Anderson County Animal Rescue Foundation (AC ARF) promotes humane treatment of animals in Anderson County. We advocate responsible companion animal ownership through educational programs and strive to increase public awareness of the need and value of community involvement and responsibility for public and animal welfare. Our mission is to keep our community pets out of the area shelters by education on animal welfare and responsibilities of pet ownership as well as providing support to those in need to ensure their pets are healthy, happy and at home where they belong.
AC ARF is an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization (EIN# 82-4412035). We are an all-volunteer organization, having no paid staff. Funding is provided by donations from the general public and corporations, and grants from government and from other non-profit organizations. We operate under a Board of Directors (all volunteer) to make all decisions concerning the direction of our foundation. Our Board consists of members in our community who share a love of animals but also bring a specific expertise to help forward our mission. Our Board of Directors are as follows:
Katrina has over 30 years of experience in quality control. She has worked at Oak Ridge National Lab and at Denso, where she rose to the level of director over the quality program. She also volunteered extensively at the Anderson County Animal Shelter.
Steven has over 30 years of experience providing animal healthcare. He owns and operates both the Clinton Animal Hospital and Norris Animal Hospital in Anderson County, Tennessee. He earned his PhD in comparative and experimental medicine with a concentration in stem cell molecular Biology and Tissue Bioengineering from the University of Tennessee. His extensive knowledge of animal welfare and vet care is invaluable.
Tonya is a Certified Public Accountant who has worked in accounting and assurance for the last several years. Her past experience includes auditing of 501c3 non-profit organizations, which is essential to her role as Treasurer for our board.
Jo has extensive experience with grant writing Knox County Community Action Committee (Knoxville CAC), where she has worked for 13 years. Ms. Madding brings a wealth of supervisory experience and community outreach experience to her role on the board.
Joe served for 42 years as the Tennessee Agricultural Extension Agent for Anderson County. He is also a member of the Agriculture Advisory Committee in Anderson County. Joe has extensive training in animal management and care.
Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant who has worked as a tax accountant for 501c3 non-profit organizations at Coulter & Justus in Knoxville for several years. His background and knowledge of 501c3 tax laws are invaluable as we continue to grow our organization.
Laura is the County Director and FCS Agent for UT Extension of Anderson County. She is passionate about helping animals and educating community members about care and treatment of animals. In addition, she volunteers her time serving as a foster home for two local rescues to help reduce overcrowded shelters and give dogs a second chance at a happy life.
We are working to develop new programs and improve current programs for animal welfare in Anderson County, Tennessee. We also educate community members on responsible animal ownership. We manage the For The Love Of Pets Pantry which provides food, supplies and medical care for the pets of low-income senior citizens who live the county. AC ARF also works with local rescues and veterinary offices to provide Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) services and vaccinations to help reduce the homeless cat population in the area. We partner with Clinton Animal Hospital in Clinton, TN for all vet care services. They are very caring, generous and concerned about helping the animals in our community. Funding is provided through monetary and in-kind donations individuals and corporations, and through grants. All donations are tax-deductible.
AC ARF is 100% volunteer based. If you are thinking of joining our team of volunteers, there are many opportunities to help! Helping with our pet pantry, delivering pet food to home bound citizens, TNR, various fundraising activities, social media, pet adoptions and more! If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact us at ACARF2018@gmail.com.