Programs

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 when area partner shelters become overcrowded
Shelter Animals NEED YOU Now More Than Ever

Please don't forget about shelter animals who desperately need our help. The request for assistance from our partner shelters across East Tennessee are coming in on a daily basis. We cannot take in more animals into our shelter than our Capacity for Care allows unless we have YOU to foster. Sheltering in place? Consider fostering a puppy for 7 days to save their life. Thinking you may be ready for a dog? Call and ask about our need for big dog fosters. Do you purrrrfer kitties? Make room in your heart for a nursing Mom and save the life of an entire family or litter of abandoned kittens! We have a foster opportunity for most people who want to share their life to save a life!

Interested? Contact Chelcie Bowman, Program Manager, via email foster@humanesocietytennessee.org or 865-573-9675 x100.

Volunteer

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.

Veterans Program

Stay tuned Pilot Program