Glenn W. and Ann Shumate Bowling Animal Center

Claiborne Animal Shelter, Tennessee  501c3

Our Services

Open Intake

Pet Adoptions

Weekly low-cost spay/neuter/rabies  clinic 

School visits

Dog Grooming


To serve our community by sheltering animals in a humane environment, promote pet adoptions, and reduce pet overpopulation through spay/neutering and education.

our leadership team

Board of Directors

Virginia Caperton - Chair

Gary Burchette - Vice Chair

Kathy Zimprich - Treasurer

Carl Nichols - Secretary

Michael Barrett

Dennis Bunch

Lieven Cox

Cindy DeBusk

Bill Dunavent

Linnie Green

Shelley Wieting

Shelter History

  • 2008 - Claiborne County Animal Control Board, Inc. 501c3 LLC was founded and property was procured. Funds were raised to build shelter.
  • 2009 - Shelter construction began.
  • 2010 - Shelter construction was completed but lack of funding prevented opening.
  • 2011 - Facility named the "Glenn W. Bowling Animal Center" to honor the memory of the county commissioner who founded the project.
  • 2011 - Gloria J. McPherson Spay & Neuter Clinic on shelter premises opened.
  • 2012 - Shelter opened for intake
  • 2013 - Shelter hired full time Veterinary Technician Shelter Manager.
  • 2017 - Facility renamed the Glenn and Ann Shumate Bowling Animal Shelter to honor the founders of the shelter.  It would not exist without them.
  • TO PRESENT - Take in average 350 animals per month.  Funded entirely by donations.

Located in Claiborne County Tennessee, a small rural county in Appalachia, where natural beauty abounds. Funded entirely by donations.

You can read more about us here! 

Our shelter