A Time 4 Paws Celebrates Grand Opening of Adoption Center

grand_opening_1-1A Time 4 Paws celebrated its 10th anniversary and the grand opening of a new adoption center, at 594 Cook Rd., Oct. 17.

The animal welfare organization offers an alternative to the local animal shelter, working toward establishing a no-kill community.

“It’s been a long six months getting this new center together,” said Karen McMeekin, president of the organization that is funded by donations and staffed with volunteers. McMeekin would like to thank Memory Road, local musicians for donating their time.

The new facility offers more than 9 acres with indoor/outdoor kennels and indoor/outdoor cat suites. An adoption room offers a chance for families to meet their new pet while several exercise areas allow room for the dogs to stretch their legs and run.

It expands the space of the animal rescue organization to include 16 dog kennels and 10 outdoor kennels and room for upwards of 30 cats.

McMeekin explained the organization embraces the 11 components of the No Kill Equation, including proactive redemptions; pet retention; medical and behavior prevention and rehabilitation; foster care; trap, neuter and release programs; comprehensive adoption programs; high-volume and low-cost spay and neuter programs; partnerships among rescue organizations; volunteers; community involvement; and compassionate, hard-working shelter director.

A Time 4 Paws not only offers animals for adoption, they assist in fostering animals and provide a number of support and educational programs to assist pet owners to keep their animals. These include the pet food pantry, assistance providing fences and dog houses, and the Seniors for Seniors program, which helps match senior citizens with senior adoptable pets. They also work with law enforcement on cases of animal cruelty.

The adoption center is funded by grants and donations as well as profits from A Time 4 Paws Thrift store. The organization is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax deductible. For more information about A Time 4 Paws, or to learn about the animals available for adoption at the center, call 456-6906 or stop by the Cook Rd. location Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A Time 4 Paws is a no-kill nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Crossville, Tennessee. Our mission is to provide and promote the education and programs necessary to eliminate the killing of homeless dogs and cats and to prevent cruelty to animals.