In 2009, the earlier named 'Pikeville Animal Shelter Committee,' held a contest for school-children to come up with the best name for an animal shelter. After a few weeks, the results were voted on at the monthly shelter meeting. It was a tie!
In the tie for a shelter name were, Jonathan Fann and Miranda Howser. They both came up with the winning name. The New Official Name for the animal shelter for Bledsoe County and Sequatchie County is: 'Paws And Claws.'
Both Jonathan and Miranda were each given $25 and a gift certificate. 'Paws and Claws became the new official name for the Advisory Council of 20+ people pushing for Pikeville to become pro-active in the management of stray dogs and cats in the area.
How we got started.....
In 2009 Debbie Smith, fearing that one of her tenants would get bit by a stray dog, took the initiative to start a petition for something to be done about all the stray dogs running loose in the Sequatchie Valley Tn. area. After getting a petition signed, Debbie started the foundation of making a difference for the safety and care of cats and dogs. Paws and Claws is the product of this gathering of people who care.
Our mission shall be to provide the resources necessary to support the rescue, care and adoption of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the greater Bledsoe County area, and also to promote outreach programs that will build a community where people will value animals and treat them with kindness and compassion. We will accomplish this through educational programs, spay/neuter support and public relations activities.
A Vision for Animal Care in Bledsoe County
When we look down the road , P.A.C members have a vision to provide veterinary care and an adoption agency for abandoned and stray animals. The definition of a shelter will be in the form of a physical location for Paws and Claws, foster homes, or outreach programs coordinated with agencies in nearby counties.