The Humane Education for Youth (HEY!) program focuses on creating a more empathetic, compassionate community. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley believes that education is a vital step in creating a no-kill community. HEY! offers a large variety of classes and programming for schools and educational programs as well as programming at our shelter.

2018 Summer Camps

Join us and all of our animal friends this summer! HSTV is proud to host summer camps to educate East Tennessee students all about the humane world. Every camp and workshop will have humane lessons, games, arts & crafts, special guest instructors, recreation time, and, of course, plenty of animal play time! Camp fees will include a healthy snack provided by Whole Foods, a camp button, and a HEY! camp t-shirt. (T-shirts available for registrations before May 30th, after this date students will not receive a shirt.)

Summer Camp Registration

Animal Yoga

Come get zen at HSTV! During our animal yoga classes, students of all ages are welcome to an experience they won’t soon forget! Animals range from kittens to goats, to puppies to lambs. On special dates, we also host our wine tours after yoga classes. We also have youth yoga classes and mommy and me classes!

Workshops and Class Descriptions


It’s Time…to party! Celebrate your special day with our furry friends! Celebration parties are offered on Fridays & Saturdays from 6-8PM. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance. Our basic package includes a tour of our shelter, puppy and kitten play time. Lessons, art activities and other services are included with a small fee.

Register for a Celebration Today!

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.
Register for an Orientation Today!

Humane Education Classes

HEY! programming in the schools offers a chance for students to learn hands-on with topics ranging from Pet Overpopulation to No-Kill to Animal Safety and everything in between! Each lesson also includes core curriculum components and character pillars.  Our Reading to Ororo program is a fun, energetic storytelling session that not only teaches students about humane topics but helps them develop confidence in reading aloud. HEY! is a proud partner of the Great School Partnerships and Partners in Education.

More Information


If you have questions about HEY! please contact Nathan, Humane Education Coordinator at or 865-573-9675 ext. 117.