09/27/2012 04:42 pm ET

Pet Care Warehouse, Tennessee Shop, Escapes Closure With Help From Its Neighbors

If everything works out, the owners of a Hixson, Tennessee pet supply store may have Facebook to thank for helping save their 19-year-old business.

According to WTVC News Channel 9, Sharon Moss, owner of Pet Care Warehouse, sent out a small message via Facebook explaining that the store had fallen behind on its taxes and was struggling to make ends meet after a construction project blocked access to the business, costing it 40 to 45 percent of its revenue.

"You may have heard that the United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. That's not a lie. Many companies can be completely active but be struggling with not having enough cash flow to pay the bills and it is darn near impossible to get a business loan these days. For this reason, the State of Tennessee may shut us down," Moss wrote in the message on her business' Facebook page.

State officials gave Pet Care Warehouse one day to pay the $20,000 in back taxes it owed, prompting Moss to make the desperate plea, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Luckily, positive responses came pouring in. "People have not stopped coming through that door," Moss told News Channel 9. “Some people came in here who didn’t even have animals, but they were determined that they were gonna buy something,” she added in an interview with the Times Free Press.

As of Wednesday, the cash continued to flow in with Moss expecting to meet the $20,000 goal on Thursday.

“I can’t say we’ve got every bit of it, but we’re very close,” Moss said at the close of business Wednesday. “We’ll be current with the whole $20,000 by 4 p.m. on Thursday.”



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