The Humane Education for Youth (HEY!) program focuses on creating a more empathetic, compassionate youth in our communities. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley believes that education is a vital step in creating a no-kill community. HEY!  offers a large variety of classes and programming for schools and educational programs as well as at our shelter.

2018 Summer Camps

Join us and all of our animal friends this summer! HSTV is proud to host summer camps to educate East Tennessee students all about the humane world. Every camp and workshop will have humane lessons, games, arts & crafts, special guest instructors, recreation time, and, of course, plenty of animal play time! Camp fees will include a healthy snack provided by Whole Foods, a camp button, and a HEY! camp t-shirt.   *** Sign up now for early bird pricing! ***

Summer Camp Registration

Shelter Workshops

Throughout the school year & during summer break, HSTV is excited to host a wide range of shelter workshops and camps for grades Kindergarten-High School. These workshops allow students to work hands on with shelter animals, learn about the humane world and become animal advocates!

Workshops and Class Descriptions


It’s Time…to party! Celebrate your special day with our furry friends! Celebration parties are offered on Fridays & Saturdays from 6-8PM. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance. Our basic package includes a tour of our shelter, puppy and kitten play time, and a scavenger hunt. Lessons, art activities and other services are included with a small fee.

Register for a Celebration Today!

HEY! Reading Team

Join the HEY! Reading Team! Reading to animals is proven to boost literacy rates in students. Animals have a unique way of eliminating stress associated with reading aloud, and, in turn, boosts confidence in reading. It is also great socialization for a scared, nervous shelter friend. For this program, one registered guardian must accompany the student during their reading time.
Register for an Orientation Today!

Humane Education Classes

HEY! programming in the schools offers a chance for students to learn hands-on with topics ranging from Pet Overpopulation to No-Kill to Animal Safety and everything in between! Each lesson also includes core curriculum components and character pillars.  Our Reading to Ororo program is a fun, energetic storytelling session that not only teaches students about humane topics but helps them develop confidence in reading aloud. HEY! is a proud partner of the Great School Partnerships and Partners in Education.

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Healthy Pets Contest

The Healthy Pets Contest is a joint collaboration between the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley’s Humane Education for Youth (HEY!) program and PetSafe, a Radio Systems Corporation. This initiative is to provide resources for families to afford the care necessary when adding a pet to the family. We believe that an animal companion is a vital part of the family. During this contest period, Knox County students in grades K-12 can compete for free spay or neuter and a round of yearly vaccines for their furry family member.

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If you have questions about HEY! please contact Nathan, Humane Education Coordinator at or 865-573-9675 ext. 117.