TOP PHOTO: Animal Shelter Director Patricia Siwinski gave an update to the commission about the shelter.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Animal Shelter Director Patricia Siwinski gave an update to the commission about the shelter, reporting that adoptions were up in the month of October.  She also once again discussed the need for more space and reported that through a recent fundraiser the shelter had raised over $10,000.

“We raised $10,470 in three hours through a fundraiser with Jordan’s Way,” Siwinski said. She told commissioners she would like to spend funds on converting the outdoor kennels at the shelter to be used year round. 

“I’ve been trying to figure out how to maximize and utilize our space. We were looking at our outside kennels, which has space for eight. If we could enclose it with panels and hook up electric and heat and air, then this would increase our space by eight large kennels,” Siwinski said.

She told commissioners she was checking with an electrician on how to get electricity out there. 

Commission chairman Johnny Bruce asked her to get with the building and grounds committee on it.

She also reported that the shelter cared for 453 animals in October and that the dog euthanasia rate was down to 5 percent and the cat euthanasia was down 4.1 percent with the majority of these relating to injury/end of life services.

She said in “order to deal with too many animals”, that during October, the shelter had almost 100 animals out being cared for in foster.

“Three of the last four years our shelter did achieve no kill status, and I’ve made a decision, I’m not going to euthanize for space. If that’s what we’re going to do, I’m not going to be the one to do it,” Siwinski said. 

She also said October had the highest rate of adoption with 51 adoptions, which was the highest in several years. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/14/2023-6AM)