We are happy to share that the Spring 2023 class is getting started! Our first adoption event to give you a chance to meet the new class is the weekend of March 25th (location and time coming soon). Classes start on Monday, March 27th and continue for four weeks. We will have adoption events each weekend through their training. Stay tuned for photos and more information on the schedule!

Check our Facebook page for early updates. We will start accepting applications once . Check our Facebook page in the next week or so to get a first glimpse of the new class. Dogs will complete their training on April 20th, and will be ready to go to their new homes on Friday, April 21st.

If you live in the Knoxville area and are interested in adopting a H.A.L.T. dog, you should know the following basic information: All adoptable dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated (including Rabies, DHPP, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza), micro-chipped and on flea and heartworm preventative. In addition, each dog graduates from beginner basic obedience training. Lastly, due to our home visit policy, H.A.L.T. limits our adoptions to residents of Knoxville and the surrounding area.

How to Adopt:

H.A.L.T. serves Knoxville, TN, and the immediate surrounding counties. Because of our home visit policy, we are limited to adoptions in our area.

Potential adopters submit an application, as a first step. The application review includes your veterinary and personal reference checks and takes up to a week to complete. Once an adoption application is approved, H.A.L.T. representatives conduct a home visit to ensure that the dog you’ve selected will do well in your home.  While there, we observe the H.A.L.T. dog’s reaction to other pets and family members in the home, check the security of a fence if applicable, and look for any areas that might present a safety concern. Upon approval of an application, successful home visit, and overnight visit, we complete our process with an adoption contract. Finally, the dogs go to their new homes after the completion of the 4-week H.A.L.T. class session.

Sasha is a graduate of the 2007 class.

Sasha is a graduate of the 2007 class.

H.A.L.T. dogs have all:

  • been spayed or neutered
  • been given a full medical exam by our veterinarian and treated for any immediate medical needs
  • received all appropriate vaccinations including Rabies, DHPP, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza
  • received flea and heartworm preventative
  • been given microchip identification
  • completed beginner basic obedience training

H.A.L.T. requires a $250 adoption fee, which goes towards the care listed above for the dogs in the current and future H.A.L.T. classes.

Click here to submit an application online, or Print Application and bring it to a scheduled adoption event.