Dawn does an amazing job and works so hard and countless hours running her rescue and shoppe that benefits these animals. She is local in Camden, Tennessee. I have seen her shoppe and place and it’s a beautiful and safe place for these rescues.
Why we do what we do
The following simple story speaks to why we do what we do.
A sparrow was seen on the ground with its legs in the air. When asked what he was doing he said, “I heard the sky is falling so I have come to help.” The visitor laughed saying, “You can’t stop the sky from falling with those scrawny legs!” The sparrow replied, “One does what one can.”
Our efforts to reduce the number of pets in need is a small number compared to the vastness of the issue, but even in small numbers a difference is being made, especially to each animal in our care!
Our primary purpose is to help animals in our care learn to trust and live happy, healthy lives for the rest of their lives.
Our secondary purpose is reducing the need for pets to go into a rescue or shelter
As a society we can continue to care for homeless, abused, and surrendered pets, but if we don’t look at the underlying causes, the number of animals will continue to grow. For this reason our secondary purpose is to provide community outreach and support.
We do this in the following ways:
We believe it’s important to measure our impact. We do this through statistics, surveys, and video stories about our rescues. You can see our statistics below.
The images below show a snapshot of our statistical impact. These data are recorded in the Shelter Animals Count.
Since we began our work, we have had the following successes:
All data is generated from intake and individual care records.
We have a 0% euthanasia rate and a 100% live release rate. As a sanctuary it isn’t our practice to adopt out our rescues. This is shown statistically as an intake and transfer in which is then offset through an outtake adoption. In 2020 due to the number of intakes we changed our approach to include adoptions and now include a small adoption center at our vintage shoppe.
Since July 2018 we have used euthanasia in four cases due to repercussions of serious illness. Rest in peace Buddy, Princess, Kiki, and Roscoe. Angel, Baby Luna and Autumn Rose died of natural causes. All were buried with dignity and love and are laid to rest on our sanctuary grounds.
DAWN HARRIS, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
Dawn is passionate about creating a safe world for companion animals. Her background in grief and loss, psychology, and education provides the foundation for Revelation Gardens’ home-like environment which is so instrumental in helping cats and dogs heal and thrive. Dawn earned a Master of Education from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology with a focus on grief and loss from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has 38 years experience in administration, creative design, program development, website management, and budgeting and has rescued animals since she was 3 years old. Dawn provides the knowledge, experience and passion needed to lead Revelation Gardens. She lives in West Tennessee with her husband and cares for the 64 rescued cats and dogs of Revelation Gardens.
CARL HARRIS, VICE PRESIDENT
Carl is a licensed electrician working as a Superintendent II for a large electrical contractor in Nashville. He brings a strong work ethic to the table and a male perspective to balance the Board’s decision making and goal setting activities. Carl has a conservative perspective, friendly demeanor, and love for animals and is happy to contribute to the wellbeing of Revelation Gardens. He enjoys sports and leisure activities on his days off.
ANGELA JONES, TREASURER
Angela R. Jones, a Benton County resident since 2003, holds a master’s degree in experimental psychology, worked for 15 years a behavior analyst in rural West Tennessee, and now serves as the lead writer for The Camden Chronicle. Since living in Camden, she personally has owned, fostered, or helped rescue more than 50 pets, mostly dogs. Angela has volunteered with a number of pet rescue organizations in West Tennessee, and served as the chairman of the Benton County Animal Shelter Board from Oct. 2019-2020. Originally from Louisiana, Angela has lived in Tennessee since 1996.
ANGIE TUCKER, SECRETARY
Angie Tucker is the librarian at Camden Junior High and is a member of First Baptist Church in Camden. She has fostered dogs for Memphis Pug Rescue, Middle TN Pug Rescue, and West Tennessee Animal Rescue and performed for 7 years in plays produced by West TN Animal Rescue for their Spay and Neuter Fund. Angie enjoys writing, reading, acting, and playing with her pets and animals at the Revelation Garden adoption center. She is married to Chris Tucker and enjoys traveling to Durham, North Carolina to visit her niece and nephew, Mary Katherine and Daniel Watson.
ALLISON “DIXIE” FLEMING, BOARD MEMBER
Dixie is a retiree of the medical field working as a caregiver to the handicapped and clients with dementia. Her service as an Army Medic has aided her in this profession. Dixie’s goal now is to make sure good care is given to all animals as she is a member of Defenders of Wildlife and a volunteer and Board Member at Revelation Gardens.
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