New animal shelter opens in Sevier County

Published: Nov. 1, 2018 at 9:56 PM EDT
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After months of not having a place for strays in Sevier County to go, the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Sevier County have opened a new spot.

The Sevier Animal Care Center opened its doors this week, but, for now, all the cages are empty.

"I don't think it will be very long and we'll have plenty of animals for adoption," shelter director Ashley Thomas said.

Since the agency Pets Without Parents

, animal control officers throughout Sevier County had no where to take stray animals, forcing them to leave many on the streets.

"Of course they have responded to emergencies, but I suspect that we will get kind of a bigger wave than we would have, just because of the backlog," Thomas said.

Now with this new facility off Dolly Parton Parkway, they'll be able to house about 35 cats and 35 dogs.

"An animal shelter is not just for animals, it's for the community," Thomas said. "Its to keep the community safe, and it's also to help fulfill that missing piece missing piece of the puzzle for families."

A missing piece she says can happen the moment they get animals in, and adopters through the door.

"Sometimes it's like it's meant to be," Thomas said. "People just lock eyes with an animal and it's just the perfect fit."

The shelter is open Tuesday-Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It's located at 1040 Dolly Parton Parkway.

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