Menu
About Us

About Us


History

The 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 4,000-5,000 homeless pets each year. We are an open-door facility to residents of our service area and provide shelter and care for homeless pets, adoption services, animal protection, cruelty investigation and pet licenses.  HES is committed to finding each and every treatable, adoptable and trainable animal in our facility a loving home and making Hamilton County a better place for pets.


Our mission at HES is to provide a safe haven for homeless, abused and neglected animals in our community and advocate on their behalf.


Vision

Our vision is a community in which each pet has a home where they are respected and cherished.


Values

Kindness
HES strives 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.

Advocacy
HES adopts animals 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. Together, we can make a difference.

Stewardship
HES makes every effort to be excellent stewards of the animals and resources entrusted to us. Our resources will be allocated to best serve our mission and our community.