SPCA of Bradley County No Longer a No Kill Shelter

Steve Whitener says he chose to bring these stray cats to SPCA of Bradley County because they’re a no kill shelter.

"We don’t want somebody to get them and kill them because we don’t believe in that," Whitener said.

However, that policy is about to change.
The shelters interim manager Kristin Harvey says she’s not surprised.

"It’s disappointing but it’s expected.  I’m the one that turns in the reports so I kept seeing the number climb and climb and climb," Harvey said.

The county entered into a two year contract with SPCA and opened this shelter in March but things quickly spiraled out of control.
At the end of September they had 105 animals, by the end of October they had 145.

SPCA of Bradley County Board President Ed Elkins says they voted to oust the no kill policy to save the shelter.

"You’re gonna be shut down or you have to take some action that’s necessary," said Elkins.

Elkins says the Cleveland Animal shelter also played a part in their influx.

"What we found is that the city of Cleveland shelter were directing a lot of the animals over to the county shelter," said Elkins.
"Most people don’t even know we’re here until they go to the other shelter and they’re like, you know there’s another no kill option," Harvey said.

But Elkins says their main problem is a small group of people he thinks have personal vendettas against the shelter, and that controversy has cost them volunteers.

"If the various factions that are fighting and undermining the objectives of the SPCA of Bradley county would back out and we had a sufficient volunteer help it would help a lot," Elkins said.

Elkins says the community can help by volunteering, donating, and spaying or neutering their pets.

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