About Us

Adopting A Friend


The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is dedicated to placing puppies, kittens, dogs and cats in loving, responsible homes. It is our goal to place animals in homes where they will live for the rest of their lives as valued members of the family. To that end, all potential adopters are carefully and extensively interviewed so that they may be matched with a pet who will fit both their expectations and lifestyle.

Where Do Adoptable Animals Come From?

Animals available for adoption from HSTV come from two sources – shelters and the public. HSTV strives to lower euthanasia rates in the area by accepting animals from surrounding shelters who would otherwise be forced to euthanize them due to lack of space. In addition, animals are accepted from members of the public who are no longer able to care for their pets.

Why Adopt a Pet?

When you adopt a pet from HSTV or any reputable animal welfare organization, you are saving a life. You are not encouraging the indiscriminate breeding of dogs and cats for whom there are simply not enough homes by buying an animal.

Animal welfare organizations provide the largest selection of dogs and cats anywhere. If you’re looking for a purebred animal, you should be aware that these, too, are available in large numbers at animal shelters as well as through purebred animal rescue organizations.

If you buy a pet through a retail pet store, you are encouraging the proliferation of puppy and kitten mills.

To find out more about an animal you see here please visit us at 6717 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919 or call 865-573-9675.. 



Who We Are



About Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley (HSTV):

The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley was founded in 1885 as the first animal shelter in Knox County.  Its former name was the Knox County Humane Society.  In 1996, the shelter changed its name; in 2001, HSTV changed its mission statement, declaring itself a “no-kill facility” which does not practice euthanasia merely because the shelter is at maximum capacity.  


Mission Statement:

The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley values and protects all animals by striving to end pet over-population, by sheltering the homeless, by shielding the beaten and abused, and by educating and advocating so that the suffering might end. 


How HSTV Operates:

·         HSTV is a no-kill shelter, solely funded by private donors and grants.  HSTV does not serve any government contracts nor is affiliated with the Humane Society United States (HSUS).


·         HSTV serves 19 counties.  We work with other animal shelters that have no other option to euthanize if they are at maximum capacity and need space to take in more abandoned animals.  We strive to alleviate that difficult decision that is forced upon our sister shelters when they are at capacity by rescuing their adoptable dogs and cats.  We also support our sister shelters by  bringing them product donations such as blankets, newspapers, dog beds, food and any other items to help make their shelter kids more comfortable. And we provide advice and resources to aid them to operate in a more efficient manner.


·         “Adoptable animals” is defined for HSTV as domestic dogs and cats that do not have a terminal illness nor have severe aggressive behavioral issues.


·         We do rescue dogs and cats that have treatable diseases; need surgery or just need extra TLC to become social, well rounded animals that can be adopted.


·         All our rescues become our shelter kids.  They will not be euthanized due to lack of space.  They stay at HSTV until we find them good, permanent homes.  Our facility is truly a home for these animals.  It’s warm, inviting and kept very clean.  They are exercised outside 4 times a day and have shelter buddy groups to stay socialized with other animals.


·         We do not believe in the practice of discount adoption fees or have massive campaigns to “get them out the door” because our mission is to find them good permanent homes so that they will not be neglected, abused and abandoned again. All our animals are spayed and neutered when they arrive at the shelter to ensure population control.




HSTV’s vision is to resolve the need for the practice of euthanasia simply because there are too many animals versus shelter space in the state of Tennessee. We believe the most effective solution is to focus on animal overpopulation by educating the need for spaying and neutering and making it an accessible, practical service for everyone. 

Come Visit Us

6717 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37919

Mondays - closed to Public

Tuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm

To see our Fix-a-Pet hours and services visit humanesocietytennessee.com/fix-a-pet/

Contact The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley


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