The Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation recently received a $25,000 grant from the Charles and Su Fouche Charitable Foundation. The Fouches were life-long Blount County residents who shared a common passion to help the homeless pet population in the County, Fouche trustee Jim Snyder said.
“Focused spay and neuter outreach along with progressive adoption processes is just the beginning of what needs to be done to effectively reduce the number of unwanted animals roaming the county and ending up in shelters,” Snyder said. “A strong coordinated effort between animal welfare agencies like Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation and the County is the second half of the long term solution.”
Snyder said both Charles and Sue Fouche worked at the Alcoa Company and felt a strong sense of community stemming from their work at Alcoa and in the community.
“This is a very generous donation. We are delighted to have this increased support from the Fouche’s Foundation at such a critical time. We are working hard to reach our goal to secure the remaining funds necessary to get Phase I operational and this grant helps get one step closer.” Animal Care Foundation president Chris Protzman said.
Protzman said recent estimates place the project at about $180,000 away from the basic necessities to open Phase I, including kennels and offices. “To date we have secured or donated nearly $550,000 to the project not including the County set-aside of $350,000,” he said.
Protzman said total raised to date is approximately $900,000 of the 1.6 million dollar project. “We have worked very hard in the last two years and we are getting very close, these grants make the world of difference in our project,” he said. “We need that one big push to get us over the top and get Phase I done.”
Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for the new Blount County Animal Center; please visit www.SMACF.net for a complete list.