Who we are
Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation was born as a public/private partnership in 2007 resulting in funding and development of the modern animal shelter that Blount County enjoys today. SMACF provides annual funding to the Blount County Animal Center for spay/neuter, medical staffing, operational and medical supplies and a northern transport program that accounts for placement of over 20% of BCAC’s adoptable animals. BCAC has the highest adoption rate of any open-access animal shelter in Tennessee.
Smoky Mountain Animal Care aims to balance the health, public safety and welfare needs of people and animals in Blount County, Tennessee by responsibly and humanely enforcing animal-related laws; providing medical care, nourishment and a safe environment for unwanted, stray, abused and impounded animals; educating the public about responsible companion animal ownership; investigating cases where animal care is questionable, and finding new loving homes for homeless animals.
Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation places great emphasis on community involvement in solving the animal control and pet overpopulation problem for the county. SMACF actively seeks out the assistance of volunteers from the general public, service organizations and established animal rescue groups in the community to give of their time to foster animals, assist with animal adoptions, and promote responsible pet ownership through public education.
We have recently completed the construction of a modern Animal Care Center in Blount County to be used to house animals, ensure proper medical care, perform spay and neuter procedures and act as a classroom to educate the general public about proper animal care.
One of the long term goals of the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation is to create a Humane Region in east Tennessee by working together to form a network of animal welfare agencies with our neighboring counties. In so doing, animals in our region would benefit from the combined effort of many agencies and individuals working on their behalf.
We believe that we will be a part of the humane solution, not contributing to the problem of animal overpopulation. We are dedicated to animal welfare 365 days a year.
We understand that warehousing animals for the sake of saving them from humane euthanasia is not in the animal’s best interests. We know it is currently not possible to save all animals in Blount County due to animal overpopulation. Our ultimate goal is to bring the number of unwanted animals in Blount County to an absolute minimum.
We believe that spaying and neutering of all pets is the solution to overpopulation. We also believe that education is central to addressing issues such as animal cruelty, neglect, and overpopulation.