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2015 Bone Drop Winner Announced

Story by Linda Stacy, published in the Herald Chronicle, Friday, August 7, 2015

Animal Harbor’s Bone Drop winners are Sue Brownfield, left, and Kathy Griffin, center, who are all smiles as they receive the grand prize of $5,000 (split between them) from Pat Dover, Animal Harbor President. Bones were dropped from a bucket truck onto a target with the closest to the center winning the jackpot. Proceeds from this fundraiser, held on Aug. 1, went toward Animal Harbor’s building fund.

Last weekend was an exciting time for those who participated in a fundraiser to help the local animal shelter. Animal Harbor’s third annual Bone Drop had two winners this year — Sue Brownfield of Winchester and Kathy Grifth of Chattanooga. These women went in together on the cost of the $100 bone entry and split the $5,000 prize they won after their “bone’ landed closest to the bullseye after being dropped from a bucket truck. The bones were about one ounce each and were in plastic packets.
“It was kind of windy, so many of the bones blew off target, but some of them did land on the target, and we had a clear winner,” said Patricia Dover, president of the non-proit organization. Griffith and Brownfield are animal lovers, and they work at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester in the Materials Management Department. Brownfield has two dogs adopted from Animal Harbor.  Griffith said when her friend asked her to join in on the bone purchase, “she didn’t have to twist my arm.” She has a soft spot for pets herself and is owned by three adorable cats. “Any time we can help the animals, it’s a good thing,” Griffith said.
The Bone Drop raised $10,000 to go toward construction costs for Animal Harbor’s new shelter facility at 56 Nor-Nan Road, off of Highway 127. This amount brings the total raised for building the shelter to $560,000 — just $40,000 short of the goal of $600,000. “Animal Harbor is grateful to all the businesses and individuals who purchased a bone,” Dover said. “We also thank our Bone Drop sponsor, Joseph’s Remodeling Solutions and we are very grateful to Duck River Electric Membership Corporation for providing the bucket truck and operator to drop the bones.” DREMC also partnered with CoBank’s “Sharing Success” program in 2013 to donate $4,000 to the building fund.
“Because of the amazing support of this community, Animal Harbor has an attractive and efcient facility in which to house homeless animals and prepare them for adoption,” Dover said. So far this year, Animal Harbor has made more than 160 pets happy by placing them in “forever homes” with their new owners. The organization has also spayed or neutered more than 150 feral cats and has worked with many young people in the community to teach them about animal care and welfare.


St. Andrews-Sewanee School Students Spend Winterim with Animal Harbor Feb. 9-13, 2015

Each year, St. Andrew's-Sewanee School (SAS) suspends regular classes for Winterim, an opportunity to pursue intensive courses of study that are dedicated to experimental and experiential learning. This year, five high school and five middle school students chose to work with Animal Harbor during Winterim week. The five high school students -- Meghan McPherson, Crawford Emory, Jade Sanders, Ethan Brand, and Parker Lankewicz -- worked at Animal Harbor cleaning kennels, cleaning cat cages, bathing puppies, walking dogs, and other odd jobs needed to keep the shelter operating. They learned about how a shelter runs and the procedures necessary to keeping the animals healthy and happy.

The middle school students -- Harrison Hartman, Mariel Rinck,Tessa Shackelford, Madalyn Cleveland, and Polly Thurman -- prepared a skit and a song, which they performed for elementary school children at  9 Franklin County schools during the week. The skit and song promoted responsibility and kindness toward pets. The students taught the song to the classes and at the end had them sing along. “If you want to be cool, you can live the golden rule and be kind. Help the animals be just as happy as we are. It’s cool to be kind!”  After their performance, the students distributed library books at each school, which also promoted humane behavior towards animals.

The performance took place in the school library at these schools: Decherd (2nd grade), Rock Creek (4th grade), Sewanee (3rd grade), Winchester Christian Academy (grades 1-6), Good Shepherd School (grades 1-8), Broadview (4th grade), North Lake (1st grade), Clark Memorial (3rd grade), and Winchester Head Start. All schools received 34 books. (Cowan and Huntland will receive their books next week.)

The students were led by Katherine Anderson, SAS faculty member, Cecelia Brodioi, Animal Harbor board member, and Heather Forshee, Animal Harbor staff member. The books were purchased with funds from the Templeton Foundation.

Pictures of our New Shelter

Animal Harbor Moves to New Shelter Building

The big moving day was Saturday, December 6, when many volunteers came to help us move the majority of our equipment and supplies. Moving began the day before, when Franklin County Sheriff’s Dept. brought trustees from their inmate work program for much of the heavy lifting. Industrial Warehouse Services of Winchester donated the use of a box truck (and also had stationed a storage trailer on site for several months). On Saturday, students from the University of the South came to help, as well as many other volunteers, some with trucks and trailers. The self-contained dog kennels in the old barn had to be disassembled, and moved, and volunteers were still cleaning them on Sunday. Reassembly and installation continued throughout the rest of the week, and opening day was Friday, December 12.

Pictures from the move:

2nd Annual Bone Drop August 2, 2014

It was another exciting Saturday afternoon at the 2nd Annual Animal Harbor Bone Drop in Winchester City Park's Fire & Rescue Station, with what we were told is the “Best Crew—Shift C.” They very efficiently took charge of the official bone drop procedure of releasing the 150 bones from 50 feet above the target.  The hopeful potential winners watched all 150 bone bags drop and scatter across the target area.


The winner was Lynette Ariail from Sewanee, and it just happened to also be her 88th birthday!! When Gail Castle, Animal Harbor's Development Officer, called to tell Lynn that she had won the 2nd Annual Animal Harbor Bone Drop, with a $5,000 prize, her response was “I don't believe you; you must be pulling my leg!” This was a very happy birthday!

The Annual Animal Harbor Bone Drop is part of the ongoing fundraising events to support the new Animal Harbor shelter being constructed in Decherd, at 56 Nor-Nan Road, just off AEDC Road (Hwy 127), about a mile from the intersection with Dinah Shore Blvd (Hwy 41). 

Be sure to go by and watch the progress of the new Animal Harbor Shelter and mark your calendars for the Grand Opening Fall Festival Event on November 1, 2014.  If you have any questions about Animal Harbor (The Franklin County Humane Society), please contact Gail Castle, Development Officer, at 931-636-0388. Send donations to Animal Harbor, P.O. Box 187, Winchester, TN 37398-0186.  Many thanks to all donors for their continual support!

Click here to view more photos from the Bone Drop.

Bow Wow 5K Run June 21

The Bow Wow 5K Run had an enthusiastic turnout of 49 runners on a very hot morning. We thank the Franklin County Bon Temps Club for organizing and carrying out this event!


Great Dane Sponsors

  • Associates of Shaw Industries
  • Animal Care Center
  • Town and Country Veterinary Hospital

Beagle Sponsors

  • First United Church, UCC Belvidere
  • Heath Automotive, Herald Chronicle
  • V.R. Williams & Co.
  • Sewanee Art
  • Sewanee Mountain Messenger

Chihuahua Sponsors

  • Bennett's Pharmacy
  • Big Daddy's Sports
  • BJ Rigsby
  • Blue Chair Cafe Bakery and Tavern
  • Blue Front Drugs
  • Citizen's Community Bank
  • Contact Lifeline
  • Factory Furniture Company
  • Franklin County Financial Services
  • Franklin County United Bank
  • Hatchett Insurance
  • Howard Ridner Construction Co.
  • Ivy Wild Restaurant & Catering
  • Joseph's Remodeling Solutions
  • Julia's Fine Foods
  • MAD SAM (Making A Difference Suicide Awareness Movement)
  • Mid-Town Veterinary Services and Hospital
  • Monteagle Inn and Retreat Center
  • Moore-Cortner Funeral Home
  • Bryan Myers MD
  • Pearl's Foggy Mountain Cafe
  • Reliable Rental
  • Watson-North Funeral Home
  • WCDT 1340 AM Radio
  • WZYX 1440 AM Radio


5K 2014 Group

 Party for Paws April 25

The Spring Party for Paws was a big success and Animal Harbor would like to say a big thanks to Zach and Lucia Rowe and the staff at San Miguel's Coffee Co. We are grateful for San Miguel's contribution to Animal Harbor for the use of the wonderful space of their ballroom. They also catered the event and Lucia's lasagna and fettuccine Alfredo were delicious! Our hats go off to them for a job well done!

We are also thankful to the donors of our auction items, and for all who came out to support Animal Harbor at the party!

Lucia and Zach Rowe and family, Fernando and Kathy Santisteban, are animal lovers and we are pleased and thankful to have them as friends of Animal Harbor. If you have not been to San Miguel's, please go and check it out! It is a great place to meet friends while enjoying a cup of coffee or for lunch, enjoying the delicious soups and sandwiches.

 Party for Paws November 8 

We would like to thank everyone who made our Fall Party for Paws a success. Close to 100 people attended. We are grateful to IvyWild for hosting the party and for providing a lovely venue and delicious food, as well as gracious assistance with setup and execution. We are grateful to the many artists and donors who filled our auction tables with lovely items. We are grateful to Ken Taylor for floral table decorations. We thank our volunteer bartenders, Walter Castle and Gary Brodioi, and JoAnn McKiernan for selling our holiday cards. And we thank all who attended and gave generously to support the work of Animal Harbor to find homes for homeless pets and to be a resource for the welfare of companion animals in Franklin County. It is wonderful to feel such support from our community! 

  The food was delicious and beautifully presented.               Area artists and artisans were generous for our auction.

  Some auction items were displayed in windowsills.               Gail Castle spoke about Animal Harbor.

 Pat Thompson (right) presents the Jeane Patton Humanitarian Award to Amanda Curty (left.) Read the entire story of Mandie's work here.

 Lee Gibson CD Release Party and Animal Harbor Benefit Concert, October 19

Franklin County's own Nashville artist, Lee Gibson, debuted the songs from his new CD as a benefit concert for Animal Harbor on Oct. 19, 2013. Arezzo's Italian Restaurant hosted the event.

We are grateful to Lee for thinking of Animal Harbor for his event!

Also we thank Russell Barnett Automotive family, Town & Country Veterinary Hospital, Traders Bank, Animal Health Clinic, Animal Care Center, Midtown Veterinary Services & Hospital, And Tennessee Cedar Cabins for making last night possible. Without these sponsors last night wouldn't have happened to the level it did.

And very importantly, we thank Arezzo's Italian Fine Dining for everything from sponsorship, to the amazing interior accommodations since the weather didn't cooperate, to the AMAZING food!

Thank you to everyone who came out!

Halloween Pet Photos, October 5-6, 2013

We'd like to thank Tractor Supply Company in Winchester for hosting our annual Halloween Pet Pictures event. We are also grateful to Linda Curty, our photographer, Mandie Curty of
Animal Care Center, LLC, and Kristina McGrath of Bubbles and Bows Pet Spa and Boutique for organizing and holding this event.

Bone Drop, August 3, 2013

150 Bones were sold at $100 each. Bones were dropped from a ladder truck onto a target. The bone landing closest to the target was the winner of $5,000!

The winning bone belonged to Cile and David Alexander!


Cile and David Alexander, with their dogs Samson and Harper, are receiving the $5,000 check for their winning bone in the Bone Drop from Gail Castle, Development Officer.

See photos from the event below:

Bow Wow Walk, 5K Run, and Groundbreaking Celebration, June 22, 2013

News story

Walk/Run Photo Gallery

Groundbreaking Photo Gallery

These groups, individuals, and businesses sponsored our Bow Wow Walk, 5K Run, and Groundbreaking Celebration. Please support these businesses that support us!

 Great Dane Sponsors

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The Franklin County Bon Temps Club

The Franklin Count High School Interact Club

Mack and Karen Warr

Town & Country Veterinary Hospital

Beagle Sponsors

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Charles Warr

Roy and Lynne Schoeneman

Wendy's of Decherd

Alida W. Morgan

Chihuahua Sponsors

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Blue Front Drug Store
107 1st Ave NW
(931) 967-2251

David and Judy Van Buskirk

Robert Orr-- Sysco

Jeff W. Walters, CPA

Luis and Peggy Heyden

Richard and Edith Snyder

Bridget Pitts-Jaffe and Edwin Jaffe

Rick and Katie Silver

Swafford Peters Priest & Hall