Young-Williams Animal Center kicks off 14th annual Mardi Growl with T-shirt design contest

February 5, 2021

Young-Williams Animal Center’s 14th annual Mardi Growl celebration has started with the kickoff of the T-shirt design contest. Original artwork can be submitted now through Feb. 14.

In addition to a T-shirt, the winning artwork will be featured on masks, bandanas, posters and other fun merchandise for the first time. Submissions must include a high-resolution image of the original art, along with the participant’s name, email and phone number; a short bio is optional. Email artwork submissions to [email protected].

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Young-Williams Animal Center has postponed the in-person Mardi Growl pet parade and festival in 2021 from March 6 to June 26.

In the meantime, the shelter will hold a variety of virtual, Mardi Gras-themed activities. Details are available at

“Young-Williams Animal Center is excited to begin celebrating this beloved annual event with our community, even if it looks a little different than usual,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We are planning lots of online fun in March to tide you over while we work hard to plan a safe event later this year. Whether you’re a sponsor, vendor, participant or furry contestant, we thank you for your support.”

Mardi Growl is the shelter’s largest fundraiser thanks to the support of event sponsors and the community’s pet lovers. For more information on becoming a sponsor, email [email protected] or call 865-215-6599.

For more information about Mardi Growl, visit or or follow Young-Williams Animal Center on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for updates.

About Young-Williams Animal Center
The vision of Young-Williams Animal Center is “a home for every pet.” It is the municipal shelter of the City of Knoxville and Knox County, and each year takes in more than 9,000 animals.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Young-Williams Animal Center serves the needs of lost, unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals. The center’s mission is to lead the community to end pet homelessness, promote animal welfare and enhance the human-animal bond through the shelter and placement of animals, spay/neuter initiatives and public education of companion animal issues. Young-Williams Animal Center reminds pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.

Young-Williams Animal Center’s main facility is located off Sutherland Avenue at 3201 Division Street. Young-Williams Animal Village satellite adoption location and public spay/neuter program is located at 6400 Kingston Pike.

Both locations are open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The shelter closes from 1-2 p.m. for an hour of quiet time for the animals. For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, call 865-215-6599 or visit