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About Us

Since 2008

Animal Kingdom


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



Board of Directors


Virginia Caperton - Chair

Gary Burchette - Vice Chair

Kathy Zimprich - Treasurer

Carl Nichols - Secretary

Cindy DeBusk​

​Shelley Wieting

Betsy Lynch

Dr. Randall Thompson

Charlton Vass

Dorothy Shuford

Dr. Crystal LeRoy

Meghan Treece

Roxanne Davis

Drena Brooks


  • 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.

  • 2018 - Opened the Boyd Foundation Dog Park next to the shelter

  • 2018 - Shelter hired full time Secretary

  • 2020 - Shelter hired full time Director's Assistant. 

  • 2021 - Opened a Cat Cottage next to the shelter with an outdoor cat area.

  • 2022 - Received Petco Love grant to re-seal the kennel floors and redo defective draining system

  • 2023 - Received Petco Love grant to work on a puppy area and finish an outdoor play area for dogs

  • TO PRESENT - Take in average 400 animals per month.  Funded entirely by donations.

In Loving Memory of Peter Martz. Your beautiful work and kind soul will always be remembered. 


Why Should I...

Adopt? Give the gift of life to an unwanted dog or cat and experience the joy of loving companionship.

Spay & Neuter? It's the right thing to do. Fewer puppies and kittens means a better chance for shelter dogs and cats to find a home.

Love? Because love makes the world go 'round. And this kind has no strings attached, just pure, sweet love!


Share shelter news with your family and friends to help spread the word that we are here and we need their help. Follow us on our Claiborne Animal Shelter Facebook page for up to the minute pictures, stories, and announcements. And don't forget to remind everyone that all DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!


Volunteer? Because they are greatly needed and appreciated. Our shelter could not operate without our volunteer's dedication and hard work.  All volunteers must be of the age of eighteen and have a volunteer application completed and on file at the shelter.  Below are just some of the activities our volunteers do:

  • Wash animal feed dishes

  • Assist with the laundry

  • Walk the dogs

  • Interact with the cats/kittens

  • Shred newspaper

  • Participate in our animal enrichment program

  • Any other chores/activities as needed or appropriate.

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