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Young-Williams Animal Center reaches critical capacity for adult dogs

November 12, 2021

Young-Williams Animal Center has reached critical capacity for adult dogs and needs immediate adopters or fosters because the shelter is running out of space for the intake of additional lost, surrendered and stray animals.

“We are at capacity for adult dogs, and we really need our community’s assistance right now to get dogs out of the shelter and into homes,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “Adult dogs make wonderful pets, and if you can’t adopt we would be grateful to have your temporary help as a foster.”

Adult dogs can make ideal companions because in many cases they already are housebroken and used to living with people. For various reasons, adult dogs can become homeless because of being left behind in a family move or being allowed to roam.

Adoptable dogs are available for as low as $40. Every dog receives a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, some standard vaccinations, a microchip with registration and more. All adopters also will be screened by shelter staff.

Fosters are needed to care for animals in their home – all food and supplies are provided – to open up space for new arrivals. Volunteers also are needed to help care for the increased number of animals at the shelter.

If anyone has lost a pet, please visit Young-Williams Animal Center in person at 3201 Division St., to look in the lost-and-found section to see if the pet is at the shelter. Reclaimed pets also will open space for additional intake.

Both the Young-Williams Animal Center main shelter and Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike are open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and closed for one hour from 1-2 p.m. for animal quiet time. Pet adoption is available at both facilities; owners looking for lost pets should visit the Division Street location only.

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 https://www.young-williams.org/.