A Time 4 Paws 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.
A Time 4 Paws is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organization that takes direct action in several ways. First, we conduct rescues of animals who fall victim to abuse. Second, we provide public awareness & education about animals that have been rescued from substandard living conditions and abuse situations. Third, we offer adopting opportunities of our rescued animals, to homes that have been vetted, prior to adoption, so that they may live out their lives with caring families.
We work closely with local law enforcement agencies, other shelters and our community, to expand education and awareness for the prevention cruelty to animals and protection of abused.
A Time 4 Paws is a no-kill nonprofit animal welfare organization based in Crossville, Tennessee. Founded in 2005 – Karen McMeekin set out to make a difference in the community by initiating a shelter to protect abused and neglected animals using the “No-Kill” philosophy. “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
A Tribute to Ruth Esther Werner
Ruth was an amazing woman and mother of adopted fraternal twins. One of which is my long time friend Erica from Ft. Lauderdale. When Ruth passed away, I drove from Tennessee to Florida to attend her funeral. Ruth was an amazing woman and she loved animals and her church. Her faith was her life. The preacher at her service was speaking about her life and how she was so dedicated to the church and every stray animal. As he said “she wore one sock with psalms and other with animals on it.”
The preacher then said, “It is now time to pause and think about Ruth’s life.” On the way home while driving in the car, it came to me and I started to cry – it’s time to pause, stop killing these animals and let them live (which became the slogan for the first few years – let them live) Then, after two years, A Time 4 Paws became the name of the non-profit organization. It has a double meaning to us.
– Karen McMeekin
What People Say
Straight to the goal!
AT4P has done a great job saving so many wonderful animals in Crossville. Thanks so much to their staff and wonderful team of volunteers! Keep up the good work that you do. Every pet deserves a home.