Washington county-Johnson City Animal Control Center


Rating: 4.4

Average rating from 25 reviews.

(4.4 out of 5, based on 25 reviews)


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Lucie H.
Rating: 5

Exceptional Shelter in a Challenging Area

posted 7 years ago

The folks at JC/Washington County are always on the lookout for ways to be more effective, more knowledgable, and better at what they do. They have completely revolutionized animal welfare in our community.

They keep the shelter in front of people through loads of events, PR, fundraising (traditional and innovative) and exposure in local media outlets (TV, radio and newspapers). Lots of shelters could learn from them.

Their screening process is thorough but not unduly lengthy and they follow up with those that adopt.

When you consider the status of shelters in the immediate area of similarly sized towns/counties and smaller - it's remarkable what they have accomplished given the attitudes of local people/politicians about animals.

I remember the challenges that faced the Humane Society when they approached the county for pet licensing. County administrators argued that they would eventually want farmers to license cattle and used that as a reason to vote against it.

Finally though, passage of the regulations allowed for the funding of the building of this facility (and moving from the deplorable building behind the water treatment facility in an isolated area) and other resources. The staff and volunteers have taken full advantage of it all and deserve huge accolades and all the support we can offer.

Pros: was a challenge getting this great shelter built here and the staff and volunteers know that; knowledgable; hardworking; dedicated to the animals and educating the local community

Cons: you won't be allowed to leave without some education at least!

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Emily C.
Rating: 4

Best source for bets

posted 7 years ago

I adopted Huckleberry from the Washington County shelter a year and a half ago. He was trapped at 2 or 3 weeks old and fostered by a staff member, Judy Castleberry. She brings animals to the Johnson City PetSmart nearly every day of the week, and I went there regularly looking for just the *right* cat (having recently lost the greatest cat in the world, Tobey). After I visited a half dozen times or more, she said "Maybe you'd like my foster kitten," a Russian Blue who had just reached eight weeks and was finally ready to see the public. She was VERY careful and selective about finding the right home for him, which i respect tremendously, and it turned out to be a perfect match.

These shelter staff really care about the animals they are placing, and they take the time to try to get to know potential adopters in order to assess whether they are really able to give a pet an appropriate home. I recommend it as a source for anyone looking to adopt. I aslo heartily encourage everyone to donate any time, money or supplies possible to help them out, because they are underfunded and always in need of more assistance.

Pros: Daily presence at PetSmart to increase adoptions

Cons: Too small, too crowded -- they NEED the makeover!

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