We understand that sometimes it becomes necessary to give up your pet. We welcome all animals that must be relinquished.
No animal is turned away.
Please enter the Division Street location through the doors marked Animal Intake.
Be sure that dogs are on leashes and cats or other small animals are in carriers. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that personal belongings, such a toys and blankets, will stay with your pet.
Although there is no fee for Knox County residents to relinquish a pet, we will ask for a donation to help cover the cost of your pets care. If you are bringing a pet from outside of Knox County, there is a $20.00 fee.
Please allow some extra time so we may gather information from you about your pet. Attached is a Pet Profile which will give us additional information about your pet. Please fill out prior to coming into the animal center, and bring it with you. This provides our staff with valuable information about your pet’s personality, interests, likes and dislikes.
Click HERE to download a PDF copy of our Pet Profile.
Young-Williams Animal Center is the only animal shelter in the Knoxville/Knox County area. We are a high-intake facility. Please consider all other options before surrendering your pet, and use us as your last resort.
Young-Williams Animal Center is not a no-kill shelter.
The animal you surrender may be euthanized.
We evaluate each animal on it’s health and behavior for our adoption program. Although we cannot guarantee placement for any animal, we were able to place more than 4000 animals into new homes last year.
If you have any questions concerning our intake process, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org