Each month, the CAC Office on Aging’s Knox PAWS and Feed-a-Pet programs provide almost 1,900 pounds of pet food to 146 pets owned by low-income seniors in the Knoxville-Knox County area.

Without the assistance of Feed-a-Pet, those enrolled in the program struggle each month to feed their pets and sometimes go without food themselves in order to feed their furry friends.


Dog Food accepted                                        Cat Food accepted                                                     

8# bag Purina One Smartblend Small Bites    3.15# bag Kit and Kaboodle

4# bag Pedigree Small Bites                                3.15# bag Meow Mix

4# bag Kibbles and Bits Small Bites                  3.15# bag Purina Cat Chow

4# bag Beneful Small Bites                                  3.15# bag Friskies


At this time, there is no need for canned dog food but canned versions of any of the above-listed cat foods will be accepted.


Drop off Locations

Ross Building   2247 Western Ave

Asheville Hwy Animal Hospital   4516 Asheville Hwy

Forest Park Animal Clinic   318 N Forest Park

Dogwood Animal Clinic    5900 Chapman Hwy

K-9 Center of East Tennessee   11225 Threadstone Lane



Knox PAWS is community aware and partners with local animal shelters to find the perfect companion for the participant. This relieves some of the stress associated with overpopulation in our local animal shelters. Pets adopted by Knox PAWS participants are given a medical exam, vaccinated, given a microchip, are spayed/neutered, and provided with heartworm and flea prevention. More importantly, if a problem arises down the road, Knox PAWS is there to help.

Knox PAWS is happy to help Knox County seniors in need of an animal companion. But we also need your help to keep our program going. With a decrease in funding in recent months, and increased needs, our program needs community support to continue to provide life-changing services.

Please consider donating at www.knoxseniors.org/paws. All proceeds will benefit the Knox PAWS and Feed-a-Pet programs and will help us to assist seniors and their pets.


What your donation provides:

  • $50 pays for 5 days of boarding for the pet if the owner is hospitalized or ill
  • $75 covers an adoption fee or 1 year of heartworm prevention for 1 pet
  • $100 provides pet supplies (leashes, collars, toys, beds) for a year
  • $130 covers grooming for 1 pet 4 times a year
  • $150 covers the annual vaccinations and exam for 1 pet or a pet deposit for most housing situations
  • $200 feeds 1 pet for a year
  • $500 provides dental prophylaxis and extractions
  • $1,000 covers emergency veterinary care (average cost)


All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.