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Volunteer opportunities await at Bridge Home animal shelter

Staff report • Feb 18, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Do you love animals?

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity?

If so, look no farther than Bridge Home No Kill Animal Shelter.

“There are some lovely things going on here, but we need more helping hands,” said Bridge Home Director Regina Isenberg.

A “meet and greet”

Isenberg has planned an evening to raise awareness about Bridge Home where people can go to the shelter to see what the organization does and hear about volunteer opportunities.

“For people who didn’t know we exist, they’ll have the opportunity to come out and meet us and see the shelter. I think it will be a fun evening,” Isenberg said.

The event will begin Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the shelter, located at 2061 Highway 75 in Blountville.

A different sort of shelter

Bridge Home is the area’s only true “no kill” animal shelter, and it takes in animals from all over the region, not just Sullivan County.

The shelter provides spaying and neutering for any animal it adopts out, as well as all of the vaccinations and any other vet care the animals need. And sometimes that vet care is especially expensive. For example, they recently took in a little dog who needs surgery on both its knees. It will get that surgery, but the care won’t be cheap.

“That’s why we need more of the green stuff, too,” said Isenberg, referring to money. She said Bridge Home receives no financial support from the city or the county and has to raise all of its own operating funds.

“A good group of people”

“We have some great volunteers, and we do wonderful things for the animals, but it takes money and people,” Isenberg said.

For example, one volunteer comes out once a week to haul off cans they have collected to be recycled, another visits the shelter regularly just to pet and feed the cats.

How you can help

The shelter is grateful for any volunteer help or donations of money and materials it gets. Donations of pet food, puppy pads, clumping cat litter and other materials an animal shelter needs are always appreciated, Isenberg said.

“Anything is helpful to us,” she said. “These animals are homeless, they don’t have anybody. We are all creatures of God, and we should do what we can for the animals.”

Tax-deductible donations are always welcome and can be mailed to Bridge Home Animal Rescue at P.O. Box 654, Blountville, TN 37617. For more information on other ways you can help Bridge Home, call (423) 239-5237.

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