A Home For The Holidays – Shelter Lets Families Take Pets Home For Thanksgiving

A Tennessee animal shelter is hoping that all of the homeless pets at their facility will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving in a home. For the first time ever, the Hawkins County Humane Society, in Rogersville, Tennessee, is featuring the “Home for the Holidays” event which is designed to get pets out of the shelter, and into a home.


Residents in the area are being encouraged to host a cat or dog for the holiday weekend – and in the best case scenario, the hosted pet might even become a permanent part of the family.

Cats and dogs who have been living in a cage or kennel run will have the opportunity to experience life inside of a real home…an experience that some animals may have enjoyed before their arrival at the shelter, or a new experience for those who have never known life inside of a loving home.


Before a cat or dog is temporarily loaned out for the holiday, potential host families are interviewed and matched up with the pet which best suits their household. According to WBT News, 15 dogs have already been sent to host families. Out of the shelter’s 80 cats, five have been deemed “outgoing enough” to participate in the Home for the Holidays event.


Julie Baker, the assistance manager of the shelter, told WBT News:

“It’s not just going home for the holidays, it’s rehabilitation. These dogs can learn what the no-nos are, what’s expected. We really don’t want them alone for the holidays. What we really hope for is that the families fall in love with the dog [or cat] and end up adopting.”

The program is also an ideal way for a family to see if they are ready for the responsibility that goes hand-in-hand with pet ownership. If things work out, a homeless pet will have a new home – if the situation is not ideal, host families can return their temporary pet to the shelter where they will wait until that perfect match is found.

Find the shelter’s Facebook page here.

Petfinder link for adoptable pets at the shelter here.


5180 Highway 11W
Rogersville, Tennessee
In other news – meet a “stray” turkey who will be safe from harm this Thanksgiving, and a chef who is cooking up something special for homeless pets this holiday.


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.