Pets of the Week

Jared Bentley • Updated Mar 22, 2018 at 5:10 PM

The Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter is still closed for the time being, so I spent my shelter day visiting another one of the area’s fine homes for wayward animals, the Unicoi County Animal Shelter in Erwin.

The shelter is under new management, and they seem to be transitioning quite well. It is a small facility, especially when compared to the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter, but they still work just as hard, and still provide the best care possible for the animals in need. Since it is smaller, it is always full, and always in need of volunteers and friends willing to help.

This week’s Pets of the Week are:

• Bowser, a young adult male Plott Hound, is a striking fellow with a beautiful brindle coat and a sweet disposition. He is still scared of his surroundings, but he’s coming out of his shell and would love the opportunity to bond with a loving family. He was removed from his previous residence due to owner negligence, so he sure could use a welcoming atmosphere and people to care for him —why don’t you pay him a visit and see if you’re that person? 

• McGee is a ten-to-twelve-month-old orange and white domestic short hair who enjoys the benefits of a good nap in the sun. He’s ,ore laid back than your average cat, and wants to be your friend right off the bat. If that’s the kind of cat you’re looking for, then he might just be the one for you, so come down and spend some time with McGee.

• Trooper is a friendly and frightened, black and white, young adult male Pit Mix —and he needs a home. Not much is known about Trooper before he came to the shelter (left in the drop box with no information), but the staff is working with him to be more comfortable with people. Slowly, but surely, Trooper’s personality is bubbling to the surface, and he is proving to be a sweet, smart boy. Pay him a visit and see for yourself.  

• Binx is a spitfire. An eight-month-old black male domestic short hair, he is playful and curious, and a whole lot of fun to be around. He’s not a climber or scratcher, it seems, but he is extremely interested in whatever you’re doing, and wants to “help out” if he can. He would be the perfect companion for someone looking to have a little company or “help” around the house, so drive on down to the shelter and see if you click. 

You can visit the Unicoi County Animal Shelter at 185 N. Industrial Drive in Erwin, or visit online at unicoicountyanimalshelter.com. You can also call at 423-743-3071.

Other local shelters:

Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter

3411 N. Roan St., Johnson City



Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter

135 Sycamore Shoals Road, Elizabethton


Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue

2061 Tenn. Highway 75, Blountville


Kingsport Animal Shelter

2141 Idle Hour Road


Sullivan County Animal Shelter

380 Massengill Road, Blountville


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