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Adoption center on nearly 10 acres in East Tennessee – humane, principled, absolutely unique.


706 Kiser Station Road, Friendsville, TN  37737

Hours of Operation:
By Appointment Only (at this time)





Some dogs and cats arrive at shelters because their human's can't care for them anymore - reasons ranging from not being able to afford to feed them, to being allergic to them, to figuring out that they didn't realize the time involved in caring for them and for many other reasons having nothing to do with the animal.  

Other animals at shelters arrive there because they aren't getting what they need in their home.  This happens, for instance, when dogs with high energy or those with spatial triggers are living in situations where they aren't getting enough exercise.   At Operation Adopt Tennessee, there are nearly 10 beautiful acres for staff and volunteers to get to know these animals and for them to play, soak in nature and break into a full double-suspension run while waiting to find their forever families. 

Operation Adopt focuses on matchmaking orphaned shelter animals with people who want to adopt a shelter animal, instead of buying one, but who don’t want to go to an animal shelter for many reasons – the predominate one being having an emotionally difficult time seeing and hearing animals with uncertain futures calling them from behind bars at a shelter. Operation Adopt staff and volunteers visit local animal shelters daily, searching for animals with certain identifiable traits, the main ones being behaviorally safe and family friendly who will be adopted within a relatively short amount of time.  Once identified, spayed and neutered and further assessed for any medical needs while settling in, the dogs and cats are then photographed, groomed if needed and begin the journey of finding a new family.  Once a match is identified, staff and volunteers stand beside that animal through the adoption process. 

Operation Adopt utilizes a Structured Adoption Approach™ which consists of an application, a counseling session, having interaction with the animal on multiple occasions and conducting a home visit where the animal is observed again with family members – both human and animal.  Landlord (if applicable) consent is also required to approve the size and type of animal and any required pet deposit must be paid to the landlord prior to placing the animal in the new home.  Setting everyone up for success is the goal.

Staff and volunteers also stand beside the animal after the adoption is complete.  Even with the most thorough adoption process, occasionally a dog or a cat may need to be returned.  The biggest priority at Operation Adopt is that once an animal leaves the shelter and wears Operation Adopt’s recognizable purple collar, the animal never has to return to a shelter again if for any reason the adopter’s situation changes – this is called the purple collar promise and this is a core value of the nonprofit. 

How does Operation Adopt afford to do all of this?  Operation Adopt relies on donations to get animals out of the shelter, pay veterinary bills, medication, rent, staffing, workers compensation, insurance, food, fire and alarm systems, supplies, utilities, software, and many other expenses that go along with running a pet adoption center. 

In addition to donations, adoption fees help offset the costs of having a physical location. Sometimes people ask why it costs so much to adopt an Operation Adopt dog or cat (it’s true the adoption fees are higher than most organizations who don’t have to pay the overhead of a physical location) and why adoption fees vary between animals depending on their age and type.  After visiting Operation Adopt Tennessee, it’s easier to understand that the adoption fee is just a number to help support a really awesome vision, an ideal, an alternative and kinder way of bringing people and pets together.

At Operation Adopt,  the health and wellbeing of our animals and the community are our top priorities.