2011 Activities

Rescue Angel Tree at Pet Supplies Plus in Oak Ridge During the months of November and December we had 7 SBRET Angel Trees at Petco in Brooklawn Center next door to Kroger in Farragut, Natural Pet Supply in Bearden (120 N. Forest Park Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37919), Mast General Store (located at 402 S Gay St. in Knoxville, TN), WildBirds Unlimited (located at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919), Agrifeed Pet Supply (5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921), Pet Supplies Plus in Oak Ridge, and Oak Ridge Feed and Supply Store (100 Dresden Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830). People selected an "ornament" from the tree, made a purchase, and left it with the cashiers of these stores.

All of the volunteers and all of the dogs in foster care would like to thank the wonderful folks in the Knoxville, Oak Ridge, and surrounding communities for the amazing support of our Angel Trees. We would also like to give a big shout out of thanks to Wild Birds Unlimited, Petco in Farragut, Agrifeed, Mast General Store, Pet Supplies Plus in Oak Ridge, Natural Pet Supply and Oak Ridge Feed Store for allowing us to put up an SBRET Angel Tree in their stores. The gifts from the Angel trees allow us to supply our dogs throughout the year with comfy beds, fun toys, safe harnesses and collars, good food, chews, and treats, cozy sweaters, and grooming supplies. Thank you again for showing us how much you care about the homeless dogs in our area by your continued support.

Thanks for joining us at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919 on  Saturday, December 17 from 12 until 3 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 fundraising event on  Friday, December 9 thru Sunday, December 11  for  Holiday Gift Wrapping . We were there from store opening to closing all 3 days.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, December 10 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919 on  Saturday, December 3 from 12 until 3 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at Petco in Brooklawn Center next door to Kroger in Farragut on  Saturday, December 3 from 1 - 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event,  The 12 Chis of Christmas . This was a Chiahuahua/Chihuahua mix only event to highlight all the Chihuahuas in our rescue who are looking for forever homes. We had information about Chihuahuas and answered lots of questions about the breed. Adoption fees for the Chihuahuas and Chi mixes in our rescue were lowered to $75 for anyone submitting an application that weekend. Click here for the event flyer. This event was very successful and we received lots of applications. Click here for pictures from this event.

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

Thanks for joining us at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919 on  Saturday, November 19 from 12 until 3 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, November 19, from 1pm to 3pm  .

Thanks for joining us at Petco in Brooklawn Center next door to Kroger in Farragut on  Saturday, November 12 from 1 - 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

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

Thanks for joining us at Dog Days @ Ijams on  Saturday, November 5 from 10 until 1 p.m.  Lots of people brought their four-legged friends out for a day of fun at Ijams Nature Center. The harvest season was celebrated with: A Canine Scarecrow Costume Contest, Dog-Owner Look-alike Competition, Naturalist-led dog walks, Pet portrait photo booth, and Local pet organizations. Many people packed up their leashes and favorite squeaky toys and joined us for an afternoon of fun! Contact info for Ijams Nature Center: (865) 577-4717, ext. 130. Ijams Nature Center is a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center. Click here for the official event flyer.

Thanks for joining us at Dog World Resort for Dogtoberfest on  Sunday, October 30 from 1 until 4 p.m.  There was a canine Halloween costume contest and other games, gifts, prizes and entertainment. Visit their website at www.dogworldresort.com. Dog World Resort is located at 3531 US Hwy 411 S, Maryville, TN. This is 2.3 miles past Maryville Wal-Mart, at the intersection of Hwy 411 S and Hwy 129, going towards the Dragon.

The No More Homeless Pets National Conference, sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society, was at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on October 21-23, 2011. Several SBRET volunteers attended the event at their own expense. This was the second time SBRET attended this conference. The theme of the conference is that ending killing healthy dogs and cats is a real possibility if we all work together and toward that same goal. Leaders in the No Kill field and many other animal professionals lead workshops throughout an intense 3 days. We always come home with new ideas, inspiration, motivation, and a sense of belonging to a group of caring, intelligent people who have made and are making such a profound difference in the lives of dogs and cats throughout the country. In addition to the great presentations, there were also scheduled times just for meeting fellow attendees to make valuable rescue contacts. After the conference, a few of our volunteers spent some time at the Best Friends Sanctuary where they provide and care for hundreds of displaced animals while actively getting them ready for a new home--they take on some of the toughest cases in the country--so the trainers and handlers at Best Friends are a wonderful resource. We hope to use these experiences to continue to improve our efforts of rescue, rehabilitation, and education in the East TN area. We are looking forward to 2012 with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and determination to make life better for our companion animals. Click here for pictures from the conference and santuary.

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

Thanks for joining us at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919 on  Saturday, October 15 from 12 until 3 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

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

Thanks for joining us at Market Square on  Friday, October 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  for Movie Night. Knox County Public Library's popular outdoor movie series returns to Market Square for the eighth year of free family fun in front of the silver screen—and this time it's gone to the dogs! Partnering with PetSafe, this year's Movies on Market Square is gunning to be the most pet friendly movie series ever. Click here for more information.

Thanks for joining us at Petco in Brooklawn Center next door to Kroger in Farragut on  Saturday, October 1 from 1 - 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Young-William's Animal Center Thanks for joining us at Young Williams Furry Fall Festival at the Village at 6400 Kingston Pike on  Saturday, September 24 from 11 - 3 . There was a book signing for "Zoey Helps the Mystery Dog Find a Home" as well as pet adoptions, tours of the facility, $10 rabies vaccinations and $10 microchips (includes registration). There were many rescue groups in attendance with adoptable pets. There were also give-aways, treats, and many pet related booths and services.

Thanks for joining us  Tuesday, September 20, 11 am to 2 pm  at the grand opening celebration at Natural Pet Supply of Knoxville at 120 N. Forest Park Blvd. in the Earth Fare Shopping Center in Knoxville, TN. 37919. Check out their website.

Thanks for joining us at the Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk at The Cove at 11808 S. Northshore Drive 37922 in Knoxville on  Sunday, September 18 from noon to 4 . Thank you to all the folks who came out to the Morris Foundation Cancer Walk at The Cove and who donated to support cancer research for our furry friends. It was a beautiful day to spend together and we raised over $2,000 for k-9 cancer research. As always we are amazed at the outpouring of support from our volunteers, our adopters, our vet clinics, and our friends. Visit the official event website at www.k9cancerwalk.org.

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 17, from 1pm to 3pm  .

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, September 10 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us in Oak Ridge at A.K. Bissell Park for the Responsible Pet Ownership Festival on  Saturday, September 3 from 11 - 5 . Everyone had the opportunity to meet Area Rescue Groups, Shop with Local Vendors, Listen to Live Music, and Much More! Pet testing for Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dogs International was also available! Lots of people stopped by the Silent Auction to help support the festival and benefit pet rescue. This year's acution items included autographed "Pawn Stars" items and Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum. Silent Auction items can be seen on the event facebook site. There was also live music from Kimber Cleveland, Denver T Stevens, The Jaystorm Project, Joe the Show, Greylan James and SounDog!
The schedule included:

All Day CGC and TDI Testing, Microchip Clinic (starts at 1)
12:00 - Flyball Demonstration
1:00 - Flyball Demonstration
2:00 - Agility Demonstrations
3:00 - Rally and Obedience Demonstration
11:30 - Dawn and the Comedy Canines
12:30 - Pet Costume Contest
1:30 - Best Trick, Owner Look Alike, Cutest, and Best Rescue Contest
4:00 - Search and Rescue Demonstration

Thanks for joining us at Enrichment Federal Credit Union (EFCU) in West Konoxville for Community Pet Day on Saturday, August 27, from 10-2. Enrichment Federal Credit Union hosted the fourth annual Community Pet Day at the West Knoxville Branch. The event was called Pet-a-palooza, and was free to the community and the vendors. This was a day where EFCU could educate the community in many different areas from pet care and showcase different rescue groups. Thanks for joining us for this day of fun and education. The event was held from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm outside the West Knoxville Branch located at 9210 Kingston Pike in the Cedar Springs Shopping Center. Click here for the official event flyer.

In case you didn't know, the credit union offers a Pet Pals account to members so they can save for pet related expenses or even a new pet. Each quarter Enrichment donates $1 for each new Pet Pals account opened to an area animal shelter, rescue group or humane society. This is just one way that EFCU gives back to the community.

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 20, from 1pm to 3pm  .

Thanks for joining us at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919 on  Saturday, August 20 from 12 until 3 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Wow what an exciting event hosted by Dawn and the folks at The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge. We couldn't believe all the folks and their furry companions who came out to share in Hoppy's Birthday Celebration and to help raise money for dogs in SBRET's foster program. We saw some old friends and made some new ones and had a fun filled afternoon too! Thank you again to Dawn not only for adopting 2 dogs from SBRET but in promoting rescue, educating about the horrors of puppymills, and giving her time and talent to continue to help dogs still in SBRET's care. Thank you also to the wonderful folks at the Comedy Barn who allowed Dawn to fill the auditorium not only with people but with our four-legged (and some three-legged) friends and to donate the proceeds to rescue! Yea Hoppy and Happy Birthday! Be sure to check out the pictures from the event.

WBIR video from Hoppy's party: http://www.wbir.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=1111928954001

There is also a short video from the show posted on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbN1WZIK0Is

Check out the news story about Hoppy's Birthday Party and Show:   http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=179950

If you are not familiar with Hoppy's story, check out the following 3/9/11 story on wate.com about Hoppy being adopted by Dawn:   http://www.wate.com/story/13998254/2-puppy-mill-rescue-dogs-flourish-in-east-tennessee

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

Thanks for joining us at Petco in Brooklawn Center next door to Kroger in Farragut on  Saturday, August 6 from 1 - 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, July 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, July 16, from 1pm to 3pm  .

Thanks for joining us at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919 on  Saturday, July 16 from 12 until 3 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

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

Thanks for joining us at Petco in Brooklawn Center next door to Kroger in Farragut on  Saturday, July 2 from 1 - 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, June 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, June 18, from 1pm to 3pm  .

Thanks for joining us at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919 on  Saturday, June 18 from 12 until 3 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at  Bark in the Park after Dark on Saturday, June 11 from 6 - 9 pm  at Market Square. The event was sponsored by the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley (HSTV). This is East Tennessee's biggest party for dogs and their people. There were dog contests, shopping and silent auctions. Click here for the official event flyer.

SBRET attended  Critter Fest at Pearson Springs park on Sunday, June 5 from noon to 5pm . There were lots of activities:
  • All kinds of vendors
  • Children's Area - Games, Crafts, Rides, Prizes!
  • Food, Family Fun and Gourmet Dog Treats
  • Crafts, Concessions, T-shirts and Face Painting
  • Silent Auction
  • Games for Dogs & Pet Contests: Best Costume, Best Trick, Pet/Owner Look-Alike, Best Howler, Best Rescue Pet, Beauty and the Best, Silly Pet Contest
  • Wildlife Rehab Exhibits
  • Music & Entertainment
  • Vendors, Rescue Groups and Adoptable Pets

Thanks for joining us at Petco in Brooklawn Center next door to Kroger in Farragut on  Saturday, June 4 from 1 - 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

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

Thanks for joining us at the Rocky Hill Animal Hospital Open House at 7656 Northshore Drive in Knoxville on  Saturday, May 21 from 8am - 2pm . Other rescue groups attended in addition to HABIT (UT Vet School), Knox Dogs magazine, Rita's Italian Ice, Premier Garage, Mountain Mutt Photography, River Dog Bakery, Shaggy Chic Grooming Salon, and vendors for invisible fence. There was also food, drinks, pet first aid information, free giveaways. Everyone had a chance to meet the hospital's new doctor, staff and mascots. Click here for the official event announcement.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Parkside Drive at Turkey Creek on  Saturday, May 14 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at Petco in Brooklawn Center next door to Kroger in Farragut on  Saturday, May 7 from 1 - 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Village Veterinary Medical Center Thanks for joining us at the  Village Vet Pet Well Fair  in Farragut (located at 11301 Kingston Pike ) on  Saturday, April 30, from 11am to 2pm  . This year, instead of an Open House, they called it the first annual Spring Pet Well Fair. Inside the facility, they focused on educational stations, for both kids and adults. Like last year, they hosted animal agility events, artists, police dogs, animal-friendly organizations and rescue groups. They increased awareness about these various individuals and groups, promoting their causes and bettering the lives of animals in east Tennessee. Everyone had a chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour, meet rescue groups, enjoy kids' activities and agility demonstrations, have some refreshments, and see what it's like to be a veterinarian for a day.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, April 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, April 16, from 1pm to 3pm  .

Thanks for joining us at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919 on  Saturday, April 16 from 12 until 3 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at Petco in Brooklawn Center next door to Kroger in Farragut on  Saturday, April 9 from 1 - 4 p.m.  for our upcoming adoption event.

Garage Sale! Everyone at SBRET wants to extend our heartfelt and most enthusiastic thanks to all who made our  Charity/Garage sale  such a resounding success! We received wonderful donations such as lovely antique furniture, exercise equipement, and tools and not to mention all the thousands of smaller items. Car loads and truck loads kept coming in on Friday and it took lots of SBRET workers many, many hours to price and sort. The sale was held in Lenoir City on  Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Highland Park Ruritan Building  and the community came out in force to shop and support. We even had folks stop in and make donations without purchasing anything and folks who stopped in to bring food to us! Also, a big thanks to the News Herald in Loudon County, the Shopper News in Knoxville, and to Anthony Welsh and WBIR-TV for all the wonderful promotions about the sale as well as their efforts to raise awareness about the horrors of puppymills. The money we raised will help care for dozens of homeless small dogs until they can find their forever family. Any unsold items donated to SBRET were picked up by the wonderful folks at Monroe County Animal Shelter to be used for their annual fundraising sale. We have some pictures courtesy of the WBIR news coverage and some pictures taken by SBRET volunteers.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, March 26 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, March 19, from 1pm to 3pm  .

Thanks for joining us at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919 on  Saturday, March 19 from 12 until 3 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

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

Thanks for joining us in booth #430 at Women Today 2011 at the Knoxville Convention Center Friday March 4 - Sunday March 6. What a wonderful weekend SBRET had at Women's Today Expo. Of course, it would not have been possible without the support of Enrichment Federal Credit Union who sponsored SBRET's booth again this year. We met so many awesome folks and three of our dogs will go to their forever families who met them at the Expo. Our dogs looked awesome on stage at the Pet Fashion Show and it was just a fun weekend for all. For more information about Women Today 2011, check out their website - http://womentoday.com. Our booth dates/times were Friday (3/4/11) from 9am to 6pm, Saturday (3/5/11) from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday (3/6/11) from noon - 6pm. Be sure to check out the pictures from the event.


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

Thanks for joining us at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919 on  Saturday, February 19 from 12 until 3 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, February 19, from 1pm to 3pm  .

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

Thanks for joining us at Petco in Brooklawn Center next door to Kroger in Farragut on  Saturday, February 5 from 1 - 4 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

Thanks for joining us at PetSmart on Morrell Rd. next to West Town Mall on  Saturday, January 22 from 1 until 4 p.m.  for our upcoming 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, January 15, from 1pm to 3pm.

Thanks for joining us at Wild Birds Unlimited at 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville, TN 37919 on  Saturday, January 15 from 12 until 3 p.m.  for our recent adoption event.

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

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