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YOUNG-WILLIAMS ANIMAL CENTER SPOTLIGHTS CATS

June 9, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2014

For more information,
Contact: Natalie Lester
Moxley Carmichael
(865) 544-0088

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Shelter seeks adoption, sponsor of felines during National Adopt-a-Cat Month

In June, Young-Williams Animal Center is celebrating National Adopt-a-Cat Month by encouraging supporters to adopt and sponsor the cats in the shelter.

“We see an increase in the number of cats in the shelter in the summer months,” Jeff Ashin, Young-Williams Animal Center CEO, said. “National Adopt-a-Cat Month in June is a great time to care for the cats at the shelter by sponsoring an adoption fee or opening your home to a feline friend.”

Cats like Rufus, a 1-year-old male domestic shorthair mix, are available for adoption or sponsorship during National Adopt-a-Cat Month at Young-Williams Animal Center.

Cats like Rufus, a 1-year-old male domestic shorthair mix, are available for adoption or sponsorship during National Adopt-a-Cat Month at Young-Williams Animal Center.

By adopting a cat, pet owners will notice tremendous benefits. In addition to the unconditional love and constant companionship, cats also have been shown to lower the stress levels of humans. One study found that over a 10-year period, cat owners were 30 percent less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners.

National Adopt-a-Cat month is sponsored by the American Humane Association to help shelters recover from “kitten season” that occurs in the spring. Shelters see an influx of kittens in the spring and summer months due to the mating season.

The single and most humane way to help control the pet overpopulation is to spay and neuter animals in the community.

“Spaying and neutering dogs and cats save lives,” Ashin said. “Fewer litters mean lower intake numbers at the shelter, which increases space for animals and decreases the need for euthanasia. During National Adopt-a-Cat Month, we hope cat lovers will sponsor and adopt the cats in the shelter and prevent future litters by spaying or neutering their cats.”

To learn more about Young-Williams Animal Center, visit www.young-williams.org or check out Young-Williams Animal Center on Facebook.

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 www.young-williams.org.