About us

Our Organization

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.

No-Kill is an innovative, cost-effective model of animal sheltering that allows open admission animal control shelters to save all healthy and treatable animals.  Unlike the “adopt some and kill the rest” form of animal sheltering that has dominated the United States for the past 100 years and is responsible for the needless deaths of millions of healthy and treatable animals every year.  No Kill shelters are saving as high as 99% of all animals entrusted to their care.

Meet The Team

Karen McMeekin

President

Karen is the founder and president of A Time 4 Paws. When she moved to Tennessee in 2004, she learned the plight of the homeless pets in the area. Determined to help these animals, she founded A Time 4 Paws, an organization based on the NoKill Philosophy. Through that association’s efforts, the number of killed, incarcerated, abused, and neglected dogs and cats has been...
Teresa Williams

Vice President

Teresa is involved in the daily running of the shelter as much as she is out in the field saving animals.
Janice Lovern

Treasurer

Janice worked in the Florida Court System for 13 years in Sarasota County, Florida before going to work as the Executive Director for the State Attorney’s Office of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit for 18 years. Her duties included budgeting, personnel, payroll and legislative activities. She and her husband Roger retired in 2000. They did a...
Ken Steadman

Board Member

Ken spent 39 years with national advertising agencies in Michigan working on Ford and Dodge Truck accounts. He retired in 1987 and moved to Cumberland County Tennessee where he now resides. Ken joined the FFG Lions Club and became a member of the Board of Directors with VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) where he still...

A Tribute to Ruth Esther Werner

What People Say

Our Goals

Adoption Services 83%
Animal Protection 91%
Spay/Neuter Programs 74%
Humane Education 64%
Return of lost pets to families 95%

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