In July of 2015 the FCCA (Friends of Campbell County Animals) took over management of the local animal shelter from the county. Since then, there have been a number of programs added to the shelter’s functions including: animal control, vaccination programs, transport programs, a pet food pantry, and even spay and neuter services. The FCCA prides itself on the number of animals it cares for and transports to “no kill” shelters throughout the country.

In May of 2019 the shelter had to close due to an outbreak of canine parvovirus, a highly contagious and deadly disease for dogs. The closure lasted 30 days and it resumed operations. In the fall of 2019, Patricia Siwinski, secretary and treasurer at FCCA and director of the animal shelter, approached the county commission and asked for assistance helping resurface the kennels, as it was determined that the cause of disease transmission throughout the shelter was a lack of cleanliness, largely perpetrated by cracks and pits in the concrete surfaces of the kennels. The commission graciously agreed to help the shelter, based on its importance to the community.

The county hired a local, private contractor to perform the resurfacing, but unfortunately the epoxy product used to cover the concrete failed. During another project, it was discovered that the floor was peeling up and the shelter staff was faced once again with a problem they thought they had resolved.

Inspectors from the product’s manufacturer, Benjamin Moore, were called in to do tests on the product and determine the cause of its failure. Laboratory tests and inspections ultimately concluded that the preparation work that was done before the product was applied was insufficient. A county commission meeting was held regarding the problem with the surfacing and it was ultimately decided that the job would have to be completely redone.

In the meantime while work was being completed, the shelter could not operate, and was forced to send animals to foster care, other shelters, and home with shelter staff. This was a much more costly endeavour due to the fact that supplies used to care for the animals could not be pooled together, rather they had to be distributed individually to each animal’s foster home.

The county commission was faced with the task of hiring a second contractor to come in and strip the first job away, as well as perform the application of new product to the floors and walls. As Siwinski put it “These decisions have to be made at commission meetings, which takes a long time when the commission only meets a few times a month.” So for those Campbell County citizens who were wondering what the delay was, it was the hiring of not one, but two different companies, the inspections and testing done by Benjamin Moore, and the span of time between commission meetings that extended the closure of the shelter.

Ultimately a new company was hired, Stonhard, and the job was completed and inspected on May 26th. Since then the shelter has been reinstalling kennel doors, furniture, equipment, lighting, and plumbing and as of Tuesday June 2, 2020 the shelter has reopened and is in full operation.

The shelter is located at 749 Towe String Road in Jacksboro. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday 12 noon to 5:30 PM and the phone number is 423-566-8018.