The Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter’s (CPCAS) Adoption Outreach seeks to place all adoptable animals in loving, lifetime homes. In fact, over the years, staffers have begun to fancy themselves as matchmakers, trying to find each animal the perfect home. The care and safety of the area’s dogs, cats, bunnies and guinea pigs, ferrets and other domesticated animals is their first priority, and as a result, the shelter does not turn any Putnam County animal away.
In addition to adoptions, the shelter works to reunite pet owners with their lost dogs or cats. They also have a Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) to help area citizens take better care of their pets by helping them with costs associated with vaccination and sterilization. They have learned that by doing so is the best and only proven way to stop pet over-population in the community.
The shelter’s “Helping Hands” program goes into classrooms and teaches humane treatment and kindness for animals, and works to encourage group tours at the shelter. The CPCAS also works with the Cookeville Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department’s Animal Control personnel in their efforts to enforce animal control laws and investigate cruelty and neglect cases.
While there are fantastic shelters just like this one all across the country, what makes CPCAS unique is their story. The doors were officially opened on their new facility in January, 2015. The the 12,000-square-foot building, which can hold about 150 dogs and 50 cats — is about three times the size of the old facility – and the culmination of a lot of hard work. In fact, eight years of hard work from the Friends of Cookeville/Putnam County Animals, who brought together the community’s animal supporters. They started with about $475,000 from a bequest from Gwendolyn Sawyer and donations for the shelter’s improvement. Later, the city issued $1.4 million in bonds, and the Friends group raised more than $700,000 in funds and materials.
CPCAS, just like many other shelters, is always in need of donated supplies and funding. And because their story inspired us all here at Nixall, we sent them a couple of cases of Nixall Cleanser to try. Darrell Webb, shelter director said, “The staff and myself are elated with Nixall.”
“We use it to disinfect cages, fog the sick rooms and the puppies and kittens come out of the sick rooms in remarkable health,” he said. “We also use the Nixall Vet Response on their wounds and skin irritations with amazing results.”
If you would like to help CPCAS, donations accepted by PayPal and checks made out to: Cookeville/Putnam County Animal Shelter, 2650 Gainesboro Grade, Cookeville, TN, 38501.