HES of Chattanooga Aims to Give Homeless Pets a Bright Future

By Molly Farrell

molly-farrell@utc.edu

www.heschatt.com

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/TheLoop) — There are many organizations in Chattanooga that strive to help pets, but none claim to be as dedicated as the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga.

Executive Director, Guy Bilyeu, says the center first opened in the early 1900′s. “It’s been open a hundred years, and this year was our 100th-year anniversary. We had a celebration this past April.”

The facility acquires almost 15,000 pets each year. Currently, it houses over 500 pets. “We keep more animals than anyone I know of in the region,” says Bilyeu.

The main goal of the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga is to find lost and abandoned animals safe homes.  The shelter advocates spay and neuter and even has a free program for qualifying residents.

More information about the free program and others are on the group’s website.

The society maintains a reasonable fee of $85 to adopt a dog or cat. The fee includes spay or neuter, all necessary shots, a microchip, and deworming if necessary.

The Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga has many unique and special programs to offer Chattanooga residents. They have a special program in December for the holidays called the Tree of Hope, where adoptions are free.

On October 10, the society will host Paws in the Park, a dog walk to raise money for HES at the Baylor School. Information on both programs can also be found on the website.

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