Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – Two East Tennessee animal shelters have received thousands of dollars to end pet homelessness and promote animal welfare from a local business.
Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville has donated $20,000 to the Young-Williams Animal Center and Humane Society, Tennessee Valley to support the work of each organization, according to a statement. The donation came from a campaign called “Benzie’s Friends,” where the company set aside a portion of local sales for shelters.
“Continuing Sam Furrow and Ann Baker Furrow’s passion for community philanthropy, the Dealer team selected the nonprofit organizations because of their love of companion animals and rescue programs and the valuable resources provided in the community. East Tennessee,” a company spokesperson said.
On July 21, the president of Furrow Automotive presented two checks for $10,000 each to shelter representatives from the auto dealership, according to a news release.
“Providing compassionate animal care is truly a labor of love,” Tolsma said. “The staff at Young-Williams Animal Center and Humane Society, Tennessee Valley, have put their hearts into this mission. These organizations are making a positive difference in the lives of pets and people in our community, and through our customers , we are able to contribute to this mission.After seeing the enthusiasm, we hope to bring Benzie’s friends back every year.
Young-Williams Animal Center serves as the official municipal shelter for Knoxville and Knox County, caring for thousands of animals each year. The Humane Society, Tennessee Valley was the first shelter to open in the state in 1957 in Knox County.
“Furrow Automotive Group and Mercedes-Benz of Knoxville aren’t just leaders in business — they’re leaders in our community,” said Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We appreciate the support from Lee Ann and her team, and we plan to use the money immediately to find ‘A Home for Every Pet.’ “
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