The Sevier County Humane Society on Gnatty Branch Road will be closed today due to roof work needed to install the new incinerator.
For public safety, the Society will be closed so they can remove part of the old roof and pull out the old incinerator. This is the first step in a process that should be completed by the end of September.
Until recently, the euphonized animals were being disposed of at the Sevier Solid Waste compost facility. The compost facility changed the operational guidelines to disallow the Society to use it for disposal. They are currently driving the euphonized animals to Chestnut Ridge, in Knoxville.
“We do our best to find responsible homes for the animals, but there are not enough qualified homes to go around,” says Jayne Vaughn, Executive Director for the Humane Society. “If the animal is qualified, they are given every opportunity to be adopted.”
Vaughn explains that many animals that are brought into the Society have behavioral, medical, and social issues that prevent them from being adopted. Some animals do not do well in cages and get sick while they are at the facility. Many adoptable pets are taken to the Humane Society of Knoxville, where they have a better chance of being adopted. The Knoxville facility is a no kill facility.
The Sevier County and local cities have donated funds towards the installation of the incinerator. The operators of the Smoky Mountain Gift Show along with many local individuals and businesses made significant contributions to make this project possible.
The Humane Society always needs donations of Purina pet food, towels and rags, antibacterial liquid, paper towels, disposable gloves, and all types of cleaning supplies including dish soap, laundry soap, bleach, and sponges with the scrubby side. These items can be brought to the facility at 959 Gnatty Branch Road.
Pets may be adopted at the Little Friends Adoption Facility on Oak Cluster Drive, in Sevierville.