Loving Home Award

A house is not a home until we put our precious things inside.  

For most of us, that means our family more than our possessions.  I know families are not just those we are related to but also those we choose.  Ask anyone that loves a pet, they will tell you that their animal is very much a part of their family.  That their pet makes their house into a home.  A home full of love.

We started this award to honor those furry family members that give so much love and the parents that do so much to care for them.   We want to hear how your pet has made your house a Loving Home.

We will be accepting applications again beginning April 1st 2015.


Eligibility & Application Process:

Eligibility & Application Process:

1.  Applicants must receive their long term veterinary care from the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center John and Ann Tickle Small Animal Hospital. Faculty, students or staff of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) are not eligible to apply.

2.  You must complete the application and essay in its entirety; deadline for application is by midnight April 30th, 2015.  One application per family per application period.

3.  The essay should be no more that 1000 words.  Please discuss any of the following topics in your essay:

a.  How your pet has improved your home environment.

b.  How your pet has created a loving home environment for you and/or your family.

Receipt of the award(s) will be determined by the applicant(s) who best demonstrate the relationship between the animal and the owner(s), and how the animal has impacted their home environment, in a way that brings love and joy. The award will not focus on families in financial distress or those with animals in poor health as a primary criteria.


 To apply for this award submit your information here:

Submit to Foster The American Dream: Loving Home Award


Additional Information:

1.  Two individual awards, in the amount of $250 each, will be provided by Shannon Foster-Boline, Broker, Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, Realtors and Lisa Wiles with Mortgage Investors Group.

2.  Awards will consist of a $250 credit on the client’s account at the UTCVM small animal clinic.  This award may not be reassigned to another client or converted into cash.

3.  Awards will be announced by  May 15th, 2015 at 5pm on the college’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UTCVM.  Winners will be contacted by the sponsor(s) via telephone or email.

4.  Awards will be decided by a panel consisting of a mixture of five individuals from the UTCVM veterinary faculty, administrators and/or technicians.

Sponsors for this award are:
Shannon Foster-Boline, Broker Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, Realtors
(865) 693-1111
Lisa Wiles, Senior Loan Officer, Mortgage Investors Group (865) 210-5522.
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