$100,000 donated to Sevier County Humane Society after wildfires
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley plans to give $100,000 to partner shelter Sevier County Humane Society this week after collecting the money via donations that came in after the November wildfires that hit the county, according to a news release Monday.
After the wildfires forced the Sevier County Humane Society (SCHS) to evacuate its facility last November, HSTV created the Sevier County Humane Society Fire Relief Fund, according to the release from HSTV.
Since then, thousands have donated to help the organization and community affected.
SCHS’s shelter sustained considerable smoke damage, forcing the shelter to move operations to the Sevier County Fairgrounds.
The release said that SCHS “not only continued operations in the aftermath of the fires, but it has provided temporary shelter and care to owned pets of displaced families and medical care to injured pets and strays.”
“SCHS is a true blessing to the people and animals of Sevier County,” said Katie Crossen, an employee of the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley. She said the funds, which will be presented to SCHS at the fairgrounds Thursday, may also go toward the construction of a new Sevier County Humane Society building.
The current location, at 959 Gnatty Branch Road in Sevierville, is 44 years old and according to officials is not equipped to handle the number of intakes the shelter sees each year.
“We’re excited. These funds will help SCHS not only recover, but meet the growing needs of our neighboring community with the relocation and construction of a new shelter,” Crossen said.