PAWs a Moment

I’d like to emphasize that although adopting or buying your child a pet at Christmas seems like a great idea, most children will not be responsible for their feeding, cleaning and walking for the next 10-20 years.

Please make sure you are committed to that before you get that cute puppy or kitten so the pet doesn’t suffer in the backyard come next Christmas. Merry Christmas to all!

Bradley County is a wonderful place to raise a family. It’s a great place to attend school and play sports. Bradley Co has tremendous industry for its population. We have amazing churches, mentors and leaders. We have views, mountains, rivers, and waterfalls that others would love to have. And we have the best people! The people of Bradley Co make it home. If you’re a dog or cat, it’s not such a great place 😞 . We have so many stray, unwanted, unplanned litters of pups and kittens, one shelter was not enough, no, we have two. And one of those shelters at times must kill for space. If this is unacceptable to you, I beg you to get involved. We are their voice. We are their voice when they are cold, hungry, hurt, neglected, and left chained to a doghouse their whole life. If you think you can’t make a difference, you’re just one person, I beg to differ. I’d love to share stories of some I’ve had the privilege of fostering and/or adopting, taking food or straw to, birthing pups with and so much more. It can take five minutes or five hours a day, whatever you want it to be,  but I promise you you’ll never be the same and those dogs and cats will never forget your kindness. Not everyone can adopt, but maybe you can foster for a couple weeks? Or maybe you can volunteer to walk dogs to give them a break from their kennel. If you can’t do that, can you sponsor a shelter pet so someone who would provide a good home but doesn’t have the adoption fee can save a baby? And most importantly,  please 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 spay and neuter your companion pets. Even one litter is too many. One open gate can result in a litter of pups that ends up at the shelter. Just one afternoon of “he got out” can end up in a litter of pups dumped on the side of the road to starve. I love puppies. No one loves puppies more than me. Life happens. Let’s prevent unwanted, unneeded puppies in our county where there aren’t enough loving homes. Euthanizing healthy, adoptable pets because no one came keeps me awake at night. Thank you to all the animal lovers out there. I know there is a very passionate and hardworking group of people here in Cleveland that are making a difference. Your blessings are coming!  If you’d like to know how you can get involved, email me at
Thank you for visiting “Paws a Moment” and know you are always appreciated. 
Because every one matters,
Brenda Voytik