Young-Williams Animal Center to compete for $50,000 in national challenge

Young-Williams Animal Center could win $50,000 in the national Fund the Shelters Challenge and needs its supporters to get on board – and get online.


The Michelson Found Animals Foundation has joined forces with NBC and Telemundo to create the new competition. The Fund the Shelters Challenge offers an even bigger opportunity than past campaigns for animal welfare advocates to raise funds to support lifesaving programs and offset reduced or waived adoption fees.


The challenge launches Tuesday, April 9, at noon Eastern and runs through Thursday, May 9, at 1:59 p.m. Eastern on the CrowdRise fundraising platform. The organization that raises the most donations during those four weeks will be awarded the grand prize of $50,000. Organizations also could win additional support through fun daily challenges.


“Every year, we strive to raise our save rate with the goal of 100 percent and follow our mission to find a home for every pet,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “With support from the community and through great opportunities such as this Fund the Shelters Challenge, we increase our ability to care for animals, keep them with their current owners and find new and loving homes. We so appreciate all of the community support, and we ask everyone to help us help the animals.”


Visit to make a donation and learn more about daily challenges.


Young-Williams Animal Center, the official animal shelter for the City of Knoxville and Knox County, will compete with other organizations for $200,000 in grand prizes and the bonus challenges. All of the donations, which will help care for the more than 9,000 animals that Young-Williams Animal Center takes in every year, will be provided to the shelter.