Volunteers help pets displaced by Gatlinburg fires

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Volunteers have been working since Monday night to make sure there’s enough food for any and all pets that will be coming to the emergency intake shelter at the Sevier County Fairgrounds.

“I had volunteers out at the shelter in smoke getting cats and dogs into any transport vehicle we had,” said shelter manager Michaela Sorey.

The Sevier County Humane Society puts pets first.

Dogs and cats each have a building dedicated just for them. Temporary homes, blankets and lots of food came in overnight, all of it donated.

“Oftentimes, people think of pets as a just an animal, but they are part of people’s family. I think that’s what you’re seeing here,” said Humane Society Board Member Cheryl Morgan.

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Anyone that’s evacuated or been affected by the wildfire can bring their pet here and know they’ll be taken care of until they get their feet on the ground.

If you’re missing your pet, it should be your first stop. On Tuesday night, a family was reunited with Sparky, their dog, thanks to a Facebook post from the shelter.

There’s been so much food donated already that volunteers say anyone who has lost their home or job can stop by the Sevier County Fairgrounds and pick up food for their pets.

“We eventually hope to get back into the shelter and it make it safe again for animals and clean it out, but it’s not right now,” said Sorey.

Monetary donations are the top priority moving forward to pay for medical treatment animals might need. The shelter will stay open until all the pets are safe.

Anyone who has information about animals stranded in the shelter area should email sevieranimalshelter@gmail.com with guardian/resident’s name, cell phone number, description of animal, address where the animal was located, and permission to use forced entry if necessary.

Anyone interested in volunteering should email shelterstaffsevier@gmail.com with name, cell phone and availability.

Financial support can be made online at sevierhumane.org or by mailing donations to:

Sevier County Humane Society
PO Box 976
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863