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The Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue (Kingsport)


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The Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue is dedicated to the welfare of unwanted and abandoned animals. We are a non-profit organization funded entirely by membership dues and private donations and staffed by volunteers. We provide care and compassion for homeless cats and dogs until they are adopted into a loving home. Our goals are to educate, control over-population through spaying and neutering, and provide rescue for animals in need.


Contact Info:
2061 Highway 75
Blountville, TN 37617
Phone: (423) 239-5237

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
3.7
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
5
Rescue Groups
3
Foster Care
4
Comprehensive Adoption Programs
3
Pet Retention
3.7
Medical and Behavior Programs
5
Public Relations/Community Involvement
3.7
Volunteers
5
Proactive Redemptions
5
A Compassionate Director
3.7
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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I would like to tell my story here and hope everyone gets to see it before its deleted. My girlfriend who is a single mother with a full time job and lives in a small place with 3 small dogs already. Rescued a beautiful dog who was running on a busy street and eating road kill. She took him for shots and to see if he was chipped. She has been feeding and housing him and even took off work which she cant afford. She called this shelter twice and both times the lady was rude to her and talked down to her and said she is like everyone else just wants to dump a dog but not help. She offered to volunteer and offered her daughter to as well and the lady told her TAKE HIM TO THE POUND and hung up. Its people like her that make people think twice when wanting to help. Even if they couldn't help there was no need to act that way. My girl lost time and money at work and is taking the chance of losing her place to live.
posted by DanielBurnard, on 2014-03-07 14:14:09
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I have a question is she wanting to like put the dog up for adoption because I am looking for a dog to adopt
posted by Alexia Arnold, on 2019-11-07 18:24:17
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My daughter has a 1 year old neutered male Australian Shepherd, lab and pit mix. Her hours at work changed from 6 to 12 hours so she no longer has the time to care for him. Please help find him a good home.
posted by (empty name), on 2017-05-17 06:49:19
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found a baby kitten only a few weeks old at wal mart and am trying to find it a good home its grey with black stripes , Bridge Home gave a excuse of a virus at the facility and wont take it , anyone interested 480-7847 David
posted by DavidMoore, on 2016-07-31 15:14:57
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I have four one month old kittens that I must find a good home for as of June 13, 2016. I already have seven other cats that I take care of and can't keep these little ones, who are absolutely beautiful. One is all black with white socks, one grey, one dappled color and one black. Help me to find them a loving home. 423-963-7055
posted by DanielBlevins, on 2016-06-13 14:46:10
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I have a little solid black kitten that needs a good home. I just can't care for another animal at the moment and don't want to take it to a shelter that may put it down. If anyone is interested please contact me at 276-594-0140. Thanks.
posted by KaylaParsons, on 2016-04-07 18:49:30
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My number for the four kittens just posted is 276-346-0069 in Jonesville, VA. I will donate a large bag of Meow Mix with each ca't.
posted by RebaCarrollHand, on 2015-10-20 17:26:50
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My number for the four kittens just posted is 276-346-0069 in Jonesville, VA. I will donate a large bag of Meow Mix with each ca't.
posted by RebaCarrollHand, on 2015-10-20 17:25:54
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I have two solid black kittens, one calico, and one golden kitten. They are adorable, but I am not able to care for them. Please give these precious kittens a home.
posted by RebaCarrollHand, on 2015-10-20 17:24:01
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My 2 year old Calico mostly black is pregnant with her second litter of kittens. Currently we are struggling to feed her and her first litter. We did not have her spaded or neutered because even with the discount the operation was too expensive. With the second litter on the way I am hoping to find her a good home where she will be loved and cared for. Please call or txt me at 423-426-0821
posted by AaronRutherford, on 2015-05-25 19:10:04
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I have a 14 yr old female cat she has been spayed ,and is up to date with all her shots , she does have hipper thyroid ism , but she is on a special food . She is 14 yrs. old and she is a yelow tabby . She has never been outside much and can be a little sassy when around other cats ,because she has never been around other ones . My husband no longer wants us to have her , and at the moment she is in a kill shelter in johnson city , I do not want my baby to be put down , she really needs a good home ,with someone that will love her and be good to her , I do not care to make a donation , or whatever it takes , can you plz help , Pamela Burnett ,Pimey Flats , TN ,,,,,before its to late
posted by PamelaBucknerBurnett, on 2015-04-23 00:00:49
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Most compassionate, caring person I know of in this East Tennessee community as far as animals go. All of their animals in their very small shelter are completely vetted, fed well, and walked several times a day. Several longer haired dogs visit the groomer once a month. She does not adopt animals outside of the East Tennessee area so she can keep in contact with the new owners and offers assistance if problems should arise. She has no time for stupid people that don't understand how small their facility is and why they can't take every dog or pregnant cat in. But they direct them to the government shelters for assistance. They believe in No Kill just like their name says and will spend all the money necessary to save one of their dogs they have taken in. Of course they worry about money, they have a huge responsibility. They get no government funding like the SBK shelters do and run strictly on donations.
posted by (empty name), on 2014-07-19 20:21:48