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Young-Williams Animal Center at ‘critical capacity’ for dogs

March 9, 2018

Young-Williams Animal Center currently is at critical capacity for adult dogs, 6 months and older. With dozens of dogs waiting for adoption, the shelter does not have available space to house and care for the lost, stray and surrendered animals in need that come to Young-Williams every day as the official shelter of Knox County and City of Knoxville.

Many dogs like Suki are available now for adoption at Young-Williams Animal Center.

Young-Williams Animal Center is asking community members who have been considering pet adoption to plan save an animal life this weekend.

“Now is the time to adopt an adult dog,” says Young-Williams Animal Center CEO Janet Testerman. “We have a variety of types and sizes of dogs to fit any home or family, and these pets are waiting for your love and a forever home.”

On Monday, the shelter announced reduced adoption fees, lowering the cost to adopt any adult dog to just $40. In addition, Young-Williams Animal Center is offering a free gift of a PetSafe Gentle Leader harness, a dog toy or a bag of dog food with any adult dog adoption. The gifts are available while supplies last Friday-Sunday, March 9-11.

All adopters are screened and fully vetted before approval to take home a pet. Every adopted animal receives a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, some standard vaccinations, a microchip with registration and more.

For additional information:
Courtney Kliman
Young-Williams Animal Center

About Young-Williams Animal Center

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

Young-Williams Animal Center takes in an average of more than 9,000 animals every year and serves as 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, and is dedicated to finding “a home for every pet.”

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

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