The Humane Society of Jefferson County, TN provides the following services to the citizens of Jefferson County and the cities within the county:
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
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 -Hillary Combs
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.
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.
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.
*HSJC served the Jefferson County Animal Control contract and operated as an open intake shelter. 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 gives up the Jefferson County Animal Control contract and now operates as a limited intake shelter. 2018 January – March: 276 animals taken in
192 adopted out
13 euthanized due to animals being injured or sick beyond medical repair.