Using the name Piney Mountain Foster Care, we (Marie and Doug Bittinger) provide foster home services to dogs in need of temporary housing for training and medical recovery. This is not a business in that we do not charge for our services. P.M.F.C. is not a charity in that we are not registered as a 501(c)(3), however the organizations we foster for are 501(c)(3)s or government departments. Donations to them are tax deductible and gratefully accepted to defray the cost of caring for these fur babies. We also run fundraising campaigns specifically to pay down rescue veterinarian bills through The Julian Fund.
It has been said that keeping up with animal rescue is like emptying the ocean with a teaspoon. When one group of people attempt it all on their own that certainly proves true. But when rescue groups, donors, drivers, and event volunteers all work together we can accomplish amazing things!
Listed below are some of the entities we work with so we can keep saving dogs in our area.
Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue
A foster home based rescue established in September 2016 and located in Newport, TN. Each of their rescue dogs are cared for by a loving foster family as they help them on their journey to a forever home. In addition to saving as many lives as possible, they also hope to bring awareness to the need to have pets spayed and neutered to stop the cycle of the homeless animals. Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue has been established in part to recognize and honor the work of Jenifer Parry Steele who has worked tirelessly since 2003 to save thousands of animals in Newport and Cocke County.
Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital
Cedarwood has been our family veterinarian for years. They began providing services to Steele Away Home in June of 2017. P.M.F.C. has provided rehab/recovery care to orphaned dogs brought to Cedarwood for emergency medical attention. NOTE: Cedarwood is not a non-profit, but donations made on Steele Away Homes medical bill at Cedarwood are tax deductible under S.A.H.’s 501(c)(3) status.
Newport Animal Control
N.A.C. no longer runs a “shelter” and does not accept owner surrenders, but they do adopt out unclaimed stray animals that are picked up and brought to their holding facility. They also work with rescues like Steele Away Home to save the unwanted animals.
P.M.F.C. has also provided day-camp training classes to select inmates at N.A.C. in hopes of getting them accepted by Universal K9 which trains pit bulls as police dogs.
Companion Animal Rescue & Education is an open admission animal shelter in Jefferson City TN. Steele Away Home has worked with them when they were the Humane Society of Jefferson County. This facility reopened as C.A.R.E. in May of 2017 and we look forward to working with them again.
P.M.F.C. fosters heartworm positive C.A.R.E. dogs during treatment.
Humane Society of Jefferson County
Doug worked for H.S.J.C. for the first half of 2017 as a Kennel Technician. While in their employ he personally pulled three dogs who were endangered: Josephine (who we ended up adopting), Julian (who became a Steele dog after his recovery), and Buddy the Oldie Goldie (who we placed directly with Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue). We continue to support H.S.J.C.’s efforts as much as we can.
We work with the following entities to find forever homes for the dogs we rescue locally.
3 Hearts 4 Paws Animal Rescue
A New Jersey non profit organization comprised of volunteers who give selflessly and open their hearts and their homes, as a stepping stone to the permanent home every rescue animal dreams of. They are not a shelter: each of their rescues are cared for in the warmth of their foster homes, as they help them on their journey waiting for the place they can call their own. This is a frequent destination for The Shelter’s Rolling Rescue van.
A Pathway to Hope
A foster based rescue in Northern, NJ dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of abandoned dogs and cats, with a focus on special needs cases, south to north rescue of northern breed dogs, local rescue of stray cats and all breeds of dogs and community outreach to further the cause of rescue.
Eleventh Hour Rescue
A volunteer based, non profit, 501c3 organization that literally saves dogs and cats from death row. They rely on the generosity of volunteers to provide loving foster homes for dogs and cats pulled from death row in high-kill shelters. Without you, they couldn’t do what they do, and that is to simply give them a chance. Without you, those animals don’t stand a chance.
Friends Of Wayne Animals, Inc. is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) rescue organization based in Wayne, NJ. T hey are dedicated to the welfare, sheltering and placement of homeless animals. They are committed to educating the public about the humane treatment of animals, preventing animal cruelty and overpopulation and promoting animal welfare. This is a frequent destination for The Shelter’s Rolling Rescue van.
Fur Friends In Need
A charitable animal rescue, adoption organization servicing Monmouth County, NJ and Staten Island, NY. Their main focus is to find homes for the homeless animals in their care, and to educate the public on the importance of spay/neuter of pets in order to reduce the number of unwanted animals who end up in shelters. F.F.I.N., also believes in trap, neuter and return of feral cats who have a responsible caretaker. They are an organization looking to expand foster care homes in order to care for the many animals in need. All of the animals in their care are spay/neutered and receive love, food, shelter and medical care as needed, until a loving forever home is found.
Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary
O.F.S.D.S. is a rescue service dedicated to senior dogs because Senior dogs, especially those with medical problems or disabilities, face a much greater chance of euthanasia at shelters than younger dogs because it is difficult to find adopters for them due to their shorter additional life expectancy and unknown veterinary costs. They house some in their facility/home and Forever Foster some to volunteer foster homes within a 100 mile radius of their facility. We are too far away to provide foster care for them, but we do support them financially and can occasionally help out with transporting dogs to them from a rescue situation.
Pawsitively Purrfect Rescue
An all volunteer organization dedicated to helping neglected and abandoned dogs and cats in the Carbon, Schuylkill, Northampton, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Luzerne, and Philadelphia areas of PA. It is their mission to rescue and re-home abandoned and neglected dogs and cats. To provide a loving and caring environment while within their care. To provide a positive adoption experience as well as training and educational resources and to encourage responsible ownership.
Peyton’s Place Animal Rescue
Rawhide Rescue, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization founded in 2001, serves the needs of homeless dogs by providing loving and expedient rescue, foster homes and placement with a great measure of compassion and through teamwork with other rescue groups and shelters. Rawhide Rescue does not run a shelter but uses a network of loving foster homes to house the animals awaiting adoption. Visits with animals in their care is by appointment or at adoption events.
Founded in 1941, S.A.V.E. is an independent non-profit animal shelter dedicated to protecting the health and welfare of homeless companion animals in the greater Princeton NJ area. Through six core programs of Rescue, Shelter, Health and Welfare, Spay/Neuter, Adoption, and Humane Education, S.A.V.E. focuses on the rehabilitation and successful placement of treatable and adoptable animals. S.A.V.E. endeavors to build, foster, and strengthen the human-animal bond.
Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue
T.V.G.R.R. is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) which relies totally on donations from adopters, friends, family, and all Golden lovers. Each year TVGRR places approximately 150 Goldens and Golden Mixes in forever homes; which equates to approximately 2,700 dogs rescued since 1997.