Marie and Doug Bittinger are Piney Mountain Foster Care. P.M.F.C. provides foster home services to dogs in need of temporary housing, training, and medical recovery. This is not a business in that we do not charge for our services. This is not a charity in that we are not registered as a 501(c)(3). This is not an official organization in that we have not elected officers and filed legal paperwork. Donations are not tax deductible but are gratefully accepted to defray our costs — usually in connection with a specific dog’s medical bills.
These are the local entities from which we receive dogs needing foster care or training.
Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue
A foster home based rescue established in September 2016 and located in Newport, TN. Each of their rescues 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 2017. P.M.F.C. has provided rehab/recovery care to orphaned dogs brought to Cedarwood for emergency medical attention.
The Newport Animal Control
N.A.C. no longer runs a “shelter” and does not accept owner surrenders, but they do try to adopt out unclaimed stray animals that are picked up and brought to their holding facility.
P.M.F.C. is providing 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. N.A.C. has become a feeder agency for U-K9.
Steele Away Home does pull dogs from N.A.C. and some of those end up here.
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 through our local affiliations (and occasionally on our own).
Dogs in Danger
The Dogs in Danger web site is what got us involved in canine foster and rescue back in 2012. This is an award winning web site owned and operated by The Buddy Fund Inc. and was founded by two dog lovers. The website was launched in October 2007 with the goal of:
- Getting as many of these dogs adopted into loving homes as possible, before their time runs out; and
- Raising awareness of the number of dogs being killed in shelters.
The co-founders dedicated their respective skills, The Buddy Fund provided the funding, and the shelters listed the dogs.
Rolling Rescue is a nationwide network of volunteers who transport dogs from areas where they are not wanted and in danger of being destroyed to areas where good pets are in demand.
Local resident Robert Branham provides Steele Away Home with a special van that is loaded with crated animals for transport to other parts of the nation. Volunteer drivers are always needed.
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.
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. They 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.
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, SAVE focuses on the rehabilitation and successful placement of treatable and adoptable animals. SAVE 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.