Campbell Co. Animal Shelter gets more county funding, but more work to do

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Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – The Campbell County Commission voted to increase funding for the Campbell County Animal Shelter Thursday night.

In an 11-0 vote, the commission supported sending $380,000 to the Friends of Campbell County Animals-controlled shelter.

“I was a bit shocked, we’ve been working hard on this file for several weeks and this proposal that we submitted yesterday was kind of a last ditch effort,” said director Patricia Siwinski.

Siwinski was director of the animal shelter and a member of the board of the FCCA.

Initially sounding the alarm about the importance of increased funding, she knew it was only aid for an overall and more immense monetary need for the shelter.

“I’m still very nervous that the FCCA can raise $137,000, about a year, which is a big ask,” Siwinski said.

County Mayor EL Morton supported transferring county dollars to the animal shelter.

“If you have an animal shelter you have to do it and do it well and our community has that reputation now and we’re going to continue to do that, I think that’s vital,” Morton said.

Thursday night’s vote was to fund the shelter at $380,000 for a single year. While not a typical five-year boost as usual, it does indicate the commission was ready to do it again, for longer.

“We have to do our job and do it well and our animal shelter is part of that,” Morton said.

The FCCA has been tasked with raising the nearly 40% remaining to fill the budget hole, while a task they have already done, Siwinski said would take a full effort to accomplish.

“You do a lot of fundraising, a lot of door-to-door, a lot of grant writing, and a lot of prayer,” Siwinski said.

The FCCA’s current contract with Campbell County expired at the end of June.

It’s the end of a five-year contract that saw the county provide just over $150,000 in monetary assistance against a budget of nearly $500,000.

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