Young-Williams Animal Center receives $17,610 grant from BISSELL Pet Foundation to reduce homeless pet population in Knoxville

Young-Williams Animal Center recently was awarded a $17,610 grant from BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) for spay and neuter procedures. The grant will go toward the shelter’s Spay/Neuter Solutions program, which works to address overcrowding in shelters and rescues by preventing unwanted litters of cats and dogs in Knoxville. “Due to COVID-19, veterinary clinics across the country have put critical spay/neuter … Read More

National Foster a Pet Month: Foster Highlight

Bringing an animal into your home has an incredible impact on the pet’s life and creates an opportunity for the pet to have an advocate.

Please consider fostering animals, whether for our organization or others in your area that work to meet the needs of our country’s homeless pets.

Impact Happens Everyday in Many Ways

One of my favorite quotes is by Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” In my role at Young-Williams Animal Center, I experience just how thoughtful and committed our community truly is and we know, together we’ll make positive impacts on animal welfare. … 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

COVID-19 updates from Young-Williams Animal Center

Young-Williams Animal Center continues to closely monitor the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is updating our response as new information becomes available to ensure the safety and health of our animals, employees, volunteers and visitors. To best serve the community and the animals that depend on us, we are enacting several temporary measures. Please see below for updates … Read More

Young-Williams Animal Center to temporarily move intake area due to construction

Young-Williams Animal Center will move its Lost and Found department, which includes both the Pet Intake area and the Pet Resource Center, to a temporary on-site location during construction. For approximately 8-10 weeks, the Lost and Found area at the main shelter at 3201 Division St., will be housed behind the main building. Visitors to intake, lost and found, and … Read More

YWAC Spotlight on Cindy

Cindy is our wonderful surgical coordinator for our public spay/ n solutions program. She is smart, logical, organized, an exercise guru, fun, and we are lucky to have her! Briefly describe what you do all day.   I work with the best people to help spay and neuter owned animals.   Take in owned animals, make baggies with their vaccines, microchips … Read More

YWAC Employee Spotlight: Wyatt

Meet Wyatt our Animal Care Specialist! He’s a wonderful human with a big heart, contagious smile, and wonderful work ethics. 1.What’s your favorite movie? I really like a lot of older Pixar movies but, Finding Nemo is probably my favorite. 2. Where did you grow up? I grew up here in Knoxville. 3. what is your favorite candy? Sour Patch … Read More

‘No-kill’ status is a feat to be celebrated!

‘No-kill’ status is a feat to be celebrated! Young-Williams Animal Center has achieved “no-kill” status for the first time in the shelter’s history, saving 8,311 pets in 2018. As the official municipal shelter for the City of Knoxville and Knox County, Young-Williams Animal Center has to legally take in every animal besides owner surrendered pets. This is regardless of how … Read More