Emergency Update

The Sevier County Humane Society was forced to evacuate their animal shelter on Gnatty Branch Road during the Gatlinburg Wildfires.  Animals from the shelter were taken to the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley in Knoxville and Smoky Mountain Animal Clinic in Seymour.

Immediately following the evacuation, Sevier County Fairgrounds Manager Dennis Snider made the Sevier County Fairgrounds at 754 Old Knoxville Hwy in Sevierville available to the Humane Society for an Emergency Temporary Animal Shelter.

With the help and support of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue of Asheville, NC, UT Veterinary School and the tremendous out pouring of community support, the Humane Society was receiving lost, stray and displaced dogs and cats within 12 hours of the disaster. 

The Emergency Temporary Animal Shelter is open 24 hours, 7 days a week to insure dogs and cats who became lost during the disaster or who are in need of safekeeping until their owners who were forced from their homes can make alternate living arrangements,  have a central location to be turned in or to receive veterinarian first aid. 

People who have lost a pet during this time should visit the Emergency Shelter at the Sevier County Fairgrounds to look for their pet and to make a lost report. 

The hotline phone number is 865-453-7000 and is being monitored and messages returned asap.

In an attempt to reunite affected families with their lost pets, the Sevier County Humane Society has reached out to multiple media outlets including local newspapers, The Mountain Press, The Knoxville News Sentinel, The Seymour Herald Newspaper, The Tennessee Star Journal, and The Smoky Mountain Valley Voice.

Local Radio Station MIX 105.5, Knoxville’s WBIR and WATE as well as National News Outlets CNN, The Weather Channel, The Huffington Post, PBS and the Associated Press have been in contact and provided viewers with information on the Emergency Animal Shelter for people to go to search for their lost pets or turn in a found pet.

DART and TEMA teams deployed to Rocky Top and LeConte Evacuation Centers were contacted with information to share that lost/found pets are at the Sevier County Fairgrounds and that is where people should look for their missing pets. 

Local Veterinarian offices, surrounding animal shelters and pet boarding facilities have Emergency Animal Shelter information for their clients who are searching for a lost pet or have found a pet. 

Informational fliers about lost/found pets have been distributed in Gatlinburg and Sevierville. 

The Seviercountyhumanesociety Facebook Page has posted pictures of all lost or stray dogs and cats turned into our Emergency Shelter as well as pictures sent to us by people looking for their lost pet.

Return to the Gnatty Branch Animal Shelter is undetermined as Humane Society officials await costs from insurance adjusters and work is completed to make the shelter a safe environment for the animals, staff and public following smoke and wind damage the night of the fires. 

Tennessee stray hold for a dog or cat turned into the Humane Society is 3 business days.  However due to the extreme loss of life and property, the stray hold for pets brought in between Nov. 28 and Dec. 12 was extended to 14 days to give owners more opportunity to search and be reunited with their lost pets.  Lost and stray pets turned into the Emergency Shelter on or after Dec. 13 will have a 5 day stray hold before making those pets available for adoption.

Location and Hours

UPDATE: We are doing adoptions at the fairgrounds in Sevierville from 10am till 8pm daily on a first come first serve basis.

We are located at 959 Gnatty Branch Road Sevierville, TN (Off "The Spur") between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. (Click for directions)

(865) 453-7000 

Fax: (865) 428-0547

Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
Thursday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 PM 
Closed  Monday

Adoptable cats at Sevierville Petsense & Petsmart
699 Parkway Sevierville, TN
(865) 908-4800
Open Mon-Sat 9am to 9pm and Sun 10am to 7pm

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Sevier County Humane Society is to offer refuge and care to homeless pets and to end the suffering and neglect of unwanted puppies and kittens, cats and dogs thru education, spay/neuter and adoption services. 

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About Us

Founded in 1974, the Sevier County Humane Society is a full service animal shelter and we receive over 3000 lost, abandoned, surrendered, homeless pets a year. (Continue)

Adopting a Friend

Our adoption fee is $100.00 for dogs ($125 for puppies) and $50 for cats ($70 for kittens) which covers the first set of vaccinations, spay or neutering and a microchip. NOTE: Specials are often available!


  • Providing Shelter and Intervention for Unwanted, Lost and Abused Animals
  • Adoption Program to Match People with Pets Best Suited to Them
  • Alternative Adoption Site Program
  • Comprehensive Lost & Found Program to Reunite Lost Pets with Their Owners
  • Animal Cruelty Investigation and Protection Program
  • Cooperative Partnering Program with Qualified Breed rescue Organizations
  • Humane Education Program
  • Community Outreach Program; Assisting People in Meeting the Needs of Their Pets
  • Spay/Neuter Assistance Program
  • Owner requested euthanization to the general public at no charge (We believe no animal should suffer due to lack of funds. Donations are appreciated.)
  • Cremation Services

 All stray animals picked up in Sevier County come to us.

If you are missing a pet, please come by the shelter and file a missing per report or email us a picture and information of the missing pet along with your contact information.


The Sevier County Humane Society SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today) thanks the following foundations for their assistance and support of spay/ neuter of Sevier County Pets! 

BISSELL’s Partners for Pets
Sevier County Humane Society is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and LostPetUSA.net have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too! When you purchase pet products on bissell.com and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our organization!

It’s simple.
· Shop pet products on www.bissell.com
· Enter the code ADOPT at checkout
· Then select our organization!

Kroger Cares

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Helpful Links

East Tennessee Foundation

Sevier County Missing Pets: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sevier-County-Tennessee-Missing-Pets/283924991673375?fref=ts

Sevier County Animal Control 865-453-4668

Sevierville City Animal Control 865-453-5507

Pigeon Forge Police Dept. 865-453-9063

Gatlinburg Police Dept. 865-436-5181

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Contact Us:
Phone: (865) 453-7000