Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to adopt an animal from HSTV?

Adoption Fees

• Cats $75
• Kittens $125
• Dogs $150
• Puppies $250

Adoption fees are subject to change.

When you adopt from the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley (HSTV), your pet has received the following services thanks to donor support: a preliminary exam, distemper combo vaccination, bordetella vaccination, flea & tick treatment, microchip implantation and registration, intestinal parasite deworming, spay/neuter surgery, feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus testing (cats), heartworm testing and prevention, and a complimentary exam at a participating Vet clinic within 72 hours.

Are all adoptable animals vaccinated and microchipped?

Yes, all HSTV pets are up to date on vaccines at the time of adoption.  Depending on the age of your new pet or how long he has been at HSTV, he may need booster vaccines soon after adoption. All HSTV dogs 6 months or older have been tested for heartworms and begun heartworm prevention. All HSTV cats have been tested for feline Leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus. All HSTV pets are microchipped prior to adoption and go home with a vaccine/medical record.

I am interested in adopting! What is the next step?

The adoption process begins differently for everyone, but we are here to make sure it ends with a happy family. Whether you come to our facility to browse, ask questions or with a specific animal or type of pet in mind, our adoption counselors are here to guide you through your adoption experience. Part of the counselor’s job is to get to know the personality of our pets, so that they can help you find a pet that fits your lifestyle and personality. When you find the right pet for you, you will be asked to complete a brief application. After your application has been reviewed and approved, your pet will be approved to go home upon signing your adoption contract and paying the adoption fee.

Why does HSTV have an adoption application?

We believe pet ownership is a lifetime commitment and we want to make sure our adopters share this belief. Our application provides counselors and adopters the opportunity to discuss an adopter’s lifestyle (as to how it will be affected by a pet), possible expenses and expectations as a future pet owner, and the personality and needs of the pet they are adopting. Our application is designed to protect both our animals and adopters.

How do I know a new pet will get along with other pets?

Our adoption counselors will help you identify pets that are good with other pets as you look to adopt. In addition, we can also do a “meet and greet” which includes you bringing your dog(s) to the shelter and introducing them to the animal you wish to adopt in a safe, monitored environment. We believe it is best to introduce cats to one another at home. Our training team is happy to assist you in acclimating your pets with one another and solving any issues. We will also provide you with informational material that will aid you in introducing your pets to one another.

Where do the dogs and cats at HSTV come from?

We work with shelters in 33 surrounding counties to transport, rehabilitate, and rehome adoptable cats and dogs. These are animals that are at risk for euthanasia due to crowded conditions or limited resources at their current shelter. When you adopt an animal from us you are supporting shelters across the Tennessee Valley. We also work with area rescue groups. We rarely accept owner surrenders; instead, we seek to help the public keep their commitment to the pets they love by offering them several services as solutions to pet relinquishment.

What are the annual statistics for HSTV?

The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley adopted 1,534 animals to wonderful homes in 2017. Our live-release rate is 98%. Please see below for a breakdown of our 2017 numbers.








Read our 2017 Asilomar Report

Is HSTV part of the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States)?

HSTV is not a branch of or affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). While we may share a similar mission, we are separate organizations. HSUS is a national animal advocacy organization that fights animal cruelty and facilitates professional education and training for local and grassroots organizations. We are not financially supported by HSUS or any other organization or government.

Are you affiliated with the Young-Williams Animal Center?

HSTV is not affiliated or funded by Young-Williams Animal Center. However, we recognize one another’s mission and collaborate when possible to serve the people and animals of our community. Young-Williams Animal Center is an open-admission shelter and serves as Knox County’s municipal shelter. The organization is one of many area shelters we get animals from.

How is HSTV funded?

The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley (HSTV) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. HSTV is solely funded by private donations and grants. HSTV does not serve any government contracts nor receive any funding through tax revenues.


HSTV is on a fiscal year from July-June. You can view our financial statements for the year ending on June 30, 2017.

HSTV 990 06.30.17
HSTV Audit 06.30.17

What is HSTV’s stray animal/surrender policy?

Lost, found, stray, abandoned and abused animals are the responsibility of the municipal shelter in that jurisdiction. Young-Williams Animal Center serves as Knox County’s municipal shelter. Young-Williams Animal Center receives taxpayer funding in order to support and protect the community by housing stray animals and accepting owner-surrendered pets. All stray animals should be taken to Young-Williams Animal Center. You can contact them at 865- 215-6599 for more information. If pets are brought to or dropped at our Kingston Pike facility without an appointment, they will be taken to Young-Williams Animal Center. After the required stray hold, HSTV may pull a pet from Young–Williams Animal Center with the organization’s consent if it is in the pet’s best interest.

We are not an open admission shelter; this allows us to be a no-kill organization. We believe a pet is a lifetime commitment and work to provide solutions to relinquishing a family pet through resources such as affordable dog training and low-cost clinic services. However, we do recognize there are unavoidable and unforeseen circumstances in which a pet may need to be rehomed. Because of this, we accept owner surrenders on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please email info@humanesocietytennessee.org. Please include a full description and picture of your pet along with your contact information.

What does no kill mean?

Defining No-Kill: HSTV is a no-kill organization as defined by national standards in the Asilomar Accords and used by  NoKillNationMaddie’s Fund and Best Friends’ Animal Society.  These groups collectively define no-kill as:  Saving both healthy and treatable dogs and cats, with euthanasia reserved only for unhealthy and untreatable animals.

Unhealthy and untreatable animals are defined as:

  • an animal having a behavioral or temperamental characteristic that poses a health or safety risk, and is not likely to become healthy or treatable even if given the care provided by reasonable and caring pet owners in the community.
  • an animal suffering from a disease, injury, or congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the animal’s health or is likely to adversely affect the animal’s health in the future, and is not likely to become “healthy” or “treatable” even if provided the care typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring pet owners in the community.

 Defining Adoptable Animals:

  • animals eight weeks of age or older.
  • have manifested no sign of a behavioral or temperamental defect that could pose a health or safety risk or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet.
  • have manifested no sign of disease, injury, or congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the health of the animal or that is likely to adversely affect the animal’s health in the future.
I lost my pet! Help!

See our Lost and Found page for more information.

Report Animal Cruelty or Neglect

To report Animal Cruelty/Neglect or Lost and Found animals please find the Animal Control for your City or County. Click here for more tips on Lost and Found animals.

What are your bylaws and general procedures?

You can read our bylaws here and our Mission Statement here