The Humane Educational Society is a 501(C)(3) organization and all donations made are tax deductible! Regardless of budget, there is so much to be done for the animals at our shelter. We are able to achieve a quality shelter with the help of our community and its donations to provide more benefits to our animals. Please consider giving a gift of love that is so important in the lives or our pets.
HES has arranged several ways in which donations may be made. There are many options available. If you have any questions regarding donations, please feel free to contact us for more information!
The Guy Bilyeu Tribute Fund
After the sudden loss of the Humane Educational Society's executive director, Guy Bilyeu, many of his family, friends, co-workers and animal welfare advocates have taken to social media to praise the man some call, hero. more...
NEW! SAVE A HEART
HES is committed to saving the dogs in our shelter that have tested positive for Heartworms. Please "Have a Heart" and donate to help us provide the medical treatment, food, shelter and love they need to overcome heartworms.
Sprinting Towards Adoptions
More animals transported means more animals saved and in forever homes! Our mission at the Humane Educational Society is to save every animal that is adoptable. We can do that not only by adopting them out to families in our community, but also, by transporting them to shelters in communities that do not face the over-population problems that we face here in Chattanooga and the South-East in general.
Currently HES has a very small and very old van to transport animals to off-site adoption events and other shelters. A second much larger van would enable us to take animals to multiple events on the weekends and transport more animals to partner shelters where they are in high demand. A new transport van could make an enormous difference in the lives of our animals!
Please consider donating towards our "Sprinting Towards Adoptions" campaign to help the animals in your community find forever homes!
Give a Monthly Donation
Donating to the Humane Educational Society each month is simple. The Humane Educational Society will charge your credit card for your pre-selected amount each month. All you have to do is fill in the monthly donor form online, along with the credit card information. At the end of the year, the donor will receive an acknowledgement of the gift for tax deduction purposes.
Monthly Donor Form PDF
Special Needs Fund
The Humane Educational Society sees many animals enter our shelter who are in need of medical intervention to recover from abuse and/or neglect. Find out more about how you can help here.
HES would like an elevated bed for every dog and cat to snuggle up on. On MLK Day of Service 2012, HES Volunteers are answering Dr. King's challenge to do something for others. They will be building dog beds for our 4-legged friends at the shelter. These beds provide great support while keeping the dogs warm and dry and off the hard concrete floor! Additionally, they are durable and waterproof making them easy to clean and perfect for the shelter environment! Every dog and cat deserves a comfortable bed to sleep on while waiting for their forever home. But, we need your help to buy all of the parts. Just $15 pays for the parts for 1 bed! Please donate so all of our furry friends can sleep well!
Spay It Away
Please consider volunteering for this all important push for the animals to spread the word about free spay/neuter. Read more...
Paws for the Cause
Keller Williams, Downtown is sponsoring and managing the fund-raiser as part of their KW Cares program. KW Realtors want to help every homeless pet find a forever home, so they are throwing a grand party and silent auction to benefit the Humane Educational Society and their Getting to Zero? campaign to end animal overpopulation in Chattanooga and Hamilton County! Read more...
Getting to Zero™
Regardless of budget, there is so much to be done to make all of Hamilton County a "No Kill Zone" for unwanted pets who are trainable, adoptable and treatable (TAT). Please consider giving a gift of love that is so important in the lives of our pets. Read more...
"Going Cageless", administered by the Humane Educational Society, provides funding to get rid of wire cages for over 600 unwanted and abused pets housed daily at the shelter. Read more...
What's for Lunch?
For years the Humane Educational Society received donated dog and cat food from the M & M Mars plant in Cleveland. Unfortunately the local plant was shut down. Since then we have had to purchase food to feed the animals at our shelter. We enrolled HES in a shelter feeding program to get the best prices available for quality food for our animals. Each week, we order 42 bags of dog and cat food for our animals at a cost of almost $1,000 each week or $52,000 annually. Read more
Feed the Animals™
This is a program through the Humane Educational Society that assists the people and their pets in our community. The program was created by HES Animal Protection Services Manager David Hutton to help residents down on their luck and keep more pets from being surrendered into shelters. The economy and the significant increase in foreclosures have made it even harder for people to care for their animals. Read more
Tree of Hope™
We are asking for your help to give the gift of love this holiday season to one of our orphaned dogs or cats. They deserve a second chance and our goal is to find homes for 300 animals this Christmas. Donations to the Tree of Hope ™ program will be used to pay for spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, food and other care necessary to find new homes for our animals. See Our Tree of Hope newsletter here.
Luther's Fund, administered by the Humane Educational Society, provides funding for emergency medical services for seriously injured or sick animals whose owners cannot afford treatment.
We at the shelter love the Kong because it is also a great interactive enrichment toy for our shelter dogs. The center is hollow, making a greatplace to put food and treats for our dogs to work on getting out. We insert biscuits, kibble, peanut butter, bananas, cream cheese and much more! Once stuffed, we toss them in the freezer! Freezing them makes the dogs have their work cut out for them and keeps them busy for a long time!
If you wish to make a donation in memory of a deceased family member, pet, or friend, the Humane Educational Society will send an acknowledgment card notifying them of your thoughtful donation. You may add a personalized message to the card.
If you wish to make a donation honoring a special person, the Humane Educational Society will send a letter to the honoree acknowledging the thoughtful donation. If you wish, you may add a personalized message to the letter.
Gifts of Securities
Benefits of giving include:
• a charitable income tax deduction for the fair market value of the gifted securities, as of the date of gift.
• Elimination of capital gains tax that would ordinarily become due after the sale of the appreciated securities on the open market.
• Charitable deductions can be claimed against up to 30% of the adjusted gross income, and any unused deductions can be carried forward over the next five years.
• Achievement of a long-term financial objective to reduce income and estate taxes.
Consultation with a financial advisor before initiating a charitable gift arrangement is highly recommended.
Bequests by Will
Please consider a bequest to the Humane Educational Society when preparing your will.
Life Insurance Gifts
A gift of one of your life insurance policies to the Humane Educational Society can result in an income tax deduction at the time of your gift. If you continue to pay the premiums on the policy, those may also be deducted as a charitable contribution.
The Annuity Trust
The Annuity Trust allows you to transfer cash, securities, or other property into an irrevocable trust with a fixed dollar amount of your gift paid to you as long as you live. If you prefer, you can also direct that the same fixed income be paid to any of your surviving beneficiaries for as long as they live, and then the remaining principal would be used by the Humane Educational Society.
Similar to the Annuity Trust, the Unitrust instead provides a fixed percentage of the trust's fair market value be paid to you and your heirs, as opposed to a fixed dollar return, as is the case in the Annuity Trust.
The Pooled Income Fund
This is a variation of the basic trust concept, in which your investment is "pooled" with those of many other individuals into one large investment fund. The income earned by the Pooled Fund is distributed to your beneficiaries proportionately to your original investment.
Retained Life Estates
You may wish to make a bequest of your home to the Humane Educational Society…but if you make such a gift while you are still living, you can receive income tax savings as a result of your contribution. Under this plan, you continue to live in your home, and if you prefer, make provision for your beneficiaries to live there also. The Humane Educational Society becomes the owner only after your demise (and the demise of any beneficiaries you may specify) and your home does not pass through probate.
The Revocable Trust
This type of trust allows you to change your gift at some future point in time. You own the trust until your demise, you can receive an income for life, and the funds remaining in the trust at your demise will be considered a charitable contribution for estate tax purposes. By including the Humane Educational Society in your charitable giving you have made a decision to take an active role in significantly saving animal lives. A gift of appreciated securities held for more than one year may bring about significant benefits to you as a contributor to the Humane Educational Society.
Your old car, truck, boat, trailer, golf cart, or motor home can help feed, shelter, or rescue more than 14,000 animals we receive each year at the shelter. Make room in your garage and realize a great deduction at tax time.