Support Animal Harbor

This week we shine the spotlight on the Franklin County Humane Society (FCHS), also known as Animal Harbor.

The purpose of FCHS is to provide temporary shelter and loving care, including medical care, for lost and homeless animals until new homes are found; reduce future generations of unwanted companion animals by developing and maintaining a low-cost spay/neuter program for low-income residents; altering all shelter animals before they are adopted; and educating the community about animal welfare and prevent cruelty to animals.

In 2015, FCHS served a total of 808 people directly: 306 adopters; 17 owners whose lost pets were returned; 237 owners who surrendered their pets to because they could no longer keep them; and 248 low-income residents whose pet spay/neuters were subsidized; plus many others who came to Animal Harbor for advice or assistance in finding lost pets or simply to see the pets up for adoption.

They placed 306 spayed or neutered pets in new homes locally and sent 200 dogs to shelters in the North through our Rescue Waggin’ program. They also distributed books that promote kindness and responsibility toward animals to all of the public school libraries in Franklin County as well as to Winchester Christian Academy, the Mennonite School, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee and The Franklin County Library.

Their work to improve the lives of homeless pets and to instill the value of humane treatment of animals contributes to a better community for all residents.

FCHS will receive $3,000 to be used for veterinary expenses, which include spaying and neutering the rescued pets before adoption. These veterinary services cost approximately $30,838 last year.

Since 1908, the goal of the SCC has been to help citizens by funding the community. Through SCC funding, 26 local organizations can help those caught in the cycle of poverty, improve quality of life through outreach and community initiatives, and provide support for children with a variety of programs. The SCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations are tax-deductible. Send your donation to Sewanee Community Chest, P.O. Box 99, Sewanee, TN 37375.

Donate through, and 100 percent of the donation goes to the Sewanee Community Chest with no fees taken out.

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