For many years there have been animal rescuers and advocates in Marion County Tennessee and there have been various attempts at trying to address the large stray dog and cat population. Theses attempts have met with varying success.
MARC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization originating in October 2011 and is steadily making progress towards improving the lives of people and animals through education about humane care and treatment of animals.
Numerous unwanted dogs and cats are born every day. These puppies and kittens are dumped on other peoples' properties, in woods, in ditches, in rivers, or shot. Starving strays can be seen along the roadside or begging for food in parking lots. Without being spayed or neutered these dogs and cats continue having litters of more unwanted animals. MARC is working to provide education about altering dogs and cats and assisting people in connecting with affordable spay/neuter procedures to prevent the continuous onslaught of costly unwanted dogs and cats.
SAVING THOSE BORN:
Marion County TN is a rural county located just west of Chattanooga, TN. The county does not have effective animal control, a humane society, or county shelter for animals. There are two very small animal pounds utilized primarily by three of the towns located in this county. The animals at the pounds are not publicized and the community is largely unaware of their existence. MARC is working with local authorities to be notified of the presence of dogs and longer holding times allowing animals to be moved out of the pounds to good homes.
MARC works with animal groups in northern USA to find good forever homes for the numerous unwanted dogs and cats who cannot find homes in the south. Our volunteers help foster animals who are saved from the pounds while northern adoptive families are found. Residents of Marion County many times struggle to care for litters of puppies and kittens who have been dumped while MARC works with northern contacts to find good adoptive homes.
The cost of preventing and/or saving these innocent lives is covered by individuals and some very welcome donations. The cost to the community of NOT saving these lives is enormous and far reaching. The county and municipalities do not have the expenses associated with feeding, cleaning, and killing the animals including paying the workers. The health risks of so many stray animals can be a huge burden both financially and emotionally.
The inhumane treatment of animals is known to be connected with inhumane treatment of people and thus increased crime. The cost of crime saps many resources that could be better used.
MARC is steadily growing and making lives better for both animals and people in Marion County. Join us at MARC and help make a difference!