Shelter closing July 1, to host Adopt-A-Thon Saturday

The Newport Animal Shelter is pushing to clear out its cages ahead of its impending closure July 1.

Editor's note: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that the animals would be euthanized if not adopted, based on a miscommunication with the shelter. Despite corrections to this story, a deleted Facebook post is still being shared with the incorrect information that the animals will be euthanized. We apologize for the confusion.

The Newport Animal Shelter will host an adoption event this weekend as it pushes to clear its cages ahead of closing. 

The shelter will host the kitten adopt-a-thon on Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Each family will be limited to one cat or kitten. 

It comes just two weeks before the shelter will close its doors permanently on July 1. The shelter is being evicted because of a disagreement between the building's owners and the city.

The Animal Shelter will not be terminating the animals remaining there after June 30. If the shelter closes at the end of June, any remaining animals at the shelter after the adoption will be transferred to another facility.

City officials are currently attempting to negotiate with the Newport Friends of the Animal Shelter and County officials to reach a funding agreement to continue the operation of the animal shelter in Cocke County, according to the City of Newport.

As of May 18, it was still caring for 100 animals. 

If the shelter is forced to close, the human society says it plans to refurbish the property and open it back up as an independent shelter in the next few months.

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