Carter County Humane Society celebrates 40 years of service

Published 5:34 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The Carter County Humane Society, a local non-profit funded by donations, has been in operation and helping the Elizabethton community since 1982.

In its 40 years of operation, the Carter County Humane Society and dedicated volunteers have helped thousands of animals by providing different services.

In 2021 alone, the Humane Society helped over 240 hurting animals.

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The group is most known for its spaying and neutering services, offering vouchers to Carter County residents to reduce the number of stray animals running large in the community, effectively helping both health and safety issues.

Based on financial eligibility and proof of income, calling the non-profit about getting an animal spayed or neutered can result in vouchers of anywhere between $30 to $50 to be used at any local vet.

Under other circumstances, the Humane Society also helps take care of animals in dire need by providing supplies and vet care to animals in severe conditions.

The Humane Society works closely with the Elizabethton-Carter County Animal Shelter and other rescue services, including Appalachian Tails Rescue founded by Robin McKamey, a local T.A. Dugger Jr. High teacher.

Penny White, director of the Humane Society, has been volunteering for 39
years, and Linda Becker, assistant treasurer, has been volunteering for 20. Both
women are animal lovers at heart, and their passions for helping have heavily
influenced their work seeking the proper treatment of animals.

“One thing that we really emphasize is the humane treatment of animals. If someone sees an animal being mistreated, they need to report it,” White said.

Russ Becker is president of the Humane Society and Jennie Wells is the secretary.

The Carter County Humane Society runs solely off donations and grants and is directly dependent on the Carter County community to make a difference.

In order to help, volunteers encourage the community to make selfless donations at P.O. Box 134 Elizabethton, Tennessee 37644, or at local businesses with pet bank donation boxes that directly fund the non-profit.