By Ken Steadman
Two women brought to the attention of my daughter-in-law, Debbie Steadman, that there were two puppies cuddled in the back of a pickup truck out in the parking area one very cold night. Debbie works in one of the stores located across from the Crossville Outlet Center. The two ladies heard the puppies crying and already had gone in each store in the mall asking if anyone had left two puppies in the back of their truck. The dogs were showing signs of freezing but nobody responded. Debbie called her husband Keith immediately and asked him to drive over and help
Keith proceeded to take the dogs out of the truck when the owner appeared. He was not the owner of the dogs and had no idea how they got inside his truck. Keith continued to wrap the dogs in blankets and took them home for the evening for food and warmth. The next morning he proceeded to look for some source of assistance. All leads pointed to the non-profit organization A Time 4 Paws (AT4P), a no-kill animal welfare organization based in Crossville.
Steadman quickly related his story and concern that was received with sympathetic ears. Not only did they listen but, they looked long and hard to find a foster home where care and examination could take place and get two puppies living a healthy life until a new permanent home could be found. This is the kind of love and interest you will find for an animal’s needs at AT4P.
A Time 4 Paws was created in 2006 out of a need to stop killing animals at local shelters. They make sure they educated pet owners before they adopt. Through their efforts they have consistently helped lower the number of needless deaths in our community. In addition, some of their existing and future plans include pet retention programs, long term compassionate care, spay/neuter assistance, humane education, and a pet sanctuary.
They have a pet hotel located at 2149 E. First Street (931-707-9889) that offers compassionate cottage style overnight boarding. They also have an adoption and education center at 463 Old Jamestown Hwy (931-456-6906) as a home to a number of orphaned dogs and cats that is operated by a small group of dedicated volunteers. In addition, they just opened a new thrift store at 1201 West Avenue (931-787-0610), open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you are a pet lover looking for a few ways to help a local care center here are some ideas:
volunteer, financial donations, cleaning products, kuranda beds, copy paper, Diamond natural dog food, cat litter, 4-Health Cat Food, paper towels, toilet paper, acres for animal sanctuary.
If you happen to find a dog or cat in need of attention, give A Time 4 Paws a call or stop by and see them for advice.
Call 456-6906 or check out www.at4p.org for more information.