2022 Events

September 24, 2022 – Cash Raffle. Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2022 Cash Raffle and helped make this fundraiser a success. Winners have been notified and include: Pete Hurley ($1,000); Mary Ellen Hurley ($500); Shannon Stiner ($200); B. Kennedy and Todd Krauth ($150 each); and Cynthia Kilgore, Kystyn Maxa, Roger Flatford, Fleda Bromley, and Lee Turner ($100 each). Many thanks to those who have elected to donate back to us, thus making it a bigger success. We couldn’t do what we do without the support of great people!

September 17, 2022 – Ride Like an Animal.  Thank you to all of the riders, sponsors, volunteers, and Union, Claiborne, and Grainger County officers that helped make our 2022 Ride Like an Animal a huge success. 

2021 Events

September 11, 2021 – Ride Like an Animal.  Thank you to all who came out and supported our 2021 Ride Like an Animal motorcycle ride.  What a beautiful day and wonderful turnout.  Many thanks to our sponsors and Garza Lawfirm for supporting our event.

September 11, 2021 – Cash Raffle.  We are so thankful to all who supported our 2021 Cash Raffle.  Congratulations to our lucky winners.

2020 Events

October 2, 2020 – Yard Sale!  Cancelled.

September 12, 2020 – Cash Raffle Drawing.  Thank you! From the bottom of our hearts we cannot thank everyone enough for helping to make our cash raffle a success this year. Thank you for everyone that helped us out.  We are truly blessed to have so many wonderful supporters! Thank you and stay safe.  Congratulations to our lucky winners this year, several of whom have decided to give it back to the Union County Humane Society. ❤️  $1000 Joy Corum, $500 Joe Hurley, $200 Beth Polson, $150 Steve Clouse, $150 Kelsey Whitaker, $100 Nicole Murphy, $100 Parker, $100 Brenda Newman, $100 Jon Hurley, $100 Margaret Neate

September 12, 2020 – Ride Like an Animal Motorcycle Fundraiser – Cancelled.   It is with regret that we are cancelling our 2020 Ride Like an Animal event due to concerns about the coronavirus and the safety of our riders, volunteers, and staff.  This is our second major fundraiser that we have needed to cancel due to the pandemic.  Your support is more important now than ever before!

March 28, 2020 – Annual Fundraising Dinner – Cancelled.   We care about you and we know that you care about us; therefore, the Union County Humane Society has canceled its Annual Spring Fundraising Dinner event, scheduled for March 28, 2020.  Our decision is out of concern to avoid the possible spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), especially among our many senior supporters.  You may still support us by using the Donate button on this website and never leave your home.  Without the support of our community we would not be able to care for all the animals that come to us every day.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and support that you give to us.  May God Bless and keep everyone healthy!

March 11, 2020 – Spring Cat Spay Event.  A great event to help control the unwanted kittens.   Dr. Hutchison spayed 29 female cats.  Thank you! 

2019 Events

September 14, 2019 – Ride Like an Animal Motorcycle Benefit Ride – What a beautiful day, although a big on the hot and muggy side for September!  We had 65 bikes join us for 90-mile ride through Union, Claiborne, and Grainger Counties.  Police escorts in the front and rear, along with a support vehicle – all of which were much appreciated.  Fun times, more prize drawings, and an auction were held at the end of the ride at Bubba Brews!  Thank you to all the riders and the support team who made for another successful fundraiser.  We’ll do it again in September 2020.

August 24, 2019 – UCHS Raffle – Thank you to all who supported our 2019 raffle.  And congratulations to the winners!

$2500 Nancy Cain
$1000 Charlie Hurley
$500 Jubal Jackson
$250 Janet Holloway
$200 Janet Holloway
$150 J. Surrett
$100 Danny Ferrell
$100 John Kerr
$100 Joseph Hurley
$100 Randy Ivy

You can watch the drawing at this link, and look at those beautiful adoptable animals!

2017 Events

November 10, 2017 – Wine 4 Whiskers – What a fun night at the Winery at Seven Springs, great music by the Stock Creek Band, and a tasty Taco Bar.  Thanks go out to all of our supporters in making this another successful fundraiser for caring for the abandoned and unwanted animals in Union County.

November 6, 2017 – Just for the Boys! – We neutered 29 male cats on Monday, November 6.  No more lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.

October 6-7, 2017 – Yard Sale – WOW!  This really was the largest yard sale that Union County has ever seen.  Thank you to our donors and shoppers.  And THANK YOU to Janet Holloway for opening your parking lot (and heart) to support animal welfare in Union County.  We raised over $5,000 for the shelter in a two day blow out.  This will be an annual event, so mark your calendars for 2018 – the first weekend in October.

September 9, 2017 – Ride Like an Animal.  The weather was beautiful for our 11th Annual Ride Like an Animal motorcycle ride.  Thank you to our sponsors, riders, and donors of door prizes and auction items.

June 2, 2017 – Wine 4 Whiskers – A huge thank you to the Winery at Seven Springs and all of our supporters.  What a fun night with music and taco bar!

May 20, 2017 – Nine Lakes Wine Festival – Melton Lake Park, Oak Ridge – A fine time was had by all in the charity wine barrel race.  We won “Best Style” thanks to the efforts of Tammy & Eden for their outfits and the kitty fights mid-race.

April 22, 2017 – Annual Benefit Dinner – A huge thank you to everyone who came out on a stormy evening to support us!  It was a great event with our informative key speaker, Teresa Fisher, and a live auction.

2016 Events

November 28, 2016 – They’re Cuter When You Neuter – We held a “Boys Only” low-cost neuter clinic and provided services to 36 tom cats.  Thanks to all responsible pet owners who are doing their part to control our cat population.

November 18, 2016 – Wine 4 Whiskers – THANK YOU to the Winery at Seven Springs Farm for hosting our Wine 4 Whiskers Fundraising Event and to our sponsors; Teresa’s Bakery, Halls Ingles, Sam’s Knoxville Center, Maynardville Fred’s, Maynardville Food City, and Party City! Without the support of the community and our wonderful volunteers, we could not help the number of animals that we do. It was a chili-kind of night, and we had a good turn out with great food, music, friends and wine.

October 1, 2016 – Ride Like an Animal.  We held our 10th Annual Ride Like an Animal motorcycle ride on October 1.  What a beautiful day!  Nearly 60 motorcycles, escorted by Union County Sheriff with a support vehicle bringing up the back.  The ride went through Union, Claiborne, and Grainger counties, finishing with a great barbeque at Li’l Jo’s in Maynardville with music provided by the Jeanette Weeks Band.  Lots of great door prizes and auction items.

It is so heartwarming to see everyone gather for the benefit of all the four-legged furry animals that do not have a voice and need our help! Events like this help us care for and adopt out many dogs and cats, as well as provide low-cost spay/neuter and vaccinations for the pets in our community.     THANK YOU!    

We cannot mention every rider or volunteer by name but we do want to recognize our generous sponsors: Annie, Stoney, Techie, Muppy & BH Ashley, Burning Art by Zophia-Farrier/Blacksmith/Welder, Durbin Drywall, Dennis Hall Automotive, d’Vine Inspirations, Fountain City Funding, Jeanette Weeks Band, Lil Jo’s BBQ, Knoxville Harley Davidson Clinton Hwy, Ohio Valley Veneer, Ralph & Sue Shick, Rowland Veterinary Services, Advantage Electronics, Aimee Alden & Jemma Daisy, Clinton Highway Wrecker Service, Crossroads Firearms, James, Janet & Jacob, Kathy Pack, Melissa Friend & Savannah Ann, Lisa Foutz & Lacie, Mayor Mike Williams, Roberts Garage, Union County Chiropractic Clinic-Dr. Darrell Johnson, D.C., The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, and Wallace Auto.

See more photos at Ride Like an Animal 2016 Photos




September 12, 2016 – Low-Cost Cat Spay/Neuter Day.  We operated on 32 cats, many of whom were this year’s kittens.  These 32 cats could have produced over 300 kittens in the first year alone.  Thanks go out to all responsible pet owners who did their part in controlling the cat population!


September 9-10, 2016 – Union County Humane Society Yard Sale.  We had a great yard sale, bringing in over $2,500 for the shelter.  A big thank you to Janet Holloway for allowing us to use the parking lot at Janet’s Hair Salon, everyone who donated items, all of the volunteers who worked the yard sale, and every patron who stopped by to support us.  A special thank you to Alexis Browning and Judy Najar who developed this fundraiser, now in its second year.