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Shelter pets waiting for adoption

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Bedford County Animal Control employees are holding puppies available for adoption. From left are BCAC director Michael Gregory, office assistant Brenda Goodrich, and animal control officer Melissa Clifford.
(T-G Photo by Doug Dezotell)
With October designated as National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Bedford County Animal Control director Michael Gregory and his staff are hoping people around the county will find it in their heart to adopt one of the many dogs they have in their care.

People interested in adopting a pet can stop by BCAC, 205 Lane Parkway. Center staff will gladly introduce the dogs and cats available.

Adoptable animals can also be viewed on the BCAC website, www.bedfordtnamimalcontrol.org.

BCAC provides necessary animal services for people living outside cities or towns in Bedford County by enforcing the animal-related laws found in Tennessee Code and the Bedford County Animal Control Rules and Regulations.

Gregory and his staff provide animal safety and educational programs for school children and civic clubs and organizations, and they make an attempt to solve animal-related problems by educating and advising the community.

BCAC provides emergency and rescue services for animals throughout the county and is involved in investigating charges of cruelty or abuse to domestic animals.

"Although we deal in animal control, we don't handle wildlife here," Gregory said. "If people have problems with opossums, raccoons and other forms of wildlife we refer them to Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency or to a private contractor. And, in large animal abuse cases we work with the U.T. Extension Service."

BCAC has three full-time employees: Gregory, office assistant Brenda Goodrich and newly hired animal control officer Melissa Clifford. Inmates from the county workhouse also assist.

"We need volunteers to help us here at the shelter," said Goodrich. "We have applications ready to be picked up in the office. We'll have a volunteer training program once a group is ready.

"Word of mouth is probably the best way people find out about the animals we have available for adoption, and the more volunteers we have helping us, the more the word gets out. We also need volunteers to work with the animals for socialization and exercise."

BCAC always needs donations of pet supplies. There is a constant need for dry and canned dog and cat food, cat litter, flea spray, pet beds, newspapers, cleanser and bleach, and the animals always love a treat.

Office hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. For more information, call BCAC at 685-1130.