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December 30, 2014

December 30, 2014

For more information, contact:
Amy Styles, Young-Williams Animal Center
(865) 215-6668

Natalie Lester, Moxley Carmichael
(865) 544-0088


Sponsored by PetSmart Charities®, ‘Happy Neuter Year’ provides $20 surgeries for dogs and cats

Young-Williams Animal Center’s Spay/Neuter Solutions wants you to ring in the New Year by making a resolution to neuter your male dog or cat during its “Happy Neuter Year” campaign.

Sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the largest contributor of animal welfare efforts in North America, the “Happy Neuter Year” campaign will provide $20 surgeries for male dogs and cats during the month of January.

Spay and neuter procedures are the most effective way to reduce the homeless pet population, and the surgeries are safe for puppies and kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

“Neutering male pets is a simple surgery that reduces unwanted behaviors, like roaming, fighting and urine marking territories,” says Dr. Lisa Chassy, Young-Williams Animal Center director of Spay/Neuter Solutions.  “It also guarantees your dog or cat never fathers a litter of puppies or kittens.”

This special $20 rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost sterilization fee of $45 for cats and $70 for dogs. It is available to residents of Knox and surrounding counties. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Happy Neuter Year” campaign when they schedule their appointment.

This campaign is based on availability, and appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Surgeries can be scheduled at either the Young-Williams Spay/Neuter Solutions Clinic at 6400 Kingston Pike or on the Spay Shuttle. To make an appointment, call 865-215-6677.

The Spay Shuttle is a mobile spay/neuter surgical clinic funded by a grant from the Aslan Foundation to increase public access about low-cost surgeries. The Spay Shuttle visits communities identified as high-risk for stray pickups and owner surrenders to the shelter based on data from Knox County and the City of Knoxville Animal Control, as well as Young-Williams Animal Center.

In January, the Spay Shuttle will operate at the following dates/locations:

  • Jan. 6: Knox County Health Department
  • Jan. 7: Fountain City Library
  • Jan. 9: Sam Duff Park
  • Jan. 13: Chilhowee Park
  • Jan. 14: Alice Bell Park
  • Jan. 16: Victor Ashe Park
  • Jan. 20: Knox County Health Department
  • Jan. 21: Charter Doyle Park
  • Jan. 23: Milton Roberts Recreation Center
  • Jan. 27: Chilhowee Park
  • Jan. 28: Adair Park
  • Jan. 30: Knox County Health Department’s Teague Clinic

PetSmart Charities’ “Happy Neuter Year” campaign provides more than $713,624 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality surgeries for 16,585 male dogs and cats across the nation during the month of January.

Young-Williams will provide 140 “Happy Neuter Year” sterilizations for $20 in January. Please call 865-215-6677 to schedule your surgery or visit  for more information.

About Young-Williams Animal Center:

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

About PetSmart Charities:

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. 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 spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.