‘Never been this bad’ | Sevier Animal Care Center desperate for adoptions

“There are dogs down the hallway, cats in pop-up crates in the cat rooms, animals in offices, and we are literally about to put one in the bathroom.”
“There are dogs down the hallway, cats in pop-up crates in the cat rooms, animals in offices, and we are literally about to put one in the bathroom.”
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 2:56 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 5:43 PM EDT
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SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Sevier Animal Care Center officials are anticipating another wave of animal intake Wednesday morning. This comes as the facility has reached a 40% over capacity level within the last month. The situation has forced them to move some dogs and cats in offices, hallways and bathrooms.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s been really hard, “Director Ashley Thomas said. “We have to balance it out with all the good things that happen with the community helping us and all the people who are helping us and fostering. We’re just seeing challenges from all sides and is just kind of overwhelmed.”

Leaders are now asking for anyone who can adopt or foster animals out of the shelter, saying, “things have never been this bad for us and we need help to save all of these babies.”

Thomas said that they had taken in more than 40 animals since Monday and now have some 300 animals in their care.

“I cannot understate how desperate we are,” Thomas said.

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