The Cumberland County Animal Shelter sits at the end of East Lane Road, on the site of the old city dump. For decades it was the "dog pound" where thousands of animals waited for the gas chamber. Much changed at CCAS in the last 6 years. Thanks to a local rescue, All About Rescue & Fixin’ (A.A.R.F.), about 61% of the adoptable animals are transported to northern no-kill shelters, where they are quickly adopted. These transports usually happen every 10-14 days, but can be as frequent as twice weekly during high intake periods. Each transport requires two volunteers to drive 10 hours, over-night, in order to arrive at the new location very early in the morning. A.A.R.F. has been very generous with CCAS, and spends about $500 per transport. In fiscal year 2015-16, total intake at CCAS was 1,792. 61% of these were dogs. Animals that were brought in as lost or strays and later returned to their owner made up 9.5% of the total intake. Of this, only 1 cat was returned to its owner. The euthanasia rate was 9.8% last fiscal year. For calendar year 2016 it was only 3%!
There is one category that we find most alarming. The local adoption rate is only 13.6%. Many of our citizens in Cumberland County are not aware we have an animal shelter. The ones that do, often find it too demoralizing and depressing to visit. We realize the transport system, while saving thousands of lives, is fragile and our dependence on the frequency of these transports can put innocent animals lives at risk.
Cumberland County and the City of Crossville, after decades of “the dog pound at the dump”, have budgeted $180,000 and are building a new adoption center for the animal shelter. This is a GIANT step in the right direction, but it is only a fraction of what is needed to house ALL the animals that are in the county's care at any given time. The new adoption center being built by the County is meant to house only the animals that are currently available for adoption, leaving many, if not most, in the existing facility, which they plan to use as an intake and holding building. Many of the dogs will continue to be housed in outdoor kennels, regardless of the weather. The shelter can receive 20+ new dogs in a single day during peak season; cats can be too numerous to count, There is no ventilation in this building, this along with the cracked and crumbling walls and concrete, has been the source of many deadly outbreaks of parvovirus and distemper over the years. THIS IS THE BUILDING FOCCAS PLANS TO REPLACE- WITH A NEW INTAKE AND HOLDING FACILITY. Because there are far more dogs and cats in “holding”, the FOCCAS building is nearly twice the size of the adoption center, and therefore, more expensive to build.
FOCCAS is determined to replace the old facility with a new building for intake and holding. To date we have raised more than $350,000!
It will take an additional $35,000 to complete the inside with the necessary equipment and furnishings in order to provide a safe, healthy respite for the homeless pets that find themselves in our shelter.
Our facility is 3,350 square feet indoors with an additional 1,150 square feet outside, under roof.
ALL ANIMAL AREAS HAVE HVAC AND NATURAL LIGHTING ESSENTIAL FOR THEIR WELL-BEING