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Young-Williams Animal Center to ‘Empty the Shelter’ with free adoptions this Saturday

May 4, 2018

Young-Williams Animal Center will celebrate “Empty the Shelter Day” with free adoptions of kittens and adult dogs and cats on Saturday.

The event is sponsored by the BISSELL Pet Foundation as part of its national Empty the Shelters campaign taking place across the country May 5.

Volunteer Leeah Caple plays with Shelby. Many adult dogs like Shelby will be available for free adoption at Young-Williams Animal Center on May 5.

“This event is a great opportunity to find forever homes for a large number of pets and open up much needed space in the shelter,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We are fortunate to be able to partner with the BISSELL Pet Foundation on this national initiative. Adopting a pet saves two lives – the one you take home and the kennel space that opens up so that we can shelter another homeless pet.”

The free adoption special will take place Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with a break from 1-2 p.m. for animal quiet time. Pets will be available for adoption at both the main shelter at 3201 Division St., off Sutherland Avenue, and Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike. Puppies will be available for the standard $250 adoption fee.

Adoption staff will help potential adopters find the right pet for their lifestyle and needs and complete the adoption application. Every animal adopted during the special promotion will receive the same services covered by the regular adoption fees, which include a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, some standard vaccinations, a microchip with registration and more.

“Sponsorships like this one by the BISSELL Pet Foundation lead to our most successful one-day adoption events,” Testerman says. “We are hoping for another big turnout, so we can empty our shelter and see so many smiles on the faces of our pets and their new adopters.”

About Young-Williams Animal Center

The vision of Young-Williams Animal Center is to “find a home for every pet.” It is the municipal shelter of the City of Knoxville and Knox County, and in 2017, the center took in more than 9,500 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 for an hour of quiet time for the animals from 1-2 p.m. For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, call 865-215-6599 or visit