Young-Williams Animal Center offers $20 adoptions and spay/neuter for pit bull mixes

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Special price coincides with Pit Bull Awareness Month, ‘Pumpkins and Pits’


Young-Williams Animal Center is celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Month by reducing the adoption fee for pit bulls and mixes to $20 and providing education, outreach and other specials throughout the month of October.


The goal of the month-long observation is to increase adoptions for pit bulls and pit bull mixes and improve public perception of the dogs, which often are called pitties.


“The pit bull is one of the most commonly misunderstood types of dogs at the shelter, which makes it tougher to find them homes,” said Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “Under the care of responsible pet owners, pitties make great pets.”


Pit bulls and pit bull mixes account for the largest percentage of dogs that arrive at Young-Williams Animal Center each year.


To underscore the need to reduce the high number of homeless and stray pit bulls, Young-Williams Animal Center also will offer spay/neuter surgeries for pit bulls and pit bull mixes for only $20. Surgeries can be scheduled by calling Young-Williams Animal Center’s Spay/Neuter Solutions at 865-215-6677 beginning Oct. 1.


Young-Williams Animal Center will offer free literature and information about pit bulls at both shelter locations and at events throughout October. To engage even greater community involvement and understanding of pitties, the shelter will invite all pit bull owners to post photos of their pets on Young-Williams Animal Center’s Facebook page.


“We hope that by offering these programs and services to improve the lives of these dogs, we can dispel myths and promote the truth about pit bulls,” Testerman said. “Our ultimate goal would be to see fewer pit bulls ending up in animal shelters.”


Every dog adopted during the special promotion will receive the services covered by the regular adoption fees, which include a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, standard vaccinations, a microchip with registration and more.


The adoption special will be available at Young-Williams Animal Center at 3201 Division St., off Sutherland Avenue, and the Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike on Bearden Hill. The facilities will be open during regular business hours of noon-6 p.m.