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Unicoi County Animal Shelter in need of donations

By Richard Rourk

As COVID-19 continues to change the day-to-day lives of humans, it also continues to make an impact on animals.

Unicoi County Animal Shelter is experiencing a shortage in supplies during one of its most crucial times.

“They are short on several cat and kitten supplies,” concerned citizen Angela Jackson told The Erwin Record.

According to Unicoi County Animal Shelter Director Kevin King, several residents have made donations, but due to the amount of cats and kittens, the need is overwhelming.

“We had a lot of donations the past few days, but we have so many kittens right now,” King said. “We are in need of any dry kitten food and both clumping and non-clumping cat litter.”

In addition to cat and kitten supplies, the shelter could use laundry detergent.

“Laundry is a forever thing here,” King said. “We take all kinds of detergent. I usually grab Sun brand Laundry detergent because you can get a huge container for like $5.”

According to King, dog supplies are currently holding steady, but that can always change in the future.

“Right now we are OK,” King said of dog supplies at the shelter.

King acknowledged that COVID-19 continues to affect the way the shelter handles adoptions.

“We are back to phase one so I can’t let anyone in the shelter,” King said.

However, donations can be left at the back door of the facility.

“If it’s something of value that can’t be left at the door, then around 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. we will be at the shelter cleaning so they can knock on the front door,” King said.

According to King, adoptions can be made by using petfinder.com.

“It’s a very user-friendly website that has our animals listed with photos,” King said.