The Humane Society of Jefferson County (HSJC) is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3), limited intake, no-kill, private funded animal 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. We also accept owner surrenders by appointment only. 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.
HSJC practices the five freedoms for all animals in our care:
- FREEDOM FROM HUNGER AND THIRST
by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.
- FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT
by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY OR DISEASE
by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- FREEDOM TO EXPRESS NORMAL BEHAVIOR
by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of
the animal’s own kind.
- FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS
by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
We provide 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
2022-2023 Board of Directors
President – Scott Lubas
Vice President – Carol Nash
Secretary – Shirley Hammond
Treasurer -Hillary Combs
- 2018: 198 intake; 151 adopted out; 2 transferred to rescue; 2 returned to owners; 43 in-house or fostered.
- 2019: Intake: 404; Adoption: 404; Deceased: 6 Euthanized: 2 (both were actively passing); Transport: 18 Dogs; Spay Neuter Public: 333
Shelter S/N: 266 (all others were altered prior to HSJC)
- 2020: Intake: 330; Adoption: 322; Deceased: 15 (12 kittens 3 weeks old, 1 senior dog, 1 puppy during surgery, 1 kitten during surgery); Euthanized: 1 kitten actively dying. Recommended per vet; Transport: 4 dogs, 1 cat; Public Spay Neuter: 532
- 2021: Intake: 298; Adoptions: 303; Deceased: 12; Transport: 4; Public Spay Neuter: 382
- 2022: Intake: 343; Adoptions: 330; Deceased: 7; Transport: 2; Public Spay Neuter: 363
- August 1978 – HSJC first organized with volunteers fostering cats and dogs out of their homes.
- January 1979 – HSJC officially becomes a non profit organization. Volunteers continue to foster cats and dogs out of their homes.
- July 1983 – First animal control program is jointly funded by Dandridge, Jefferson City, Jefferson County, New Market and White Pine governments. These 5 governments paid for the first Animal Control Officer (ACO) and truck. HSJC volunteers use the old Jefferson City dog pound to hold abandoned dogs. They continue to foster cats out of their homes.
- July 1985 – HSJC volunteers built first county wide animal shelter, financed by private donations, where both dogs and cats can be housed and used by ACO and operated by HSJC volunteers.
- July 1989-1990 – Jefferson City donates $1,000 to help operate the shelter. Jefferson County donates $1,000 to help operate the shelter.
- July 1990-1991 – Jefferson City donates $2,000 and Jefferson County donates $2,000 to help operate the shelter. Jefferson County also pays for a new roof for the shelter.
- July 1991-1992 – Jefferson City donates $3,000 and Jefferson County donates $3,000 to help operate the shelter.
- July 1992-1993 – Jefferson City donates $4,120 and Jefferson County donates $4,000 to help operate the shelter.
- October 1993 – HSJC closes the shelter due to lack of operating money and serious disrepair.
- February 1994 – HSJC reopens the shelter with emergency funds from Baneberry $200; Dandridge $1,000; Private donations $15,000; Jefferson City $5,000; Jefferson County $5,000; State of Tennessee $5,000; New Market $2,000 and White Pine $2,000.
- July 1994-1995 – $34,000 annual budget jointly funded by Dandridge, Jefferson City, Jefferson County, New Market and White Pine to contract with HSJC to operate the shelter.
- January 1995 – HSJC completes reconstruction of shelter using $35,000 raised through private donations.
- 1996-1997 – HSJC raises $20,000 from private donations to add a new wing to the shelter to house puppies; new cages and add heat.
- 1997 – 2017 – HSJC serves Jefferson County Animal Control contract and operates as an open intake shelter.
- 2018 – HSJC Board of Directors break ties with Jefferson County and become a private funded, limited intake shelter that does not euthanize animals due to overpopulation within the shelter.
HSJC was a foster-based shelter.
HSJC becomes a non-profit
HSJC was incorporated as a non-profit welfare group with the State of Tennessee. Volunteers continued operating out of their homes as fosters.
The first animal control is jointly funded by Dandridge, Jefferson City, New Market, White Pine and the county. These five governmental bodies paid for the first ACO and ACO vehicle. HSJC volunteers used the old Jefferson City dog pound for dogs and kept cats in the homes.
Building a shelter
HSJC volunteers built the first county wide animal shelter from private donations. The facility housed dogs and cats and was used by Animal Control and operated by HSJC volunteers.
July 1989 - July 1993
Keeping the shelter open
HSJC keeps the Animal Shelter open with volunteers, donations and modest support from Jefferson City and Jefferson County.
HSJC closes animal shelter
HSJC closes the animal shelter due to lack of operating and disrepair.
HSJC re-opens the county shelter with emergency funds from the cities and private donations.
Creating a budget
An annual budget funded by the cities and county allow the animal shelter to function.
HSJC completes the reconstruction of the animal shelter funded by private donations.
A new wing is added to the shelter to house puppies. New cages were purchased and heat added.
HSJC added a building to house cats as well as a separate room for a community cat room.
HSJC purchased 6 new kennels, dog beds, and a storage building thanks to generous donors.
HSJC purchased a new facility and began renovations.
HSJC gave up the county contract to become a private and true no-kill rescue organization.
HSJC moves into new facility and becomes a true no-kill rescue
HSJC re-opened in the new location in Dandridge as a private, no-kill rescue organization.
With the help of a generous donor, we were able to purchase more dog kennels to humanely house more homeless pets.
We purchased 5 dog kennels and set them up along the outside of our dog room to make indoor/outdoor kennels for our larger dogs. This gives the dogs more space and gives them the opportunity to go outside whenever they like.
Thanks to generous donations, we were able to purchase a cat house. This addition will help us save the lives of more cats.