New direction for Paws and Claws

In 2009, in response to concerns about the number of stray animals in the Sequatchie Valley, a group of citizens organized to form a group named “The Pikeville Animal Shelter Committee.” Through a school contest, the name of the group became Paws and Claws Animal Shelter and was chartered, then registered as a 501(c)3 charitable organization with the intent of establishing a brick and mortar animal shelter somewhere in the Sequatchie Valley.

The group tried for nine years to find funding to purchase land and build a physical shelter to have a place to put these abandoned animals, according to Paws and Claws Vice President Debbie Fawcett. After years of trying, a sustainable source of income could not be found.

For more see the June 17 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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