Frequently Asked Questions

What is your adoption process and how much does it cost to adopt an animal?

You can find details on our adoption process and adoption pricing by following this link  https://humanesocietytennessee.org/whatwedo/adopt/ 

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.  Many times the animals that are transported to us, 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 owner surrender.

What are the annual statistics for HSTV?

Shelter Animals Count is a new, collaborative initiative formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create and share a national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts, and enabling insights that will save lives.  The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley reports all of our statistics monthly to be part of this mission.  View our statistics by following this link https://humanesocietytennessee.org/statistics/

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?

Founded in 1885, 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.  The organization is one of many area shelters we transfer animals in from when they are at risk of euthanasia.

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, 2018.

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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 our shelter, we are required to direct you to the municipal shelter in your county.

We believe a pet is a lifetime commitment and work to provide solutions to surrendering a family pet through resources such as low-cost clinic services through our Spay/Neuter Clinic and our Pet Food Pantry. However, we do recognize there are unavoidable and unforeseen circumstances in which a pet may need to be rehomed.  If you are in Knox County, please contact Young Williams Animal Center for owner surrender and found/stray animals.

What does no kill mean?

HSTV is a limited admission, no-kill organization as defined by national standards in the Asilomar Accords and used by  Maddie’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..

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.