About Us


Check out this short video we did about the rescue of Junior, a blind dog that came into our shelter as a stray and left in grand style! 



Our official opening date is July 21, 2012. That said, beginning in April 2012 we started taking in dogs and now have many loving, healthy pooches waiting for the right person to come their way. Is that person you?

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Adopting A Friend

If you'd like an adoption form let us know, we be glad to send you an adoption application. Or you can download one from our website under the ADOPTION APPLICATION tab:


All our animals are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, rabies (if over 3 months), heart-tested (dogs only, over 6 months), and micro-chipped. Our adoption fee is $150.

People interested in adopting one of our animals will be asked to fill out an adoption application and provide the name/phone number of their veterinarian as a reference.

You don't need to live in Tennessee to adopt one of our animals. If you live out of state, we are willing to tranpsort your pet part of the way to meet you but we will need to be reimbursed for gas (usually $50-$100) Our volunteer tranpsporters will drive up to 300 miles one way so don't be shy about checking out that perfect pet.

Another option for long-distance adoptions is to visit our beautiful county tucked in the foot hills of the Appalachian Mountains. Spend a day hiking in the Cumberland Gap National Park or rent a pontoon and enjoy the lake. We are happy to arrange after hours pickups for travelers!

Who We Are

We are a 501c3 shelter located in the Appalachian Mountains in northeast Tennessee. Our shelter was built entirely from donations and volunteer labor and is staffed by volunteers. We opened our doors in May 2012. In addition to offering life-time friends for adoption, we offer a low-cost spay and neuter clinic twice a month and grooming twice a week - the proceeds from our services and donations are what keep us going.


Come Visit Us

If you'd like to come to the shelter it's at 674 Ritchie & Lewis Drive in New Tazewell, TN 37825. Since we aren't yet on GPS you can look up 430 Old Knoxville Hwy and you'll find us directly behind that location.

At present we're open from 10 - 4 M, T, Th, F and 10-2 on Saturday. We are closed Wednesday and Sunday. Need more information? Call 423-626-2686

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