Nala came to the Blount County Animal Center as a stray, with no available background information.

Shortly after her arrival, Dr. Michelle Williams noticed a large mass on the side of her chest. Williams later removed a 1.9 pound tumor from the dog.

The surgery is common, but it is a tall task for most shelters.

The Blount County Animal Center has a partnership with the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation. It provides additional funding for a full-time veterinarian.

"Doc is one of the most important parts of the Blount County Animal Center," said Kristen Cummings, Community Outreach Director at the Blount County Animal Center. "She keeps our dogs healthy and happy, and our cats are healthier and happier than they've ever been."

Williams has been with the center for two years.

"The things that they will do for the animals here is beyond what most shelters are able to do," said Williams, the team veterinarian. "It has been really rewarding that I have been able to help a lot of animals."

There are currently 133 adoptable cats and 82 adoptable dogs at the Blount County Animal Center.

That includes Nala, who is recovering well.

Williams and her staff are watching to see how the incisions heal.

You can find more information on Nala and other shelter pets at the Blount County Animal Center, here.