Free to a good home



Well, I am sure you all know that nothing in life is truly free, but I can tell you what is worth every penny: adopting a pet. For those interested, you are in luck! We have a wonderful facility in Blount County called the Animal Adoption Center. Located on County Highway 1 close to the Cleveland town limits, the center is home to cats and dogs in need of a loving home.

I am a huge advocate for adopting pets. Both of my four-legged children are adopted, one coming from our Animal Adoption Center. I can’t imagine my life without either of my pups. We bonded almost immediately after adoption. I fulfilled their need to be loved and wanted, and I guess you could say they did the same for me.

There is nothing wrong with wanting a particular breed or buying from a licensed breeder. I have done that, too. But if you and your family are simply looking for a loving, loyal friend to bring into the fold, I urge you to explore adopting. And sure, we all aren’t animal people, but you can still help. The Center is always in need of dog and cat food, cat litter, newspaper, and cleaning supplies. They even love to have the public come and volunteer since the day-to-day care of the facility is a huge task.



With Christmas and the holidays on the horizon there is no doubt that some Blount County kiddos will add a kitten or puppy to their Santa Claus wish list. Please keep these animals in mind as an option. They aren’t “used;” they aren’t scarred; they aren’t dangerous. They are simply seeking the thing most of us take for granted… a home.

Lastly, if you have a pet that is not working out in your home, for the love of all that is good, do not dump your pets. No level of disobedience or annoyance deserves abandonment… and it’s against the law. The Animal Adoption Center accepts pet surrenders at a very affordable price with no questions asked.

The Animal Adoption Center is located at 120 Shelter Drive, Cleveland, and their number is 205-625-6026. You can also follow them on Facebook where they post lots of photos of their adoptable pets. The Center hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon until 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Until next time, I hope you find something new here in Blount County. It’s a good old place to call home.

-Richard Phillips