New animal welfare group forms in Blount

A newly-formed animal welfare group is planning to build a no-kill shelter in Friendsville. The Humane Society of East Tennessee was recently formed by Robin Granger with a stated mission and purpose of “promoting the welfare of animals, strengthening the human-animal bond and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness.”

According to a press release and the organization’s website, the Humane Society of East Tennessee has property to build the shelter and is in the fundraising phase to acquire the rest of the funds needed to build. Listed sponsor is TennAir-1 Heat and Air in Friendsville.

To help with building expenses, the Humane Society of East Tennessee is conducting a fundraiser through Flower Power Fundraising called Plants for Pets. The public can purchase fall flowers and bulbs through the fundraising link at: or through the link on Humane Society of East Tennessee website.

The Humane Society of East Tennessee will receive 50 percent of all proceeds raised through this fundraiser. For more information, visit the website at

The Blount County Humane Society, led by Steve Phipps, also conducts fundraisers to promote animal welfare and has announced plans previously to build a no-kill shelter in Blount County

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3rdShifter writes:

I hope this new group has more success at building a shelter than the other group mentioned in this article. Almost 8 years later, and that group has yet to build a refuge for animals.

Elroy_Jetson writes:

Before making donations to ANY group, please check their status as a for-profit or non-profit organization. Only a word of warning to the wise. Also, if all is well, consider a direct donation instead of through a fundraiser. The group can therefore get 100% of your benefit as opposed to 50%. Stop and (don't) smell the flowers.