The Humane Society of Jefferson County, TN provides the following services to the citizens of Jefferson County and the cities within the county:

  • Takes in surrendered animals from residents of Jefferson County and those brought in by Jefferson County Animal Control. Animals may be accepted from other counties as space permits for a $75 fee
  • Provides humane care for the animals in our custody
  • Makes every effort to identify and return lost pets
  • Maintains an active adoption program which includes spay/neuter
  • Offers microchip identification at an affordable price
  • Quarantines bite animals for rabies observation
  • Humanely euthanizes homeless, unwanted, sick and/or injured animals
  • Offers end-of-life service for those with pets in need


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.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for 2015/2016 are:

President – Scott Lubas
Vice President – Roxanne Dunlap
Secretary – Shirley Hammond
Treasurer –

At Large:
Hillary Combs

Board Meetings

The Board of Directors meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Jefferson City Library
Meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome.

2014/15 Year in review


  • We continued to maintain our aging facility adding more stainless steel cages for our kitties; volunteers revamped our communal cat rooms.

Operations/Public Relations

  •  We bid farewell to and wished Phil and Barb Dietz well in their relocation to Knoxville. (Phil and Barb were a part of the Humane Society since its beginnings in the 1980’s)
  •  We participated in increasing numbers of adoption events
  •  Our social media presence continued to evolve
  •  We increased our participation in rescue transport
  •  We hosted PALs 2-3 times a month (helping to increase the number of animals spayed/neutered in Jefferson county)
  •  We assisted financially those in need to spay/neuter their pets
  •  We had food available for pets whose owners needed assistance to maintain them
  •  We continued to have adoption ads in the Standard Banner and Jefferson County Post
  •  We welcomed an active volunteer coordinator
  •  We commissioned a new logo 
  •  We commissioned a new website 
  •  We committed to a 5 year plan the culmination of which is a new shelter 
  •  Our donation boxes in the community continued to do well and provided funding for spay/neuter and rescue transport
  •  We appreciated our good relationship with the sheriff’s department
  •  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

Money from donation boxes goes to support rescue transport and assist those in financial need with spay/neuter. Our intake is slowly decreasing and we think spay/neuter is making the difference. AND we are saving more animals thanks to rescue transport.