Summer 2023 Newsletter
As we move into the summer season, I would like to thank you for your support of The Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue. Our Rescue continues to run at full capacity year-round. Our adoption rates have tripled over the last four years, and we remain on course for similar adoption rates this year as we had for 2022. For every animal that gets adopted, two lives are saved; the life of the animal that finds a new home, and that of the animal we can bring in to care for in its place.
Summer presents a challenge to our Rescue each year. This is the time of year when kids are out of school, vacations are planned, and a lot of activities in the community are available. For us, this is the time of year when monetary and supplies donations dry up. We depend solely on donations, as we do not receive funding from any government source. To help sustain our operations this summer, we are introducing a campaign called “Bridge The Gap”, and we ask for your support in helping to close the summer gap in funding we experience. Your support will help us help more animals find their “furever” homes. The program details are outlined below, along with some additional news from our organization.
We greatly appreciate the support of our community. One hundred percent (100%) of all monetary gifts and supplies go to taking care of our homeless pets while they wait for their new family to adopt them. On behalf of all of our staff, volunteers, and the Board of Directors, we wish you a safe and healthy summer season.
Alexa Serfis, Volunteer and Executive Director
Bridge the Gap Summer Campaign
Trim A Tree
We’re collecting your ornaments of support! Simply print and return the ornament below, along with your tax deductible donation to us at the address below. Make your ornament personal by including a picture of your pet with their name. We’ll hang your ornament on the tree displayed in our lobby. Stay tuned to our Facebook page, as we share photos of the tree getting trimmed throughout the summer months!
This ornament may be printed and sent with your gift to:
The Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 654, Blountville, TN 37617
Want to make an online gift? Click the button below, and select the “Trim A Tree” fund on the form. Use the notes box to indicate the names for the ornament, and we will hang the ornament for you on our tree!
Patriotic Pet Angel Trees
We invite you to visit one of the below tree locations throughout the Tri-Cities. Select a tag with the animal(s) you want to support, purchase items on their wish list, and return your donations to the participating tree location. Every purchase makes an impact on our operations. Tree locations include:The Bridge Home No Kill Animal Rescue (2061 Highway 75, Blountville, TN)
PetSmart (16760 Highlands Center Blvd, Bristol, VA)
Blackbird Bakery (56 Piedmont Ave, Bristol, VA)
Kingsport Senior Center (1200 East Center St, Kingsport, TN)
Kingsport Senior Center in Lynn View Community Center (257 Walker St, Kingsport, TN)
Panda Express (2632 East Stone Dr, Kingsport, TN)
Beyond the Door Realty Company (255 Broad St, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN)
U.S. Endodontics (2809 W. Walnut St, Johnson City, TN)
Pike House Coffee Roasters (2203 McKinley Rd, Johnson City, TN)
Bullpit Fitness Center (3008 Bristol Hwy, Johnson City, TN)
Military Outdoor Supply (3102C Bristol Hwy, Johnson City, TN)
Mooney’s Pharmacy (1107 N Roan St, Johnson City, TN)
Selina is a three year old beautiful tabby cat. She wants you to know that June is national “adopt a shelter cat” month and she has been at the rescue for over a year. She would love to be your new best friend! If you choose to adopt her, you can decide her adoption fee during this month! Selina might seem a bit shy when you first approach her but she just needs to get to know you better. She enjoys attention and also playing with the laser dot! She’s fine around other cats but doesn’t need them to be happy.
Call us to meet Selina and other adoptable cats! All cats that have been at the rescue for more than a year have the “name your price” adoption fee during the month of June. All our cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, tested for disease, and are on flea prevention.
By the numbers
We’re so lucky to have tripled our adoption rates over the past four years! With special thanks to all of our forever families, you’ve given over →1,145← animals a place to call home since 2019.
Events & Highlights
Highlights from Previous Events
- A yard/bake sale was held on June 3rd at the Rescue, and one other was attended in May.
- A car show was held at the Car Barn in Abingdon to benefit Bridge Home and two other local animal organizations in April.
- We’ve had numerous adoption events at PetSmart where cats and dogs found their forever families.
- The rescue also served as a vendor at the Kingsport Senior Center Artisan fair in April, and the Strut Your Mutt dog show in early May.
- Additionally, we sponsored a Girl Scouts badge in the animal care program in January, where scouts joined us at the Rescue to learn more about how to care for shelter pets and provide our residents with some additional attention and love.
Meet Miss Molly
Miss Molly has been at our Rescue for way too long, four years in fact. She desperately needs a home.
- Five years old American Staffordshire Terrier
- Loves attention and playing with rope toys!
- Housetrained, spayed, vaccinated, microchipped
- Would do well as the only dog, does not like others.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE BRIDGE HOME ANIMALS
How can you make a difference?
- $20 – flea treatment for a cat or dog for one month OR five days worth of canned food for the community cat room
- $50 – one cat spay/neuter; OR one month of cat medications; OR one large bag of dog food; OR one month of litter for the cat room
- $100 – 5 cat or dog flea treatments for one month; OR 1 dog spay/neuter; OR one medicated bag of cat or dog food
- $500 – vaccines for 25 animals; OR 5 dog spay/neuters; OR one order of cat litter (a month to 3-month supply)
- $1,000 – assists with building operations, on-going veterinary care; OR staff payroll; OR 10 dog spay/neuters
- $400/kennel — Dog Kennels*
- $200/condo — Cat Condos*
- $1,000 — Community Cat Room
- $2,000 — Dog Isolation
- $2,000 — Cat Isolation
- $2,500 — Kitten Nursery
Your name will be placed on a plaque on the kennel or condo door. Although isolation rooms are not open to the public, your name will appear on a plaque next to the door.*Yearly sponsorships for dogs & cats includes vaccines, flea treatment, deworming, and medication as needed.
Fall 2022 Newsletter
We hope this newsletter finds you well this holiday season. We have had a very good year at the Bridge Home and would like to update you on our activities since our last communication. We continue to fulfill our mission to rescue homeless animals and care for them until we find them new loving homes.
We continue to build community partners to help support our mission and find ways to advocate for animal welfare. We always operate at full capacity and greatly appreciate the work of our dedicated staff and volunteers who help us care for our animals.
We have experienced rising operational costs as well. We have had to make costly repairs to our HVAC system in order to provide heat and air to all areas in the facility. We are continually challenged to meet our expenses and would like to ask for your help for our animals. We greatly appreciate the support of our community, as we rely solely on donations. 100% of your gift goes to taking care of our homeless pets while they wait for their new family. At the bottom of this newsletter are ways you can help, and how your gift will be used.
Thank you for your support! On behalf of all of the staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors, we wish you happy holidays
and good health in the New Year.
Highlights from Previous Events
A yard/bake sale was held in June at the Rescue, and two others were attended.
We also held Christmas in July hosted by Blackbird Bakery which yielded much needed supplies for our animals.
We’ve had numerous adoption events at PetSmart where cats and dogs found their forever families.
The rescue served as a vendor at Bristol Pepperfest, two car shows, and fall pumpkin patch. We hosted a Halloween Party/Cat Adoption event at PetSmart.
Lastly, we attended the adoption and vendor event at the PetExpo in Kingsport.
Alexa Serfis, Volunteer and Executive Director
Spring/Summer 2022 Newsletter
Dear friends welcome to the Spring/Summer edition of the Bridge Home Newsletter! We would like to let all of our newsletter readers know about recent happenings.
Our holiday pet angel tree program was a great success, garnering hundreds of items for community pets and pets staying at our facility. We hope to further expand our collection sites next year. We held a pop-up cat café Valentine’s Day weekend, with both Saturday and Sunday events. This is the first cat café ever held in the Tri-Cities area. Our community cat room was transformed into a café and people were invited to come and enjoy a hot beverage, music, and enjoy the company of free-roaming cats. This proved to be a good fundraiser, and adoption event and brought new people to the facility. A second was held on April 23rd and our cats played host to another group of cat lovers. We also brought cats to the Downtown Yoga Center in Johnson City on April 30th to have a Yoga With Cats class/adoption event. These events are a great way for us to interact with our community and increase the exposure of our animals. We have adoption events planned for May, and a yard/bake sale will be held at the rescue on Saturday, June 4th. All events are posted on our Facebook page and our website. Please feel free to come to an event and check us out!
Our dog adoptions have been very steady, while our cat adoptions are exceeding past numbers with the addition of our satellite location at the Bristol, VA PetSmart last fall. This has been a true blessing for us, as we are able to help more animals as more get adopted. We post all our adoptions on our Facebook page, and it has been very busy.
We have also been able to take in some rabbits and guinea pigs and help find these animals new homes as well. We continue to operate at full capacity, with waiting lists for cats and dogs. Our website continues to develop, and we now have the ability for people to sign up for our waiting lists online through the website.
VOLUNTEERS AND OUR RECYCLING EFFORT
All of these wonderful things happening at The Bridge Home occur because of the dedication of not only our fabulous staff but also with dedicated volunteers. We have regular volunteers that come every week to work with the dogs and rotate them out on the runs. We have recently cleared space around the perimeter of our property so that dogs can be walked on leash and explore the grounds. Volunteers tend to the cats, help with landscaping, drive animals to vet appointments, do laundry, and help raise funds through our can recycling.
We would like to highlight the efforts of one of our long time volunteers, Steve “the can man”, here:
The rescue has been collecting and recycling aluminum cans for over 10 years! This volunteer-based effort provides funding for the rescue operations. Aluminum cans are collected at three locations, then transported to Renew Recycling in Kingsport. We receive commercial rates because of the number of cans recycled, which amounts to several hundred pounds per month. The three locations include:
- A chain-link fenced pen in front of The Bridge Home facility at 2061 Highway 75 in Blountville
- A small wood box at Companion Animal Hospital at 3315 Roller Drive in Kingsport
- A large chain link fenced pen at Air Works HVAC, 5633 Memorial Blvd. in Kingsport
Aluminum is a cost-effective recyclable because of its utility as a packaging or construction material. Its price per pound is high, even 10 times that of steel. Recycling aluminum makes a meaningful contribution to the rescue, which amounts to $25 per hour of volunteer time. The earnings from this recycling effort support the general operations of the shelter, which include: utility bills, cleaning supplies, animal medications, vet bills, paid staff, food, and more.
Aluminum is the only material that is requested in our recycle bins. Crushed cans in large plastic bags are optimum donations. When other materials are mixed in, such as plastic, trash, cardboard, and dirty food cans, they have to be sorted and discarded by the volunteer. It is a huge effort to collect the aluminum and bring it to the recycling center. We appreciate the efforts of our dedicated volunteer! We always welcome volunteers at the rescue and there are a variety of things to do, including helping with this recycling effort. Every task benefits the rescue and we appreciate the extra hands.
HELP US HELP MORE ANIMALS
Our rescue depends on the help of volunteers and support from the community. As a charitable non-profit organization, we do not receive funding from any governmental agency. We exist because of the generosity of our supporters. There are many ways you can help us in our efforts to save animals. Please visit our website (bridgehome.org) and see our wish lists for General Needs, Chewy, Amazon, and Kuranda (cat and dog beds). Even a small purchase off of these wish lists makes a significant impact on our animals. Items can be ordered and sent to our facility at 2061 Highway 75, Blountville, TN 37617. Items can also be dropped off at the rescue.
If you shop online at Amazon, please consider shopping at smile.amazon.com. You can identify us as the beneficiary of donations that Amazon makes for your qualified purchases. For each eligible purchase, we will receive 0.5% of that purchase from Amazon. It is an easy way to support our animals at no cost to you. If you would like to participate in our yearly sponsorship program for cats and dogs, we will recognize your sponsorship with a plaque on a dog kennel, cat condo, or on the plaques in our lobbies for isolation rooms and the kitten nursery. Details of the sponsorship program are on our website. All monetary donations can be sent to either our P.O. box or our facility address.
From all of us at The Bridge Home, we thank you for your support and for helping us in our mission to rescue homeless animals and help them find new loving homes. Have a wonderful and safe summer!
Alexa Serfis, Volunteer and Executive Director
December 2021 Newsletter
We hope this newsletter finds you well. We are excited to update you on our happenings this last year!
We have continued to operate during this pandemic by appointment only for adoptions, and it has proven to be a successful way to match serious adopters with new pets. Our dog adoptions slowed this spring and summer as we worked to repaint and refurbish the dog kennels and kennel gates. In addition to this project, we have refreshed the paint on the interior of the building, established isolation areas for new/sick dogs and cats, and put in some fenced-in areas for dogs to play and meet potential adopters.
We have developed a website (https://bridgehome.org) that highlights our animals, mission, and events. Most of this work was completed with staff and volunteers working together. We have been doing at least one event per month in the community. Kitten yoga was one that was a great success and is being planned again in December. As we grow our volunteer base we hope to do more. Look for us in the Bloomingdale Ruritan Christmas parade in Kingsport on December 11.
We are thrilled to announce that we have expanded and now have a satellite adoption center at the Bristol, VA PetSmart for cats! We can house up to 10 cats in the store in beautiful cat condos. Our staff is responsible for their care and conducting adoptions. This is a great opportunity for us to expand our reach north and serve communities that may not come as far as Blountville to adopt a new feline friend.
We have hired Jessica Vazquez as our Rescue Manager. Jessica came to us from the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter and brings 11 years of experience in animal shelter work. With her guidance and expertise, we are now microchipping animals at the rescue, doing in-house testing for cat and dog health conditions, and modernizing our record-keeping on a cloud-based shelter management system.
All of the work we do depends on donations, as we are a private rescue and do not receive funding from any government sources. Every dollar that is donated benefits animals. We do pay staff to take care of them on a daily basis, and it costs a substantial amount to vet the animals and just keeps the facility operational. At this time we are unrolling a new sponsorship program. Would you consider sponsoring a dog kennel, a cat condo, or cats housed in our community cat room? Your name will appear on a plaque on the kennel door/cat condo/community cat room. We also have sponsorships for the animals kept in isolation and our kitten nursery. If these sponsorships are not in your budget, we truly appreciate any amount that you can give now or in the upcoming year to help our animals. Your donations allow us to provide care for our cats and dogs so that they may be healthy and adoptable pets. Your donations are tax-deductible, as we are a 501c(3) charitable organization. Details of this sponsorship program are found on the reverse side of this newsletter.
We have enclosed a self-addressed stamped envelope and a notecard to return to us. We ask that you please fill out the card and return it to us so we may keep an updated mailing list, even if you cannot donate at this time. We plan to do mailings three or four times per year. We will have pet angel trees at businesses in our community and at the rescue again this year. The program was a great success last year, and we were able to help community animals as well as our own. We also invite you to attend our open house on December 4th at the rescue. Please come and see the work we have done this year to improve the facility; enjoy holiday refreshments; and participate in our raffle. We will also have the raffle online for those that cannot attend in person. Follow our Facebook page and view our website to stay up to date on all our events.
On behalf of all the staff, volunteers, and animals, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and thank you for supporting Bridge Home.
Alexa Serfis, Volunteer and Executive Director