Young-Williams Animal Center reaches crisis capacity of adult animals

Young-Williams Animal Center currently is at crisis capacity for adult animals 6 months and older and needs to immediately create space for the intake of lost, stray, injured and neglected animals as the official shelter of the City of Knoxville and Knox County.

The shelter needs community members who have been considering pet adoption to save an animal’s life this weekend. To help lower capacity, all adult animals 6 months and older will be free from Saturday, Aug. 19 until Monday, Aug. 21, 2023.

“Now is the time to adopt an adult animal,” says Young-Williams Animal Center CEO Janet Testerman. “We have a variety of types and sizes to fit any home or family, and these pets are waiting for your love and a forever home. We are grateful to our community for the way they always step up to support local animals in need and make sure that we can help every animal that arrives at our doors.”

All adopters are screened and fully vetted before approved to take home a pet. Every adopted animal receives a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, standard vaccinations, a microchip with registration and more.

Adoption sleepovers also are offered to ensure the pet and the family are a perfect match.

Anyone interested in adopting can learn more at or visit in person at 3201 Division St. or 6400 Kingston Pike to meet the pets. Adopting a pet not only saves that animal’s life, but it also opens space for new arrivals.