Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cookeville Group May Run Crossville Shelter

A non-profit group from Cookeville may soon be running the Animal Shelter in Cumberland County. Commissioners on Monday will decide whether or not to enter into an agreement with a group known as AARF. That's an acronym for All About Rescue and Fixin'. Cumberland County commissioners this week discuss partnering with the animal rescue organization to help run the county animal shelter and provide foster homes to several rescued animals. Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey says that he has been talking with Linda Randall of AARF for several months and working together on a plan for Cumberland County. Randall is described as one of the co-counders of the organization, which operates mainly in the Cookeville area. According to a proposal being voted on next week, Cumberland County would work together with AARF to build a new 1,500 square-foot adoption center building on land that is currently owned by the county, and that is adjacent to the current animal shelter. AARF would toward securing donations and holding fundraisers to raise the money to build the facility. The county would then own the building, but would lease it to AARF.