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‘Cherish Your Chihuahua’ campaign offers $20 spay/neuter surgeries at Young-Williams Animal Center in August

July 15, 2016

PetSmart Charities® sponsors discounted procedures, free nail trim for Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes are some of the most at-risk pets entering U.S. shelters each year. Young-Williams Animal Center, with funding support from PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, is addressing the problem by introducing the “Cherish Your Chihuahua” spay/neuter campaign.

Through the special promotion, Young-Williams Animal Center will offer a $20 spay/neuter surgery and free nail trim for Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes during the month of August.

“Spaying or neutering a pet is the most effective thing a pet parent can do to prevent unwanted litters that add to the homeless pet overpopulation problem,” says Dr. Lisa Chassy, director of public spay/neuter programs for Young-Williams Animal Center.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old. Research also shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

The $20 rate is even less than the shelter’s normal low-cost price and is available to all residents of Knoxville and Knox County. Dog owners must mention the “Cherish Your Chihuahua” campaign when they call to schedule an appointment. The campaign is based on availability.

Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, Young-Williams Animal Center will provide 75 “Cherish Your Chihuahua” sterilizations for $20 in August. The promotion is open to any pet owner regardless of county of residence or financial need. Please call 865-215-6677 to schedule an appointment or visit for more information.

PetSmart Charities’ “Cherish Your Chihuahua” campaign will provide more than $145,746 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for more than 3,106 Chihuahuas across the country during the month of August.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets.  Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events.  Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to PetSmart Charities to help pets in need by making donations on a pin pad at the register.  PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar to support its mission of finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets.  PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation.  PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc.  PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

About Young-Williams Animal Center

Young-Williams Animal Center reminds the community to please spay and neuter your pets.

Young-Williams Animal Center is the official animal shelter for Knox County and the City of Knoxville. The center is a nonprofit organization, community-supported through public and private donations, that turns no animal away and is dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals, general animal welfare, and public education of companion animal issues.

Young-Williams Animal Center is located off Sutherland Avenue at the entrance to John Tarleton Park at 3201 Division St. Young-Williams Animal Village is located at 6400 Kingston Pike adjacent to Deane Hill Drive. Both locations are open seven days a week from noon-6 p.m.

For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, including detailed driving directions, call 865-215-6599 or visit