Things have come full circle for Cara Ledbetter of Johnson City, TN. She is now the executive director for the shelter where she adopted her Pit mix, Kendall, 11 years ago; the Washington County – Johnson City, TN Animal Shelter.
A lot has changed since then. Not only with the shelter – which has since been rebuilt, but also with her perception of Pit Bulls.
“I didn’t know much about Pit Bulls back then but over time, and from personal experience, I have learned that if loved and treated kindly, they make the most loyal and best pets,” said Cara.
Kendall instantly just felt like part of the family.
“She accepted both our children to the family with ‘open paws!’” said Cara. “She’s been nothing but excited, sweet and loving to both our 7 and 3-year-old sons since they joined our pack.”
Just as Cara’s family opened their hearts to this once-homeless Pit Bull, she’s hoping she can help open the hearts and minds of people in the community when it comes to reducing the homeless pet population – and their perception of the shelter.
“I want to create a shelter that is welcoming, well-organized, safe, happy and inviting,” said Cara. “In addition, I want to really engage the local community to help both physically in the shelter and by reaching out to our local businesses and individual donors to ask them to support by donating monetarily.”
Cara is no stranger to fundraising. She worked with the American Cancer Society doing just that for 8 years. She loved the cause and enjoyed working for a national organization but she was drawn to the job at the Washington County/Johnson City, TN Animal Shelter.
“I felt drawn to this local, community effort to continue to build a very successful and progressive animal shelter,” said Cara. “This opportunity presented itself at an opportune time and I accepted the challenge.”
And now she’s challenging YOU!
Cara’s plans include:
1. Creating a “Leadership Circle” of local donors who want to support the shelter year-round and be a part of the building process annually.
2. Inviting and encouraging volunteers to be a significant part of the growth and development of a new community-wide culture.
3. Organizing an annual gala event (possibly a “Fur Ball”) where we can celebrate how far the shelter has come and will continue to grow.
“I have a fantastic network to support me with this huge undertaking,” said Cara. The animal control board has been extremely supportive and encouraging of any ideas or changes I want to make. The staff and volunteers are understanding about the learning curve and ready and willing to help me learn. My friends and family are ready to jump in and assist with any tasks I throw their way.”
Maybe we have Kendall, her sweet Pit mix, to thank? Whatever it is, Cara’s heart is all in when it comes to moving the shelter forward.
“I am excited about this opportunity and feel encouraged and humbled that I have been chosen as the right person to take the Washington County – Johnson City Animal Shelter to the next level,” said Cara.
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Here’s a look at some of the great shelter dogs now up for adoption at the Washington County – Johnson City Animal Shelter.