We are pleased to be working with the new Director of the Animal Adoption Center, Karen Gilham. Karen is a 1997 graduate of Snead State Community College with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. She worked at the Animal Hospital in Oneonta for 17 years under the direction of Dr. Joe Hastings, Dr. Charles Paton and Dr. Jason Coe.

Karen then accepted a position at the University of Alabama, Birmingham as an animal health technician. She is thankful that the Adoption Center Director position became available in September and feels blessed to be back home working with companion animals and the people of Blount County.

Karen is excited about developing a well kitten program, improving the rescue program and increasing the number of volunteers . She says, “Kossie Buckelew spends hours working with cats every Wednesday and we are forunate to have her.” Kossie has been volunteering at the shelter since its inception.