Washington Cleaners donates $2,000 to Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation

Brian King, owner of Washington Cleaners, hands a check for $2,000 to Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation president Chris Protzman. The money will be used for supplies at the Blount County Animal Center.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Brian King, owner of Washington Cleaners, hands a check for $2,000 to Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation president Chris Protzman. The money will be used for supplies at the Blount County Animal Center.

The Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation got a pleasant Christmas surprise when Washington Cleaners donated $2,000 to help pay for supplies at the Blount County Animal Center.

Washington Cleaners owner Brian King said he made the donation to the foundation in part because Chris Protzman and wife, Debbie, are active with the group.

“We were looking for a worthy cause in Blount County and being as how the Protzmans had really given a lot of their time to see this go through, we felt this was a good thing to do for Blount County,” he said.

King said they considered several different charities but were touched by the fact that animal care organizations don’t get as much attention during the holidays. The business owner said he knows the Protzmans because they are customers.

“We know them personally and to see them move to this area and give as much as they have says a lot about the character of this county,” he said. “They move here, and right out of their hearts, they start giving to this cause. We just felt this was a good charity.”

The foundation is the non-profit entity that helps support the county-owned facility recently opened on Currie Avenue. Protzman said foundation members were delighted by King’s support.

“Operating on a bare bones budget, every donation, whether it be cash or supplies, is a blessing, especially during the holiday season,” Chris Protzman said. “The kind-heartedness of Brian and the staff at Washington Cleaners goes a long way toward making Christmas miracles happen at the shelter.”

Washington Cleaners was also a drop-off point for Coats for the Cold this holiday season and ran a campaign to help that community effort.

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