Remembering PJ…

In 2004, a kitten was adopted from Young-Williams Animal Center. His family named him “PJ”. We received this beautiful story from PJ’s owners sharing that PJ had recently passed on, and we wanted to share his life with you, our fellow animal lovers. From PJ’s Family: “I am writing this on a very sad day when we lost our beloved … Read More

The Healing Power of Compassion

Slash is no stranger to life on the streets. For some time, he and his owner struggled with stable housing, and, as time went on, both their health declined. Unable to meet Slash’s basic needs for shelter or vet care, his owner made the difficult decision to surrender him to Young-Williams. When Slash arrived, he was suffering from a bad … Read More


Well Worth the Wait Valentina’s first home was a farm where she ran the pastures by day and slept at the foot of the bed by night. This smart puppy was a quick learner, watching the people and animals around her living a busy life in the country. Unfortunately, she began to watch her fellow farm animals a little too … Read More

Katie Needs a Home

Katie Needs a Home. As the municipal shelter for both the City of Knoxville and Knox County, we take in every animal regardless of age, size, breed, health or behavior concerns. Just last week, we brought in 275 animals – the most in a single week since 2019. While at Young-Williams, these pets receive the highest quality of care. They … Read More


Rex Each year, thousands of animals come through our doors. Some are lost and reunited with their owners, some have never known what a family feels like, and others need help finding a new home. We take in all animals, regardless of breed, size, history or health. Many animals arrive in need of urgent medical care and receive treatment through … Read More


Back in September, a tiny cat was found all by herself and brought to Young-Williams Animal Center. Weighing in at just 14 ounces, we initially thought she may be about four weeks old, but the development of her teeth indicated she was probably closer to six weeks old. It quickly became apparent that something was a little off. This tiny … Read More


In East Tennessee, it’s not all that uncommon to see a loose hound running around. Priscilla’s days were probably filled with sun bathing, chasing squirrels, and eating scraps out of the garbage until one day she suffered an injury. Unfortunately, pets can’t tell us their story so we don’t know exactly what happened but it’s likely she was hit by … Read More

Good Sam Dog Update

Remember Good Sam Dog? She is now Daphne and well on the way to recovery.

Good Sam

On Monday, January 13, 2020, the unthinkable happened. In the early morning hours, Knoxville Police Officer Kevin Aguilar heard a commotion then moments later a thud. A puppy had been thrown from an Alcoa Highway overpass, falling nearly 30 feet and landing just yards from the parked officer. In a matter of hours, our Knoxville community came together to offer … Read More