Young-Williams Animal Center will seek to “Clear the Shelters” on Sept. 18 by accepting financial donations in lieu of adoption fees for pets six months and older.

The annual event is sponsored by WBIR Channel 10 as part of the “Clear the Shelters” campaign nationwide. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelter campaign has helped more than 410,000 pets find new homes. Young-Williams Animal Center would like at least 50 animals to find their forever homes on the big day.

“Campaigns like ‘Clear the Shelters’ are usually our most successful adoption events,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We are hoping for our greatest turnout yet, so we can clear our shelter and see so many pets go to the loving family they deserve. We are grateful to partner with WBIR on this national initiative to find a home for every pet.”

Adopters will be able to donate any monetary amount and take home an animal six months or older the same day. Pets younger than 6 months are excluded from the promotion.

Adoption staff will help potential adopters find the right pet for their lifestyle and needs and assist with the completion of the adoption application. Every animal adopted during Clear the Shelters will receive the same services covered by the regular adoption fees, which include a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, some standard vaccinations, a microchip with registration and more.

“This campaign is a great opportunity to help many pets find their forever homes and open up much-needed space in the shelter,” Testerman says. “We encourage the community to take advantage of this day and set up an appointment to adopt. Stop by either of our adoption locations to find your new family member.”


About Young-Williams Animal Center

The vision of Young-Williams Animal Center is “a home for every pet.” It is the municipal shelter of the City of Knoxville and Knox County, and each year takes in more than 9,000 animals.


As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Young-Williams Animal Center serves the needs of lost, unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals. The center’s mission is to lead the community to end pet homelessness, promote animal welfare and enhance the human-animal bond through the shelter and placement of animals, spay/neuter initiatives and public education of companion animal issues. Young-Williams Animal Center reminds pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.


Young-Williams Animal Center’s main facility is located off Sutherland Avenue at 3201 Division Street. For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, including hours of operation, call 865-215-6599 or visit


About Clear The Shelters

Clear The Shelters™ / Desocupar Los Albergues® is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal’s TV stations (NBC and Telemundo owned stations), plus affiliated stations partner with local animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear The Shelters events. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event hosted by NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX and dozens of area shelters that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for North Texas. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than 410,000 pets finding new homes. Visit, for more information.