Grainger County animal rescue group grateful for outpouring of help after fire

A Grainger County woman is rebuilding her life after a fire destroyed her home and the small rescue organization she created to save dogs.

BEAN STATION (WATE) – A Grainger County woman is rebuilding her life after a fire destroyed her home and the small rescue organization she created to save dogs.

It’s a story WATE 6 On Your Side brought you earlier in January, a kitchen fire causing destruction within a matter of minutes at Tammy Carper’s home where she runs TLC Rescue. Carper was able to save all 21 dogs she was caring for at the time.

Nearly two weeks later, we caught with Carper who says the fire is opening new doors in her life.

“If my dogs are in a good place, Tammy is always going to be in a good place,” she said.

Things are only getting better, from the 21 dogs who were staying at Carper’s home when the fire happened, 10 are now in a new place.

“There’s been a few that’s been adopted and the ones that are in rescue right now, they’ve already got some good leads on people that want to adopt them,” said Carper.

January 8th, TLC Rescue lost everything but bowls, toys, and dog food have been donated by people from across the region.

“I may not have a home but I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much love for myself and my animals,” added Carper.

Starting over is proving to be challenging and Carper has always planned on rebuilding TLC Rescue, but today her dream has been stream-lined, “I’m going back to my main passion and that’s transporting and driving. I’ll probably have around 4 or 5 dogs, no more than that. Ones that needs really structured behavioral learning.”

It’s been a lesson on patience, but as the pieces continue to be picked up one thing is clear, Carper is simply grateful, “Even though I don’t see everybody every day, I can still feel that blanket of love.”

One more piece of good news, 5 of the dogs are soon to be heading to a rescue group in South Carolina.

Friends and loved ones are working to raise money to help rebuild a new home for TLC Rescue, if you’d like to help you can donate by clicking on Carper’s Go Fund Me Page here.

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