Generosity comes from HUGS-N-KISSES

From Staff Reports

  Anonymous donations stretch from Bluff City to Elizabethton as HUGS-N-KISSES RESCUE lends a helping hand from July until September for the Elizabethton Animal Shelter and several Sullivan County Shelters. For anyone adopting a cat at the Elizabethton Animal Shelter, HUGS-N-KISSES will spade or neuter the feline for free.
  Several rescue groups in Bristol, Kingsport and Bluff City received a large monetary donation. Kelly St. John, founder of HUGS-N-KISSES, said this is the first time in three years they have received a monetary donation. St. John said the contributor wanted the focus to be on the animals and requested to be unnamed. HUGS -N-KISSES will hopefully be able to spade and neuter approximately 300 animals with the funds provided.
  St. John wants to help with the overflow of pets, so she decided the best way to spend the donated money was to put it toward controlling the pet population.
  "May through October we receive the largest number of unwanted animals, and it can be prevented by having them spade or neutered," said St. John.
  St. John is encouraging local veterinarians in the area to join by cutting their rates, especially in Elizabethton.
  Caroline Hurt, with the Health Department said, "In order to help take advantage of this generosity the Elizabethton Animal Shelter may be able in certain cases to adjust the adoption fee for cats."
  To adopt a cat at the Elizabethton Animal Shelter please call (423) 547-6359.