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Humane Society raises $500 at ‘Hotel for Dogs’ opening

Carmike Foothills 12 joined with the Blount County Humane Society on Jan. 17 for a fundraiser in conjunctions with the premier of the Dreamworks film “Hotel for Dogs.” The film tells the story of a group of kids who create a home for strays in an abandoned building, complete with Rube-Goldberg-esque contraptions to meet the dogs’ every need and desire.

The Maryville opening of the film provided a perfect occasion to raise both funds and awareness for the Humane Society. The event also provided opportunities to adopt, and three puppies found families as a result.

About 25 volunteers participated and ticket sales from the large crowd raised $500 for the Humane Society. Steve Phipps, president of the Humane Society of Blount County, said he was very pleased with the event and said that the management at Foothills Cinema has invited the Humane Society to return and hold a similar fundraiser in the spring.

The Humane Society is in the process of opening a thrift store on East Broadway, to be called The All Creatures Thrift Store. The 6,500-square-foot space should open some time in February. For more information, visit or call 865-742-3070.

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