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April 3, 2013

April 3, 2013

For more information,
Contact: Lauren Christ
Moxley Carmichael
(865) 544-0088


Springtime in East Tennessee brings sunshine, Dogwood blooms, outdoor events – and, sadly, many homeless puppies.

“Starting in the spring, the shelter usually receives an influx of puppies in need of homes,” said Young-Williams Animal Center CEO Jeff Ashin. “It’s the start of mating season for dogs and cats, and unfortunately, many people have not spayed or neutered their pets and end up with litters of animals that they cannot care for. That’s when they come to us.”

The shelter is currently “filled to capacity,” said Ashin, with adoptable dogs and puppies. In hopes of increasing adoptions and clearing shelter space desperately needed for the daily intake of stray, surrendered and unwanted animals, Young-Williams is reducing fees for all dog adoptions.

Now through Sunday, April 14, Young-Williams Animal Center is offering $50 off the adoption fee for all puppies and $25 off the adoption fee for all adult dogs.

That brings the adoption fees down to $100 for puppies and $50 for adult dogs. Adoption fees for dogs include a veterinary physical exam, spay/neuter surgery, DAPP and Kennel Cough vaccinations, heartworm test and one month of heartworm prevention, standard deworming, one month of flea prevention, nail trim and ear cleaning, and a microchip with registration. The value of these services for an adult dog could cost a pet owner more than $600 through private veterinarian offices.

“That’s just one reason that pet adoption is the best option,” Ashin said. “The medical services provided save pet owners hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket up front. And with reduced adoption fees, we’re hoping to make it even easier for families in the Knoxville area to ‘spring’ into pet adoption.”

To adopt, please visit the two conveniently located Knoxville adoption facilities: Young-Williams Animal Center at 3201 Division Street and Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike. For more information, call 865-215-6599, visit or check out Young-Williams on Facebook.

“Adopters can feel pride and confidence knowing they are giving an animal in need a loving home and that they aren’t supporting an individual or business that mistreats animals, purchases animals from puppy mills or other abusive situations, or in any way profits from animal neglect or cruelty,” Ashin added.

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