Start a new career, save lives

Young-Williams Animal Center is hiring driven leaders to direct the shelter’s fundraising and messaging as the nonprofit increases its impact in East Tennessee. Open positions include director of development and marketing and communications director. The results of our programs and services save lives, strengthen the animal-human bond and make our community a better place for pets and their people. In … Read More

Kitten season is here!

Did you know? Cats are seasonal breeders. This means that during the winter months, cats generally aren’t reproducing, but come spring, cats begin to seek a mate and that means a huge uptick in litters of kittens needing our help. While we love caring for these sweet babies, shelter resources are stretched thin during Kitten Season. We will see thousands … Read More

Happy outcomes, thanks to PetSmart Charities and our Animal Haven Program

Lola with owner

We are so grateful to PetSmart Charities for awarding Young-Williams Animal Center with their Preserving Families Grant to support our Animal Haven Program. Below you will read many stories of happiness and hope that this grant made possible. Click here to read our announcement about the awarded grant. If you, or someone you know, needs help with their pet, please … Read More

Statement from Young-Williams Animal Center management

Re: Knoxville Police Department Animal Control statement (linked here) Earlier this evening, Young-Williams Animal Center received two dogs and one cat who were confiscated by Knoxville Police Department Animal Control during an animal cruelty investigation. The three pets appear to be in fair condition and are being examined by our veterinary team. We will provide more updates as available. The … Read More

Show Your Support for Homeless Pets This Holiday Season

  As the end of another year approaches, we can’t help but be filled with gratitude. We reflect on all the lives saved this year and the families who have grown by adding a pet to their homes. Compassionate donors like you make such a game-changing difference for lost, stray, injured, abused, and neglected animals in our community.  Dobby’s Story … 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


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

A Furry Tale of Compassion

Hello non-fur people. My name is Tess. I appreciate you taking the time to read a little about how I’ve been helping my furry friends at Young-Williams Animal Center. Like some of you, I have chores around the house and earn an allowance when I get them all done. You know, chores like picking up my toys, keeping squirrels out … Read More

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

Keep your pets safe during July 4 celebrations! Fireworks and loud noises can cause pets to become frightened or disoriented. Keep your pets inside. Turn on calming music or a fan to mask some of the noise. Make fireworks time an indoor playtime with fun distractions. Never use fireworks around pets. When outside for Fourth of July parties with your … Read More