For the Love of Paws, Inc Receives 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award!

2018 Scott County Hall of Fame Dinner, held at the Boys and Girls Club of the Cumberlands, we were honored to accept the Volunteer of the Year award on behalf of all that volunteer at For the Love of Paws.

*Photographed,Left to right, Lauren Jeffers, President; Linda Byrge, Vice President; LaDawn Anderson, former President & Founder; Betty Brown, former Secertary/Treasurer & Founder; Brooke Miller, Board Member.

Linda Byrge

Angie Bailey 
Board Member

Low Cost Spay & Neuter hotline number has changed.

New Number 423-226-1770

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.

Dr. Kristi Sharpe, DVM
​Vice President 

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 of  2021 over 5,159 dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered through our program. Additionally over 800 dogs and cats have been fostered, adopted or transported to other no-kill groups.

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.

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 423 226-1770. Follow us on Facebook, 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 01/2022

For the Love of Paws History and Strategic Plan

Kennedi Reed-West
Board Member

Meet the People Behind the Paws.....

Paula Leftwich
Board Member

For the Love of Paws, Inc