About HSJC

The Humane Society of Jefferson County (HSJC) is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3), limited intake, no-kill and private rescue organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and dedicated staff. HSJC operates and relies exclusively on private donations and grants. HSJC does not serve any government contracts nor receive funding through tax revenues. As a private rescue, HSJC is able to assist other non-profit animal rescues/shelters in East Tennessee by transporting animals to our adoption center. This helps reduce over-crowding, stress, and sickness and allows more animals to find homes. HSJC hopes to continue growing with the help of donations and grants to continue providing humane treatment and care for animals of East Tennessee. Donations are greatly appreciated and are used to rescue, treat, transport, and enhance the quality of life for all animals in our care that are waiting for their forever homes.

Executive Director – Julie Carter
Assistant Director- Rachel Cameron

Five Freedoms

The Humane Society of Jefferson County practices the five freedoms for all animals in our care:

    by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.
    by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
    by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
    by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of
    the animal’s own kind.
    by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering


The Humane Society of Jefferson County, TN provides the following services to the citizens of Jefferson County as well as surrounding counties:

  • Pet adoptions
  • Pet food pantry
  • Low cost spay/neuter clinics held monthly
  • Foster/Volunteer programs


August 1978 – The first HSJC was organized. Volunteers kept cats and dogs at their homes.

January 1979 – HSJC was incorporated as a non-profit animal welfare group with the state of Tennessee. Volunteers operated from their homes.

July 1983 – First animal control is jointly funded by Dandridge, Jefferson City, Jefferson County, New Market and White Pine. These 5 governmental bodies paid for the first Animal Control Officer and ACO truck.  HSJC volunteers used old Jefferson City dog pound for dogs and kept cats at their homes.

July 1985 – HSJC volunteers built the first county wide animal shelter from private donations. The facility housed dogs and cats and was used by ACO and operated by HSJC volunteers.

July 1989 – July 1993 – HSJC keeps the Animal Shelter open with volunteers, donations and modest support from Jefferson City and Jefferson County

October 1993 – HSJC closes the Animal Shelter due to lack of operating and serious disrepair.

February 1994 – HSJC reopens Animal Shelter with emergency funds from the cities and private donations.

July 1994 – An annual budget funded by the cities and county allow the Animal Shelter to function.

January 1995 – HSJC completes reconstruction of the Animal Shelter funded by private donations.

1996 – 1997 – A new wing is added to the shelter to house puppies. New cages are purchased and heat added.

2012 – HSJC added a building to house cats as well as a separate room for a community cat room

2014 – HSJC purchased 6 new kennels, dog beds, and a storage building thanks to generous donors.

2017 – Purchased a new facility and began renovations.

Early 2018 – HSJC gives up county contract

March 2018 – Closed at our previous location and began the moving process to our new facility.

July 2018 – Re-opened at our new location in Dandridge. Now operating as a private, limited intake, No-Kill organization funded only with donations/grants.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for 2018/2019 are:

President – Scott Lubas
Vice President – Roxanne Dunlap
Secretary – Shirley Hammond
Treasurer -Hillary Combs

At Large:

Janet Lubas

Dave Ventieri

Sigrid Yancey

2017/2018 Year in review


  • We continued to maintain our previous building throughout 2017 and in March of 2018 vacated that location and began renovating our new facility located at 822 Epco Drive in Dandridge, TN.

Operations/Public Relations

  • We participated in increasing numbers of adoption events throughout the community and surrounding areas
  • Our social media presence continued to evolve
  • We increased our participation in rescue transport to northern states
  • We hosted CLAWS & PAWS spay/neuter clinics 2-3 times a month (helping to increase the number of animals spayed/neutered in Jefferson county and surrounding areas).
  • We assisted financially for those in need to spay/neuter their pets
  • We continue to assist the community with pet food through our pet food pantry.
  • We continued to have adoption ads in the Standard Banner newspaper
  • Our donation boxes in the community continued to do well
  • We provided speakers whenever we could to further educate the public about our services

What is encouraging is most, if not all, improvements were either donated, provided at a reduced cost or made possible by continued community support.

Shelter Statistics


      • 09/10: 3545
      • 2011: 3674
      • 2012: 2959
      • 2013: 3079
      • 2014: 3161
      • 2015: 3195
      • 2016: 2819
      • 2017: 3179

*Spay/Neuter can help lower these numbers*

    • *HSJC served the Jefferson County Animal Control contract and operated as an open intake shelter in 2017.

      2017: 3179 animals taken in
      1210 adopted out (160 of which were returned to owner)
      1325 euthanized (HSJC had to practice euthanasia as it was a full intake shelter under Jefferson County contract)

      *HSJC gave up the Jefferson County Animal Control contract in early 2018 and now operates as a private, limited intake, no-kill facility.

    • 2018 January – March (at previous location)

      276 animals taken in

      192 adopted out

      71 Out to Rescue/Transport

    • 13 euthanized due to animals being injured or sick beyond medical repair under Veterinary recommendation.
  •            2018 Intake/Adoptions since re-opening (operating as a private, limited intake, no kill facility)
  •            198 animals taken in
  •            151 adopted out
  •            2 Out to rescue
  •            2 Return to owner
  •            43 In house/foster