2008 Activities

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, December 27 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Results of the Animal Rescue Site Shelter Challenge

As you know, the Animal Rescue Site was hosting a special challenge for eligible Petfinder.com member shelters and rescue groups. The grand prize was a $25,000 grant, and prizes were also awarded to many other rescue groups with the most votes a total of $100,000 in grants for animal welfare organizations. We want to thank everyone that clicked to cast a vote for Small Breed Rescue of East TN.

The Shelter Challenge ended on December 14 and the results are... The Grand Prize - a $25,000 grant to help animals - went to the South Wood County Humane Society, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. The Runner Up prize - a $10,000 grant to help animals - went to Best Friends Animal Society, of Kanab, UT. 54 regional prizes - a $1,000 grant - went to the organization with the most votes in each U.S. state, one in Washington D.C., one in Puerto Rico, and one each for the top two shelters in Canada. There were also 11 weekly winners of a $1000 grant for getting the most votes in each week of the Shelter Challenge. Click here to view a list of all the winners.

Although we didn't win a prize, we are thrilled that LOTS of rescue animals received food because you clicked on the "CLICK TO GIVE" button at www.theanimalrescuesite.com. Even though the Shelter Challenge has ended, we'd like to ask you to continue clicking the "CLICK TO GIVE" button daily to help fund food for animal shelters. It's a quick, easy, and free way to help rescue animals.


November & December Borders Fundraising Gift Wrapping Schedule:

Our volunteers wrapped gifts and accepted donations at Borders in Turkey Creek and Morrell Road on the following dates in November and December.
Wednesday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Turkey Creek
Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Morrell Road
Friday, December 12 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Morrell Road
Saturday, December 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Turkey Creek
Monday, December 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Turkey Creek
We received over $500 in donations to help support our rescue efforts. Thanks to everyone who gave donations, and thanks to all the volunteers who worked one or more shifts at our Borders events this year. Thanks also to Mindy and Tami for helping coordinate the events. This is an extremely busy time of year, and we really appreciate those who gave their time to wrap packages for SBRET when they probably had many other things they needed to be doing.

The Turkey Creek Borders is located at 11235 Parkside Drive in Knoxville, TN 37934, and the Morrell Rd. address is 202 Morrell Road, Suite 100, Knoxville, TN 37919

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Sunday, December 21 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Sunday, December 7 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Agri-feed Pet Supply - a breed apart from other pet supply stores! SBRET (Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee) and CCR (Cocker Companion Rescue) have their very own  Angel Tree  at Agri-Feed Pet Supply at 5716 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, TN. Each dog currently in rescue has an ornament on the tree with a Christmas Wish List on the back.   Click here for more information!
We would like to thank everyone who visited the  Angel Tree  at Agri-feed Pet Supply during the Christmas season and who purchased gifts for SBRET and Cocker Companions rescue dogs. So many wonderful items were purchased for our foster dogs and many generous donations were made. We would also like to thank Agrifeed for allowing us to set up an angel tree in their store and for always being so supportive of rescue. The gifts and donations were especially meaninginful this year as we know that everyone has had to cut back. Thank you again and we hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, November 22 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event. Many thanks to the generous donors of items for our next yard sale, dog collars and leashes, and dog food.

Mast General Store - Since 1883 Thanks for joining us at  Mast General Store  (located at 402 S Gay St. in Knoxville, TN) for our recent adoption event on  Saturday, November 15, from 1pm to 3pm  .

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, November 8 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for attending  PAWS IN THE PARK on Sunday, October 26, 2007  from 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. at Springbrook Park in Alcoa, TN. There were lots of rescue groups with pets available for adoption, lots of vendors with great items for early Christmas shopping, and Dawn Elberson goehring & her Comedy Canines from The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge.
Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, October 25 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Mast General Store - Since 1883 Thanks for joining us at  Mast General Store  (located at 402 S Gay St. in Knoxville, TN) for our recent adoption event on  Saturday, October 18, from 1pm to 3pm  .

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, October 11 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at Lovell Animal Hospital on Saturday, October 11 from 1 pm - 3 pm for their Adoption Fair and Ice Cream Social. Special thanks go to Dr. Sherry and the staff at Lovell Road Animal Hospital for hosting the event. Visit their website for location information.

Thanks for joining us at the 7th annual Pet Fest and Blessing at Grace Lutheran Church of Oak Ridge (www.graceoakridge.org) at 131 W. Gettysburg Avenue on October 4, 2008. Festivities started at 1:00 p.m. and ended at 5:00 p.m. Admission was free and all types of animals were welcome. Many rescue groups and organizations attended, and there were door prizes, children's activities, and a pet blessing as well as animal adoption and foster care opportunities. All sales benefited the participating non-profit rescue groups. We have a few pictures from the event.
Thanks for joining us at the   Furry Fall Festival  on Saturday, September 27 from 11 am to 3 pm. The event was sponsored by Young-Williams Animal Center and included the following activities:
  • Goody bags for the first 50 visitors
  • UTCVM RUFUS Dog Bite Prevention Program at 11am (please preregister at 215-6662)
  • $5 Canine Good Citizen Testing from 11am-1pm (please preregister at 215-6662)
  • $10 Knox County Health Department Rabies Clinic from 11am-3pm
  • Small Mammal Education & Advice
  • Ask-the-Trainer
  • $10 Microchips
  • Animal Care How-To Clinic
  • Booths Include: Invisible fencing, Rescue Groups & Adoptables, American Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR, AND MORE!
See the event flyer for more details. Admission was FREE!

Thanks for joining us at the 2nd annual  Smoky Mountain Pet Fair  at Pearson Springs Park in Maryville on September 21 from 11 an to 5 pm. There was an Olympic theme complete with "Animalympics" that included fun competitions, prizes medals, frisbee toss, hurdles, high jump and much more. There was also a 1 mile Fun Walk. There were also pet products and services, pet photography, micro chipping, face painting, lots of rescue groups, great food, live music, pet therapy, K9 Police dogs, a fire engine and "Sparky" the Fire Dog. Silent Auction lasted until 5 pm and the live auction was at 3:45. Items auctioned included a football signed by Phil Fulmer, Lady Vols basketball signed by Pat Summit, and Smokey the UT Mascot Collectible dog signed by Bruce Pearl. "MoDizzle - Tennessee's Ugliest Dog" and "Panda" the St. Bernard were also there. There were lots of competitions for people to enter with their pets: Cutest Pet, Best Costume, Best Trick, Owner/Pet Look Alike, Fastest Licker, Best Rescue Pet, and Loudest Bark or Howl. Admission was free. We also had fundraising items for sale and several of our adoptable dogs available for greeting potential adopters. Pictures from the event are now available.
Mast General Store - Since 1883 Thanks for joining us at  Mast General Store  (located at 402 S Gay St. in Knoxville, TN) for our recent adoption event on  Saturday, September 20, from 1pm to 3pm  .

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, September 13 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

We would like to thank  Welcome Wagon of Knoxville  for inviting SBRET and Humans & Animals Learning Together (HALT) to their monthly meeting on September 3 to explain our programs.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, August 30 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event. SBRET would like to thank these 3 special visitors who presented us with a check to help our rescue efforts.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, August 23 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Mast General Store - Since 1883 Thanks for joining us at  Mast General Store  (located at 402 S Gay St. in Knoxville, TN) for our recent adoption event on  Saturday, August 16, from 1pm to 3pm  .

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, August 9 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Agri-feed Pet Supply - a breed apart from other pet supply stores! Thanks for joining us at  Agri-Feed Pet Supply  (located at 5716 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, TN) for our recent adopt-a-thon on  Saturday, August 2, from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm .


Thanks for joining us at the  Karns Community Fair  at Karns High School (located at 2710 Byington Solway Rd. in Knoxville, TN) on  Saturday, July 26 . Special thanks go out to the Karns Community for their support.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, July 12 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Agri-feed Pet Supply - a breed apart from other pet supply stores! Thanks for joining us at  Agri-Feed Pet Supply  (located at 5716 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, TN) for our recent adopt-a-thon on  Saturday, July 5, from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm .

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, June 28 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks to everyone that attended our 1st Rescue Reunion at Gray Dog Lodge at 1300 Simpson Road West in Lenior City on Saturday, June 21 from 2 pm - 4 pm. The event was for past adopters and their pets. Refreshments were served for people and pets. We had door prizes, "Ask-a-Vet" corner with Dr. Wilson from Anderson County Animal Hospital, a pet behaviorist, Ellen from Clever Critters, Connie and Sherma from Bark Place Grooming, and other activities. Thanks to previous adopters for the generous donations and also to Gray Dog Lodge for the use of their facility, Agri-feed, River Dog Bakery, and all the SBRET volunteers who worked very hard to plan, organize, and host this event. Thanks also go out to Anderson County Animal Hospital, Bark Place, Farragut Animal Hospital, Clever Citters, Piedmont Plastics, River Dog Bakery, Linda Feine, Agri Feed Pet Supply, The Dog House Grooming, and Wes Wansley. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with everyone and enjoyed watching the games. It was fun seeing which former rescues were awarded prizes for Best Dressed, Most Fetching, Bell of the Ball, Oldest Rescue, Youngest Rescue, Smallest Rescue, Largest Rescue, Fewest Teeth, Best Trick, and Pet Owner Look-Alike.  2 pages of pictures from the event are now available. 

Thanks for joining us at the Callahan Drive Animal Hospital open house on Saturday, June 14th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. There were contests & drawings, photography, caricature drawings, and food. The clinic was open to tour, an on site massage therapist was available, and a photographer was set up in the garage! Callahan Drive Animal Hospital is located at 6800 Barger Pond Way, Knoxville, TN.
Click here for the event flyer. The event setup was great as was the barbecue lunch and live music. Thanks so much to Callahan Drive Animal Hospital for inviting us to this event and for donating flea and heartworm preventative.

Thanks for joining us at the PetSafe Village Customer Appreciation Day and Rescue Fair on Saturday, June 7 from Noon to 5 pm. PetSafe Village wass celebrating their 5th Anniversary by thowing a party and everyone was invited! They had food, drinks, a dunking booth, inflatable play area, PetSafe Village Tours, play in the PetSafe Dog Park, and vendors and rescue groups from East Tennessee!! PetSafe Village is located at 10424 Electric Ave, Knoxville, TN 37932 - directions are also on their website.

2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Critter Fest Thanks for joining us at Critter Fest at Pearson Springs Park on Sunday, June 1 from 11 am - 5 pm. The event was sponsored by Blount County Humane Society. There were games for the dogs, all kinds of vendors, crafts, consessions, t-shirts, face painting, gourmet dog treats, pet micro-chipping, silents auctions, fun, food, and critters.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, May 24 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Agri-feed Pet Supply - a breed apart from other pet supply stores! Thanks for joining us at  Agri-Feed Pet Supply  (located at 5716 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, TN) for our recent adopt-a-thon on  Saturday, May 17, from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm .

Hardin Valley Animal Hospital Thanks for joining us at the Hardin Valley Animal Hospital Spring Adoption Event on Saturday, May 10 from 1 to 4 pm. Many other rescue groups participated also. We are so glad you came to the Hardin Valley Animal Hospital (HVAH) to visit with our rescue dogs, enjoy complimentary snacks provided by "The Hot Bagel" of Oak Ridge, TN, and watch "Field Dog" demonstrations. HVAH had pet photography available also. Pictures from the event are now available.

Lovell Road Animal Hospital Grand Opening Thanks for joinong us at the grand opening of the Lovell Road Animal Hospital on Saturday, May 3 from 1 - 4 pm. Lovell Animal Hospital is located at 1305 Lovell Road, just off Pellissippi Parkway near Yarnell Road. The hospital, operated by veterinarian Dr. Sherri Mellskog, offers the following services to dogs, cats, guinea pigs, ferrets and rabbits: routine health examinations, vaccinations, in-house diagnostics, ultrasound, digital X-ray, dental services, grooming, spay/neuter services, behavior consultations and diet/nutrition counseling. House calls are also made on a limited basis. For more information, call 865-777-1221.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, April 26 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.


The Second Annual SBRET Garage Sale was a great success. April 19, 2008 started a little rainy, but we still had lots of shoppers. They had plenty to chose from since this year's sale was HUGE with lots of families donating items. Proceeds from the sale will go for vet bills for the many fragile puppymill dogs we've rescued recently. They required lots of medical care, TLC and time to heal before being ready to go to their forever homes. We are thrilled that all left over items were donated to another rescue group that is planning a garage sale in a few weeks.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, April 12 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event. Pictures from the event are now available.

Agri-feed Pet Supply - a breed apart from other pet supply stores! Thanks for joining us at  Agri-Feed Pet Supply  (located at 5716 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, TN) for our recent adopt-a-thon on  Saturday, April 5, from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm .

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, March 22 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

On Saturday, March 15, 2008 SBRET provided pet parenting tips at the monthly Pet Parenting class at Young Williams Animal Center. We would like to thank all those who attended the event and especially YWAC for giving us the opportunity to share information about small breeds. Topics covered included pet obesity, crate training, house training and how to choose the best pet to fit in with for your lifestyle and current pets. Binky and Pansy were our official people greeters and both thoroughly enjoyed all the attention they received during the class. Although this was not the usual pet-filled event, we do have a few pictures from the event.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, March 8 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event. Pictures from the event are now available.

Agri-feed Pet Supply - a breed apart from other pet supply stores! Thanks for joining us at  Agri-Feed Pet Supply  (located at 5716 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, TN) for our recent adopt-a-thon on  Saturday, March 1, from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm . Pictures from the event are now available.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, February 23 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Agri-feed Pet Supply - a breed apart from other pet supply stores! Thanks for joining us at  Agri-Feed Pet Supply  (located at 5716 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, TN) for our recent adopt-a-thon on  Saturday, February 2, from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm . Pictures from the event will be available soon.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, January 26 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on Sunday, January 12 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for our recent adoption event. Special thanks to an anonymous donor who donated dog toys; to Dave Senette who donated several bags of dog food which we are donating to the Monroe County Animal Shelter; and to Linda Feine for donating gas cards. Pictures from the event are now available.

Agri-feed Pet Supply - a breed apart from other pet supply stores! Thanks for joining us at  Agri-Feed Pet Supply  (located at 5716 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville, TN) for our recent adopt-a-thon on  Saturday, January 5, from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm . Special thanks to Katy, Brooke and Blair for their donation check resulting from their "Pool Party for Puppies". Click here for pictures and more details from the party. We also have some pictures from the Agrifeed event.

In January the Monroe County Animal Shelter took in 100 dogs from a single location where dogs were not cared for properly and allowed to multiply making the situation even worse. The dogs were placed with rescue groups and adopted from the shelter. SBRET supported the shelter by taking 4 dogs and collecting some much needed supplies to help care for all the extra dogs. Click here for more details of the case.

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