~ from Young-Williams Animal Center

 What to do if you’ve lost or found a pet.

  • More pets go missing on July Fourth than any other day of the year.
  • Young-Williams Animal Center often experiences increased intake in the days after the holiday.
  • We can help if your pet has wandered off or if you’ve found a pet.
  • If your pet is lost, go to young-williams.org/lost-found for a list of steps, including visiting the shelter, contacting local veterinarians and searching on social media.
  • Start your search with us! As the official shelter of Knoxville and Knox County, many strays come through our doors.
  • Young-Williams Animal Center Lost & Found and Knoxville Lost & Found Pets Facebook groups also are great resources. You can search for or post a lost pet on a national database at petcolove.org.
  • Check the shelter and these groups regularly.
  • If you find a pet, search for its owners in your neighborhood – pets are usually found near their homes.
  • Knox County and City of Knoxville residents can bring the lost pet to Young-Williams Animal Center or call Animal Control for assistance.
  • Social media groups also are a huge help if you’re trying to reunite a pet and their person.


How to prevent losing your pet in the future.

  • Don’t let your pet go missing – microchip!
    • Microchips are like ID tags that never fall off.
    • A tiny chip is implanted under your pet’s skin in a quick and painless procedure.
    • The chip’s unique code links your contact information to a database, making it easier to reunite with your pet if you get separated.
    • Animal control, shelter staff and veterinarians can scan the chip’s code to identify a pet’s owner.
    • For $15, you can microchip your pet at Young-Williams Animal Center.
    • Call us at 865-215-6654 to make an appointment.
  • Spay or neuter your pet to prevent loss.
    • Animals are more likely to roam away if they are not spayed or neutered.
    • The procedures also prevent certain behaviors and health problems.
    • Schedule an appointment online at young-williams.org/spay-neuter or call 865-215-6677.