Linda Mathes, far left, discusses fundraising with other members of the Friends of Unicoi County Animal Shelter group during a recent meeting. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Richard Rourk)

By Richard Rourk

The Friends of Unicoi County Animal Shelter and the Unicoi County Animal Shelter have been hard at work getting funds to keep the shelter going.

During the Oct. 22 Friends of the Unicoi County Animal Shelter meeting, Linda Mathes updated the group on the total amount of money raised through numerous fundraising ventures.

The largest amount of funding has come from a booth that the animal shelter had at the recent Apple Festival. Selling various stickers, T-shirts and other items, $1,969.22 was raised for the shelter.

The next largest amount raised was from the annual garage sale that is hosted at Mathes’ house. More than $1,611.04 was raised during this year’s garage sale, which always takes place in the fall.

According to Mathes, The Second Annual Spay-ghetti Dinner, which was held this year at the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center in Erwin, raised $1,101.22 for the shelter. The spaghetti, salad and breadsticks were donated by Olive Garden, and the drinks were donated by Food City and Food Lion of Erwin.

“This dinner was again successful,” Mathes said during the meeting. “We sold out of every ticket.”

First Friday events in Downtown Erwin presented by What’s the Scoop, Erwin Outdoor Supply and Union Street Taproom brought in more than $498 for the Unicoi County Animal Shelter.

The Friends of the Unicoi County Animal Shelter had a booth at the Strawberry Festival, which brought in $586, and a booth at the Great Outdoor Festival, which brought in $302.61 to help the shelter. Masterpiece Mixers hosted a Friends of the Unicoi County Animal Shelter night that raised $120 dollars for the shelter. During this year’s Fiddlers and Fiddleheads Festival, the Friends of the Unicoi County Animal Shelter raised $39.97.

Mathes also announced that Friends of the Unicoi County Animal Shelter raised $6,228.06 for the Unicoi County Animal Shelter.

“We have worked hard to raise what we could for the shelter,” Mathes said.

Other fundraising events brought the total number of funds raised for the Unicoi County Animal Shelter this year up to $8,262.06.

Chili’s, located at 3040 Franklin Terrace, in Johnson City, raised more than $1,478 for the Unicoi County Animal Shelter with it’s monthly “Good Eats for a Good Cause” campaign. Chili’s donates 20 percent of each ticket to the Unicoi County Animal Shelter one day out of the month.

The shelter received a donation from Zombie Cats T-Shirt Company for $457 and raised $99 at this years Fun Fest.

According to Mathes, the shelter could always use more donations and supplies such as kitty litter both clumping and non-clumping and food for both dogs and cats, as well as cleaning supplies.

“As the weather gets colder, fleece blankets are always welcome at the shelter,” Mathes said.

If you are interested in donating items, or for more updates on future fundraisers, please follow the Unicoi County Animal Shelter on Facebook.