May 1 - Vol 1, Issue 1

Companion Animal Rescue & Education

C.A.R.E.

Partnering with the Jefferson County Community to educate, cultivate and facilitate the compassionate CARE of all companion animals. CARE began in January of 2018 as SOS (Save Our Shelter), when a grassroots organization of concerned citizens, came together with the goal of finding a solution to the impending disaster that was fast approaching as the Humane Society of Jefferson County ceased to operate as an Open Surrender Shelter as their mission changed to one of private limited admissions. SOS segued into CARE and established an Open Surrender shelter within four months. This would not have happened without the generous support of the county government and the public to whom we are beyond grateful.

 

HONEY MILLER, BOARD PRESIDENT

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Honey Miller, the owner of a pet sitting business, had volunteered for the animal shelter as a foster. She also volunteered her time through organizing the free spay/neuter program Fixin’ to Save Lives to address the need in Jefferson County for aggressive spay/neuter to bring the cat overpopulation under control. (325 pets altered in 5 months). As it became apparent that the residents of Jefferson County would soon have no place to take abandoned, unwanted, ill or injured companion animals Honey took on the leadership of C.A.R.E. to remedy this unacceptable situation. Honey is proud to have had her volunteer efforts formally acknowledged by the mayor’s office. Honey has a lifetime of caring for animals and people which began as a child on a dairy farm caring for a variety of barnyard animals and household pets. Her lifetime dream of owning a small hobby farm has become a reality in Dandridge. After 22 years in the healthcare field (nurse, pediatrics, hospice bedside nurse and as a hospice operations director) she has returned to what she loves most, which is caring for animals.

 

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KRIS SPENCER

We are excited and proud to have Kris as our Director of Operations. Kris has been involved with animal shelters since 2004. She has taken the lead in the renovation of the old facility. She has been honored by the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners in Resolution 2017-47 on September 18, 2017. She has completed courses in animal cruelty investigation, shelter management and is a Certified Animal Euthanasia Technician. Kris is a true professional and will run an animal shelter that will reflect well on the county and serve the companion animals and citizens of the county with the dignity and respect they deserve.

 

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