All age appropriate animals must be spayed or neutered before going home. Any animal that is not old enough or weighing enough to be altered must stay at the facility until surgery or may go home on a foster to adopt basis. Please contact us for more details.

We want to help you choose just the right pet for you and your family. Please take a look at our adoptable pets then c’mon in for a visit. We would love to help you. Feel free to read some adoption tips from the ASPCA.


Adoption fees:

  • All dogs/puppies: $100
  • All cats/kittens: $50

Senior animals (age 7 yrs and older):

  • Dogs already spayed/neutered: $50
  • Dogs not spayed/neutered: $75
  • Cats already spayed/neutered: $20
  • Cats not spayed/neutered: $35

* the adoption fee for dogs/cats includes the spay/neuter, wellness check, initial vaccination and rabies vaccination
* the adoption fee for dogs also includes a microchip, we can microchip your adopted cat for an additional $15 upon request
***No animal will be allowed to be adopted unless it has been fixed first. If you are interested in a foster-to-adopt situation for a small kitten or puppy please speak to a staff member. You MUST be a resident of Jefferson County in order to be considered for this option. ***

To download an adoption application click HERE.

To adopt a horse contact: Justin Levi 

Adoption Policy

The adoption fee includes:                  

  • First shot only
  • Deworming
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Heartworm test
  • Rabies shot

The adoption fee does NOT include:

  • Any extras
  • Bath or dip
  • Heartworm treatment
  • Treatment of any illness
  • Parvo testing

All adoption fees must be collected in full before any animal is released. NO CREDIT is ever given to anyone, including Humane Society members and officers.

  • All adoption fees are paid directly to the Humane Society of Jefferson County. The Humane Society then pays the veterinarian. No money profit is made from animal adoptions.
  •  Refunds on adoptions are only permitted within 10 days of the date of adoption. Animals which become sick or die within these 10 days may be returned to the shelter and another animal may be chosen to replace it.  While dead animals should be returned, sick animals must be returned, and all adoption papers for sick or dead animals must be returned to shelter if replacement is requested.
  • Adopted animals should be taken to one of our participating veterinarians (Animal Wellness, Lakeway,  Town & Country, Ridgefield,  or White Pine Animal Clinic) within 10 days of adoption to be checked and receive any needed  vaccinations.
  • We do not want to lose a sure chance for an animal to find a home, If someone desires to adopt a specific animal but cannot do so that day, we CANNOT hold that animal. If someone else comes in with the money to adopt the animal, we will adopt it out.
  • We do not board animals.
  • We cannot accept payment in advance and then “hold the animal for a few days”.  The owner is expected to take possession of their animal at the time of adoption.
  • We cannot accept surrendered animals with the understanding that we will call when the animal is adopted of before euthanizing.
  • We do not accept animals with the understanding that if they are not adopted the surrendering party may come back and pick up the animal.
  • An animal can only be returned to the surrendering party as a “Return to Owner” if owned or by adoption through payment of required fees if a stray.

Guidelines for Rescue Groups

The Humane Society of Jefferson County is happy to work with any local, regional or national group. In order to assure that Rescue Groups are legitimate we do request supportive information.

Required Documentation:

  • Proof that the group is a nonprofit or affiliated with a nonprofit.
  • A copy of the group’s adoption guidelines and adoption contract.
  • A letter identifying the veterinarian with whom the group works.
  • A list of persons authorized to act for the group.

General Rules

Animals entering the rescue system must be removed in a timely fashion. Animals will be made available to other rescue groups or individuals if not promptly picked up.

Once the animal is in the care of the rescue group we provide no further services.

Animals in the care of the rescue group may not be returned the HSJC except for behavioral or medical problems verified by a veterinarian. The rescue group must realize for these animals euthanization is a very likely outcome.

Click HERE for an application

FEES for Rescue Groups

Fees for each rescue group are evaluated individually. Every effort is made for the HSJC to recover costs and it is a requirement that all animals be spayed or neutered.

 . Chewy .
 . Chewy .
  • Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Chewy is a fun young dog. He’s approximately 3 years old and loves to play outside and chew on ropes. He loves treats and is learning some tricks with the staff of HSJC. Chewy is located in the dog room at our new location at 822 Epco Drive in Dandridge!
Young, Male, Medium
 . Rose .
 . Rose .  . Rose .
  • Shepherd
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Rose is a fun young puppy. She enjoys chewing on busy-bones and playing with her toys. She is clearly the star of the show with all her cuteness! Rose is located in the dog room at our new facility at 822 Epco Drive in Dandridge, TN.
Baby, Female, Medium
 . Monroe .
 . Monroe .
  • Dachshund
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Monroe is a sweet girl who loves to be held. She enjoys playing with her kennel-mate, Bow. Monroe is a wire haired dachshund/terrier mix and approximately 2 years old. She’s a little shy with strangers but warms up after a few minutes. Once she gets used to you, she likes to follow you wherever you go and sit in your lap. Monroe is located in the dog room of our new facility at 822 Epco Drive in Dandridge!
Adult, Female, Small
 . Bow .
 . Bow .
  • Retriever, Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Hey guys, my name is Bow. I'm a 2yr old female and a total lovebug! I hope you don't mind my shaved side while I take the time to heal. You see, I was shot with an arrow (hence the name Bow) for some unknown reason. I didn't have much of a choice on fur-styles when they had to shave it for surgery. I have internal stitches, instead of closing the wound, so it can be cleaned out properly and the wonderful staff here are helping me recuperate a great deal! I love to go outside and am also working on potty training (I'm doing great with it). I love other dogs, but the staff all say we still need to meet before going home to make sure we will be furever friends! I'm already spayed, microchipped, and up to date on all of my vaccines and am anxious to go home. Come see me today from 10-12pm or 1-5pm at 822 Epco Dr. in Dandridge.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Jellybean .
 . Jellybean .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Jellybean is a playful kitten who enjoys treats and chasing lasers. He likes to hang out in windows and lounge around. Stop by our new location - 822 Epco Drive in Dandridge, TN.
Baby, Female, Medium
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