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October 18, 2013

Oct. 18, 2013

For more information,
Contact: Natalie Lester
Moxley Carmichael
(865) 544-0088


Young-Williams Animal Center is one of 38 animal rescue organizations nationwide that have received funding from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to participate in the Mega Match-a-thon adoption event Oct. 18-20.

Throughout the weekend, East Tennesseans can take advantage of half-price adoption fees on all dogs and cats at Young-Williams Animal Center. Every adopted pet will also go home with a free collar and personalized ID tag.

Both Young-Williams Animal Center at 3201 Division St. and Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike will open early at 9 a.m. for the special event and remain open until 6 p.m. on Oct. 18-20.

“The goal of the ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon is to save more shelter animal lives, and Young-Williams is proud and excited to participate in this nationwide event to encourage pet adoptions,” said Young-Williams Animal Center CEO Jeff Ashin. “Thanks to the funding from the ASPCA, we’re able to offer reduced adoption fees and free collars and ID tags for pets all weekend.”

The Mega Match-a-thon free collar and ID tag will be provided in addition to a microchip and microchip registration for each pet, which is part of Young-Williams’ standard veterinary care package for all adopted animals.

“Using an ID tag, along with a microchip, helps owners find lost pets, and reuniting stray pets with their owners is one of the greatest opportunities to decrease the number of homeless pets in the shelter,” Ashin said. “Owner reclaim is second only to spaying and neutering as the simplest, most effective way to reduce animal homelessness and the resulting necessity of euthanasia in our community.”

During the Mega Match-a-thon, half-price adoption fees include puppies and kittens for $75, adult dogs and cats for $37.50 and senior dogs and cats for $25.

“Last year’s nationwide ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon saw more than 6,100 pets adopted across the U.S. in just one weekend,” said Julie Morris, senior vice president of community outreach for the ASPCA. “These events are a great opportunity for the participants to make noise about all of the wonderful dogs and cats in their care that are just waiting for someone to bring them home.”

To learn more about Young-Williams Animal Center, visit or check out Young-Williams Animal Center on Facebook.

About Young-Williams Animal Center

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

The 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