Pet owners and animal enthusiasts are invited to attend the Furry Fall Festival at Young-Williams Animal Center on Sunday, Nov. 6, to learn more about pet-related resources in the Knoxville community. And, of course, furry friends are welcome, too.


From noon-4 p.m., the Furry Fall Festival, sponsored by WVLT-TV Local 8 Now and WIVK-FM, will include booths and activities for pets and their families to enjoy. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the shelter’s 3201 Division St., location off Sutherland Avenue.


“We are thrilled to host Furry Fall Festival again this year,” said Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “This event unites key stakeholders in our animal welfare community. From pet owners or potential pet owners to our incredible partners in foster and rescue, it is always heartwarming to see our community demonstrate its love for animals.”


Pet- and family-friendly activities at this year’s festival include:

  • Food trucks, including Dale’s Fried Pies and Cooks on the Curb
  • $10 rabies vaccinations by the Knox County Health Department
  • MEDIC Regional Blood Center mobile blood drive
  • $10 pet microchipping and microchip registration by Young-Williams Animal Center
  • Information about pet adoption from Young-Williams Animal Center and other local and regional animal rescue groups
  • Pet supply vendors
  • Information about high-quality, low-cost Spay/Neuter Solutions by Young-Williams Animal Center
  • Treats for furry friends and give-away items for kids
  • Kid Zone, including cookie decorating, face painting, games, inflatables and an arts-and-crafts booth


K-9 demonstrations with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Anderson County Sheriff’s Reserve deputy will take place at noon and 1 p.m. Young-Williams Animal Center will reveal the number of animal lives saved by various rescue groups at 3 p.m.


Local and regional rescue organizations that will participate include: East TN Pit Bull Rescue, PetSmart, Petco, Scentsy, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, German Shepherd Rescue of East TN, Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee and Fighting for the Bullys. Animal advocate and Moxley Carmichael writer/editor Maria M. Cornelius, who authored “The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt,” also will attend. A portion of book sales at the event will be donated to Young-Williams Animal Center.


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