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Animal Shelter doing everything to find animals a forever home

BY NIC MILLER
STAR STAFF
nic.miller@elizabethton.com
Carter County is home to many things: great sports, a rich history, and kind people. However, the county is also home to a large population of animals who are without homes. 

This is where the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter and Director Shannon Posada come in. The shelter is home to many cats and dogs alike, and the number is only getting higher.

So much so that the first thing seen on the door is a notice that the shelter is at maximum capacity. Posada added to this, saying, “Right now is kitten season for us, and at the moment we have over 150 cats in the facility. For some of these kittens, we are looking at having them for another eight weeks just because we keep them until they are two pounds for their well-being.

“We are doing everything we can to get these animals out of here and into a loving home. There have been a few rescues that have reached out and taken some animals, but we welcome anyone who would like to, to come by and at least love on these animals.”

Posada continued by saying, “We would like to say we are unlimited, but due to the number of staff we have as well as our decreased budget, we’re going to have to be cautious.”

Posada is also excited about a program recently started by supporters of the shelter explaining, “The Friends of the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter have started a kennel sponsorship program. You can fill out a form and donate $100 to sponsor either a dog or cat kennel for a year. With that donation and decision to sponsor, there will actually be a plaque on the kennel you sponsor that states your name.”

Looking toward the future, Posada hopes that a home can be found for every animal the shelter has.

“We always look forward to seeing these little guys come in and being able to leave and go onto a forever home. The good Lord puts us in positions for a reason, and to be here to care for these animals is such a blessing.”

The shelter will be having some adoption specials due to the number of animals residing there.

“Be on the lookout for our kitten adoption specials and adult specials that we will be posting online,” Posada added.

For those wishing to visit the shelter and adopt or just interact with the animals there, the shelter is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m., with appointments starting at 10 a.m.