Year End Tax-Savings and Life-Saving Opportunity!

Before 2012’s Father Time strolls away and 2013’s New Year’s Baby comes roaring in, there’s still time for animal lovers to cash in on a few more “year- end” savings! These “savings” come in a bit different form than those you would find at a department store or a car dealership, though.  They are several ways to “save” on your taxes while “saving” animal lives!


Donations postmarked by 12-31-2012 can save you on the amount you owe the IRS.  Simply pop a check in the mail Friends of Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St, Knoxville TN 37919 or go to our online donation link located on our website ( ) to make a secure donation via credit card through Blackbaud. You can make an unrestricted donation to YWAC which will help us help thousands of animals who enter our shelter by providing them with food, shelter, veterinary care, and cuddles while they await their forever family.

IRA Charitable Rollover

The IRA Rollover was first enacted in 2006 as part of the Pension Protection Act.  The provision allows individuals aged 70½ and older to donate up to $100,000 from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to public charities without having to count the distributions as taxable income.  Talk to your accountant or financial adviser on how to donate from your IRA to the YWAC to help the animals.

Memorial/Honorary Donations

Donations made in honor or memory of a friend, family member or beloved pet are an especially nice way to thank or remember someone special. For more information on how to honor or memorialize a person or pet through a donation to YWAC, please contact Candice Hinkle at 865-215-6664 or email [email protected].

Furry Friends Fund

Donations to our Furry Friends Fund help to cover the costs of adoption fees for our animals.  Applicants for sponsored pets still go through the entire adoption process to Sponsorship is $75 for a dog or cat or $50 for a senior (7 years or older) dog or cat. Click on the link for more information about this program. Furry Friends Sponsorship Form

In-Kind Donations

YWAC can always use donations of various in-kind gifts such as pet treats, toys, cat litter, and pet beds. (Follow link for full list of items we need –  Through the generosity of Hill’s Pet Nutrition®, the shelter receives free dry food for all of the dogs and cats in our centers but we can use donations of canned cat and dog food for our residents and will add dry food to our Pet Food Pantry to help pet owners who are having difficult times financially.

Thank you to all our friends and supporters for your generosity to Young-Williams Animal Center.  Your gifts and donations help us to help thousands of animals each year and to provide them with food, shelter and love.