Shelter’s longest-term resident moves into forever home

At Young-Williams Animal Center, our staff and volunteers believe every pet is special, but there are some who stay longer, building stronger bonds with those at the shelter. One of those animals is Katie, our longest-term resident. You might remember the 8-year-old pit bull mix whose story we shared in June. Supporters responded with an outpouring of love and helped … Read More

The Adventures of Pia

If you’ve ever met a husky, you know they are highly intelligent and thus, have their quirks. Pia is a proud husky and embraces each of the quirks that make her special. Some of her favorite activities include escaping her yard, being nosey, claiming toys as her own and talking to her friends. All of that makes Pia a loving … Read More

Hurricane Ida animal rescues arrive at Young-Williams Animal Center, 100 fosters step up

This week Young-Williams Animal Center accepted 40 animals evacuated from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The Humane Society of Louisiana and south central region staff of Best Friends worked together to transport the animals to East Tennessee, where they arrived Tuesday evening and underwent health evaluations. Shelter staff members are working to place the pets in local emergency foster homes. … Read More

Young-Williams Animal Center needs emergency fosters for Hurricane Ida rescues and current pets

Young-Williams Animal Center needs new emergency foster families for rescue animals that will arrive via transport because of Hurricane Ida and animals currently in the shelter. Millions of Gulf Coast residents and businesses have been left without power after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi this week. Animal shelters and rescue groups in those areas need to safely … Read More

Young-Williams Animal Center reaches critical capacity for dogs and cats

Young-Williams Animal Center has reached critical capacity for dogs and cats, and adopters, fosters and volunteers are needed immediately because the shelter lacks space for the intake of additional lost, surrendered and stray animals. “Our community always comes through for us, and we really need you right now,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We’ve seen a high … Read More

 BISSELL Pet Foundation Announces Summer 2021 “Empty the Shelters”

Young-Williams Animal Center to participate in national event BISSELL Pet Foundation is hosting its summer 2021 national “Empty the Shelters” adoption event July 7 – 11, 2021, a quarterly effort that has helped more than 53,742 pets find their forever homes in area shelters. During each nationwide event, BISSELL Pet Foundation helps sponsor reduced adoption fees for $25 or less … Read More

Driving Health for Pets & People into Vulnerable Communities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Remote Area Medical has received a two-year grant from PetSmart Charities to increase access to affordable veterinary care. The PetSmart Charities Improving Access to Care Grant will provide care for hundreds of pets through free, drive-thru veterinary clinics in Knoxville by funding RAM’s current initiative. “RAM is leading the charge in a collaborative effort to remove … Read More


A Little Compassion Goes a Long Way One sick cat’s journey to recovery. It was a balmy July day and Azog was roaming the neighborhoods on the outskirts of town. Maybe he was looking for food, maybe he knew he was sick and needed help. Either way, Azog made his way to a Good Samaritan who took pity on the … Read More

Volunteer Appreciation Month!

Every year, hundreds of volunteers generously give their time to help care for the lost, stray and vulnerable pets at Young-Williams. These volunteers spend thousands of hours at the shelter helping make sure the dogs have plenty of exercise, playtime and love. They socialize scared animals and help them build trusting relationships with humans so they are ready for adoption. … Read More

Feeling Lucky

Snuggled up on a warm blanket, Beowulf the cat knows how lucky he is. Not because his bowl is full or the toys and treats nearby, but lucky he survived one health emergency after another. When he arrived at Young-Williams, it was clear he had been very sick for a very long time, but that didn’t keep him from making … Read More