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‘Precious Not Parents’ offers $20 spay/neuter surgeries at Young-Williams Animal Center

May 19, 2016

Special discount for puppies, kittens available in June

They may be babies, but kittens as young as 4 months and puppies as young as 5 months can get pregnant and have their first litter just two months later.

“Many owners put off the procedure and wait until the puppy or kitten is 6 to 8 months old. But by then, a litter of puppies or kittens can be born. Loveable, precious animals should not be parents at 5 and 6 months old,” said Dr. Lisa Chassy, medical director of Young-Williams Animal Center Spay/ Neuter Solutions.

That’s why Young-Williams Animal Center, with funding provided by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, is offering the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign. Through the campaign, Young-Williams Animal Center Spay/Neuter Solutions will provide $20 spay and neuter surgeries for puppies and kittens under 6 months of age during the month of June.

Current pet owners across East Tennessee can take advantage of the shelter’s “Precious, Not Parents” campaign.

Some pet parents may worry that their pet is too young for the procedure, but spaying and neutering is safe and easy for kittens and puppies as young as 8 to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The special $20 rate is even less than the shelter’s regular low-cost price. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of the offer must mention the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign when they call to schedule an appointment. The campaign is based on availability.

Young-Williams Animal Center will provide 300 “Precious, Not Parents” sterilizations for $20 in June. Please visit or call (865) 215-6677 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

The “Precious, Not Parents” campaign provides more than $677,339 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for more than 16,864 puppies and kittens across the country during the month of June.

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

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.