Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation funds a program to transport eligible animals from our area where  we have too many homeless animals to carefully selected rescue groups in areas where there are not enough animals available for adoption.

Animals considered for the transport program are screened medically and for behavior issues.  Roughly two weeks before they are scheduled for transport, the animals  go into foster care to be better socialized and to insure they remain healthy for their long trip to the north.

Our transport program accounts for over 20% of the placements of our adoptable animals.  In 2014 alone, 645 animals traveled to new homes on transport.  Our two sprinter vans travel over 46,000 miles each year taking homeless animals to placements in northern states. 

On the day of transport , we need volunteers to help bathe the animals, walk them and prep them for the journey to their forever homes.  The day before transport we could use help from volunteers getting the kennels and the vans ready to leave.

If you would like to be part of this wonderful rescue mission and experience knowing that you have truly saved lives,  please contact Diane D Martin at

Here are the upcoming dates for Transport:

June 30 to NY
July  14 to NY
July 21 to MN
Aug 4 to NY
Aug 18 to MN





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Who We Are

Founded in 2007, the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to introduce and promote programs to improve animal welfare in Blount County Tennessee and the surrounding areas of the Great Smoky Mountains. In conjunction with Blount County Animal Center, the organization houses the only open-access municipal shelter in the county and has achieved a nearly 90% placement rate for dogs and a 60% placement rate for cats through adoption, rescue, and transport.