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‘A Time 4 Paws’ seeks help for move during last week of July

The animal welfare organization A Time 4 Paws (AT4P) is moving to 594 Cook Rd., in Crossville, Tenn., by August 1.

AT4P’s founder and president Karen McMeekin said, “We are currently looking for volunteers who can help us out during our last week of the move from our old adoption center location to our current, new location.”

During the week of July 27-31, AT4P must have everything transferred out of its current facility at 463 Old Jamestown Hwy. This process involves finishing kennels and cat rooms at the new center and disassembling and moving equipment from the old center before the animals can be transported.

McMeekin said that she still needs people who can:

  • dig holes for and construct fencing
  • fix water lines
  • transport equipment and supplies
  • disassemble
  • paint
  • garden
  • landscape
  • clean

She also said, “We’re still in need of cleaning supplies, bleach. We need sponges that are sort of like rough – the green scrubby pads. … We need some new mop handles, which are for industrial mops where we can change the heads out, … paper towels, toilet paper.

“We need donations of dog food: Diamond Natural chicken and rice dog food. You can buy that at Petsense. You can buy that at Tractor Supply. That’s very important because we have some very large dogs, and we’ve had them for several years. … So we’re going through bags of dog food – 40-pound bags of dog food – very quickly.”

Miranda McNeil started volunteering with AT4P to fulfill eight hours of community service for her Tennessee Promise scholarship. McNeil helps at the adoption center with socializing the dogs and other tasks as needed, and she plans to continue helping the organization long-term.

She said, “Not a lot of people understand the need these places have. I never knew how important volunteers were until I started volunteering.”

McMeekin said, “If [you] are new volunteers who have never been a part of our organization in the past, [you] can email me at savetnpets@gmail.com. … We can set up a time. We’re generally here from eight until three everyday. And the big moving days will most likely be Thursday and Friday and probably Saturday.”

Giving some of your time during the week of July 27 to August 1, will help AT4P meet its moving deadline.

“Our grand opening won’t be until September,” said McMeekin, “but, in the meantime, we need all of this completed for the safety and the health of the animals and for the volunteers.”

Additionally, the group needs help daily at its adoption center and its thrift store at 1201 West Ave. If you are interested in long-term volunteering and interaction with the animals, be sure to fill out a volunteer application.

Be a lifesaver by volunteering with A Time 4 Paws

The non-profit organization A Time 4 Paws (AT4P) has requested the help of volunteers to prepare its new adoption center, which will be located at 594 Cook Rd., in Crossville, Tenn.

Founder and president Karen McMeekin said, “The grand opening will be in late July. We will transfer the animals over to the facility sooner, but, … the end of July is the projected date for the opening for the public to come and experience the new adoption center.”

AT4P’s new center will have 16 heated and air-conditioned indoor/outdoor kennels for dogs. Cats will also live in temperature-controlled rooms with climbing ramps and the ability to move outside into a protected space.

McMeekin said that the AT4P team needs volunteers with a variety of skills to help with the transition to the new location.

To continue work on the Cook Road property, AT4P needs volunteers to donate supplies and gift cards, clean, paint, landscape, do regular lawn care, build fences and pressure wash.

McMeekin said, “We’ll need people who know how to work with chain link fencing, wood fencing, basic carpentry skills – just to donate their time – and we can put them to work.”

Look for the blue barrel at Food City to donate food and supplies to the AT4P AniMeals program. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek)
Look for the blue barrel at Food City to donate food and supplies to the AT4P AniMeals program. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek)

“With the nine and a half acres,” said McMeekin, “there is a pond where we have been excavating and cleaning … to create walking trails. The walking trails will be available for our volunteers to walk the dogs that we have in our programs.

“The walking trails will be designed and created with the help of the trails group from Fairfield Glade, so more volunteers donating their time.”

AT4P also wants to line up people who can transport the animals and who can move equipment from the current adoption center to the new one.

McMeekin added, “We are seeking a full-time kennel manager who has a minimum of three years experience managing a kennel to be our adoption center manager on site.”

AT4P has been promoting the no kill philosophy for 10 years in Cumberland County.

“Our goal,” said McMeekin, “is to turn the entire community and county shelter into a no kill community. … With that philosophy, animals lives are saved. Animals are treated humanely. Laws are followed. Laws are improved.

“A Time 4 Paws wants to educate people – educate them on how to become a no kill community, how to take care of animals, how to be kind to them, have them be a part of their family, spay and neuter them, teach the children responsibility about animals, treating them humanely as God’s creatures – not just as discarded, unwanted animals.”

Donations to AT4P's AniMeals program can be made at Kroger. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek)
Donations to AT4P’s AniMeals program can be made at Kroger. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek)

In addition to help with the new adoption center, AT4P needs volunteers with many day-to-day and special activities.

McMeekin said, “We need volunteers for our events. We transport animals to and from adoption events. We have people we need to socialize the animals.

“We have cleaning … opportunities. We have the thrift store which we need people to process items – and very desperately. We need people who can pressure wash on a daily basis. We need people who can mop floors, clean. We just always need an extra hand.

“We need an events coordinator. I need a marketing person, and I also need a grant writer. And all of these are volunteer positions at this point.”

To learn more information about AT4P and the no kill philosophy, the public is invited to a volunteer orientation meeting that McMeeking hosts at the Art Circle Public Library on the second Saturday of every month. The next meeting will be June 13, at 10 a.m.

To volunteer your time and skills, call 931-456-6906.

Donated items for the thrift store and/or the adoption center can be left at both locations. The A Time 4 Paws Thrift Store is located at 1201 West Ave., and the current adoption center is at 463 Old Jamestown Hwy.

The public can also donate pet food and supplies to AT4P’s AniMeals program at the Crossville locations of Kroger and Food City.

Monetary and gift card donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 2982, Crossville, TN 38557.

Ranger leads project for new aviary at Cumberland Mountain State Park

Park Ranger Monica Johnson lives and works at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, Tenn. In addition to maintaining the trails and protecting natural and cultural resources on site, she is responsible for programing and community events. For the past two years, she has been planning for an aviary to support the native Tennessee birds of prey that she has for her park programs.

Johnson is an East Tennessee representative of the Tennessee Park Rangers Association.

Those who wish to contribute to the aviary may contact Ranger Johnson at 931-484-6138 or monica.johnson@tn.gov. Checks may be written to Friends of Cumberland Mountain State Park and sent to Cumberland Mountain State Park, Attn: Bird of Prey Program, 24 Office Dr., Crossville, TN 38555.

On Nov. 8, Park Ranger Monica Johnson uses a nail gun to install dividing walls to the birds of prey aviary at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
On Nov. 8, Park Ranger Monica Johnson uses a nail gun to install dividing walls to the birds of prey aviary at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Red-tailed hawk Henson waits in temporary housing until he makes his home in the new aviary constructed behind the camp store at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Red-tailed hawk Henson waits in temporary housing until he makes his home in the new aviary constructed behind the camp store at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Members of Boy Scout trip 3076 help build and stack aviary doors on Nov. 8, at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Members of Boy Scout trip 3076 help build and stack aviary doors on Nov. 8, at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)
Boy Scout troop leader Chris Garner measures for doors to the aviary enclosures on Nov. 8, at Cumberland Mountain State Park.
Boy Scout troop leader Chris Garner measures for doors to the aviary enclosures on Nov. 8, at Cumberland Mountain State Park. (Photo by Diahan Krahulek / Full Sail University)