The Closing of Encore Enrichment Center.

It is with much sadness we announce that we are closing Encore Enrichment Center. It has been an incredible opportunity and we have been privileged to work with some amazing animal welfare organizations in Calhoun, St. Clair, and Etowah counties.

We are proud of the successes we achieved in the last four years. A total of 352 out of 387 dogs we worked with were adopted or rescued. We provided a safe and nurturing place for volunteers. And we brought back a vacant building to a vibrant and fun facility that was always about the dogs.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to secure sustainable funding to cover Encore’s daily operations. Fundraising, donations, and grant writing efforts did not take off as we’d hoped. COVID and its aftermath made the situation even worse. So we’ve sold the building and will be shutting down June 1.

Please, please be advocates for spay/neuter, humane treat of animals, and adopting from shelters. Support the hardworking shelter and rescue staff who have impossibly hard jobs. Donate , volunteer or foster, whatever you can. Small kind acts, multiplied by many people, can make a huge difference.

Speaking of volunteers, we are forever grateful to that small group of dedicated people who supported Encore activities and helped with the dogs. You know who you are and you know we love you!

And our staff, well they were just the best. Charley Jones is the most caring, knowledgeable and compassionate shelter dog advocate we’ve ever met. Whitney has been invaluable in helping to evaluate, train, bath, and manage the dogs. Becka, Ashley, Alex and Elisa all worked part time but put in full time love and dedication in helping the pups become their best selves.

But now it is time to move on. Tom is finishing up a law degree so someday he can defend animals and veterans when legal help is needed. Julie still plans to teach Nose Work somewhere in the Anniston/Jacksonville area. We will wait till the dust settles to make the final decision about dissolving the non-profit and next steps for all of us. In the meantime, we thank you for your support and caring over these years. It has definitely been an adventure.

God bless and take care.

Tom and Julie Madden
Founders, Encore Enrichment Center for Shelter Dogs