a new facility/office (which doubles as a Cat Adoption Center). Currently, we manage our animal intake, adoptions, staff areas, cat adoption center, kitten nursery, and infirmary inside a small dilapidated trailer. In order to meet our goals of having an impactful year, our Board has undertaken major efforts to fund this new building within the next year.
Our organization has proven a willingness and effectiveness to accomplish these goals. Now, we reach out to the general community as well as our strong network of committed and generous animal welfare supporters for assistance. These changes are only possible if we, as a community, work together with a common goal. We are looking for action.

To honor our goal of increasing intakes and animal placement by percent, we’re introducing the Quarter More Challenge.
• $25 a month support. This can be made via mail, phone, or online. You can even set up recurring donations via Paypal or your bank.
• 25 hours of volunteerism every 2 months for the SPCA of Bradley County.
• 25 miles driven monthly transporting for the SPCA of Bradley County.
Will you stand with us in this challenge? Can you increase your action to help us decrease homeless pets in our community?

Kristin Harvey
Manager of Operations

All donations are tax deductible and can be made in person, by mail, over the phone or via paypal.
Checks should be made payable to SPCA of Bradley County. Please note on the memo line “Quarter More”. All donation should be mailed to PO Box 703 Cleveland, TN 37364
To call in a donation: (423) 790-1915
Paypal donations can be sent to office@spcaofbradleycountytn.org

The Adoption Center, for anyone wanting to see their support in action or to donate in person, is located at 1570 Johnson Blvd SE Cleveland, TN 37311

If you are interested in Volunteering...
Volunteer application can be found : Here

Volunteer apps can be sent to: volunteerspcabradley@gmail

If you are interested in Fostering..
Foster Application can be found:Here
Foster Care Policy can be found: Here

Foster applications and Foster care policy can be sent to: spcabradleyfoster@gmail.com

It has come to our attention that some people believe we receive funding from the ASPCA or the Humane Society -- so we wanted to clear that up and let it be known that we do not. That is why we rely so heavily on donations from our followers and the community.

Our 2018 wall calendars are in! 

On sale for Only $5!!

Hurry in to get yours while supplies last!

The Shelter is located at 1570 Johnson Blvd.in Cleveland TN. And is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5 pm.

When you purchase one of these awesome calendars you will also be helping to save a life of a cat or dog that has come to the shelter sick or injured.
Proceeds from the sale of the calendars goes to our Angel Fund.

Don't live in the area? No problem - You can order yours by contacting us at Manager@spcaofbradleycountytn.org

Volunteers Needed!
We are always in need of help with the animals, but even more so during the summer.
Please consider coming out to the shelter and helping with the animals. We, and the animals, would greatly appreciate it. You'll get plenty of tail wags, happy faces and doggie kisses!
For more information and to get things started just stop by the shelter located at 1570 Johnson Blvd.
Tuesday through Saturday between 12-5 pm. 
Invite your friends to come out and help too!

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)

Mailing Address:
SPCA of Bradley County
PO Box 703
Cleveland, TN 37364