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New shelter director ready to raise funds, education

Her first few days on the job were a little chaotic, but Angie Rose, the new full time director of the Unicoi County Animal Shelter, says there’s no place she’d rather be.
“I’ve always had a big heart for animals,” she said. “I love animal shelters and helping to find the right home for a pet. It’s really gratifying. Everyone is super nice, and I’m very excited.”
Rose said she was excited when she learned she had been selected from a field of qualified candidates for the position, saying she is ready to get started.
“I know there were some very good, very qualified candidates,” she said. “It made me feel really good. I was humbled and very excited. I immediately started thinking about fundraising and ways to help improve the shelter and find homes for the animals. I was thinking of ideas about how to educate people about the importance of spaying and neutering.”
As shelter director, Rose will be responsible for raising funds, finding homes for pets, taking care of the shelter animals and promoting education. However, as enjoyable as Rose’s job is, it does come with unpleasant realities.
“Unfortunately, it does include euthanasia,” Rose said. “I’m familiar with the procedure through other jobs, and I’ve assisted in euthanasia, so I’m familiar with that. I’d like to get it to where the animals never get euthanized and find them all homes. I have a big soft spot, but I do know that euthanasia is necessary as long as people fail to spay and neuter their animals.”
Only two days into her new job, Rose already has ideas to raise funds and promote education for the shelter. In fact, she is hoping to hold events on the Linear Trail and other pet-friendly locations.
“I’ve thought about using the Linear Trail or Fishery Park,” she said. “We could have ‘Bark in the Park’ or ‘Dog Days of Summer.’ We could invite all the local vets to make the event fun and educational and raise funds at the same time.”
To promote education about shelter animals, Rose hopes to work with the school system, giving presentations or holding discussions with elementary, middle and high school students.
“I think that’s where you start with education and animal care,” Rose said. “With the elementary students, you can talk about pet care, and with the high school students, you can talk about the importance of spaying and neutering.”
Rose holds a degree in Horsemanship from Virginia Intermont College and has experience barn management, training horses and teaching riding lessons. Rose also worked for three years as a Veterinary Assistant at Unicoi Hospital for Animals and for seven years as a treatment manager for Robinson’s Animal Clinic in Carter County.
An advocate for animals, Rose has also served as a foster parent for several years in an effort to provide pets with a safe, loving environment until a good home can be found for them.
“I have always been rescue-oriented,” Rose said. “I’ve fostered several animals–cats, dogs, horses. Right now, I have three kittens I’m bottle feeding, two dogs I’m fostering and a rabbit.”
She found the rabbit at an area flea market and felt compelled to purchase the animal after seeing it roughly handled.
“It had a cut on its nose and they were scruffing its neck,” Rose said. “When you hold a rabbit by the scruff of the neck, it could break its back if it kicks out too hard.”
At that point, Rose readily paid the $10 price and took the rabbit home.
Rose lives in Erwin. In addition to her duties as shelter director, she also gives riding lessons at W.F. Stables in Jonesborough.