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ETSN Critter Care wishes to thank YOU for believing in our cause. Thanks to your kindness, our programs and outreach will touch many lives in our area in 2018. We couldn't possibly do this without you! Have a wonderful New Year full of many blessings & much warmth.
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💜 A very special someone must love us a WHOLE BUNCH! Because of you, we will be able to cross into this new year in healthy standing, providing much needed services to all the animals and their guardians who need us most! ETSN's programs will continue to flourish due to the generosity of kind hearts like yours. We can't THANK YOU enough!!! From all of us at ETSN/Critter Care we wish you the very best blessings of peace, prosperity, light, & love in 2018. Your gift will be matched!!! 💜
Nov. 28th, 2017
3:00pm ***UPDATE ❣️ *** Success!!!! Sweet Peggy Sue is now free of her awful mucocele, and on the way to a hugely improved quality of life! Dr. P. called to say that the surgery was a bit more extensive than he originally thought. She required to have her damaged salivary gland completely removed along with the duct that drained down into her chin/neck. She also received a nip/tuck for all the excess skin that was stretched beyond repair. She was recovering nicely and even got to go home tonight! Thank you friends for all your help in believing in this beauty queen and help make her dreams come true. Your donations were so appreciated, and Peggy Sue's moma is overjoyed and deeply touched. Thanks to Dr. P. for his generously discounted rate to be sure this girl will have a full, happy life! We did it!
From Peggy Sue's guardian: "Peggy Sue is doing great! She is eating and drinking well. That vet was awesome. The skin is pretty much gone. She has a lump on her cheek but gosh she's like a new cat. Yeah I'm taking care of her for a bit. My moma is running a fever and my dad just had ear surgery so I'm giving her her meds and keeping her away from the other kitties for a bit so she can rest. Thanks so much for your caring and help You all are the greatest." Thanks and Hugs, Anita and Moma
It was worth the wait! ProSound in Elizabethton did a great job with the graphic wrap for the Critter Care Cruiser! Now everyone will know just where to find us on our weekly jaunts around Carter and Johnson Counties.
Come out and see us when we come to your neck of the woods!
AND we have an UPDATE on Jay, Ursula, & Henry!
Saturday, June 10th the Cruiser returned to Poga, TN and we were met once again with a throng of pets needing low cost vet care.
Jay was thrilled and so grateful for the help with his. He was so cute, he had no idea we did this fundraiser for him. He came with Ursula and a whole $5 he saved up hoping to get a flea treatment for her. We said put it away, we have something to tell you.... He stammered and stuttered and his eyes brimmed with tears...
Ursula received a heartworm test (neg.!), a DAPP booster, rabies vaccination, heartworm
30 day preventative, and a flea/tick 30 day preventative.
Henry on the other hand, was nowhere to be seen. He took one look at all the dogs and took off. We can catch him up on everything when we make the neuter appointment for him and the spay appointment for Ursula. Jay just took home a flea pill for Henry to give him at dinner time.
We cannot thank you all enough for making such a huge difference in the precious lives of pets and their sweet caretakers. It's because of you, ETSN is able to provide what we do!
You can still donate to the BooBoo Fund for pets just like Jays or sponsor a spay or neuter for another deserving pet. Let's get to zero birth and end overpopulation in our communities! Just click on the Support Us button or go to the Donate page.
May 10 was a looooong day but we were victorious!
GREAT BIG HUGE THANK YOU to "T" from UT for hooking our Clinic up with SEVEN cage banks and a stainless steel surgical table!!!! Such an amazing donation from some wonderful people who see our vision for this clinic!
Also another HUGE thanks to Rick and Beckie Nidiffer for taking the day off and driving down to Knoxville to load and unload all this stuff! Aching backs for sure! We will have to go back next week to pick up the 3 cage banks that didn't fit on the trailer we rented.
ETSN's Critter Care Cruiser has been providing Pet Wellness On Wheels since its first trip on April 8 to the Lovers Lane Flea Market.
So far, our patients have been so good, and they can't wait for their treat afterwards. They made fast friends with the Cruiser staff and Vets. For some, this is they first time they've ever had a potentially lifesaving vaccination because we make it affordable to do so.
Here are a few of our satisfied customers!
The Cruiser has a rotating schedule so we can return to the same locations on a regular basis. This gives pet owners a chance to get regular doses of things like heartworm or flea & tick preventatives. It also allows them to catch a small health issue before it turns into a bigger problem that's more painful and costly to treat.
And once we find the right veterinarian, we'll be opening the Critter Care Clinic to provide low-cost spay-neuter surgeries and more wellness care than we can provide on the Cruiser.
Regular vet care doesn’t have to cost a fortune—that’s what we’re here for!
See our schedule on the Services page, then come out and see us!
What an exciting year 2016 has been! The support from so many wonderful folks near and far, as well as the support from local businesses is so greatly appreciated. It is heartwarming to know that so many care about and support ETSN's programs and mission. ETSN is so grateful for your help!
2017 is looking to be another amazing year for ETSN!
As always, we will continue providing spay and neuter assistance to those in need. With our new upcoming programs, we will reach even more pets who need our help! To know we are making a difference in our community drives us to improve our programs to meet the need. We know that it could not be done without your help, and we appreciate your continued support of our work in the community!
We wish you the happiest of holidays and many blessings in the new year!
From All of Us at ETSN
Help us welcome Amy Willis as ETSN’s new Executive Director! Amy will be handling the day-to-day functions of ETSN, while founder and previous director, Danika Nadzan, will remain as a board member to focus on ETSN’s future community programs.
Danika feels it’s time for someone new to bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the organization, and is happy to hand over the day-to-day functions to Amy so she can focus on future projects.
Since its beginnings in 2009, ETSN has continued to expand, and over the years has helped get approximately 4,000 pets spayed or neutered. In 2011, the pet food pantry was added, and now assists about 500 Carter County pets each month.
The latest project, the mobile wellness care unit, is moving forward since the donation of an RV by the Glenda Taylor Delawder Charitable Trust. And through the generosity of Michael Barnett and Big John’s Closeouts, we hope to relocate operations from the Purr-ple Bus to new office space at 150 East Elk Avenue once renovations are complete.
Amy Willis grew up in the area and graduated from Happy Valley High School. She previously worked for the Unicoi Animal Shelter and is currently a Girl Scout Leader. She has rescued and fostered many animals—that’s Moose the one-eyed wonder cat in the photo with her, and you can see more of her furry friends at Sir Mewingtonworth’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/sirmewingtonworth
She brings a unique combination of personal experience and understanding of the local pet owners, and a strong commitment to improving the lives of the pets in their care, all with the goal of keeping them healthy and out of the shelter.
Amy is very excited to come on board as ETSN’s executive director, and plans to work closely with the community and volunteers to keep the programs running well. She has always been very passionate about helping people and animals, and looks forward to being a part of ETSN and serving the community and their pets.
We are very lucky to have Amy join us, and look forward to a bright future together!
February's weather wasn't much help for this year's Hunka, Hunka Furry Love event on Saturday the 13th. Snow during the week and extremely low temps forced us to cancel most of the activities. But volunteer Tracie Mosley wasn't going to let that stop her from setting up to do pet photos! Tractor Supply gave her a spot to put her Valentine's photo booth, and we had several folks bring their precious pets for Valentine's pics. Here they are:
Hey you two, it's not HOWLoween!
Lots of purrs and meows of thanks go to ASPCA and the 9Lives Morris' Live Long and Prospurr cat food program! ETSN is the proud recipient of a generous grant of 9Lives cat food for our pet food pantry!
It arrived in Elizabethton on January 18, thanks to our friend, Joe York, who paid the freight from Atlanta, and Jeff Greene from Volunteer Express who delivered it. We also want to thank everyone who helped from start to finish, including supporters from ASPCA, Big Heart Pet Food Brands, Saddle Creek Logistics, and Michael Barnett & everyone at Big John's Closeouts for their assistance in the project!
Thanks to Morris, a lot of furry tummies will be full this year!