About Tiny Paws Sanctuary

Many Tiny Paws residents have special physical needs requiring  prescription and over-the-counter medication. This cost alone averages  $4000 per year, but it keeps the animals comfortable and gives them a good quality life for as long as possible.  This past year, our veterinary expenses were just over $12,000

Several dogs are on special food including Royal Canin Urinary Diet dry and canned, Hill's Prescription k/d, Hills w/d weight control, Royal Canin Urinary D canned food, and Royal Canin Hepatic diet. Dogs not on prescription food, eat  4 Health Mature dry dog food, 4 Health Senior canned food, or Pedigree canned food mixed with beef or chicken stock or broth. Our cats eat Purina One Urinary Tract Formula. These diets treat their medical conditions and encourages a healthy immune system. Food expenses per year for all the animals at Tiny Paws exceeds $4000. That being said, twice daily feedings are always happy and exciting times here at the sanctuary.

A daily cleaning schedule is in place to ensure that the animals have a healthy, disinfected environment. An average of 2-4 loads of laundry are done every day. The use of three rain barrels and indoor and outdoor clothes lines greatly reduce the cost of this daily regiment. Feeding and cleaning takes 2-3 hours each morning and is repeated in the evenings. Cleaning supplies cost is about $1600 per year. Additional supplies add another $800.

The cost and time required to care for this special group of animals with all their medical needs, past traumas, and behavioral issues is worth it all.

Tiny Paws Sanctuary for Special Needs Animals is located in beautiful East Tennessee among the hills and valleys of Appalachia. We are a 501(c)(3) organization guided by a board of directors.
At this time, we care for about 30 animals at a time. We focus on small breed dogs, but give shelter by need, not breed or species. Animals do need to be under 20 lbs as some of the dogs are afraid or aggressive with bigger dogs.
Our founder and executive director, Jamie Farris, is the full time caretaker and lives with the animals. Jamie works daily to feed, medicate, clean and enrich their lives.
Even though most of our animals had sad beginnings, Tiny Paws is a happy place. We have found that a regular routine, not only makes the management easier, but keeps the animals calmer. This routine repetition often helps us earn the trust of a dog or cat as he or she learns to expect good treatment, regular feedings, and even daily naps. We believe strongly in the "power of pack love" particularly among the dogs. The established pack teach the new members the routine, but more importantly, that I, the caretaker, can be trusted. Several years ago, Teddy, the pack leader, began a daily howl.  It has become a key in the rehabilitation of the animals. All the dogs participate, and when it is over, everyone rests and the sound of silence brings a sense of peace to Tiny Paws.

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