Animal foundation receives 20,000 Clayton grant

The Clayton Family Foundation recently donated $20,000 in grants to the Smoky Mountain Animal care Foundation to benefit the new Blount County Animal Center Fund.

Foundation representatives said this donation comes at a critical point for the new Animal Center as completion for the 1st phase of the center is targeted for February 2009.

“We are delighted once again to receive this generous support from Jim and Kay Clayton and The Clayton Family Foundation at such a critical time in the construction of Phase I of the Blount County Animal Center,” said foundation president Chris Protzman. “The citizens of Blount County, SMACF and our homeless animals are blessed to have folks like the Clayton’s paving the way in community projects like this. Together I know we can get this state-of-the-art Center built and functional sooner rather then later. We are humbled by their generous support.”

The $1.6 million dollar Blount County Animal Center is set to open in three phases. As of Dec. 1, 2008, SMACF was still approximately $200,000 away from the necessary funding to complete Phase I, which consists of operational kennels and limited office space.

Phases II & III consist of completing the Adoption Center (front portion) of the center complete with “featured” pet rooms, Directors Office, Community Education Room and new adoption rooms. The new Blount County Animal Center is being built directly behind The Boys and Girls Club on Currie Avenue. Anyone interested in learning more about the center or donating, contact Protzman at 865-824-1700.

Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization staffed with 100% volunteers established to introduce and promote programs to improve animal welfare in Blount County Tennessee and the surrounding areas of the Great Smoky Mountains. Visit for more information.

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