Campbell County Animal Center needs emergency fosters after a/c outage


The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is asking for help from the community to foster animals at the Campbell County Animal Center due to an air conditioning outage.

A representative with the Humane Society says they are putting together an emergency foster program to help out in Campbell County. While there is air conditioning in some of the shelter’s building, they’re relocating cats and dogs to get by.

“We have dogs in the administrative office, we have dogs in the surgery room, dogs in the storage room. Where there’s cool air, there’s a dog or cat,” said Patricia Siwinski, the director of the Campbell County Animal Center.

Since Wednesday, Siwinski says they’ve been getting calls, emails and text messages from rescues and shelters wanting to pull animals to help with the burden.

As of Thursday, there were still 140 animals at the shelter, some already listed to be taken by rescue organizations. There’s an added stress because Campbell County Animal Center expects intake numbers to be high this month. A five year record was broken in June when the facility took in 486 animals.

“Absolutely could not have come at a worse time. When you’re already full and you really don’t have anywhere to put any animals and then you have to move them, that’s stressful in itself,” said Siwinski.

A new air conditioning unit has been ordered and will take five to 10 days until it’s delivered, then installed. It’s why Siwinski is thankful for all the help coming from across East Tennessee and the state. 

“Lots of times we like to be there to help others. We’re not in that position right now. We need help, but it’ll be okay,” said Siwinski.

The Humane Society says anyone who can foster one adult cat or dog or a litter of kittens should email

They are located at 6717 Kingston Pike in Knoxville and are open Tuesday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. They can be contacted at (865) 573-9675.

Campbell County Animal Center shared on their Facebook page Thursday afternoon that a number of heat and air companies have reached out offering help. Fans, a window air conditioning unit, and two “porta-coolers” were also dropped off to help the shelter get by over the coming days.

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