Sevier County Humane Society looks for new building

Sevier County Humane Society building is 40 years old and needs to be replaced. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevier County Humane Society is looking to get enough money together to move into a new facility in the near future.

The 40 year old building on Gnatty Branch Road is over crowded and falling apart. Now, the humane society says it needs nearly $1 dollars to build a new facility.

"It has served our needs well it just doesn't anymore, even the geographic challenges of getting here for starters," said Jayne Vaughn, Executive Director of the Sevier County Humane Society. "So it's kind of a tricky situation in that we need our donors that are presently supporting to continue to support so we can keep this facility going, while we also need additional support while we raise the money for the new facility."

Vaughn says they take in nearly 30 animals a day. Ones that are stray or have been confiscated by police from abusive situations.

"At any given time we have horses, goats, pigs, iguanas, tarantellas. We've had just about anything you could think of," said Vaughn.

The humane society is working with the city of Sevierville to finalize plans for a new facility on Old Newport Highway. Vaughn hopes this will also help increase visibility in the community.

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