Gift Wrapping Fundraiser Announced!

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Don’t like wrapping presents for Christmas? Just not good at it? Or maybe you want to help a great cause? We’ve got you covered!

Our little elves will be available to wrap your presents for the holidays on December 10th, 11th, and 12th at Mast General Store. We can wrap your purchases from there, or bring in a gift from somewhere else. We’ll have a wide variety of papers that you can choose from.

Check out our Events page to learn more.

Donations are appreciated and will go towards supporting the spring 2019 HALT class.

Calling all wrappers! If you would like to help wrap, email to learn more or sign up through the Volunteer East TN website.

Meet Our Fall 2021 Class

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We are happy to share our new group of dogs participating in our fall class. Meet Fitz Gerald, Moose, Scarlett, Jolene, and Maple! They have their first outing at the adoption event on Sunday, September 12th, at Meadow View Garden Center, and start classes on the 13th. As we learn more about their personalities at events and in classes, we’ll share more about them. We are currently accepting applications on these dogs here: Adopt A HALT Dog

While the teen handlers are training their dogs, the kids too will be learning patience, respect, responsibility, and building self-esteem and self-confidence in themselves. All dogs are fully vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, on heartworm preventative, and are looking for their forever homes to go to once they graduate in early October.


Fall 2021 Class Update

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Great news! We will be back this fall! Over the last year and a half, we’ve been missing our volunteers, kids, and pups. We have a lot of fun with everyone and love seeing the changes in both the kids and dogs that attend classes. We will start back the week after Labor Day, with graduations the first week of October.

We will be starting the dog selection process the middle of August to prepare for the start of classes.

We had another difficulty presented to us over the break. Catatoga Kennels, who has hosted us since nearly the beginning, had closed. We had lots of great suggestions from many of our volunteers. We have found a new home to board the dogs and have the classes. We are finalizing the details, then will make the official announcement.

More details coming soon!

Spring 2021 Classes

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The world is making progress, but we will not be holding our Spring 2021 class due to the COVID outbreak. We are hopeful that we will be able to start back up this fall.


Fall 2020 Classes

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We are sad to announce we will not be holding our Fall 2020 class due to the COVID outbreak. There are improvements, but still so many unknowns. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe.

We will see how things look in a few months to decide if we will be able to hold classes in the spring.

Spring 2020 Class

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We are sad to announce we will not be holding our Spring 2020 class due to the COVID outbreak. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe. We are donating what would have been our class expenses for this session to Young-Williams Animal Center to use for their training programs to help them get more dogs adopted.

We will see how things look in a few months to decide if we will be able to hold classes this fall.

HALT and 100 Women Who Care

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100-strongThere is a fabulous new organization in Knoxville that started last spring called 100 Women Who Care. Like HALT, sometimes the simplest idea can have a big impact.

“100 Women. 1 Hour. $10,000. Local Impact.”

When I was first notified that HALT had been nominated over the summer, I had not heard of them before. When checking them out online what they did seemed too simple. Members get together quarterly. They each bring $100 to donate to a non-profit, and each quarter a non-profit gets the donation of $10,000. The person that nominated us was not someone I or other folks in HALT knew. She found us through the community, and nominated us because we work with both dogs and at-risk teens. Both kids and dogs in need are important to her, and she loves what we are able to accomplish with our program.

The idea is a giving circle of local women who want to make an impact in their community that may not have the time to volunteer themselves. Groups are popping up all over the world. To be a member you commit to donating $100 per quarter to the non-profit group that wins the group vote. There can be more than 100 women in a community group. More members = bigger donations for charities. It’s a way for your donation to be part of a collection of donations that can make a big impact to the group that gets it. The Knoxville group has been one of the fastest growing branches.

Current group members nominate 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in their community. Each quarter, 3 nominated organizations are picked from a random drawing to present at the next meeting. In one hour the nominees share their programs in a 5 minute presentation, a short Q&A session follows, the members discuss and vote, and the winning organization gets the donation. Organizations that aren’t picked the winner go back into the hat (literally) for the next quarter’s drawing. That’s so simple!

I was notified in October that HALT had been drawn from the hat as one of the 3 organizations to present at their November meeting. I went to the meeting a bit nervous, but HALT is something I’m very passionate about, so it would be easy to talk about (and hard to keep me to 5 minutes). In talking to some of the women in attendance before the presentations, I learned that the concept really is that simple. Many people have busy lives with family, kids, and work and don’t have time to volunteer their time, but they want to help. They want to contribute and make a difference.

I was there with great company. The other two organizations were also very deserving.  The Knoxville Jewish Alliance is expanding their work with Autistic kids, and Helen Ross McNabb Sexual Assault center providing care and therapy for survivors of sexual assault.


Harry – Fall 2013

Buddy - Spring 2015

Buddy – Spring 2015

Through the Q&A I learned that one of the ladies had adopted Harry from fall 2013! She shared with the group how much they loved the letters they got from the kids that had worked with him. Another lady was the one who sponsored Buddy through the spring 2015 class.


14908222_10153802388816441_1085247361493813966_nIn the end, H.A.L.T. won the vote!! They had a big check and members came up to take pictures with me. The donation that night was almost $11,000 from those in attendance, and after the rest of them came in the weeks that followed, the donation topped $15,000! Such an amazing group of women, and what a difference they can make with an hour of their time.

We have wanted to build a shade structure over a section of our training area for several years. We will be able to build this and do some other grounds maintenance with this donation and not have to get into our regular operating budget. We are extrememly grateful.

6th Annual Picture Day with Smokey X

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It’s football time in Tennessee!! Thank you to the University of Tennessee’s mascot Smokey X and his handlers, the UT Cheer Squad, Mast General Store, Michele Lewellyn Photography, and everyone that came out to help support H.A.L.T.’s Fall Class! We had a great turnout and raised funds to go towards our new group of dogs. Always a fun day when Smokey’s in the building!

Kroger Community Rewards

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Kroger Community RewardsHere is an easy way for you to support HALT by doing what you already do! It’s time for the annual 2014-2015 enrollment in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. They’ve expanded the program and will be giving away $2.5 million to local organizations this year.

If you registered last year simply log in and click on “My Account” and choose HALT (organization 51944) under Community Rewards.

Not registered? Register your Kroger Plus card for Community Rewards (or get one at your local store if you don’t have one) and choose H.A.L.T (organization 51944). Every time you shop, Kroger will make a donation to the HALT program, and you’ll be helping these wonderful kids and rescue dogs that participate in the program.

Exciting Opportunity from the Cesar Millan Foundation

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We have some exciting news! Thanks to the generosity of the Cesar Millan Foundation, the HALT program has been awarded scholarships for two of our instructors to attend Cesar’s Fundamentals Training program next month. Our instructors will be able to bring back invaluable lessons and knowledge that will help us update and expand our training with the teens and dogs going through the program. 12019960_10153715944639954_1368470381350280625_n

We do need a little help. We are asking for your assistance to help offset travel expenses.  Approximately $1,500 will help us achieve our fundraising goal for this amazing training experience.

HALT is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. We greatly appreciate your support and generosity for this once in a lifetime opportunity to help us help our teen trainers and the dogs rescued through the program. You can help us reach this goal by contributing online on our Donations page

or by mailing a check to:

Humans and Animals Learning Together
1737 N. Campbell Station Rd
Knoxville, TN 37932

Please note “Cesar’s Training” on your online donation or check. With online donations, once your information is in, you’ll see an “add message for HALT” field. Your donation may be tax deductible. Check with your tax advisor to learn more.

We can’t wait to go, and can’t wait to share what we learn!