Justin-22070341(1)Young-Williams Animal Center is the official animal shelter for Knox County and the City of Knoxville.

We are an open-admissions shelter, providing sheltering service for both city and county animal control agencies.  We also take in strays, unwanted animals, and surrendered pets from the public.  No animal is ever turned away.  As a nonprofit organization, we are community-funded through public and private donations.

Our mission is to serve the community through innovative approaches to sheltering, adopting, and spaying/neutering of animals and public education about animal welfare.  Our vision is a healthy community through compassionate care of animals.

Our goal is to reduce the number of unwanted animals in our community through public education and an aggressive spay/neuter program, including low-cost and free options for qualifying pet owners.


Young-Williams Animal Center

3201 Division Street

Just off Sutherland Avenue at the entrance to John Tarleton Park

Young-Williams Animal Village

6400 Kingston Pike

On Bearden Hill adjacent to Deane Hill Drive


Both locations offer pet adoption services and are open seven days a week from Noon-6pm.

For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, included detailed driving directions, call 865-215-6599 or click here.

You can also find Young-Williams Animal Center on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.


Please spay and neuter your pets.


See tabs above for more information, or follow these links:

-Mission and Vision


-Board of Directors

-Board of Directors, Friends of YWAC


-Employment Opportunities