FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 31, 2014
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Contact: Natalie Lester
Young-Williams Animal Center is offering low-cost spay and neuter solutions at $65 per dog and $45 per cat for all community pet owners in order to continue its mission to decrease pet overpopulation in the region.
“We recognize the effect cost can play in the decision to spay or neuter your pet,” said Jeff Ashin, CEO for Young-Williams Animal Center. “We are helping to remove that barrier by offering a low-cost option for the public. We hope area pet owners will see the value and need for this surgery and call to make an appointment.”
In 2012, Young-Williams rolled out an expanded spay/neuter program with the low-cost clinic at Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike and the mobile Spay Shuttle, which Young-Williams uses to target and alter high-risk animals where they live throughout Knox County. Spay and neuter surgeries through private veterinarian offices can average up to a few hundred dollars, depending on the gender and others factors.
“Every year, we take in more than 14,000 animals for which there are simply not enough homes,” Ashin said. “We must work to decrease the number of unwanted pets in the community, and the most simple and most humane solution is to spay and neuter more animals.”
Young-Williams encourages all community pet owners interested in the spay/neuter services to call 865-215-6677, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to learn more about surgery options available for their animals. Pet owners can also request an appointment on Young-Williams’ website under spay/neuter solutions. Additional cost reductions are available for community members who qualify.
High-risk animals include dogs and cats less than 6 months old, bully breeds of dogs (as these breeds account for a significant portion of the intake population at Young-Williams) and “community” or feral cats. Having a pet neutered at less than 6 months old reduces the animal’s chance of developing certain types of cancer and ensures he doesn’t contribute to overpopulation.
Young-Williams encourages pet owners to call today and schedule an appointment. It is important pets are spayed or neutered before the mating season to help reduce the number of puppies and kittens that will come into the shelter in the spring.
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.