MCFA is a not-for-profit volunteer organization with 501(c) (3) status located in Monroe County, Tennessee. This group was created in 2004 by concerned citizenswho recognized a dire need existing throughout the county for animal welfare. They consulted with the governing body and were able to rent a deteriorating veterinary clinic to create the existing shelter.
The main thrust of MCFA's missionis to support the Monroe County Animal Shelter both monetarily and with hands-on assistance.
It wasn’t long ago that Monroe County, one of the most impoverished counties in Tennessee, had no animal shelter. Animals were virtually a throw-away commodity. Strays were deemed a nuisance and sadly many shot and killed. It was not an uncommon sight to see neglected animals alongside the roadways that had been run over through no fault of their own. Fortunately, the situation of lost and abandoned animals has vastly improved over the past few years as animals make their way to our shelter, making for a much more livable community for both people and their pets.
In 2009 alone, this group was able to save over 2000 dogs and cats out of 6000 taken in, and to shelter, foster and transport rescued animals to their forever homes. Needless to say, this is a cause of great pride among our staff and virtual army of dedicated volunteers.
We are pleased that our intake numbers are rapidly decreasing, due largely to the success of the S.N.A.P (spay and neuter) voucher give-away program, that was initiated by a grant from Maddie's Fund, with PetsMart picking up a specified county need through anothergrant for 2011 and 2012.
Through our middle school Jr. MCFA programs, we are reaching out with responsible pet ownership information to the youth in our county and want to find volunteers who will help us with these programs so we can eventually start setting up programs at the senior high level.
We are proud of our success, but we continue to find that the need is always greater than the amount of help we can provide.
Our goal for the future is to build a new, permanent shelter for Monroe County. This will take a concerted effort of fundraising which has already begun to take shape through several different venues, one of which is a thrift store that has been implemented in January 2012. Current need is to find a suitable piece of land on which we can build.
We continue to desire to make a difference in our community here in beautiful East Tennessee. Won't you join us by making a donation? Whatever you can contribute will be most appreciated.
Monroe County Friends of Animals | P.O. Box 106 | Vonore, TN 37885