Best Friends Sanctuary
(Community Pet Advocates) is a 501 C3 (not for profit) organization
dedicated to helping to reduce the unwanted animal population in
Fentress County. Our mission is to assist in placing abandoned,
unwanted, or abused animals in loving, responsible homes, promote
spaying or neutering of the dogs and cats and to provide humane
education. There is no shelter or county run dog pound in Fentress
County thus there is a great need for this service. Our rescue
program is designed to help cats and dogs who are homeless find permanent homes. Most of the animals have been abandoned in
rural areas. They are not considered adoptable until they have been
spayed or neutered, and have their immunization shots brought up to
date. We always have puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats available for
adoption. Our adoption fees are less than our costs.
Since April 2006, we have
been working with a no kill shelter out of state. As of January 2011, we
have transported 3564 dogs and puppies to the SPCA organization. They
have placed all that we sent in loving, indoor homes. This has been a blessing. Without this
outlet, these animals would have been put down, hit by cars, or roaming
the streets as there are not enough homes in Fentress County to support
the unwanted pet population. It costs a minimum for shots, worming, flea
medication, etc. of $20 per animal taken to Ohio plus the cost of
gasoline and maintenance to our van. We have no financial support from
the city or county.
We do provide a low cost spay / neuter programs for low income
households. An application must be filled out and returned to
our spay/neuter coordinator. This is available when we have grant
money available for this purpose. Please stop and pick up an
application at Dogwood or Upchurch Animal Hospital, the Department
of Human Services, D & D Auto Parts or print one from our website.
Please fill it out completely. We cannot help you if you do
not supply the required information.
Don't litter! Fix your critter!
We do take strays and stray puppies that have been caught and
confined if we have room in a foster home. We may ask if you
can keep them until our next trip. We do not have a shelter. Our 6
fosters homes are constantly full and our foster parents are worn
out. Sometimes, we have parvo or pups that are sick in some other
way and we cannot take any more canines until this passes. We can
only take canines that fit the criteria set by our no kill sister
shelter. We can take puppies and dogs that are under 50 lbs. and
under 5 years of age. They must be well behaved and easy to
manage. No biters or Pit Bull or Pit Bull Mixes are allowed. They
must be in good health. *
owner/rescuer is asked to transport the canines to one of our
members to receive parvo/distemper shots, worming, etc. If the
puppies are over 12 weeks old, the owner/rescuer is responsible for
getting them to a veterinarian for the state required rabies
vaccination. We ask for a tax deductible donation to help pay for
the gasoline for the trip and the keep our organization going. The
owner must transport the canine to our loading point at 7A.M. Sharp
on the day of the trip.
We do transport litters of puppies from private individuals
provided that they meet our criteria and the owner follows the
requirements stated above. The mother dog must be spayed.
If the owner canít afford the full amount of the operation, Best
Friends will assist.
do take owner surrendered canines provided that they meet our
criteria and the owner follows the requirements stated above. *
We do not come to your house and pick up stray dogs.
not animal control. If you have a adoptable stray and are willing
to work with us, we can help you.
If you feel that the
county/city needs animal control and a shelter, please contact your
county com-missioner or city councilmen.
We do not go out and round up abandoned puppies or dogs. By
the time you call us, the animal is gone. If you see them and would
like to help them, please catch them, confine them, and call us at
931- 397-0116. One of our volunteers will call you back. We may
ask if you can keep them until our next trip, depending on foster
home availability. We will provide parvo/distemper vaccinations,
worming and flea/tick medication if needed.
We do not go out and pick up dogs and cats that have been injured
by a vehicle or animal.
We do not follow up on calls of animal abuse. The humane
laws were established by the State of Tennessee and are enforced by
the local law departments. We are not a certified humane society
or animal cops. We have no authority or training to confiscate
abused animals. We will gladly assist the Police or Sheriff in
investigating this if they ask us.
There are exceptions to every rule but this is our
basis of operation.
We work monthly on fund
raisers to pay for basic pet care, vaccinations, flea and tick
prevention, and heartworm. We do not have the funds to help an animal
in need of extensive medical care. The fund raisers consist of bake
sales, horse shows, traffic stops, raffles, dinners, collecting aluminum
cans, and auctions.
Are you concerned about
the pet population in Fentress County? Please consider joining our
all volunteer group. We always welcome new members, ideas, and special
skills. We all have something in common with our love for animals. We
work hard but try to have fun doing it! You may do as much or as little
as you like. To join, from our website, please print and fill out a
membership application and mail it or better yet, come to our monthly
meeting. We meet at the Fentress County Library at 6 P.M. on the first
Monday of the month. All are welcome!
Please make a tax deductible
donation so that we can continue our mission to help the community and
the animals. Use the links below to check us out and make a donation on
Please send your check to:
P.O. Box 1038