Cumberland County, TN Animal Shelter Needs Your Help

We have a major crisis happening here in Cumberland County, TN and have about 48 hours to react. The shelter is closed on Wednesdays but we will help coordinate rescue pulls.

The Cumberland County Animal Shelter employees are all out due to injury and / or illness. The shelter is understaffed and depending on volunteers.

The County is coming in to take control and have determined that there are too many dogs and will euthanize nearly 50% of what is currently there.  According to the volunteer coordinator, 75% of the 100 plus animals there are adoptable.

This shelter receives very little traffic and until recently very little support.

We have 48 hours to save the lives of 50 dogs…and we need help.  If you would kindly forward to anyone who can assist, these animals would be forever grateful.  As we all know, this is no one’s fault but the irresponsible pet owners… and the county is just looking out for the safety and wellbeing of all of the volunteers now.  We are in the process of working on an adoption center for this county to have a place to transfer these animals in the future.

Cumberland County Animal Control Shelter
East Lane, Crossville, TN
Hours 10am-2pm (Closed Wednesday – but volunteers working)

Thank you for any/all support you can provide.

Jennifer Farley

Algood Middle School Class Gets Grant to help A.A.R.F.!

Melody Smith, Social Studies teacher at Algood Middle School, coordinated a service learning grant to use towards helping homeless animals right here in the Upper Cumberland.  Melody and a group of 6th grade students arrived today at Petco and purchased $500 worth of merchandise to help A.A.R.F. efforts to house, feed and rehabilitate homeless animals.  While Melody and A.A.R.F. director, Jennifer Farley shopped for supplies, the young students volunteered their time socializing, walking and playing with the dogs currently available for adoption.  The girls also created a beautiful poster board for A.A.R.F. to use at events.  A.A.R.F. Thanks Melody and the students for thinking of A.A.R.F. and the homeless animals.

Purchases include new pet huts, cat litter, cat food, much needed medications, puppy pens, beds, etc.  All supplies were purchased here locally at PETCO!

Pictured from left to right, Jennifer Farley-A.A.R.F., Anita Jesser-PETCO, Linda Randall-A.A.R.F., Mikaela Scantland-Student, Abigail Brown-Student, Melody Smith-Teacher, and Calista Boyd-Student.  Linda is holding Muffin.  Abigail is holding Sam.  Calista is holding Shadow on a leash.    Next photo – some of the girls enjoy playing with the dogs at PETCO!

Get your pet’s photo with Santa!

Join AARF at Cookeville PETCO on Saturday December 18th from 1-4pm for a fun photo with Santa for your pet. Photos will be $10 and all proceeds will go to A.A.R.F.! We’ll also have pet gift baskets available (AN $85 VALUE) for $25 with a photo included in the package. A.A.R.F. needs your help more than ever this holiday season, and what better way to support AARF than with an adorable photo of your pet with Santa! We’ll be there from 1-4 on Saturday – Come see us!!

Our Wishlist

If you would like to donate any of these items, please call 931-260-8018 (voicemail only) or email to make arrangements for us to pick them up. Items can be dropped off at the Cookeville PETCO store in the A.A.R.F. Donation Bin.

  • MONEY: No amount is too small to purchase vaccines, food, medical supplies, dewormers, flea treatments, cleaning supplies, vet bills & more…
  • VOLUNTEERS: We always need volunteers to help with Adoption Events and other duties.
  • Foster homes: Fostering a dog or cat in your home allows us to save more lives. All supplies are provided for your fostered pets. We need your help to save more lives!
  • Dog & Cat food: Both dry and canned food needed for cats, dogs, kittens & pups
  • Kitten & Puppy milk replacer: For bottle feeding kittens and puppies
  • Wire dog crates: For our rescued dogs & puppies.
  • Wire cat condos: For our rescued cats & kittens
  • Clumping cat litter: Any kind of clumping cat litter
  • Fresh step litter paw points: Donate your “Paw Points” codes
  • Cleaning supplies: Bleach, laundry detergent, paper towel, gloves
  • Bedding: Clean new or used blankets, towels, sheets, rugs (frayed/stains ok!) Used, clean waterproof bed pads (used in nursing homes, hospitals, etc.)
  • Office Supplies: Printer paper, 74/75 HP ink cartridges, labels, postage, copies
  • Dog & cat supplies: Collars, leashes, food bowls, plastic carriers, cat trees, toys

Meet Raider, Puppy Abandoned at PETCO

This is Raider (Formerly known as Nutters) who was abandoned at PETCO on Monday October 4. Luckily we were able to find a foster home for him and he’s safe! We wouldn’t be able to help without our wonderful foster volunteers and donor.

This sweet puppy has a sad past, but a great future ahead of him. We got an urgent call from the Cookeville PETCO store; bright and early one Monday morning, someone had driven up and dropped off this puppy in front of the store. They drove off, leaving the puppy (in a tiny cat carrier) with a note. ‘I’m a lab / chihuahua mix. My family had to move and couldn’t take me. Please find me a good home.’ Of course we had to take him in… he’s been treated for fleas, ticks and worms and will soon be neutered and up to date on shots. His foster mom says he’s a snuggle bug! The whole first day he was in foster care, he whined and looked for his family who had left him. Now he’s adjusting well to foster care, knows how to Sit and also appears to be house trained. He would be best with a family who is home a lot, as he prefers to hang out with people. He’s about 4 and a half months old and will be ready to go home with you soon.

Please click here to donate for Raider’s veterinary care:

Low Cost Rabies Clinic

COOKEVILLE – RABIES CLINIC on Monday September 27th.  To help make rabies history and to participate in World Rabies Day bring your dog or cat to one of the following clinics.  From 1pm – 5pm at Animal Medical Clinic, Boyd Veterinary Clinic, Flatt Veterinary Clinic.  From 1pm – 6pm at Copeland Veterinary Hospital or HSPC Spay Neuter Clinic.  From 2pm – 4pm at the Animal Shelter with the House Call Veterinarian, Dr. Tyler Verble.  Rabies vaccinations are $8 at all locations.

Need Your Pet Fixed?

Dog Days of Summer Special ending soon.  Male dog neuters for $15 at the Humane Society Spay Neuter Clinic will end September 1st.  Call 931-372-2728 for an appointment, MUST MENTION “DOG DAYS OF SUMMER” for special pricing.

Buy a book…save some lives!

Sharon Langford of Sparta recently wrote a book entitled “LIVING THE RESCUES:  Life Lessons and Inspirations”.   Not only is the book wonderful (my personal opinion, of course), but ALL proceeds from the book are going to help homeless animals in need.  Ms. Langford will donate all of HER profits to her own, private foundation, while some retailers are donating THEIR profits to local animal rescue organizations! 

VINTAGE ROSE ANTIQUES, located at 221 Broad Street, will be donating ALL PROFITS MADE on the sale of these books to A.A.R.F. to assist with rescue efforts.  I had a lovely meeting with mother and daughter team Sharon and Sarah Hawlick last week, who each have rescue dogs of their own.  They are passionate for this cause and want to help in any way possible!  The more books they sell, the more funding AARF will receive – which will help more homeless pets right here in the Upper Cumberland. 

Living with the Rescues sells for $19.95 and copies are selling quick!  Please visit Vintage Rose Antiques at 221 Broad Street in Cookeville (From Willow Avenue heading north towards TN Tech, take a right on Broad Street and it is on your left hand side) and tell them that AARF sent you!  While there, be sure to browse through their wonderful selection of beautiful decor and antiques!