Education Program

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.

The Kind News

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.

Have you seen Animal Abuse or Neglect? Report it to the proper authorities!

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.

Spaying or Neutering has benefits!

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.

  • Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
    Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
  • Your spayed female pet won't go into heat.
    While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house.
  • Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
  • Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home.
    An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate; including finding creative ways to escape from the house. Once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.
  • Your neutered male may be better behaved.
    Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.
  • Spaying/neutering your pet is also highly cost-effective.
    The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.
  • Spaying or neutering will not cause your pet to become overweight.
    Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor its food intake.

When to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

  • For dogs
    While the traditional age for neutering is six to nine months, puppies as young as eight weeks old can be neutered as long as they’re healthy. Adult dogs can be neutered as well, although there’s a slightly higher risk of post-operative complications in older dogs, dogs that are overweight or dogs that have health problems.

  • For cats
    It is generally considered safe for kittens as young as eight weeks old to be spayed or neutered. In animal shelters, surgery is often performed at this time so that kittens can be sterilized prior to adoption. In an effort to avoid the start of urine spraying and eliminate the chance for pregnancy, it’s advisable to schedule the surgery before your own cat reaches five months of age. It’s possible to spay a female cat while she’s in heat.


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.

Fees

Spay and Neuter

  • Cats: $45.00
  • Dogs (up to 70lbs.): $55.00

Vaccinations

  • Rabies: $10.00 (1 year), $20.00 (3 years)
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough): $12.00
  • Annual for Dog or Cat: $12.00
  • Leukemia/Booster: $17.00

Tests

  • Heartworm: $20.00
  • FELV/AIDS: $25.00

Other

  • Micro chip: $15.00
  • Seresto Collar: $55.00

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.