For most pet owners, the recent recall of an estimated 100 brands of pet food has caused a serious but relatively brief surge of panic.
Some have breathed sighs of relief knowing they don't use the potentially tainted style of food. Others have taken their supply to an area store for a refund, thankful Fido or Felix wasn't affected.
But for some pet owners and at least one local animal shelter, the recall continues to have a huge impact.
"This is just scary. I'm scared for the animals here at the shelter and I'm scared for my own animals," said Joy Sexton, Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter assistant director. "These guys at the shelter are already compromised. It isn't fair to them."
For employees at the shelter, the recall adds to an already lengthy to-do list.
"Each day you check the list of recalled food and there's something else. I couldn't believe how many are on there. And the list just keeps getting longer," said Debbie Dobbs, director of the shelter. "We had a mess of them back there. It's been constant backtracking and checking ourselves to make sure we're not endangering anyone's kidneys."
With most food that is used to feed the shelter's tenants - which included 64 dogs and 34 cats Wednesday - coming from donations, employees have to take extra caution before every feeding time.
"We don't use one particular brand so we have to go through it all," Dobbs said. "The recall is mostly on wet food, so the cat food is a lot of what we have had to go through. We feed them canned food every day.
"We are paying close attention to what we're pouring into the barrels to feed them. But if the recall spreads to dry food, we'll be up a creek."
For now, continued donations help keep the shelter - and its guests - alive and well. In fact, the dry food supply at the shelter is actually up thanks to a recent delivery from several students at Daniel Boone High School.
On Friday, students delivered more than 13,000 pounds of animal food to the shelter in the culmination of a project co-sponsored by Daniel Boone's student council and Future Farmers of America.
"We do this every year. It was a service project that was schoolwide," said Daniel Boone Student Council Adviser Sheila Clark. "We collected food for about three weeks, then we delivered three truckloads and a trailer full."
Clark said the students chose to help the shelter because it is "often overlooked and they always need any assistance they can get."
Meanwhile, shelter officials are hoping the recent recall does not discourage others from donating.
"We still need our community support no matter what," Dobbs said.
In addition to food donations, Dobbs said the shelter is always in need of kitty litter, animal treats and cleaning supplies such as bleach.Anyone interested in donating to the shelter can call 926-8769 for more information.