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:

  • Dogs – $100
  • Puppies – $125
  • Cats – $50
  • Kittens – $75

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 includes the spay/neuter, initial vaccination, heartworm test (6 mo. and older), and microchip.
* the adoption fee for cats include the spay/neuter and initial vaccination
***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 foster-to-adopt ***

To download an adoption application click HERE.

To adopt a horse contact: Justin Levi 

Adoption Policy & Process

The adoption fee includes:                  

  • First vaccination (DA2PP & Bordetella for dogs; FEL4 for cats)
  • Deworming
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Heartworm test (dogs only, 6 months of age and older)
  • Microchip (dogs only)

The adoption fee does NOT include:

  • Bath or dip
  • Heartworm treatment
  • Treatment of any illness after adoption
  • Parvo testing
  • Feline Leukemia 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.
  • We recommend all adopted animals be taken to one of our participating veterinarians (Lakeway, Town & Country, Animal Wellness, Ridgefield,  or White Pine Animal Clinic) for any additional 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 to adopt the animal, we will adopt it out.
  • We do not board animals.

*The Humane Society of Jefferson County reserves the right to refuse adoptions to anyone for the protection of our animals – they are our top priority.*

Adoption Process:

  1. Meet and interact with the animal(s) you are interested in adopting. Ask questions to make sure that pet is the perfect match for your family and lifestyle.
  2. Fill out an adoption application.
  3. Adoption counselors will check all applicants against all registries.
  4. If approved, you will then pay the adoption fee (varies per animal).
  5. Fill out and sign the adoption contract.
  6. Adoption counselors will register your new pet’s microchip for you (if applicable).
  7. When the animal(s) is spayed/neutered and up-t0-date on vaccinations, the animal can then go home. Pets do not leave HSJC if unaltered unless it is a foster-to-adopt where the animal will be returned on a specific date to be fixed.
  8. Remember your adoption day with a picture!

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.

 . Poppy .
 . Poppy .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Poppy is a sweet young kitten. He's approximately 3 months old. Poppy also enjoys naps in his cat tower and playing with his roommates. Come meet Poppy at our new location in Dandridge!
Baby, Male, Medium
 . Reba .
 . Reba .
  • Labrador Retriever, Husky
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Reba is a sweet girl. She recently had a litter of 10 puppies and all of her babies have found homes but Reba is still with us at HSJC. Reba loves people and is very social. She doesn’t mind other dogs and she has been around our shelter cat, Izzy, and doesn’t bother her at all. She is a beautiful dog with a half blue eye. She enjoys running outside and playing tug-of-war. Reba is about 5 years old with lots of love to give! Come meet this beautiful girl at our new location in Dandridge.
Adult, Female, Medium
 . Peony .
 . Peony .  . Peony .  . Peony .
  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Peony is a sweet young kitten who loves to play. She is very loving and enjoys cuddles. Peony can be found in our cat room. She spends most of her time lounging around and hanging out with her roommates. She would make a wonderful addition to your family! Come meet her at our new location in Dandridge!
Baby, Female, Medium
 . Luna .
 . Luna .  . Luna .
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
Luna is a 9 month old Great Pyrenees mix. She is very playful and would do best in a home that can give her a job or keeps her occupied. Great Pyrenees are wonderful pets but they often enjoy spending most of their time outdoors. Luna is a sweet girl looking for her furever home but she is currently in foster care. If you are interested in Luna, please contact us at 865-475-8930 or stop by our new location in Dandridge.
Young, Female, Not known
 . Lina .
 . Lina .  . Lina .  . Lina .
  • Terrier
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with routine shots
  • Special Needs
Lina is a sweet girl who loves treats and loves the great outdoors. She is about 4 years old and is very treat motivated. Lina is completely house-broken and vaccinated. Unfortunately, Lina does not do well with other dogs and would do best being the only dog in the home. She needs someone who is patient and understands her needs. Come meet this special girl at our new location in Dandridge!
Adult, Female, Medium
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