KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The HEY Camps and workshops offer Spring Break fun for kids with the animals at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is taking part in a one-day international spay/neuter event next week.
On February 26, HSTV’s spay/neuter clinic is offering spay/neuter surgeries with a rabies vaccination for $26.
HSTV says World Spay Day promotes spays and neuters around the country to help eliminate homeless pet overpopulation.
Space is limited and registration is required online or by calling (865) 579-6738.
Dozens of pets received free veterinary care Tuesday through Remote Area Medical.
RAM usually offers free medical, dental and vision services for patients, but they also help their furry friends.
Tuesday morning they were lined up, barking and wagging, waiting to be checked in.
“This is Max. He’s our first family dog. We have a 10-year-old and a 6-year-old, and they wanted a dog so we got one finally,” said Tiffany Teaster who drove to Chilhowee Park in Knoxville from Sevierville for the pet clinic.
The free vet care came courtesy of RAM, Young-Williams Animal Center and the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.
“Their pets are part of their family, and for those family members it’s difficult when you can’t afford dental, vision or medical care for the human members of your family to be able to do that, to be able to provide spay/neuter, vaccines and microchips,” said Amanda Weber, RAM Community Veterinary Specialist.
They signed up all of the pets a couple weeks ago at the RAM medical clinic when people showed up for that, and they signed up more than 100 pets to receive veterinary services all the way through March.
“Mama Cat was a stray and she’s had two litters of kittens in my garage and I can’t get rid of them so I figure getting them fixed it may be easier to get rid of them,” Teaster said.
It is a big help for a lot of people.
“I got her fixed through Pets Without Parents in Sevierville and it was $35, but if you add $35 times five more it’s just very unaffordable for someone,” Teaster said.
It is also a good way to keep all the furry friends healthy.
“Not only does spay/neuter help reduce overpopulation, it also helps prevent reproductive cancers,” Weber said. “Rabies vaccines are required. It’s also important to protect the animal, and the distemper vaccine and bordetella help to prevent diseases that can be fatal for animals.”
RAM has been offering veterinary services for more than 30 years and has served more than 67 thousand animals in that time.
You must have already been pre-registered to take part in the free veterinary care.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – When the temperatures drop, the cold weather can have an impact on your pets. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley said it’s a good idea to keep your pets inside as much as possible when it’s bitterly cold.
When you take your pets on walks, pay attention to the salt distributed on the roads and sidewalks.
“If you do go on walks, make sure the ground is not covered in salt. If it is covered in salt, when you come back inside, you want to make sure you wipe off the paws of your dog’s feet because they can lick that and that can be dangerous for them,” Gwen Schablik, with the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, said. “There’s also just the cold weather in general. Their feet can get frozen. If you can, put little booties on their paws. That can help protect their feet from touching the ground.”
Schablik also said if you have to leave your pets outdoors, make sure they have a warm shelter to go to.
“If you do have outside animals, provide them a shelter, provide them with hay or mulch or something to keep a nice warm space in their shelter, and then obviously provide them with water that isn’t frozen,” Schablik said.
Some breeds, like huskies, love the cold. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley said you should allow them to enjoy the cold weather, but do not leave them out in it for too long.
“Definitely let them be out in their normal environment right now and enjoy that cold weather, but not too long,” Schablik said.
Another group now adding their name to the list of those helping people impacted by the government shutdown in our community.
The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is stepping up to provide free pet food to furloughed federal workers.
“A lot of non-profits are stepping up at this time and we felt it was a time for us to step up as well because we are able to assist,” said Gwen Schablik with the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.
If you need help, the food will be handed out this weekend at the society’s shelter at 6717 Kingston Pike.
“A lot of this food was donated already in prior donation drives and we receive donations on the regular as well, and we just felt that this was an opportunity to help the community in this time of need,” Schablik said.
This will be available between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27. All you need to bring with you is a government ID.