Hello! My name is Cindy Waggoner, I am the current board president and founder of the Animal Wellness Foundation. The John R. Hamil Animal Wellness Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to reduce the number of unwanted animals in Blount County, Tennessee through education and sponsored spay or neuter services for the pets of qualifying low income families.
In late 2010 three of our four founding members were fostering pregnant or nursing cats for the newly opened Blount County Animal Center. In response to an overwhelming number of animals surrendered to the shelter, we felt that putting our resources toward a proactive spay and neuter program was a better use of time, money and energy. By offering spay or neuter assistance, we can reach Blount County residents who cannot afford even low cost alternatives.
My Grandfather, John R. Hamil, became the namesake of this organization as he nurtured and encouraged my love of animals. He was one of the most compassionate individuals I have ever known and I couldn’t imagine him not being a part of this program even if in memorandum.
Although we are not a shelter, or even a rescue per se, we still often come across animals in peril. Some are with families who are unable to care for them, others are strays. We also do TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) for feral cats in our community. Many of these cats are simply abandoned strays needing homes or kittens we want to help avoid the often hazardous life of a feral cat.
All of the animals we assist live with local foster families while we spay/neuter and vaccinate them in preparation for their new life. During this important phase we are able to learn more about their personalities so we can place them the perfect home. Due to an over saturation of animals in the South, we would not have been able to find some of the awesome homes we have if not for the help of Pooches On The Move.