Animal Shelter of the Week: Episode 34 – Humane Society of Dickson County

The Humane Society of Dickson County was founded 30 years ago during a time of desperate need. In shelters across the country, millions of animals were dying, and in rural communities with no local solution for unwanted pets, the situation was dire. A grassroots movement in Dickson County, Tennessee, quickly grew, and the HSDC was established with a progressive mission: Educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter and ensure every dog and cat has a safe home.


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The Humane Society of Dickson County located in Tennessee was founded 30 years ago in 1989. They have faced some rough patches along the way but they have managed to become a local leader and advocate for the homeless pets in their county. They have made it their mission to educate the community about the importance of animal welfare, in hopes to put an end to so many unwanted animals. And they are supported by caring individuals and businesses who believe that all pets deserve a forever home.

Hey Vivienne, welcome to the show. Hey, how are you? I am doing so good today. I’m so glad you were able to join us. I’m excited to learn more about Humane Society of Dickson County. You guys are actually located in Tennessee. So why don’t you start us off and tell us a little bit about your organization. We are located in Dickson, Tennessee. We’ve been doing some massive growth in the last few years. We’ve been, I guess the best word is we have a great benefactor. There’s a local business here that’s privately owned. It’s called Pence Co. And it’s owned by the Spire family. And they wanted to honor their mother, who was a great animal lover, by donating an animal shelter. And they chose us to run it for them basically and donated to us.

So we went from being a little kind of hole in the wall falling apart rural Tennessee shelter to this beautiful, it’s like really like going from the slums to the penthouse, but it happened over like a three year period. So we have this beautiful facility now, and we went from a be adopting on a good month, 30 to 35 animals a month, and now we are doing between 80 and 100 a month, in fact, and June we did 126 animals adopted out, which was a record for us. So it’s really exciting and we’re growing, we have the growing pains to go along with that. The struggle they go on to kind of pay for something like this. But it’s a really exciting time to be part of our organization.

I definitely love the growth that you guys have had over the past few years. First, I have so many questions already with just the couple things that you’ve shared with me. But my first one is how long has the Humane Society of Dickson County been around? Give us a little bit of that history and where you guys were at before this new building that I want to dive into a little bit. We’ve actually been around about 30 years. By people that were really tried so hard to make this some kind of shelter to handle all the animals that are out here. You know, in a rural Tennessee area where people don’t spay and neuter, it can be overwhelming the number of animals that come through and they were a kill shelter. I’m sorry to say that, but I do think at that time there were not that many no-kill shelters and no-kill was not the thing then. It was just an animal shelter, and they would kill.

And then sad to say that there were probably many animals that were unnecessarily killed in that very first part of us. This was all way before me back in the eighties. They did come around and they made it no-kill and they worked very hard. But the problem with no-kill is that has to limit the number of animals that you can bring in. There’s always that dance between how many can you bring in and save, and how many do you have to say no to? And that’s what we struggled with for many years, and it was falling apart when I came on board. I became the General Manager at March 2016 and the buildings, the roofs were falling in. The air conditioner went out, the heat went out. Every time we had a big storm, it would flood, and I don’t mean with just water. I mean, like the sewer backed up. It was awful.

There was so many problems there. We worked really hard to solve those problems, but it was struggles. Then when we got the word that we were going to get this new facility, they started work on it in 2016. And in 2017, they finished the kennels, the portion for the dogs and some other storage rooms. And we went ahead and moved over here, and that was 50 kennels at that time and enough room for about 60 to 70 cats, and a small office, and a bathroom, and a laundry room. And that’s basically what we had. So it was quite a challenge even then, moving over here.

But then, just recently back in June, we moved into our main building, which was finally finished. And it’s just really, really wonderful. We have offices now. We have a small dog and puppy room. We have a dedicated cat area. We have actually pulled in animal control because they were in a bad situation, too. So we’ve signed some agreements with our local governments so that we would house their animal control. We’re not the animal control officers, but we do house and care for their animals, pull them and find them homes. So it’s been quite a challenge to get moved over here and get everything going.

First off 30 years, congratulations on that, because that longevity is not easy to do in this industry. And so I’m super proud for you guys that you’ve been able to hang in there for 30 years and hopefully another 30 more at least. And the journey that you guys have been on yet you hung out as long as you could. And fortunately, this benefactor came to be reality for you. And now you’ve got this big, beautiful space, and you’re saving on these animals. How does one go from 30 animals among to tripling that? How are you guys keeping up with that big change and then still settling in this new space? Like, how is all that working for you? And tell me a little bit about your employees and volunteers and all these people that are helping you figure this out as you settle in.

Okay. To put it bluntly, you work your ass off. Everybody does. It’s really unbelievable how hard everybody has to work. And we do it on a very lean staff. It’s really amazing. But when I came on board as general manager, we knew this was going to happen. So we started preparing from that moment, which is means we got software. We learned how to run the software that would handle all our intakes. Do our medicals, handle our adoptions. So we tried to, learn how to handle things and do things when we were still small. It’s almost the only way you can do things. You have to see the future. You have to know what’s coming, and then you have to execute before you get there. That’s not an easy thing to do. You talk about organization challenges. That’s a huge one.

I will tell you the story that really, it actually will blow your mind. So we were moving in into the kennel part of this in March of 2017 the end of March, like March 28th. We were moving in. And then on March 29th I got a call and we were asked for help from a neighboring county that had a hoarding situation in Houston County. And Houston County did not have an animal control. They’re very rural. I mean, very small. They don’t barely have a sheriff’s department. They just didn’t have any way to handle this. So it was a Sunday night and I called all the crew together, all the staff together, and we got everything together cages, gloves, other things we thought we would need. And drove out into the wilds of Houston County, which was about 30 minutes away. And we ended up taking in literally thirty two dogs and eight cats, this was right when we were opening up.

So at that time, instead of just moving over and going, “okay, we’re going to just keep going.” We had both shelters open and running, and we were so blessed because we have the community come behind us so hard with volunteers and donations and everything else. Because these dogs and the cats were in very sad condition. They were emaciated, starved, sick. When you walked into this house, the floor would give way. There was so much poop on it that you had to be careful, you break through, because the floor was rotten and there was a couple of dead animals on the floor. Animals were wired into their cages and had not been fed watered in God knows how long. It was really a horrible situation, so we couldn’t leave them there.

So we brought all these dogs and cats, plus the dogs and cats we had, and that was our initiation. So all the careful planning that we had as to how we were going to get in there and be very careful and get everything organized and just zip through with no problems went to hell in a handbasket, the very first day. You’re right. I am blown away. I don’t know if there’s a different description for that. It’s incredible. And that’s one of the things that the people in this industry do well, is no matter what they’re faced with, they jump feet first and they just figure it out as they go. And it really seems like you guys are no different in that regard. And that’s just one of the things that make this industry really unique and bonded, I think. And you knew you had your hands full. And yet you knew that you couldn’t turn your back on that situation in those animals. And I appreciate that.

So you’ve got this big, beautiful building, and I know that you’ve doubled the amount of animals that you can help. How are you doing that? Tell me about your staff and your volunteers. You said you run really lean. What does that actually mean? And tell me a little bit about how many animals do you care for? And then I want to get into your foster program a little bit. Right now on a daily basis, we try to have four—what we call dog people but are actually kennel cleaners—and 2 to 3 cat people here, which are obviously cat attendants. We try to have that here every day, plus I have an Operations Manager, Lisa Rice, who is awesome and an Administrator, Tanya Swain. She’s relatively new, but she’s also awesome. We have 60 kennels that are always full because we have the animal control here, too. And we have a small dog and puppy room, which is pretty much full most of the time.

So we’re running dog-wise anywhere from 70 to 80 animals. Cats right now, because I’m sure every rescue out there feels the same way, it’s kitten season, and it’s been crazy. We are currently running right at 100 cats that we have that are in various cages, and my people, they are awesome. The staff here is so hardworking, they come in and they start cleaning. That’s the main thing that we do, it’s the hardest thing that they do. We come in and we’re closed for the first 2 hours and we clean, and clean, and clean, and clean. And then after that, there’s some cleaning that has to be done and then feeding. And then God bless them, they do their best to socialize and take care of all the animals. And then transport to vets because we have to have some that are spayed and neutered, or treated for something, or something else has happened. It’s always every day is somewhat different. But the staff here they work hard.

Volunteers, we’re very lucky. We have a lot of volunteers that come in. We usually have 2 to 3 volunteers that will come in and help us with some cleaning, doing laundry. People think, “oh, it’s just scrubbing up kennels.” But there’s dishes, you know. You’ve got to clean all of those dishes. You gotta wash all the blankets. There’s a lot of in and out care. That’s just beyond what the animal is, too. Yeah. So there’s a lot of care and we have volunteers that help us with that. And then we are in process, hopefully of setting up a real volunteer program where we can train people to walk dogs and socialize cats, although we have people that do volunteer and do that, but we want to formalize it, let’s put it that way, where we have people that we know are trained and can handle these dogs, not just the easy ones.

The most important thing is the care of our animals and their health and welfare. So we have a play yard. We try to get dogs out into play yards. We have a free room cat room. We’re building sort of an outside area for the cats with what they call a catio. So that they can have some outside time and we have volunteers to come in and socialize with cats. And it’s not just feed and water and clean. The other part of that, and it’s so important, is the socialization and interaction so that you have animals that maintain a good personality and are adoptable. It’s just very important, and that is probably the hardest part of what we do, because all of the other stuff has to be done. The cleaning, the care, the vet care, the washing, and all of that. But the other part of it is socialization and work, and that’s where volunteers really can help us if we can formalize it all.

Wow, you guys just recently moved in. I love that you guys are already thinking bigger. I love that you’re thinking about how can we formalize this? What are the steps that we need to take in order to get us there? I love that socializing is a key thing for you guys because I do feel like it’s one of the things that is not talked about enough. We always talk about walking the dogs and cleaning kennels and cages and things of that nature. But the socialization is such a key piece to making sure that the animals you’re caring for are adoptable and I love that that is a focus for you guys.

So with that being said, I want to know a little bit more about the foster program that you have, because foster homes really do play a key part in programs and getting animals adopted. So tell me a little bit about that. How many volunteers do you have in your foster home program? Has that grown for you? Tell me a little bit about that. Our foster program, we primarily used fosters for pregnant mamas and injured animals. That’s when we get really desperate, because we have. Right now, I have three people that have pregnant dogs or have dogs with puppies because they’re not good here at the shelter. Those are very important. And so if they could be in a home-like situations away from the noise and disease that could be possible in a shelter, cause puppies are unprotected, their immune system is unprotected. We don’t want to keep them here at the shelter. But if they’re born in the home and they can grow up with mama, then you know to 6 to 8 weeks old, we try for eight weeks. They come in as much healthier, adoptable puppies.

We also do the same with cats, although not as successfully, although I think we have several fosters for cats that take in mamas and babies. So I’m not sure of the number there because I don’t have my hand on that number. Our person that is in charge of that, her name is Jennifer and she is our cat lead and does a wonderful job, so that I don’t have to worry about it. She’s really good. And even on the foster program for the puppies, my Operations Manager, her name is Lisa Rice, who also does a wonderful job. She monitors those much more than I do. I’m kind of circling at the top, you know, making sure everything runs. And they handle the details of that.

When we get an injured animal in, we try to get that into a foster home as well. Those are our primary one. Now, we also have what we call our Foster to Adopt Program, and that means that you can come in and say, “okay, I really like this dog. I’m just not sure that I’m ready to commit to that,” but you can take him home for a week, two weeks and have him in your home, see how it’s gonna work out. And I would say good 80 to 90% of the time. They do adopt. Sometimes it just doesn’t work, and that’s okay. But if you have a Foster to Adopt Program, it means that people they don’t have to commit 110% to this animal before they’re ready to. And it’s hard. Our goal is not just to adopt an animal out. Our goal is to make sure the right dog goes to the right home, or the right cat goes to the right home, so that everybody’s happy. It’s not just a statistic or a number to get it out the door. So that’s what we’re hoping with the Foster to Adopt Program, especially with our adult dogs that have been here for a while. Maybe that someone will give them a chance and they’ll figure it out and it works.

I know you guys have a lot going on right now in all your transitions and all the things you’re trying to figure out, but I really like some of the focal points for you guys, the socialization and Foster to Adopt Program and 80 to 90%. That’s actually a really high percentage based on my previous conversations with people. So I have a feeling a lot of that has to do with conversations and making sure that you guys are helping them down the path of which animal is right for them and what their needs are. We have had a lot of meetings on what happens with adoptions and what I’ve told them and what we’ve trained for is for them to understand all of the work we’ve done to make these animals healthy and happy and ready for home. This is the last stop. You are responsible. You, the staff member, and they take this responsibility very seriously. You’re looking at the last stop. So you have to know that this is the right place for this animal.

And we have a long list of questions and points that we’ve given them. Tools to ask the right questions and how to deal with it and everything else. But it is their passion and their caring about the animals. And I will give this to my staff every day of the week. They do care so much whether it’s my cat people, or my dog people. And they want the right animal to be happy in the right home. And that’s what they work too. So they’re not gonna just say to somebody “oh, you’re interested in a dog, try this one.” They’ll ask them “what is your home like? What are you looking for in a dog? Do you have a fenced yard? Or are you going to be keeping him inside? Do you have a crate? Do you know how to potty train a dog?” And talk to them about potty training because a lot of our animals are not potty trained. They’ve been outside and they’ve been living at the shelter.

So all of these questions are very important for the staff to ask so that people understand what they’re getting into. So if you’re gonna Foster to Adopt, at least at that point, by the time they get to the foster to adopt, they really want the dog, they’re just not 100% sure that they can actually make it work. And this is the last little bit. They don’t have to commit their money and they’re everything to it. They can try it, but they’ve already invested their time and effort into actually learning about the dog. That’s why we have good success rate. We don’t have a huge number of Foster to Adopts. I would say, it’d be probably on a good month, probably 2 to 3 a week at the most. But I have confidence that those when they go out, they’re really good. I can see why it’s so high, and that’s kind of what I was getting at is when you have high numbers like that for a program, you guys are doing something right. And so I love that that’s something that you guys are instilling in your staff and your volunteers, and I love that they own that. I think that’s really cool, because sometimes it’s hard with volunteers. Sometimes they’re not as dedicated as staff because they’re not getting paid. Etcetera, etcetera.

Well, our volunteers, don’t handle adoptions that is handled by staff, our volunteers can assist in a lot of things, and they mostly do socialization, walking and cleaning. But in actual adoptions, I do make sure that staff does it, because that is one of the most serious things that we do, and part of it has to be, if someone wants to adopt a dog and you don’t feel that it’s an appropriate situation, the reverse of that is true. The staff has to know that you know you can’t just let an animal go out there if you don’t think it’s the right place and if you have an issue or problem, then they come and get either myself or Lisa to look at it more closely and talk to the people. Because it is true that we want as many adoptions as we can get. But again, I go back to It’s the right animal for the right home. Yeah, I definitely appreciate that dedication from anybody is really, really difficult. And so I want to know a little bit more about what you guys are doing and who you’re partnering within the community.

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First off and a general rule, we are so lucky to have a community that supports us. We get a lot of positive feedback. As many rescues and shelters will tell you, Facebook is a great place to get feedback. And ours has been growing so strong. We have almost 15,000 followers on Facebook now, and that may not seem like a lot to other places. But when I came on board in 2016 we had about 3,000. Wow. And it’s still growing, I’m working hard to make that growth. But what it does is give us a voice to our community, and we get more and more support from them.

The things that we do, for example, we partner with the Red Cross, and we have taken animals in from them. So someone has their houses burned down and 2 in the morning on a Sunday night. They have their animals and the clothes on their back, and that’s all they have, and the Red Cross is gonna help get into shelter. But there’s no place to take their animals. They can call us and we will take them in and we will hold the animals for them. We’ll get them treated if they’ve been burned, or they need some kind of vet care, we’ll make sure they get treated at no cost to them, and we will hold them until they get their feet back on the ground and find a place to live and can have their other family members back with them.

We have partnered with the YMCA. So that when there are warming station, if they need someone to take dogs or cats in because their home and they have to be in the warming station. We will take their animals so they’re not abandoning their animals. They know their animals will be safe and warm and fed as well. Trying to do everything that we can do to help. There’s a food drive that helps senior citizens and disabled people. They take human food out to people, and we helped them. We give them cat and dog food so that people that are shut in and can’t get out and maybe don’t have a lot of money. They actually have the food for their cat and dogs, so they don’t have to share their own food.

We do have a food bank here. It’s not huge, and we don’t advertise it because it’s not a formal food bank yet. I’ve had many people come and say I don’t have enough food for my dog this month. Can you help us or my cat? And we do. We will always give them food because we don’t want to see anybody go hungry. We hope to formalize the food bank and make that a bigger part of what we do. We’re always looking ways to reach out to the community and that sometimes we do simple things.

Years ago, a gentleman that came in, he was trying to surrender his little dog, and when I talked to him more, he and another gentleman was a disabled veteran and they lived in the section eight housing, they didn’t have a lot of money and they couldn’t afford the $300 deposit to keep this little dog that they found and they wanted to surrender to us, and it was very emotional for them. They had bonded with this little dog. So instead of us taking it, I reached out to our community and they responded wonderfully, and we got the donations of $300 and gave it to the housing authority and they let them keep the dog. And that’s the kind of thing that we like to do, it’s not just about helping animals, although that’s our main focus, is help people keep their animals, do what they need to do.

I love that story, and I love it when you say it’s not only about helping the animals, but the community and the people in the community, and I am such a big supporter of that. I think if you just help the animals and didn’t help the people, you never dig out of this hole. You have to help and educate and provide resources to the community and help them understand so that they want to help you in return. And I love that just that quick story. I can just feel how important that is to you, and I appreciate that so much, Vivienne that I’m in awe. But if you don’t help the people and help the community, what good are you doing? And that might be a little harsh, but I just feel like people have to play a more important role in the bigger picture. I totally agree with that.

Yes, the animals are important and obviously that’s where our main focus is. But it’s animals and people together that make it all work, and so we can help people like one of our goals, and we’re working on it very hard, and I know it’s going to happen, hopefully by January of 2020 but it may take a little bit longer. We’re gonna open a low cost spay and neuter clinic that will help us for our costs. But we’ll be able to help people in our community that normally wouldn’t get their animals spayed or neutered. So it helps a lot of different ways. It helps the animals because hopefully if we do this long enough, we’ll get a grip on the strays and the overflow of animals, and then we’ll be able to do low cost vaccines, for example, and we already do Microchipping. It’s only $20 to microchip your pet right now, and that’s a lifetime registration. But we’ll do low cost vaccine as much as it helps the animals. It helps people keep their animals safe and healthy. And to enjoy them, you know, it’s a family member, and they should be treated as a family member. And people love their pets. We just want to help everybody stay together and be able to love their pets.

I don’t think I could have said that more perfectly. I get warm, fuzzy feelings just talking to you, Vivienne, and I just think it’s so incredible what you’re doing. And I love the fact that you guys are doing a spay and neuter clinic, and that’s not an easy project to get up and off the ground. It takes money and you gotta find people. And there’s resources, and there’s all these things that fall into this project bucket that you need to work on. It’s a fairly quick project for you guys. I mean, we’re in September and you’re already thinking January, even if it gets postponed a couple of months, that’s still a quick turnaround in my book.

And I know that there’s all sorts of money and costs upfront. But in the long run, you’ll be saving money and you’ll be saving more animals and you’ll have the resources, it becomes less of a transport issue. All sorts of things that play into it. So I’m really excited to see that spay and neuter clinic come to life for you. I can’t wait. We were very blessed to have Dr. Ulrich, who is a retired vet walk into our shelter one day and say he was thinking about helping out in volunteering and of course, I grabbed him around the leg and didn’t let him leave. And he’s now on our board and he’s agreed to help us do this and take this on, and it’s really a wonderful thing.

So my favorite part, actually in these entire conversation is memorable stories. I want to know what your memorable story is. It can be time as the General Manager of the shelter. It can be your own personal story, but I want to know the one story that kind of stands out to you, happy or sad. I want to share a story of what got me into dog rescue to begin with, and that was—I came as a volunteer for an Adopt-a-Thon for the Humane Society of Dickson County and we were at WalMart. This is several years ago. I wasn’t on the board. I wasn’t anything. I was just going there to help. It was the first time I’d ever participate, something like that.

And behind six or seven dogs there and a couple of cats and all of the dogs lined up outside and they had them all in crates and some people were walking them. And all of the dogs are up and wagging their tails. They’re excited to be out and everything is wonderful and they’re trying to get attention. Except this one, she was a beagle mix of something. She probably weighed about 25 pounds. And she was on the end and she was just lying down with her head down, just kind of ignoring everybody. And I went over to her and I tried to get her to engage, and she kind of looked at me and she wouldn’t take a treat. And she wasn’t rude. She didn’t try to bite me or growl or show anything aggressive. There was just no interest there was nothing. And she had no interest in the other dogs and no interest in anybody.

And I asked about her and I was told that she was surrendered when her owner died a couple months ago and she pretty much been this way ever since. Just nice and she would eat, but she just had no interest in anything or anybody, and everybody had tried to engage her, but she was just having none of it. It was kind of heartbreaking, she was a pretty little girl. And this big semi-truck pulled up and this big kind of rough looking guy got out, had some tattoos, had an earring and, you know, a trucker type. And he was very tall. He had to be 6’4 and he was heavyset, and he came up and he was walking down the line a dog, and they were all going crazy. And he was kind of smiling at them and he stopped in front of this little girl.

And for some reason, and I’ll probably cry when I say this story. She looked up at him and she stood up and she barked and I rushed over there, and he was looking down at her and I told him her story and he said, can I see her? And so I went and got a leash, and I got her out and he took the leash from me and she jumped up and she put her feet on his legs and she looked up into his face adoringly. And this big, rough, tough trucker. His eyes filled up and he looked at me and he said, “I’ll take her. my dog, that I kept in the truck with me and traveled with me everywhere passed away about six months ago. And I just haven’t found the right one.” And she just was like a little puppy with him scampering around his feet. And all the staff, everybody that was there, volunteering. We were all crying and he handed me the leash. And he said, “I’m going inside. I’m going to get her everything that she needs and I’ll be back out. And I’ll the adopt her.”

And he did. And my last vision of her was him with the leash on. She was trotting with her tail, waving in the air, all happy right beside him, jumped up in the truck and they took off, and I knew right then, that this is what I wanna do. This is it. I want to help people and animals connect and have a happy life because those two right there that made the difference in their lives to be happy. So you had mentioned that you were going to cry, and I got to tell you at some point, I wasn’t full on crying. But I will tell you that I definitely had some tears in my eyes. Right? There is something very magical about that. And it just goes to show you that there’s an unsaid connection that happens between people and animals. What a beautiful story. And I love that. That’s the inspiration for you and one of your first encounters in this industry. And what a beautiful story that you shared. Thank you, Vivienne, for that. Well, it was my pleasure. It meant a lot to me, and we see it here often. It’s not always that emotional, but so often you see that connection between animals and people, whether it’s cats or dogs, you see at the instant connection and the love. So we are helping people and animals to connect. That’s what we do.

I definitely couldn’t say it any it better. I’m so excited about what you guys are doing and what your future holds. And as we get close to wrapping this up, I definitely want to ask about what you have going on or what you guys were looking forward to in the future, as far as any upcoming programs. I know you have the spay and neuter clinic, and you have the community outreach that we’ve talked about. Is there anything else program-wise or fundraising-wise that you guys have coming up that you want to mention? Yes, number one. If once we have the spay and neuter clinic up and running, we’re going to start a TNR program, which is, sadly, desperately needed in our county. I just want to throw that out there for anybody who’s interested that we are working on it and we will get there.

We do have some fund raising things coming up. We have actually bowling, which is October 3rd, I believe that’s at the local bowling alley here. We call it Pins for Paws. So you can come down and bowl and support us and have a good time. We also have Santa Paws coming up, which is, I believe, December 6, which is in downtown Dickson. It’s one of the main things we do. It’s one of our main fund raisers. Everybody donates, and we have silent auction and it’s just huge. There’s all kinds of stuff there. We also have, it’s not really a fundraiser, it’s just a fun park. I believe it’s gonna be on October 27th. We have Boo at the Park and we have a dog park here and we have a pet costume competition for everybody to bring their animals. And we award some prizes and just have a good time.

All of the events sound really exciting, and I love that you guys are really active in the community with those events. And how exciting to get a TNR program up and running after your spay and neuter clinic. I can’t wait to follow you guys and kind of watch how you progress in this and all the good things that you guys are going to do there in the county. I’m really, really excited for you. I appreciate that we’re excited. It’s an exciting time to be part of our organization. I will say that. It’s a fun, exciting time.

So I want to wrap this up really, by making sure people know how to get in touch with you. And if they’re interested in volunteering or helping with some of these programs, what’s the best way for them to find you guys and is it through social media? Or your website? Tell us a little bit about how they can go about finding you and offering their assistance. We have a Facebook page, Humane Society of Dickson County. That’s an easy way to message us through that. We also have a website, Most of our stuff is always listed there. All of our animals available, animals are listed there. And you’re welcome to that. You could give us a call at 615-446-PETS (7387). And if we’re closed or we can’t answer the phone, you can leave a message. We will get back to you. It’s relatively easy to get in touch with us, you know, you can always stop by where at 311 Tennsco Drive in Dickson. You wanna volunteer? Come on in. The first time you come when we’re open so we can do some paperwork and schedule you. It’s really simple.

Yeah, I love how easy you guys make it to get in contact with you social media, website, walk-in, stopped by, right? There’s all these different ways, and we’ll make sure the link to you your social media and your website as well. I have definitely appreciated everything that you’ve shared with me and all that you guys are doing and that you stand for. Vivienne, as we get close to wrapping this up. Is there anything else that we may have missed that you want to share before we end the conversation?

We talked about a lot of wide ranging things, and I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to us and giving me the opportunity to talk with you. It’s really nice to do that. Yeah. The only thing I would say is come on down and find a family member. Yeah, absolutely. That’s what we need. We need volunteers. We need donations. Obviously, financial donations are very important to us, but one of the big things that you can do is come down, adopt and foster. Yeah, I couldn’t have said that better. I have appreciated my time with you, Vivienne. And I will be following you as soon as I hang up. I’m super excited to just watch you guys progress and make a huge impact in your community. So thank you for taking the time today to share a little bit more about what you guys do down there in Dickson County. And thank you for taking the time to talk with me. I appreciate it.

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