Young-Williams Animal Center receives surprise $750,000 grant from Petco Foundation

  Today, Young-Williams Animal Center celebrated a surprise Valentine’s Day grant for $750,000 from the Petco Foundation to support the shelter’s lifesaving animal rescue efforts in Knoxville.   Representatives from the Petco Foundation and Petco joined the shelter’s staff and leadership to surprise Young-Williams Animal Center with a check presentation and Valentine’s Day lunch, along with toys and treats for … Read More

YWAC Employee Spotlight! Meet Lisa

Lisa is someone who can brighten a room! She’s been with our organization for several years, and is the brain behind managing the vet clinic chaos and keeping things organized! She helps exam and prep more than 9,000 pets every year. What made you apply at YWAC? I wanted to work with animals.  What’s been your favorite moment? I’ve had … Read More

Young-Williams Animal Center completes space-doubling renovation thanks to PetSmart Charities and community support for dog ‘sleepovers’

This week, Young-Williams Animal Center completed much-needed space additions to the dog holding areas, thanks to a $16,740 grant from PetSmart Charities. Dogs at Young-Williams Animal Center are enjoying twice the kennel space thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities to install special doors.The renovations added sliding vertical doors between kennels, connecting each space and doubling or even tripling kennel … Read More

YWAC Employee Spotlight- Corey

Meet our incredibly talented, smart, kind funny and hard-working staff member, Corey, who works with our Pet Resource Center and intake department. 1.       What was the best vacation you took, and why? Visiting the Czech Republic at Christmas time was wonderful because we got to share the holidays with family that we rarely get to see. 2.       Are you messy or organized? … Read More


Over 90 Adoptable Puppies Compete for Most Valuable Puppy (MVP) Title Young-Willams Animal Center is doggone thrilled to announce we have a puppy player in this year’s PUPPY BOWL XV. Everyone’s favorite pup-to-pup competition airs Sunday, February 3rd at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT on Animal Planet. Molly Mae storms the GEICO gridiron and makes the cutest ear pulls and tail tugs … Read More

Young-Williams Animal Center shelter pets want a ‘Home for the Pawlidays’

  Make Christmas a holiday to remember with a new furry family member during the ‘Home for the Pawlidays’ adoption special at Young-Williams Animal Center on Dec. 21-24. All pets will be available for a donation of your choice, excluding puppies.   The four-day special starts Friday, Dec. 21, and continues through Christmas Eve at both shelter locations at 3201 … Read More

YWAC Employee Spotlight- Sophie

Sophie is our development manager, incredible friend, and an extremely dedicated, loyal, and hard- working staff member! What’s your favorite Thing about living in East TN? My favorite thing about East Tennessee is being so close to the mountains and lakes, but still in a metropolitan hub with a rich culture and lots to do. What music do you have on … Read More

YWAC Employee Spotlight

 Meet Karissa! Our Assistant Placement Coordinator who helps save dozens of lives each week. 1.What three traits define you? Compassionate, intelligent, authentic (according to Brandy and Christi,  two other co-workers haha) 2. What music is currently on your phone? Mandolin Orange, The Ballroom Thieves, The Oh Hellos, Billy Jo. 3. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Music and hockey. 4. … Read More

Young-Williams Animal Center to ‘Empty the Shelter’ with $20 adoptions

Saturday, Dec. 1, event sponsored by BISSELL Pet Foundation   Young-Williams Animal Center will try to “Empty the Shelter” Saturday, Dec. 1, with $20 adoptions of all kittens and adult cats and dogs. The event is sponsored by the BISSELL Pet Foundation as part of its “Empty the Shelters” campaign nationwide. The foundation provides grants for participating shelters to encourage … Read More

Black Fur-day’ is back with name-your-price adoptions at Young-Williams Animal Center

Find a furry companion and be thankful all year round during the ‘Black Fur-day’ special at Young-Williams Animal Center on Nov. 23-25 featuring name-your-price adoptions for all pets, excluding puppies. The three-day special starts on Black Friday, the traditional post-Thanksgiving shopping day, and continues all weekend at both shelter locations at 3201 Division Street and 6400 Kingston Pike. Both locations … Read More