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For a limited time: free pet vaccines during spay/neuter surgeries.

Petco Love and Young-Williams Animal Center Aim to Stop the Spread of Deadly Preventable Diseases 

Through Free Pet Vaccinations
As Part of Petco Love’s Initiative to Provide 1 Million Free Pet Vaccines, Young-Williams Animal Center Will Offer Free Pet Vaccines at the Time of Spay/Neuter Surgeries, While Supplies Last

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sept. 23, 2021 – Young-Williams Animal Center will provide free vaccinations for Knoxville area pets. The free vaccines are made possible through Petco Love’s new national vaccination initiative, which is providing 1 million free pet vaccines to its existing animal welfare partners, including Young-Williams Animal Center, for family pets in need.

Parvovirus and distemper in dogs, and panleukopenia in cats, are some of the most prevalent deadly diseases impacting pets that are preventable with a simple vaccine. An estimated 30% of pet parents do not take their pet to a veterinarian annually for preventive care. To address this critical need, Young-Williams Animal Center and Petco Love are partnering to make pet vaccines free and accessible in an effort to ensure the health and wellness of beloved pets.

Young-Williams Animal Center aims to vaccinate 1,000pets through this effort. These free vaccines will be available for pets at the time of their spay/neuter surgeries on a first-come, first-served basis. Vaccines distributed through the Petco Love initiative will be the DAPPv Canine and HCP Feline vaccines.

“Thanks to Petco Love, we can offer these important vaccines at no cost to pet owners,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We urge community members to take advantage of this free resource to ensure the health and wellness of our community’s pets.”

“It is heartbreaking when any pet suffers or dies from a disease that could have been prevented. It is further exacerbated when unvaccinated pets come into busy shelter kennels, where these deadly diseases can spread quickly, resulting in multiple deaths, skyrocketing expenses, and hindering saving pet lives,” said Susanne Kogut, Petco Love President. “By creating greater awareness and making this crucial preventative care more accessible to pets not currently receiving these lifesaving vaccines, we can prevent the dangerous spread of disease.”

For more information about vaccine distribution and scheduling a spay/neuter appointment, contact Young-Williams Animal Center’s Spay/Neuter Solutions online at young-williams.org/spay-neuter-solutions or call 865-215-6677. To learn more about Petco Love’s lifesaving impact, visit PetcoLove.org.

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About Young-Williams Animal Center

The vision of Young-Williams Animal Center is “a home for every pet.” It is the municipal shelter of the City of Knoxville and Knox County, and each year takes in more than 9,000 animals.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Young-Williams Animal Center serves the needs of lost, unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals. The center’s mission is to lead the community to end pet homelessness, promote animal welfare and enhance the human-animal bond through the shelter and placement of animals, spay/neuter initiatives and public education of companion animal issues. Young-Williams Animal Center reminds pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.

Young-Williams Animal Center’s main facility is located off Sutherland Avenue at 3201 Division Street. Young-Williams Animal Village satellite adoption location and public spay/neuter program is located at 6400 Kingston Pike.

Both locations are open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The shelter closes from 1-2 p.m. for an hour of quiet time for the animals.

About Petco Love

Petco Love is a nonprofit changing lives by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Today, our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Is love calling you? Visit petcolove.org or follow at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.