Primarily, we present pictures and information pamphlets and speak with the public at local events and festivals, and the GCHS Adopt-a-thons and fundraisers to accomplish this goal. Our objective is to educate children and family members about adoption, overpopulation, and the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.
We supply the "Kind News" to all 6th grade classes in the Grainger County schools. This publication emphasizes the importance of treating animals with kindness and respect. Topics like proper pet care and wildlife appreciation make abstract values like compassion, citizenship, and responsibility come alive for the young readers.
Grainger County Government does not have an Animal Control Department or a paid Animal Control Officer, so if you want to report animal abuse or neglect, you must call the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch at 865-828-3777.
The GCHS cares about animals in abusive and negligent situations, but we are not animal control. We’re not legally authorized by the county or state to perform animal control and rescue functions. However, we are fortunate to have a volunteer who took the initiative to pay for and complete her Animal Control Officer certification. Though not paid by the county, this volunteer will get involved in suspected animal abuse and neglect cases within Grainger County ONLY after the situation has been reported to, and investigated by the local police department, and ONLY if they request GCHS assistance.
You may call anonymously to report abuse or neglect. You don’t have to give your name or have any further involvement after the call if you don’t want to. When you make the call, tell the person taking the information as many details of the situation as you can—i.e., address or the location of the animals, date and time, explain the circumstances, and descriptions of the people and animals involved. Video and photographic documentation (even a cell phone photo) can help support your case. It's also useful to give names of others who may have witnessed any incidents. While you may remain anonymous, the case will be much stronger if you are willing to identify yourself and testify to what you witnessed. Since animals cannot talk, a human witness is crucial for building a strong, prosecutable case.
If you would like to discuss the conditions before calling county dispatch with a complaint, please feel free to call the GCHS certified Animal Control Officer, Rocky Farr at 865-567-0050. She will be happy to discuss the case with you and recommend the proper action.
By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying female pets and neutering male pets.
PAL MOBILE CLINIC: For the last 10 years we’ve worked constantly with the Prevent A Litter (PAL) mobile clinic to aggressively address animal overpopulation. Currently, we join with PAL at least 3 - 4 times monthly to help area residents in obtaining grant assistance and low-cost spay/neuter surgery and other services for their pets. In addition to scheduling low-cost surgeries for owned pets, if we have grant money available, our Spay/Neuter Coordinator will work with caregivers to address the problem of free-roaming and feral cats living in cat colonies in our area. The goal is to control overpopulation by using the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) method to reduce the number of kittens born each year. It’s the most feasible way to prevent the colonies from becoming unmanageable and the GCHS is determined to do what we can to help.
Animals must be pre-registered for Spay/Neuter and all other services.
The PAL Mobile Clinic, where the surgeries take place will be located at the Bean Station Town Hall, 785 Main Street, Bean Station, TN.
To schedule an appointment or receive information regarding the spaying, neutering, and other services please call our Spay/Neuter line:
865-804-7121, BETWEEN 9 AM - 5:30 PM.
Future objectives are to develop a program on animal care and treatment for exhibition in our county schools and to prepare educational articles for presentation in newspapers, and on TV and radio.