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Jeannine Jones

Fall 2022 – Happy 35th Anniversary!

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Wow! Milestone year for HALT. This class celebrates its 35th anniversary!! We can’t thank all of you enough for your support. In case you’re unaware, HALT depends solely on supporters just like you. Our program is 100% volunteers, and its activities are privately funded through donations, adoption fees, and sponsorships. Each person involved with HALT donates their time and resources, including our Board Members, class instructors, class training assistants, and everyone else participating in dog adoption and fundraising events.

Our volunteers help with everything from working with local shelters for dog selection, securing agencies to have kids for classes, securing volunteers to help with classes, teaching classes, helping with adoption events, helping with fundraising events, helping with social media and more. We also are very thankful for  all of our donors and supporters that contribute to the financial needs of HALT. Without all of these people our program would not be possible.

We have been working with local shelters like Young-Williams, Sevier County Animal Center, and Oak Ridge Animal Shelter recently to select dogs for the fall class. They’ll visit our partners at Ideal Veterinary for their full checkups and medical screenings before moving to PetSafe where we’ll start training in early September.

Look for some sneak peek photos on our Facebook and Instagram until the official photos are ready.

Classes start Sept 12th and graduations complete October 6th. All dogs will be ready to go to their new homes on Friday October  7th.

Update on Spring 2022 Class

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We are happy to share that Tino, Livvie, Millie, Marigold and Franklin have all been adopted! They graduated May 5th, and most went to their new homes within a couple of days. We have heard great things about them settling in and seeing cute pictures.

It took us a little longer to find the right fit for Franklin. We always want to be sure that once they graduate they find their forever home (as best we can) as we don’t want them to be bounced back. We were patient, and his perfect fit found him. He’s making himself at home and loving life. Thanks to all of you that spent the extra time sharing his posts and information to help make that happen.

We had a great session with several new fundraising events to help support the program. We had movie night hosted by our friends at Central Cinema,  a raffle with items donated by Elst Brewery, Mast General Store, K9 Center of East TN, The Bark, and Central Cinema plus fundraiser hosted by Elst Brewery and Steamboat Subs, and a local garden club plant sale.

All of these businesses donated a portion of sales during the event/day to H.A.L.T. We greatly appreciate these businesses for their support and those that came out to support HALT at these businesses!! We look forward to partnering with these and other local businesses in the future.

Thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors and supporters for helping us do what we love and helping to make a difference in the lives of these kids and dogs in the program.

 

Suds, Subs, and Belly Rubs!

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Happy Friday to everyone! Tomorrow is a BIG DAY, as we have our next dog adoption event! We’ll be at Elst Brewing Company on Central Ave. and handsome HALT dog Franklin will be with us from 1-3pm!

In addition to the fun atmosphere, several generous community partners have donated some fun items for us to raffle and raise funds for our program! Special thanks to Elst Brewing Company, Steamboat on Central, Central Cinema, The Bark, K9 Center of East Tennessee, and Mast General Store (Knoxville) who’ve put together some great people items & dog-related goodies! We hope you’ll come out and experience the 4 ‘Fs’ with us: Franklin, Food, Fresh air & Fun!

If you or someone you know is looking to add a fun, people-loving pup to their family, we’re accepting adoption applications for Franklin! He is looking for his forever home to go to after his basic obedience classes finish up on April 28!! Apply here then come out and meet Mr. Franklin: https://www.haltdogs.org/adopt-a-halt-dog/

See you tomorrow!

Tino – Spring 2022

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ADOPTED!

Tino is a true gentleman. Don’t be fooled by his bat-like ears, he’s 100% dog! He’s around 32 lbs, 2 years old, and a black & tan beagle-mix. Tino is friendly, playful, and has a very sweet temperament. Tino would tell you that even though he might slightly resemble the caped crusader, he thinks Captain America’s shield is pretty cool!

Tino came to HALT through our friends at Oak Ridge Animal Shelter where sadly, he was owner-surrendered due to his family moving and they could not bring him along. But, Tino’s luck has turned around, and HALT is so excited to be a part of his journey!

We’re now taking adoption applications for this precious, friendly pup, who is 100% deserving of a loving family. HALT classes start April 4, and conclude April 28, and then he will be ready to go to his furever home! Apply to adopt Tino on our website and stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details as we learn more about this fun girl.

All breeds and ages are the best guess from the shelter, our Dog Selection Committee, and Veterinarian.

Milly – Spring 2022

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ADOPTED!

Milly was found as a stray by our partners at Young-Williams Animal Center. She weighs 22lbs, is around 1 yr old, and a hound mix. You can see from her photos that Milly’s fur is a beautiful mix of all the best cocoa flavors – mocha, chocolate, and caramel, and she has a pair soulful caramel eyes to match. I think, if she were a hot chocolate flavor at a coffee shop, she’d be a top seller!

Milly is young, and her high energy comes along with some serious laughs (see photographic evidence of her goofiness). Give her a tennis ball or squeaky toy, and she’s content.

We’re now taking adoption applications for this precious, friendly girl. HALT classes start April 4, and conclude April 28, and then she will be ready to go to her furever home! Apply to adopt Milly on our website and stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details as we learn more about this fun girl.

All breeds and ages are the best guess from the shelter, our Dog Selection Committee, and Veterinarian.

Marigold – Spring 2022

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ADOPTED!

They called her “Gorgeous Girl” at Young-Williams, (100% accurate), but with her flowery personality, we’ve decided to rename her Marigold! Today, we want everyone to meet Marigold, the third dog participating in HALT’s classes this spring!

Marigold was found as a stray and weighs in at 55lbs. She’s among the biggest dogs to participate in our program – but don’t hold it against her, there’s just more of her to love! Marigold is around 2-3 years old and a collie mix. The animal experts on our dog selection committee believe the “mix” to be Labrador or Pyrenees. What do y’all think?

Marigold comes equipped with a caramel brown and white medium-length fur coat. She’s bonkers for a squeaky toy and LOVES a good tennis ball (see photos)! While she lights up at the sound of a toy, Marigold is rather calm and sweet (dare I say, a perfect HALT dog?). Aside from being a ray of sunshine, she’s simply a happy dog radiating calm energy.

We’re now taking adoption applications for Marigold. HALT classes start April 4, and conclude April 28, and then she will be ready to go to her furever home! Apply to adopt Marigold on our website and stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details as we learn more about this fun girl.

All breeds and ages are the best guess from the shelter, our Dog Selection Committee, and Veterinarian.

Livvie – Spring 2022

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ADOPTED!

Livvie was found as a stray by Young-Williams. She’s around 1 year old, 32lbs, and a hound mix with brindled speckles (white, black & brown). Livvie is a big fan of people, and loves all the human interaction she can get.

She has a very playful and social personality, which makes us think she’s going to be a love bug looking for someone’s lap to sit in when she finds her forever family! She’s young, so she has lots of energy, but she did calm down for pets and treats quite quickly.

We’re now taking adoption applications for this sweet girl,  Livvie. HALT classes start April 4, and conclude April 28, and then she will be ready to go to her furever home! Apply to adopt Livvie on our website and stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details as we learn more about this fun girl.

 

All breeds and ages are the best guess from the shelter, our Dog Selection Committee, and Veterinarian.

Franklin – Spring 2022

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ADOPTED!

Franklin was found as stray by Young-Williams Animal Shelter. He is approx. 1 year old and a Heeler/Terrier mix. He has gorgeous short brown fur with blonde highlights (I know lots of ladies who would pay big bucks for his hair do). He’s a medium-large sized pup, weighing in at a cuddly 47lbs. Franklin has a sweet speckled face and white paws, chest and belly (belly rub anyone?).

Franklin is on the super sweet spectrum and loves his food and treats, making him a perfect candidate for HALT’s training classes. We learned about his love of head-boppin’ 90s hip-hop music in his getaway car ride. And, warning … Franklin’s expressive eyes are going to melt a few ladies’ hearts.

We’re now taking adoption applications for handsome Franklin. HALT classes start April 4, and conclude April 28, and then he will be ready to go to his furever home! Apply to adopt Franklin on our website and stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details as we learn more about this lovely boy.

All breeds and ages are the best guess from the shelter, our Dog Selection Committee, and Veterinarian.

Meet Our Spring 2022 Class!

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We are happy to share our new group of dogs participating in our fall class. Meet Franklin, Livvie, Marigold, Milly and Tino! They have their first outing at the adoption event on Sunday, April 3rd, at Meadow View Garden Center, and start classes on the 4th. As we learn more about their personalities at events and in classes, we’ll share more about them.

We are currently accepting applications on these dogs here: Adopt A HALT Dog

While the teen handlers are training their dogs, the kids too will be learning patience, respect, responsibility, and building self-esteem and self-confidence in themselves. All dogs are fully vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, on heartworm preventative, and are looking for their forever homes to go to once they graduate the end of April.