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Provide a safe haven for homeless, abused and neglected animals in our community and advocate on their behalf.

Humane Educational Society was incorporated in 1910 by Ethel Hardy who was known for picking up stray cats and dogs while driving her carriage through the streets of Chattanooga.  Since then, we have grown to serve Hamilton County and take in four to five thousand homeless pets each year.  We are an open-door facility to residents of our service area that provides adoption services, animal protection, cruelty investigation, pet licenses, and essential care for homeless pets.  Humane Educational Society is committed to finding each and every treatable, adoptable, trainable animal in our facility a loving home to make Hamilton County a better place for pets.

Programs & Services.

  • Animal Services

  • Pet Food Assistance

  • Lost & Found Pets

  • Thrift Store

  • Pet Licensing

  • Vaccine Clinics

  • Humane Education

  • Volunteering

  • Fostering

  • Area Resources

How to support our programs & services.


We strive to lead our community by example in providing outstanding, compassionate, healing care for animals in our guardianship. We treat each and every animal that comes through our facility with respect and dignity.


Animals are adopted to loving, responsible homes. Change starts with educating our community about animal welfare principles and what each of us can do to make this a better place for pets. 


Every effort is made to be excellent stewards for the animals and resources entrusted to us. Our resources will be allocated to best serve our mission and our community.

  • Oct 01, 12:00 PM – Oct 31, 12:00 PM
    HES, 4155 Randolph Cir, Chattanooga, TN 37406, USA
    $31 adoptions all October! Senior humans adopting senior animals: FREE Offers exclude puppies six months and under.
  • Oct 05, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Humane Educational Society, 4155 Randolph Cir, Chattanooga, TN 37406, USA
    Brownies and Cub Scouts are invited to visit the Humane Educational Society for a fun-filled evening to learn all about shelter animals and the work we do to find them forever homes.
  • Oct 13, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Mean Mug Coffee House, 114 W Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA
    Pet adoptions, specialty drinks, pet costume pictures, homemade treats, and more!
  • Oct 15, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Mill-Town Homes Field, 2319 E 19th St, Chattanooga, TN 37404, USA
    Pumpkin carving party/contest! This event is FREE to attend and open to the public!
  • Multiple Dates
    Oct 21, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Oddstory Brewing, 1604 Central Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA
    Bring your pups to Oddstory each third Saturday of the month from 3-7pm for an opportunity to connect with local pet service providers and sample K9 Moonshine!
  • Multiple Dates
    Oct 28, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Soddy Elementary, 260 School St, Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379, USA
    Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics are located within Hamilton County most months on the last Saturday. Locations and times may vary.
  • Nov 07, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Honey Seed, 1705 Market St Suite 105, Chattanooga, TN 37408, USA
    Honey Seed will be hosting their monthly Pups and Pints event to promote HES and our adoptable shelter dogs! Come enjoy $2-off pints, delicious pizza and adorable pups!


Establishing effective partnerships in animal rescue is critical to our success.  We are proud to closely work and partner with these organizations.

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