Surrendering Animals

Giving Up Your Pet

Taking your pet to any animal shelter should be your last resort. Shelters, including ours, are temporary holding facilities designed to house a large number of stray/lost pets at one time. While our goal is to provide quality care for every animal we house, it will always be a loud, scary and stressful environment for most pets and not all will make it up for adoption because of medical and behavioral issues outside the scope of resources we’re able to provide – some as a direct result of the stress that an animal encounters after arriving at the shelter.


If you have exhausted all of your options, and the shelter is truly the last resort, we want you to know a few things:

  • We take owner surrendered animals in by appointment only, as space is available, and we do not schedule appointments any sooner than two weeks out.
  • We will try to help you keep your pet, first and foremost. We have a lot of different resources to share with you that will probably help resolve your problem so you don’t have to give up your pet.
  • Beginning October 1, 2017  there is an owner surrender fee of $50.00 per pet, payable on intake
  • We do not put animals up for adoption that are aggressive towards people or other pets.
  • We do not have resources to treat, fix or manage major medical problems for owner-surrendered pets.
  • We cannot guarantee that your animal will be put up for adoption.
  • If your reason for giving up your pet is “no time,” please know that our adopters are average people, just like you. We’re happy to talk with you about things you can do to enrich your animal’s life so they can stay with you and be happy.
  • Fill out the Pet Surrender Application honestly and completely, and bring it to your surrender appointment.

PET RESOURCE LIST:

RedRover.org– Provides financial assistance, resources and emotional support to pet guardians struggling with economic hardship when pets are in need of urgent and emergency veterinary care, as well as support and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape abusive environments with their pets.

Best Friends Animal Society– Lists LOTS of organizations/financial aid opportunities that can help

YouCaring.com– a free crowdfunding site that focuses on raising money for people who need it for personal reasons – everything from education to pet expenses. Each month, they have over 2,000 crowdfunding campaigns for people needing help with pet care costs.

Lower-cost vet care (these clinics are not endorsed by Young-Williams, but have been brought to our attention by good Samaritans)

  • Karns Animal Clinic (865)690-1282
  • PetWell Clinic (865)272-9491

Low cost spay/neuter:

  • Young-Williams Spay/Neuter Solutions (865)215-6677
  •   Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley (865)579-6738
  • Young-Williams Animal Center’s Pet Food Pantry

Pet Food Pantry– YWAC’s program provides free pet food for low income families struggling to afford pet food. Come to Young-Williams at 8 a.m. the second Saturday of every month to participate.

Behavior Issues

  • Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley Dog Training training@humanesocietytennessee.com or (865)566-3039 or (865)573-9675
  • Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley’s Behavioral Help Hotline- Contact (865)573-9675 x106 for a free 15-minute consult with a trainer
  • Articles on every behavior problem you can think of: Denver Dumb Friends League (ddfl.org) click on Resources, then Pet Behavior Handouts

Family-to-Family Adoption

  • adoptapet.com– Adopt-A-Pet is one of the nation’s largest adoption websites, your post reaches millions of visitors every month!
  • Post an ad on Craigslist Pets
  • Join and post an ad on the Knoxville Animal Lovers Facebook group
  • Post fliers at your church, coffee shop, community center, parks
  • Network with friends and family