Alternatives to Surrender

If you are planning to surrender your animal to a shelter because of behavioral issues, housing issues, veterinary care, etc. please reconsider.  Below are some options to assist you and we are always here to help!

 

Re-Homing: 

Ask around to your family, friends, co-workers, etc. to see if anyone is looking to add a new pet.  You can also take advantage of free resources such as social media!  The shelter should be a last resort for your pet!

 

Pet Behavior Assistance:

For help with behavioral issues, contact ERAS at 423-664-0271.  We can assist with some bad behaviors and refer to a few trained professionals in our area for the behaviors with which we can not help!

Pet-Friendly Housing:         

If you are  moving and having a difficult time finding pet friendly housing, call the shelter for a list of local pet-friendly options!

Low-Cost Spay/ Neuter and Vaccinations:

You can contact the shelter at 423-664-0271 to discuss spay/ neuter and vaccination options or Chattaneuter at 423-531-7729,

 

Financial Burdens:

If you having a difficult time providing food for your pet, you may contact the shelter at 423-664-0271.  We can not provide a long-term solution but may be able to assist for the short-term.  You may also contact 4 Paws Pantry at 423-475-6342. 

 

Trap-Neuter-Return for Feral Cats:

If you have feral (unsocialized) cats in your neighborhood, contact us for information about TNR.  ERAS can also assist you with trap rentals and free spay/ neuter and rabies vaccination services for feral cats.  Call 423-664-0271

The Decision

Making the decision to surrender your pet is never an easy one.  You may be moving to a home or an apartment that doesn’t allow pets.  You may be entering a time in your life that a pet doesn’t fit well.  You may have recently had a change in finances.  You may be going through a life altering illness or difficult time in your life. 

 

Surrendering your pet to a shelter may feel like the only option you have for your pet.  A shelter should be and can be your last option!  If you must re-home your pet, below are a list of area dog rescues that work with ERAS and can work with you on a plan to re-home your pet. 

 

Small Dog Rescues:

A Paw and A Prayer:(423) 718-0939

 

Trooper’s Treasures: (423)596-9973

 

Cat Rescue:

Meow Meow: (201) 403-1036

 

McCracken Kitty Kat Rescue: lesa7858@gmail.com

Tiggertown: (423) 680-1225

SCRATCH: scratchcats@gmail.com

Pitbull Specific Resources:

Pit Happens Rescue, Inc.- Contact via Facebook

 

Hearts of Gold Pit Rescue (Memphis)

You can also try:

East Tennessee Alliance for Animals: (423) 313-2859

 

Pet Placement Center: (423) 877-0738

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Saturday 10a-2p

Sunday Closed

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Shelter   (423) 664-0271

Emergency   (423) 622-1725 

*Emergency calls are calls after hours such as sick/injured animals and bites. Please leave a message at the shelter for all other non-emergency reports after business hours*