Get Involved

Volunteers

Volunteers for the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley can be found working with animals or assisting in our day-to-day operations 365 days a year. With over 1000 active volunteers, we welcome you to our family and offer many exciting opportunities to help support our mission! On site with the animals or off site at our events we cannot do this important work without you. We thank you for your interest and hope that you consider coming to an orientation and becoming part of our team.

Volunteer Requirements
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • $10 T-Shirt Fee
  • Donate 1 hour a month to stay active in volunteer system
  • Access to Transportation
  • Attend Orientation Session & Training

Sampling of the volunteer opportunities available at HSTV

  • Adoption Ambassador: Assist Adoption Counselors on the Adoption Floor.
  • Animal Transport: Transport animals between partner shelters & HSTV.
  • Reading Team: Read books to the animals, helps to calm them down.
  • Be Their Voice: Inform and educate the community at local venues & events.
  • Clinic Assistant: Assist spay/neuter clinic staff: clean and organize the clinic after surgery.
  • Dogercise: Work with the animals to encourage physical activity.
  • Education Assistant: Assist the Education Coordinator in teaching humane education to local students.
  • Enrichment Tech: Work one-on-one with animals using toys, puzzles, and games.
  • Adoption Center Greeter: Greet and direct visitors to our facility.
  • Hiking Hounds: Check out a dog during program hours & go on a hike!
  • Kennel Assistant: Assist Kennel Techs with the animals includes walking animals, cleaning cages & more.
  • Special Events Crew: Work special events at HSTV or around town, setup/breakdown booths & engage with the public.

Check back soon for our Volunteer Manual that is currently being revised.

Group Volunteering

If you have a group of volunteers who would like to offer their time to our organization, please don’t hesitate! HSTV welcomes groups of volunteers to help with large tasks that require many hands. If you are interested in volunteering with a group of friends, family, or co-workers, please fill out this form. Once this information is received, our Volunteer Coordinator will followup via email.

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Youth Volunteers

We welcome and encourage our youth to play a vital role in our organization. But, we require that a parent be present with all youth under the age of 18, that are not able to drive on their own, while volunteering at our shelter. We hope youths under 12 will be interested in our Reading Team Program (Pre-K students and up.) We require that the parent/guardian also attend orientation and purchase a volunteer t-shirt.

Court-Ordered Community Service

We accept court-ordered volunteers on a limited basis. All individuals must be at least 18 years old and present documentation verifying the type of offense before attending orientation. To be considered, your offense may not be related to animal cruelty, drug possession, theft, violent crimes, or sexual assault. Our organization reserves the right to refuse any court-ordered volunteer requests for offenses not listed above. You will be required to show a valid drivers license, pay the $10 volunteer shirt fee, and attend orientation once approved. The approval process takes approximately five business days. Requests for same week community service will not be processed.

Interested in Court Ordered Community Service hours? Please click on Orientation Signup above to apply.
Questions? Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

 

Foster

Fostering is a great way to volunteer for the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley. Fostering is providing temporary housing for an animal until he or she is ready for adoption. Our Foster Program exists to give young animals a chance to grow big and strong before spay/neuter and to give injured, sick, or under-socialized animals an opportunity to heal. Your help allows us take more animals in from our partner shelters across East Tennessee that may be at risk of euthanasia.

Did You Know

We saved over 500 lives last year because our Foster Volunteers opened their homes to abandoned animals in need! What more incentive do you need to open your home to save a life. We are grateful to our current fosters and think they do amazing work to save lives. Interested in Fostering? Sign up today!

What Is Involved With Being A Foster Parent?

Foster parents are asked to provide shelter, love, and care for an animal(s) in need and our organization will supply the rest based on donation of supplies from our supporters. We include transport crate, kennel, food, potty pads, litter, toys, bowls, playpens, medical supplies, vet treatments, and all the support you need. If you decide to provide any of the items listed we are happy to give you a signed letter to support your tax deduction! The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley maintains legal guardianship of all animals in foster care and covers all medical costs.

Questions? Feel free to send an email to foster@humanesocietytennessee.org!
If you can’t foster but want to support our program, check out our Amazon Wishlist! We greatly appreciate the support!!

Types Of Animals That Need Foster Homes
  • Puppies of kittens too young/small to be adopted
  • A mother with her litter of kittens or puppies
  • Puppies during 7 day quarantine
  • Timid dogs or cats that need socialization and love
  • Elderly animals needing end-of-life care (Hospice)
  • Medical Needs dogs or cats
  • Any animal with the shelter becomes overcrowded

Humane Education for Youth (HEY!)

The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Humane Education for Youth (HEY!) program focuses on creating a environment where our youth are more enlightened, engaged and compassionate about animal welfare . Our HEY! program offers a variety of camps, classes and educational programs both on and off site. Our Volunteer and Education Coordinator, Alexis, is happy to answer all of your questions about our HEY! program 865-573-9675 ext. 102 or aclegg@humanesocietytennessee.org

HEY! Spring And Summer Camps

The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is proud to host spring and summer break camps to educate and enlighten students of all ages. All camps include educational animal activities including games, crafts, and animal interactions! Please click on the link below to read about the details of each class and register. We hope to see you on break!

HEY! Partnership Information

HEY! Programming in the schools and with our educational partners opens the door for a unique chance that allows students to learn hands-on about topics ranging from Pet Overpopulation to Finances to Animal Safety to Literacy – and everything in between! Each lesson incorporates core curriculum components and character pillars. HEY! is a proud, approved partner of the Great School Partnerships and Partners in Education.

HEY! Reading Team

Join the HEY! Reading Team! Reading to animals is proven to boost literacy rates in students. Animals have a unique way of eliminating stress associated with reading aloud, and, in turn, boosts confidence in reading. It is also great socialization for a scared, nervous shelter friend. For this program, one registered guardian must accompany the student during their reading time.

HEY! Camps and Workshops

Children between the ages of 8-18 are invited to spend summer with the animals at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley! Summer campers will learn what it means to be a friend to the animals and how to help pets at home, in the community, and in shelters. All camps include educational animal activities including games, crafts, animal interactions and so much more!

Shelter Helpers

This camp is perfect for anyone interested in an animal related career! Campers will learn what it’s like to work at HSTV and assist with shelter duties such as food prep, cleaning, and enrichment. They will also learn about what goes on behind the scenes working in animal welfare.

Cost: $275
Date: July 8-12
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Drop off is from 8:30am-9am. Pick up is from 4pm-4:30pm. Late pickup can be arranged for an additional charge.
Campers should bring a lunch, snack, and beverage.

Creative Critters

Kids who love animals and art will love this camp! We’ll spend the day creating art to help animals get adopted and making toys for animal enrichment, all while learning about pets.

Cost: $65
Date: July 19th
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Drop off is from 8:30am-9am. Pick up is from 4pm-4:30pm. Late pickup can be arranged for an additional charge.
Campers should bring a lunch, snack, and beverage.

Cats! The Shelter Musical

Join us and all our Jellicle shelter friends as we learn all about being responsible cat owners! During this camp, students will learn about musical theatre components (choreography, song, characterization and design), and learn all about cat and kitten care. Of course, it wouldn’t be a camp all about cats without cuddle time too!

Cost: $65
Date: July 20th
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Drop off is from 8:30am-9am. Pick up is from 4pm-4:30pm. Late pickup can be arranged for an additional charge.
Campers should bring a lunch, snack, and beverage.

Jr. Vet

Join us and all our Jellicle shelter friends as we learn all about being responsible cat owners! During this camp, students will learn about musical theatre components (choreography, song, characterization and design), and learn all about cat and kitten care. Of course, it wouldn’t be a camp all about cats without cuddle time too!

Cost: $65
Date: July 20th
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Drop off is from 8:30am-9am. Pick up is from 4pm-4:30pm. Late pickup can be arranged for an additional charge.
Campers should bring a lunch, snack, and beverage.

HSTV Camp Registration Protocol

Allergies: Camp is not recommended for children with allergies to pet dander or nuts. Camp is held on a campus that houses dogs and cats. Dogs are given peanut butter daily and many treats contain nut allergens. For these reasons and the safety, health and well-being of your child, we do not recommend that children with these allergies attend camps at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.

Ages: The recommended age group for all our camps is 8-18. However, you know your children best and we encourage you to follow parental instinct.

Capacity: All camps are restricted to 16 participants. Camp registration is recorded by date and time of receipt using our online form. Each class needs a minimum of 6 participants at least thirty days before camp starts or the camp will be cancelled.

Cancellation: Cancellations must be made one week prior to the camp start date and must be received in writing via fax 865-588-6840 or via email to aclegg@humanesocietytennessee.org to qualify for a 50% refund. A processing fee may occur for refunds.

If you have any questions please reach out to Alexis Clegg, Volunteer and Education Coordinator, at 865-573-9675 x 102.

Camp Registration

Parent/Guardian Information

Please list the phone number where a parent/guardian can be reached immediately during camp hours, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

I have notified my emergency contact that they must be available during camp hours to make decisions in my absence.

LIABILITY WAIVER/ALLERGY WAIVER/PHOTO RELEASE

In consideration of the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Inc. (HSTV), accepting my child as an activity participant, I, the undersigned parent or guardian of (child), hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Inc., its employees, volunteers, officers, agents, and directors from any and all damages, losses, or injuries my child may sustain during his/her activities at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.

I acknowledge that I have had the scope of the program fully explained to me, including the potential of injury which can occur during activities with dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, or other animals. I further understand that even with all due caution taken, accidents with animals can and do happen. This program release is executed without any reliance upon any representation by any person and the undersigned has carefully read and understands the contents of this release and executes the same as his or her own free act. I acknowledge and understand that my child is not covered by the HSTV's Workers Compensation or any other insurance policy for any damages or injuries my child may sustain during his/her activities at HSTV. In the event that any of the terms, conditions, and/or covenants contained in this release are held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect any of the other terms, conditions and/or covenants contained herein which shall remain in full force and effect.

Camp is not recommended for children with allergies to pet dander or nuts. Camp is held on a campus that houses dogs and cats. Dogs are given peanut butter daily and many treats contain nut allergens. For these reasons and the safety, health and well-being of your child, we do not recommend that children with these allergies attend camps at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.

I, the undersigned parent or guardian of (child) hereby agree that any and all photographs and/or video images taken of my child and his/her pet (or shelter animal) may be used in perpetuity by the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Inc. for the purposes of publicity, education, fundraising, or otherwise promoting the mission and activities of the Society. I understand that neither I nor my child will receive name recognition or monetary compensation for the use of said photograph(s) and/or video footage, to be used either in print or other media of HSTV’s choosing and that this agreement will remain binding and have legal effect regardless of whether my or my child’s association with the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Inc. continues.

Payments will be processed on the following screen.

Animal Yoga

Stay tuned for our next upcoming class

Birthday Parties

Invite your friends to celebrate your special day at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Community Room.
We promise to make it memorable for you and your guests!

Celebrate Your Birthday With Us!

Birthday parties are offered on Saturdays from 3-5 PM with a 30 minute window for set up and decorating. Parties are hosted by a staff member or a trained volunteer. Our Community Room space allows for a maximum of 10 children and 10 adults at each party. The cost for each celebration is $250 which goes directly to support our mission to save even more lives each year.

We make every effort to include playtime with either puppies or kittens but that always depends on what animals are in need when we transport them in from other shelters in surrounding counties. Our staff works very hard to ensure to provide animals at the time of your party. We also include a brief presentation about what we do followed by a shelter tour to see all the animals we have for adoption!

Guests are encouraged to bring food, drinks and a birthday cake! Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Arriving 30 minutes early, our staff will help unload your food and drink and guide you to the party room for set up! We do ask that when possible, guests carpool because of the limited parking in our lot. The birthday family has one reserved spot! We have many birthday guests who ask for donations in lieu of gifts so be sure to ask for our Wish List. The staff at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley looks forward to making this a memorable day!! We all love a party! See you soon.

Register for a celebration today!

All parties are two hours in length. Thirty additional minutes will be allotted for decorating and room set-up. Parties will be hosted by a trained HSTV staff and/or volunteer.

Base celebration price is $250. This will include playtime with your choice of a puppy or kitten litter*, a brief “What is HSTV?” presentation with shelter tour.

A maximum of 10 children and 10 adults are permitted for each party.

HSTV offers Birthday Parties on Saturdays from 3-5 PM. Please schedule at least 30 days in advance. (Note: Due to summer camp schedule we are not available for birthday parties July 20th & 27th.) Due to limited parking, there will be one parking spot reserved for the Birthday Family. Birthday guests are encouraged to carpool and park off-site to ensure parking is available for all HSTV guests.

Birthday Guests are allowed to bring off-site food and drinks. Birthday Family must ensure that animal guests do not consume human food.

Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.

*While we can not guarantee that puppies or kittens will be available at the time of your party, we will make every effort to accommodate your selection.

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  • *Due to the Spay/Neuter efforts of HSTV’s no-kill mission, we cannot guarantee specific breeds, colors, genders, etc. HSTV will exhaust all resources to match all reasonable requests.

  • LIABILITY WAIVER/PHOTO RELEASE

    In consideration of the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Inc. (HSTV), accepting my child as an activity participant at HSTV, I, the undersigned parent or guardian of (child), hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Inc., its employees, volunteers, officers, agents, and directors from any and all damages, losses, or injuries my child may sustain during his/her activities at HSTV.

    I acknowledge that I have had the scope of the program fully explained to me, including the potential of injury which can occur during activities with dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, or other animals. I further understand that even with all due caution taken, accidents with animals can and do happen. This program release is executed without any reliance upon any representation by any person and the undersigned has carefully read and understands the contents of this release and executes the same as his or her own free act. I acknowledge and understand that my child is not covered by the HSTV's Workers Compensation or any other insurance policy for any damages or injuries my child may sustain during his/her activities at HSTV. In the event that any of the terms, conditions, and/or covenants contained in this release are held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect any of the other terms, conditions and/or covenants contained herein which shall remain in full force and effect.

    I, the undersigned parent or guardian of (child) hereby agree that any and all photographs and/or video images taken of my child and his/her pet (or shelter animal) may be used in perpetuity by the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Inc. for the purposes of publicity, education, fundraising, or otherwise promoting the mission and activities of the Society. I understand that neither I nor my child will receive name recognition or monetary compensation for the use of said photograph(s) and/or video footage, to be used either in print or other media of HSTV’s choosing and that this agreement will remain binding and have legal effect regardless of whether my or my child’s association with the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Inc. continues.

Veterans Program

Stay tuned Pilot Program

Paws To Visit

Our “Paws to Visit” Program enables volunteers to take an adoptable animal from our shelter to visit with people in assisted-living homes. We love bringing joy to those in the community who find themselves needing puppy love and kitten kisses!

Organization

Arbor Terrace

Atria Weston Place

Autumn Care

CADES

Deane Hill

Elm Croft

Pinnacle Assisted Living

Address

9051 Cross Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37923

2900 Lake Brook Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37909

136 Canton Hollow RoadKnoxville, TN 37922

11020 Roane Drive, Knoxville TN 37934

401 Catherine McAuley Way, Knoxville, TN 37919

8024 Gleason Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919

10520 Waterville Lane, Knoxville TN 37932

Days We Visit

4th Thursday Each Month

1st Wednesday Each Month

2nd Tuesday Each Month

3rd Wednesday each Month

Every Other Monday

3rd Friday Each Month

1st Saturday Each Month

Time

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

3:30 PM -4:30 PM

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM