Staff and volunteers at SBK Animal Control Center will host a special event from 4 to 8 p.m., Dec. 20, at Kingsport Town Center.
The Sullivan County-Bluff City-Kingsport (SBK) Animal Control Center Inc., formerly the Kingsport Animal Shelter, has a Christmas wish list of its own, according to supervisor Donna Davidson, who has been working at the center for nine years.
At any given time, the center at 2141 Idle Hour Road in Kingsport houses about 80 dogs and 60 cats. (Still more animals have a temporary home at the center’s second facility at 380 Masengill Road in Blountville). Funding for the non-profit group comes collectively, as the name suggests, from Sullivan County, Bluff City and Kingsport. Bristol also gives the Blountville center a small amount for each animal that Bristol's animal control officer takes to the center since Bristol does not have its own animal control center.
"The funding we receive is not enough to get us through the year," Davidson said. "We depend a lot on donations."
The center always needs the basics: dog, cat, puppy and kitty food and cat litter. But, other needs include plastic and metal crates, collars, leashes, toys, treats, and old towels, washclothes and blankets.
"The animals get a new towel every day," Davidson said. "Washing is an all-day long process"
Because of that, the SBK Animal Control Center also accepts old, but still functioning, washing machines and dryers along with cleaning supplies like bleach, laundry detergent and Fabuloso. It also needs food bowls.
"We prefer the stainless steel ones because they clean better and they don't hold disease," Davidson said.
Ginger Smith, who works at both of the center's locations, said they’re so busy with cleaning and administration work that they rarely have time to just play with the animals. Still, their love for their jobs and the animals shows when Smith admits "we name everything that comes through the door" if it doesn't already have a name.
The cost to adopt from the center is $80 for a dog and $65 for a cat. Included in the adoption fee is the animal's first set of shots, spaying or neutering, worming, microchipping and 30 days of pet health insurance. The center also offers rabies shots for an additional $10.
The center plans to have several of its adoptable animals at the Kingsport Town Center on Fort Henry Drive from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Davidson said that starting around Thanksgiving people start adopting pets, usually puppies and kittens.
The SBK Animal Control Center’s Idle Hour Road location is closed Wednesdays, but is open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. the rest of the week. The center’s Blountville facility is closed Sundays and Thursdays, and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5:30 p.m., the rest of the week. For more information, call 423-247-1671 or visit the web page at www.sbkanimalcenter.org.