We’re celebrating 30 years! 1987-2017. 

Sometimes it’s the simplest concept that has the greatest impact. An unwanted dog in an animal shelter, a troubled teenager in a group home. How can they help each other?

Founded in 1987, the H.A.L.T. Program (Humans and Animals Learning Together) provides a therapeutic intervention for at-risk adolescents through dog obedience training. Dogs are rescued from area shelters for the class and then adopted after the class is complete. While the dogs are learning basic obedience from their adolescent handlers, the kids are learning about teamwork, self-respect, patience, and understanding from their dogs. Learn more about our story here.


Half-Pint – Fall 2017

Classes are held in the spring and fall. Below are first pictures of the spring class. They have their photo shoots this week and we’ll update new pictures as soon as possible. All dogs that go through the program are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, micro-chipped, on heartworm preventative, and will have basic obedience training after graduation.  Applications are currently being accepted for this class. Classes are scheduled to start April 9th.

Jenny - Spring 2016

Jenny – Spring 2016

Check out our Events page to see upcoming adoption events and other fun events that will be going on this fall.

To date, H.A.L.T. has successfully worked with more than 1500 troubled teens, and each one of these young lives has been affected by their experience at H.A.L.T. More than 400  adult dogs have been rescued from euthanasia, obedience trained and successfully adopted.

Want to help make a difference?  You can

Be a part of making a difference in the life of a child and in the life of a dog!

Find H.A.L.T. on:

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In The News

  • HALT and 100 Women Who Care

    There is a fabulous new organization in Knoxville that started last spring called 100 Women Who Care. Like HALT, sometimes the simplest idea can have a big impact. “100 Women. 1 Hour. $10,000. Local Impact.” When I was first notified that HALT had been nominated over the summer, I had not heard of them before. […]

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  • 6th Annual Picture Day with Smokey X

    It’s football time in Tennessee!! Thank you to the University of Tennessee’s mascot Smokey X and his handlers, the UT Cheer Squad, Mast General Store, Michele Lewellyn Photography, and everyone that came out to help support H.A.L.T.’s Fall Class! We had a great turnout and raised funds to go towards our new group of dogs. […]

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  • Kroger Community Rewards

    Here is an easy way for you to support HALT by doing what you already do! It’s time for the annual 2014-2015 enrollment in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. They’ve expanded the program and will be giving away $2.5 million to local organizations this year. If you registered last year simply log in and click on “My Account” and […]

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  • Exciting Opportunity from the Cesar Millan Foundation

    We have some exciting news! Thanks to the generosity of the Cesar Millan Foundation, the HALT program has been awarded scholarships for two of our instructors to attend Cesar’s Fundamentals Training program next month. Our instructors will be able to bring back invaluable lessons and knowledge that will help us update and expand our training with the teens and […]

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