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 Animal Shelter.'
Both Jonathan and Miranda were each given $25 and a gift certificate. 'Paws and Claws Animal Shelter 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.
P.A.C.A.S Mission Statement
" The mission of Paws And Claws Animals Shelter ( P.A.C.A.S ) is to reduce dog and cat overpopulation in the Sequatchie Valley area; to advance and provide humane protective care and treatment of animals. We will accomplish this through educational programs, spaying, neutering and public relation's activities."
A Vision for Animal Care in Bledsoe County
When we look down the road , P.A.C.A.S members have a vision to provide a shelter, 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.