Our Vision: We envision a future in which all animals are treated humanely, with compassion and respect.
Our Mission: The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is dedicated to providing lifesaving programs and resources to enrich the lives of people and companion animals in the communities we serve.
Founded in 1885, the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is the longest standing animal shelter in the State of Tennessee. A stand-alone 501c(3) limited admissions animal shelter, the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley receives no funding from national humane entities or government agencies; relying solely on private donations and grant funding.
Located in Knoxville, TN our organization is committed to our relationships with other shelters in the Tennessee Valley, by transferring animals at-risk for euthanasia, to our shelter for adoption. Our Adoption Center offers dog and cat adoptions along with lifesaving programs including outreach, foster, volunteer, humane education and Pet Safety Net to help keep animals in their homes and out of area shelters. Our Spay/Neuter Clinic offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to area shelters and rescues, and public walk-in low-cost vaccine clinics.
Standard adoption fees (may vary):
Adult Dog Medium or Large $150.00
Senior Dogs $75.00
Adult Cat $50.00
Due to the pandemic, we are limiting the amount of people that will be permitted in our building at one time. When you arrive at the Adoption Center please ring the doorbell and a staff member will come to the door as soon as possible. Please be patient as staff may be working with a potential adopter to make sure our animals find the perfect match.
1) Ring the Doorbell
2) Talk with an adoption counselor to discuss the animal you are interested in and
answer any questions you may have about the animal or our organization.
3) Fill out an Adoption Application. You must have a valid government issued photo ID that verifies you are 18 years or older and reflects your current address. If your photo ID reflects a different address you must provide a current utility bill with your name on it.
4) Adoption counselors approve adoptions based on a “best match” basis not on a
first-come basis. Management reserves the right to deny an adoption based on our policies for adoption.
5) Adoption counselors check all applications against a registry of previous animal
neglect and/or abuse.
6) Pay the adoption fee and sign a contract detailing expectations of care for your new family member,
7) Adoptions are typically the same day so come prepared with a collar AND leash for a dog and a carrier if you are adopting a cat. All animals are altered before adoptions are finalized.
8) Discuss your new pet’s medical records, Trupanion pet insurance, puppy and/or kitten socialization, and go over any special notes with the adoption counselor.
10) Have your “Gotcha Day” photo taken to remember the adoption day!
11) Adoption fees include an exam by a Veterinarian, spay or neuter, a free follow-up wellness visit at a partner veterinary clinic, microchip, initial vaccinations, dewormer and preventatives.
Please call on us if you have any questions once you get home or if your adopted companion has health concerns within 14 days of adoption. We appreciate that you chose to adopt from Humane Society, Tennessee Valley.