2015 Volunteer of the Year

History and Strategic Plan

For the Love of Paws, Inc. was started in late 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens to address the overpopulation and abandonment of domestic animals in Scott County, TN. Ours is a rural community with approximately 22,000 residents and high unemployment; no government entity provides any funding for any form of animal control or shelter options within our boundaries.


Dian is an Army brat, a retired Army nurse, a wife, mother, grandmother and lover of animals.  She and her husband moved to Scott County in 2009 and have been active in the community ever since.  Passionate about the spay/neuter program to address overpopulation of stray and abandoned animals, she joined the board in 2013 and focuses on grant writing, fundraising and coordinating the spay/neuter clinics.

For the Love of Paws History and Strategic Plan

Dan & Linda Byrge retired to Scott County in September of 2014 from Michigan and one month later they signed up to work a fundraiser at For the Love of Paws and have been with the organization ever since... Moving to this area showed them that many dogs are neglected and abandoned by owners who get them and then don't have the means to properly care for them.Their hope for Scott County is to educate people on the importance of animal overpopulation and responsibility of pet ownership....They have a rescue dog Ruby and are raising their 9 yr old grandson, Josh.

Amanda and her husband Scott moved to Scott county several years ago. After finding many strays roaming the neighborhood, she tried to contact the local animal shelter, only to find there wasn't one. Through Facebook Amanda heard about For the Love of Paws, she looked into them, and found Chance, a near death boxer who immediately needed a foster. She fell in love with Chance, and wanted to help stop the senseless suffering of other animals through, volunteering, fostering, and helping with the low cost spay and neuter program.

Meet For the Love of Paws, Inc Board Members.......

We are so pleased to announce Melissa Daughtery as our 2015 "Volunteer of the Year". Melissa answers calls coming in to our Low Cost Spay & Neuter hotline. She has been and continues to be an important member of our team. Thanks in part to Melissa, last year we exceeded our goal and "fixed" 502 dogs and cats.


In addition to manning our hotline, Melissa also helps manage our Facebook page and lost and found pets in Scott County. She's helped numerous lost and found animals find their way back home!


We are so thankful for Melissa's dedication and hard work. If you're in need of low cost spay and neuter service please give her a call at 423-223-8241 (8am-8pm).



Lauren is a wife, mother and advocate for the stray and abandoned animals in Scott County, TN. She, her husband and 4 dogs moved to Scott County in August of 2012. Lauren was former rescue dog foster and volunteer in her home town of Mount Holly, NC. After moving to Scott County she began volunteering with For the Love of Paws, Inc in October 2012. Over the last few years Lauren has worked her way up through the organization to Vice President of the Board and in January of 2015 became President. Lauren's goal is to decrease the number of unwanted dogs and cat in our community through low cost spay and neuter, rescue, fostering and adoption.

Amanda Choroba, Vice President of the Board


For the Love of Paws, Inc

Dian Shackelford, Secretary & Spay Neuter Coordinator


Melissa Daughtery

Lauren Jeffers, President of the Board


Linda Byrge. Treasurer
Dan Byrge, Board Member 

Our mission is to humanely reduce the number of stray and abandoned dogs and cats in our community by providing low cost spay and neuter services and educational opportunities that promote responsible pet ownership.

In 2012, the organization was officially incorporated. We achieved our 501(c)(3) status, established a Board of Directors and immediately began partnerships with the local vets, several spay/neuter clinics and programs in surrounding counties. Grants, donations and fundraisers are our primary sources of revenue. By December 2015 over 1,250 dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered. Additionally over 600 dogs and cats have been fostered or adopted.

Realizing that the key to success is to reduce the overpopulation, we have begun focusing primarily on providing low cost spay and neuter services for the community and educating the public on responsible pet ownership.

In 2013, we developed our educational community outreach targeted at K-6. Working with the local Boys and Girls Club and elementary schools we are presenting our program on responsible pet ownership several times a year.

As resources are available, we take in stray/abandon animals, have them spayed/neutered, vaccinated, provide needed medical care and adopt them out or transfer the animals to other like minded agencies outside Scott County. We also assist others in the community who are fostering stray or abandon animals to spay/neuter & re-home.

Our five year plan is to spay/neuter 500 dogs and cats annually and expand our educational outreach program to elementary, middle schools, high schools and throughout the community. The 500 animals we “fix” annually will conservatively prevent 2000 unwanted puppies and kittens that year. Since the cat/dog reproduction life is about 5-8 years, we believe if we are successful, we will have made a significant positive impact in the community.

Help us by being part of the solution. Make sure your pets are fixed, spread the word about our spay/neuter hotline 423 223-8241. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/4loveofpaws, volunteer or make a donation to Love of Paws, P.O. Box 163, Huntsville, TN 37756. Together, we can make a positive difference in our community!

Updated 1/2016