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.

School Systems
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.



It’s Time…to party! Celebrate your special day with our furry friends! Celebration parties are offered on Fridays 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!

Fall-Spring Workshops

Throughout the school year, HSTV is excited to host a wide range of shelter workshops and camps for grades K-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

Summer Camps Check back for Summer 2018 Camps! 

HSTV is excited to invite our area’s students to participate in a large variety of summer camps this year. Each camp is unique with various lessons focusing on humane topics with fun, hands-on activities, crafts, and games. Each camp is lead by HSTV staff and trained educational volunteers. Don’t miss out on the fun, sign up today!

Shelter Classes

It’s Time…to learn! HSTV believes as an organization that the fastest way towards a no-kill community is to create a more empathetic, responsible community by educating our youth in humane topics. If you are a leader for a student or educational group and would like to arrange a visit to your Humane Society, contact Nathan at We are PAWS-itive that students will leave with a better understanding of the humane world and a smile on their faces.

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